The development of a robotics hub in Schweinfurt represents a great opportunity for the city: an alliance of business and science is creating a base for research, development, and production of intelligent robotic systems that is unique in Germany.
Already evident now: The enormous demand for intelligent robots can only be satisfied by industrial mass production. Analogous to the automotive industry, a 'robomotive' industry with its own ecosystems will likely develop, and will be similar or even larger in size. With cars transmuting into robots (autonomous vehicles), the robomotive industry will, in the long term, even absorb the automotive industry.
With its bachelor's degree programme in robotics, FHWS opens the door to an exciting and cutting-edge field of technological endeavour – for which Schweinfurt offers the ideal setting. In addition to its favourable conditions for students in general, Schweinfurt is, due to its large number of resident manufacturing companies, particularly attractive for robotics students. Many of the local companies use robots in manufacturing, and are increasingly focusing on this topic in the course of the digital revolution.
FHWS is keen to support this development and, through the robotics programme, to leverage synergies emerging from the interaction between university and industry. This will provide the stimulus to develop Schweinfurt into a beacon for robotics, whose visibility will extend far beyond the regional borders of Lower Franconia.
The new Center Robotics (CERI) aims to closely link research and teaching. Students will have access to first-hand knowledge, and be up to date with the latest developments. In addition, being surrounded by industry practitioners will support the transfer of application-oriented learning content.
In the medium term, CERI at FHWS will be located in a purpose-built facility, which, in addition to lecture theatres, laboratories and offices, will also provide room for technology transfer and, in particular, a large, flexible manufacturing space for the rapid assembly of a wide variety of robot scenarios. In addition, all robotics-focused research projects will be relocated to the new building.
Direct market access
CERI creates the possibility of verifying AI approaches for robotic systems developed and refined by other institutes and centres, and to make them fit for practical application.
Close networking with local, but also with supra-regional industry players creates access to potential customers in the market place. Developments can be tailored to meet the diverse needs of companies from a wide range of sectors, e.g. industrial manufacture, trades and health care.