Research & Development
SozioTex at the future conference "Bringing technology to humans"
High-profile experts from the fields of research, politics and economy provided a comprehensive insight into their current research on human-machine interaction and to inform themselves about the state of research and to discuss the development of technology and society. Plenum contributions, theme sites with interactive exhibits and demonstrators provided an extensive insight into current scientific knowledge and a taste for trends and future research and development directions.
The interdisciplinary junior research group SozioTex presented the visitors of the future conference with their analyses, research results and targeted proposals for the design of socio-technical systems for an aging workforce in the textile industry, especially when dealing with innovative and networked production steps. How is human-machine interaction at a weaving machine possible?
On the base of a first demonstrator for a digital assistance system for the operation of weaving machines in the form of a tablet app, in combination with a model of a band loom, the congress audience could see how human-oriented industry 4.0-production could look like in weaving industry.
Using a sensor for checking the thread tension, which informs the users of the assistance system proactively by means of corresponding messages, the system's usefulness has also become tangible for non-textile experts. In addition, a "live view" provided a direct real-time insight into the Digital Capability Center Aachen and presented the state-of-the-art learning factory, in which the assistance system is currently being developed.
The BMBF Future Conference was a success for the junior research group as a whole, because in addition to the exchange of information with different target groups, scientific networking could be expanded and new impetus for the following research work could be gained. Background: The Future Conference takes place every two years as part of a research program initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and focuses on social challenges identified by the Federal Government in its new high-tech strategy as a priority task. Research and development in this program is centred on "Intelligent Mobility", "Digital Society" and "Healthy Life".