How can machines and autonomous transporters collaborate independently in a smart factory? That can only work if there is a common system where information from all entities is saved and linked, and where all entities can access the information independently without being steered by an overriding central element. This is the central topic covered by the new graduate programme ‘SeReCo’ (Semantics, Reasoning and Coordination Technologies) at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), which is to be funded by the Franco-German University as of 1 January 2022. Research will focus on increasing the accessibility of online digital content for machines.
Würzburg psychologists have studied the phenomenon of impulse buying behaviour. People who focus on enjoyment act differently than people who play it safe.
The Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV), together with leading companies, has published a code on corporate digital responsibility, a comprehensive definition of company responsibility in the field of digitalisation. Prof. Dr. Dr. Alexander Brink, Professor for Business Ethics at the University of Bayreuth, has lent his expert assistance to the development of these guidelines together with Dr. Frank Esselmann from concern GmbH, a spin-off of the University of Bayreuth, on behalf of BMJV. One of the central concerns dealt with by the code is the transparent handling of customer data.
Hof/Münchberg, June 23, 2021 - Energy storage is one of the key issues for a sustainable energy supply in the future. Thousands of researchers around the world are currently working on this issue. An exciting project is also currently underway at the Münchberg campus of Hof University of Applied Sciences. Here, new types of ice batteries for cooling applications are being researched, which can help to sustainably reduce energy and CO2. They are powered by surplus solar energy.
Young economist Dr Katrin Huber has received an award for her doctoral thesis at the University of Passau. In her thesis she uses microeconometric methods to examine the effects of income shocks, a change of the parental leave benefits system and the extension of public childcare on labour supply decisions in partnerships and on the development of children.