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Our Fields of Innovation and Research Cooperation
- Electric Mobility
- Vehicle Electrical System
- Battery Management
- Range Management
- Assistance Systems
- Systems Engineering
- In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI)
- Mobile Devices
- Test Strategies
- Software Standardization
- Open Source
- Image Processing
- Efficient Embedded Algorithm Development
- Industry 4.0
- Data Analysisand Pattern Recognition
- Internet of Things (IoT)
Innovation through Cooperation
Distributed und modular Battery Management Systems for Li-Ion Batteries
In an effort to reduce battery faults due to defective cells or modules, ITK Engineering has partnered with the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) for the development of a modular Battery Management System (BMS).
The BMS is architected so that all individual cells or modules are controlled by BMS-slaves, without the need for a BMS-master. This achieves a reduction in noise, compute power and signal amplification. And, the inherent redundancies lead to more reliable overall system. The modular design improves the reusability and expandability of the system. Possible applications include, for example, the Second-Life use of batteries.
Optimized Biogas Production through Pattern Recognition
The research project „Biogas OptiMus“ has increased the productivity of and eased the observation of Biogas Production Processes. Based on this insight, optimal Biogas plants have been developed which enable a production capacity for the required output needs.
ITK is involved with the with methods of pattern recognition as well as the development of anaerobic fermentation processes. We bring our controls-expertise, as well as experience in areas such as medical technology, to the field of „Sustainable Energy“. This application has a high degree of complexity due to fact that critical control parameters – such as dry-substance content (TS) and chemical oxygen usage (CSB) – can only be determined in the laboratory, not in real time. Greater understanding through pattern recognition is urgently needed in order to improve the economic viability of biogas generation facilities.
Critical Systems Engineering Acceleration
The organization-wide development of innovative, highly-complex products is needed to preserve the competitiveness of European Industry, now and in the future. CRYSTAL is a research project, under the guidance of both European (ARTEMIS JU) and German (BMBF) oversight, which should increase the practical interoperability of development tools through standardized web-based interfaces. Long-term development costs will be reduced, while maintaining and increasing both the development velocity and collaboration of various partners, despite product complexity.
ITK‘s involvement with the CRYSTAL project is focused on increasing the interoperability of tools using IOS (InterOperability Specification). The tools involved, among others, are Enterprise Arcitect and Simulink. As a Simulation-Tool Expert, ITK is responsible for a number of technological and methods „bricks“, which are conceptualized, implemented and evaluated in Use-Cases. That’s how we gain insights into different problems, which arise out of interoperability-scenarios and develop a 360° solution for industry.
Finding Faults early and automatically with Failure-Mode-Based Testing
In order to identify development errors early and automatically, and thereby increase test process efficiency, ITK, together with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has developed a failure-mode testing-method. In this way, frequent and recurring faults are described as formal failure-modes in MATLAB/Simulink and Stateflow. With the creation of these failure-modes, an operationalization, called 8Cage (Automated Test Case Generator) is designed, which automatically detects run-time errors – even at the model-level. The causes of run-time errors are often not found until static analyses are performed, which leads to frequent and unnecessary repetitions of the static analysis tests. Since these test are expensive – both in terms of computational time and manpower needed to interpret and port model-based code, reductions in repeated operations have a net positive effect on the development process. Effectiveness and efficiency in finding runtimes errors has already been demonstrated by 8Cage in an evaluation of several real Matlab Simulink systems.
Emotion-sensitive Assistance System for People Suffering from Affective Disorders or Dementia
Seven scientific and industrial partners recently joined forces to develop a new customizable and cooperative assistance system for people suffering from affective disorders or dementia. The assistance system is intended to receive a high degree of personalization, recognize habitual human communication patterns, deduce emotional and mental states from these patterns, and ultimately evolve from a technical tool into a competent assistant thanks to innovative interaction concepts.
ITK Engineering is leading the consortium. Apart from our competences in the area of sensor technology and tele medicine we will contribute our security-expertise into the working group in order to secure a safe network of sensor technologies as well as ensuring a safe exchange of patient information. EmAsIn is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The research project Intro 4.0 aims to develop capabilities and implementation strategies for introducing Industry 4.0 methods. These are especially targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs), helping them to integrate the new technology cost-effectively into their workplace in order to increase their productivity and gain competitive advantage.
As an enabler of Industry 4.0, ITK Engineering has developed intelligent algorithms and methods for quality assurance and fault management, and for robust logistics planning and control. For SMEs, the ability to use and maintain software and systems in the long-term is a decisive factor. The joint project Intro 4.0 offers us the perfect platform to put our know-how to practical use, and work with the other participating companies to develop new capabilities and implementation strategies.
The project’s key elements lead to a structured guideline which supports companies in the progressive integration of Industry 4.0. The joint project promoted by the BMBF, valued at 2.9 million Euro, will run from 1st January 2016 until the end of December 2018, under the supervision of PTKA (Projekttraeger Karlsruhe) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Sensor-Supported Management of Major-Loss Events (SEMENA)
In the development plan of SEMENA, the ITK Engineering GmbH and the VOMATEC Innovations GmbH have successfully worked together to develop a software-supported system for the organization of rescue operations that involve a high number of injured individuals. The goal for this cooperation was to develop a system with which the rescue operations in major-loss events can be greatly improved and to take care of victims faster, even in chaotic conditions – made possible by the radio network apparatuses and the software that is specially tailored for this use.
With help from the system, the relief units are now capable from that point on of more quickly gaining an overview of the whole situation and better structuring and leading their mission. This allows in any case for faster action pertaining to the provision and care of the afflicted and injured individuals.
SEMENA was supported by the European Union through the European Fund for Regional Development.
Systematic testing of driver assistance systems
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are growing increasingly complex. The automobile industry’s goal of achieving autonomously-driving vehicles means that these systems are being granted ever greater control over vehicles. The task of mastering complex and multi-facetted driving situations while ensuring functional safety and security is growing more demanding.
Verification and validation is becoming disproportionally more time-consuming and therefore also more expensive. At the same time, the industry is attempting to cut development costs. Luckily, this contradiction can be reconciled with modern testing methods which apply model-based technologies and a high degree of automation.
As part of the continued research cooperation with the Software Engineering faculty at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), ITK Engineering is developing or actually adapting these types of methods as well as model-based description techniques, and then implementing them in software tools. These methods and tools are then subsequently tested and evaluated at ITK.