Research to Business
Newsletter technology transfer and innovation

Issue 2/2018

Innovation project

Hunting down particles

Professor Dr Hermann Nirschl and Dr Mathias J. Krause are digitising particle currents in process engineering with the aid of numerical simulation and are helping to optimise industrial processes. Read more


Knowledge and technology transfer as a profession

Successful transfer processes must rely on a broad knowledge base – ranging from the assessment of potentials through inventor and start-up consulting, marketing and distribution to funding and drafting of contracts. Since these skills cannot be learnt in a fulltime study course, an increasing number of exchange platforms and further education programmes run by experienced practitioners have been introduced.
As an experienced technology transfer unit, KIT is involved in the BePerfekt project, which is funded by the German Federal Government. The project is developing a set of tools that impart to those interested the basics of knowledge and technology transfer and provide useful practical experience. The first roughly 60 participants from throughout Germany have already been trained via webinars and an attendance event.

Dr.-Ing. Jens Fahrenberg
Head of Innovation and Relations Management

Current technology offers

Fouding at KIT

Next-generation cell screening

Aquarray’s Droplet-Microarray technology offers sustainable improvements in cell screening in the areas of pharmacy and the life sciences. Read more

The award ceremony at the Science4Life Venture Cup 2017: Dr Karl-Heinz Baringhaus, Konstantin Demir, Dr Anna Popova, Dr Simon Widmaier and Dr Rainer Waldschmidt (left to right). Source: Science4Life e.V
At KIT‘s Robot Learning Lab, students and scientists can control real industry robots via the internet and, hence, test their programs. (Photo: KUKA)


A robotics lab with online access

In order to also test programmes and algorithms for robots in practice in the future, the KUKA Udacity Robot Learning Lab is being developed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in co-operation with the online university Udacity and KUKA. This unique robotics learning laboratory will give both students and research teams at KIT as well as online users all over the world the opportunity to control and test the KUKA lightweight robot arms with programmes of their own via a web interface. Users worldwide can then watch the industrial robots obey their commands in livestream.
With the Udacity further education platform, KIT is enabling the robotics learners to work on real industrial and scientific problems and develop robotics software for practical purposes. In return, the scientists hope to see the Crowd help them tackle problems with so-called Crowd experiments.