Opening event of the research center 'Ambient Intelligence' on Oct. 16th 2003 at the conference rooms of the 'Fritz-Walter-Stadion' in Kaiserslautern


Inaugural: The president of the University of Kaiserslautern Prof. Dr. H. Schmidt
Welcoming: Ministerialrätin Mrs. Brigitte Klempt
Introducing the research center: Chairman Prof. Dr. Lothar Litz

Prof. Dr. Helmut Schmidt
Ministerialrätin Fr. Brigitte Klempt
Prof. Dr. Lothar Litz

Plenary lecture

Boris de Ruyter Philips Research

Panel discussion: 'Ambient Intelligence' - new buzz word or a technical revolution
points of research and industries

Participants (from the left to the right):
Prof. Dr. M. Glesner, Dr. W. Ahrens, Prof. Dr. L. Litz, Ministerialrätin B. Klempt, Dr. H. König, Prof. Dr. D. Zühlke


Dr. W. Ahrens
Bayer AG
Dr. H. König
Südzucker AG
Prof. Dr. M. Glesner
TU Darmstadt
Prof. Dr. D. Zühlke
TU Kaiserslautern

Lunch-break and discussions

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Press release

'Ambient Intelligence' (AmI) stands for an intelligent environment that senses and adaptes to the presence of humans and objects to provide support and various services. It will help people in various situations; in particular at work, during recreation and alone living elderly.

The research center consolidates researcher of five different faculties (Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Process Engineering, Mathematics and Social Sciences) to jointly contribute to the common goal: enhancing the scientific fundamentals of Ambient Intelligence. Chairman Prof. Dr. Lothar Litz and Vice-Chairman Prof. Dr. Norbert Wehn, are both from department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

In the near future coupled networks of 'intelligent devices' will be present in many situations, like at home, at work or in vehicles. They will provide information on demand as well as various services in work assistance, health care, and every day life. These systems react to their current environment and differ substantially from present devices especially in terms of appearance and mode of user interaction.

As of today's point of view, the following applications appear particularly attractive:

All applications are based on the same basic technical functionality: AmI-Systems process numerous interfaces to humans and their environment. They take over the conversion between external sources of information, e.g. the internet, and the digital signal processing that processes speech, image, and movement information as well as environmental conditions (just to name but a view). AmI-Systems need numerous different sensors. Combined with their associated analysis and communication electronics, they still should be as small as possible to enable an unobtrusive integration into the environment. A challenging aspect is the low power consumption. AmI-Devices must fit into walls, clothes or even human bodies. They are supposed to work self-sustained during their complete life-cycle without battery change.

The technologies summarised as 'Ambient Intelligence' have the potential to alter our life and work-places intensively as previous technologies. Completely new possibilities are offered to the human user. Contrariwise mankind has to face completely new challenges. These challenges are to be addressed by this interdisciplinary research group.

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Lecture Prof. Dr. Lothar Litz

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Lecture Boris de Ruyter, Philips Research

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Videoclip 'Near Future', Philips Research

Videoclip 'Night Vision', Philips Research

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Letzte Änderung: 08.07.2004