Successful German-Malaysian event series goes into its seventh edition
This series of events brings together the key competences of both nations to advanced new research topics and new ideas for the challenges of digitization. A central component of the event is the RAISE-MED project, which was ap-proved by the BMBF last year and promotes German-Malaysian cooperation in the field of intelligent technical systems.
After the "German Malaysian Workshop Series (GMWS)" was successfully held in Hanover (2012), Malacca (2013), Bremen (2014), Bali (2015), Paderborn (2016) and Krabi (2017), the seventh edition took place in Paderborn again this year. The focus was on insights of the German innovation landscape and science; the agenda included a strategy workshop, the participation in an international conference and various visits to the industry in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region.
Workshop at Fraunhofer IEM
The four-day series started with an whole-day workshop at Fraunhofer IEM, which was focusing on the future strategy of the RAISE-MED project. Discussions were also held on how a technology transfer can be designed in Malaysia. Representatives of the it's OWL Cluster Management took part and discussed the experiences of technology transfer over the last five years in the Spitzencluster.
Martin Rabe, research assistant at Fraunhofer IEM and coordinator of the RAISE-MED project, emphasizes the importance of personal exchange and joint strategy development: "The format of the German Malaysian Workshop Series has been very popular with participants for several years. The four days together are characterised by an intensive exchange. The results are new impulses for further cooperation and collaboration. This makes it clear that even in the digital age the fundamental, common dialogue cannot be replaced". One result of this year's meeting is the establishment of a joint IT infrastructure to develop data analytics in an industrial environment and to enable a worldwide, collaborative work.
Visit of the international conference SysInt
The International Conference on Systems-Integrated Intelligence (SysInt) (19-20 June) is a forum for science and industry to disseminate the latest innovations. As part of the RAISE-MED project, Fraunhofer IEM and the Malaysian partners were able to publish a total of four contributions. The contributions dealt with the methodical support of agile development processes in the areas of rehabilitation, the interpretation of brain waves to support therapies as well as the conception and development of a Smart Factory demonstrator in Malaysia.
Industrial visits to the Innovation Region Ostwestalen-Lippe
On the last day of the workshop series, the participants had the opportunity to visit GEA Group's production facilities. The visit was part of the programme of the meeting of the “Fachgruppe Industrie 4.0”. Such events for the exchange of industry and science are also to be established in Malaysia. The agenda also included visits to the incubator and start-up centre garage33, the University of Paderborn and SmartFactoryOWL, a Living Lab for Industry 4.0. Here too, the aim is to establish such structures in Malaysia in order to strengthen the innovation eco-system. Visits by the various partners of Fraunhofer IEM provided the participants with exciting insights into the East Westphalia-Lippe innovation region.