Report on Wissenschaft auf AEG 2014: videos of the lecture series
The events were hosted by FAU’s Vice President for Research, Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger. The event series was presented by our sponsor, Nürnberger Zeitung.
Progress towards personal robots
Monday 10 November 2014, 6.30 p.m.– 8.00 p.m.
- Sebastian Reitelshöfer, Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS)
Over 30 years ago, industrial mainframe computers and office computers developed into personal computers, changing our lives forever. Since the beginning of this decade, there have been similar developments in robotics. Robot systems that have been used in car production, for example, for decades are preparing to leave the factories and enter our everyday world in a new form. Robot vacuum cleaners are just a small indication of what is to come. Whether it is drones that deliver parcels, self-driving cars or robotic assistants for doctors, these products that represent cutting-edge research are already a reality. At the same time, robots are becoming more and more ‘human’. For example, engineers at FAU are developing artificial muscles for robot systems that are soft and flexible like natural muscles and could be used for a wide range of applications in professional and domestic life. 1979 was the year of the personal computer. Is 2014 the year of the personal robot?
Tomatoes in space – experiments in zero gravity
Monday 8 December 2014, 6.30 p.m.– 8.00 p.m.
- PD Dr. Michael Lebert, Dr. Sebastian M. Strauch, Division of Cell Biology
We do not yet know whether humans will one day fly to Mars. However, researchers are already researching how plants could be of use during such long-term space missions – as a source of nutrition and as a method of treating air and water. In 2017, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will launch a satellite into orbit around the earth for 18 months. This satellite will contain a self-sustaining greenhouse system constructed by cell biologists at FAU. Tomato seeds will germinate and grow inside, while bacteria will create fertiliser from artificial urine. But how will these organisms adapt to the low gravity? How can the tomatoes be stopped from floating around? And how can the humidity be reliably controlled? This lecture will present the answers to these and many more questions.