SozioTex at the future conference "Bringing technology to humans" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in Bonn, Germany


Permanent networking through digital technologies and the effect that intelligent systems and robots have on everyday life in the advancing digital age have immediate effects on humans, especially in the working environment. Keeping this in mind, the 3rd BMBF Future Conference "Bringing technology to people" took place from 26 – 27 June 2017 at the World Conference Center in Bonn.

  Dr. Yves-Simon Gloy (ITA) at the Future Conference ITA Dr. Yves-Simon Gloy (ITA) at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Future Conference, source ITA

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.

  Junior research group SozioTex ITA Junior research group SozioTex at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Future Conference (left to right: Dr. Yves-Simon Gloy, Dr. Andrea Altepost, Daniel Houben, Mario Löhrer) 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?   Test of an age simulator suit A member of the TECH4AGE project tests the SozioTex assistance system in an age simulator suit

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".