Guest: Prof. Dr. Klaus Schilling, head of the Chair Robotics and Telematics at the University of Wuerzburg. Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Vice -chair and steering committee member of the IFAC TC on Aerospace. Internationally known expert in the field of telematics, robotics, astronautics, satellite technology and Internet of Space.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Schilling is building these pico satellites in Wuerzburg, Germany from scratch. A spin-off company from his chair – S4 Smart Small Satellite Systems (http://www.s4-space.com) –provides satellite components and networks to commercial customers. Additionally, in the Center of Telematics, there is a huge multi-functional testing hall, which is unique in Europe. Here it is possible to test satellites as well as devices for cars and cameras sketching a surface feature so that one can simulate team behavior of robots.
Another interesting field of research is the topic of robotics. In a lot of manufacturing plants the issue of bringing humans and robots closer together in a co-working environment rises. In our aging society, if we want to keep our production level high and productive, we need to have support systems for elderly people, e.g. in lifting heavy objects. Security here is a very important aspect. Therefore, sensors can support and warn for dangerous situations.
E-Learning is also another huge topic. The chair of Prof. Dr. Schilling is participating at the virtual university of Bavaria since 2003. Here real hardware and robots can be connected remotely. There are virtual laboratories and access via internet on real hardware. It is a learning unit for students that there are different realities. This is a very good training process – In fact students will see that apart from nice coding, the transfer to reality is still a big step.
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