Ongoing Projects
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Development of a toolbox with adaptive algorithms for the introduction of autonomous transport robots for automotive suppliers.

Max Disselnmeyer, M.Sc.

The ability to quickly adapt manufacturing systems to the frequently changing requirements (due to volatile customer demands, short product life cycles or changes in product variants) without sacrificing productivity is increasingly becoming a key success factor for manufacturing companies. Thereby, the reconfiguration processes might include mechanical, electrical, and software changes. In industrial practice, experts individually perform these reconfiguration processes without methodological support, which is time-consuming and highly error prone.

The XIRCON project, aims to provide a human-centered cognitive support system to speed up reconfiguration processes while minimizing the downtime of manufacturing systems. Combining three state of the art technologies, Digital Twins (DTs), eXtended Reality (XR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), XIRCON stands for eXtended Intelligence for Rapid Cognitive Reconfiguration.

DTs are promising to reduce the reconfiguration time of manufacturing systems by up to 58%. Combined with XR technology, DTs can be used more intuitively by human workers, visualizing and emulating digital information in a more accessible way. Thereby, it enables a faster analysis of the current state of the manufacturing, an on-the-fly emulation during the reconfiguration planning, a preview of the reconfiguration possibilities as well as their methodological validation. Finally, the XIRCON system is rounded off by AI to enable individualized reconfiguration possibilities and support their validation regarding the feasibility, KPIs, error prevention and manufacturing optimization.

During this project the required DT, XR and AI modules will be developed and evaluated in the context of a highly reconfigurable and innovative production system of value stream kinematics at the wbk (WSK- Wertstromkinematik).



AI-supported, CO2-reduced product creation process with alternative materials and lightweight construction; KIT develops database to optimise production technology transfers.

M.Sc. Andreas Kimmig

Establishment of a digital platform for the cost-effective, cooperative development and production of complex vehicle concepts for SMEs in the automotive industry.

 AI-assisted 3D printing for building materials

M.Sc. Andreas Kimmig

Dynamic demand-response system for sustainable production through information technology networking for efficient energy utilisation, marketing and generation

Development of a realistic simulator for the virtualisation of tunnelling in order to train machine operators in a safe training environment.

Virtual Collaboration Labs Baden-Württemberg develops virtual collaboration for Baden-Württemberg, supported by XR technologies and PolyVR for interdisciplinary research projects in the InnovationCampus Mobility of the Future

PolyVR is a virtual reality 3D engine with main focus is the scalability of hardware setups and scene authoring and management.

TRinE - Telepresence Robots in Education: Use of telepresence robots in educational institutions to develop innovative didactic methods and to promote media and social skills in distance learning.

Dr. Ing. Polina Häfner

Further information about ongoing projects at the FZI

Completed Projects
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3DConFu: 3D reconstruction of rooms and intelligent configuration of furniture


Development of an adaptable set of tools for strategic product planning

Capability Appraisal and Requirements evaluation for Configuration Management is a project aiming at developing an appraisal framework for evaluating the Configuration Management Maturity of German Industry. 

China European Network on the Net

Decision support advisor for innovative business models and user engagement for smart energy efficient disctircs

Development of an inteRActive EnGineering Portal for Open Networks

Unified demand response interoperability framework enabling market participation of active energy consumers

DigiFab - Digitale Fabrik für den Mittelstand

For the project "DriveSim", IMI team develops a novel intelligent driving simulator that is tailored to the needs of the Chinese driving school students using technology like virtual reality and artificial intelliegence to create experience closest to reality.

EVEIL 3D – Learning Languages in 3D virtual environments

Deutsch-Chinesische Industrie 4.0 Fabrikautomatisierungsplattform

Information logistics for the Internet-based process interaction in cross-sector cooperations

Klassifikationssysteme automatisiert erstellen

KinKon - a system for the real-time reconstruction of extended and bounded 3D environments. 

Knowledge-based energy management for public buildings through holistic information modeling and 3D visualization

An Internet-based Collaborative Platform for Managing Manufacturing Knowledge

Knowledge Based Customized Services for Traditional Manufacturing Sectors Provided by a Network of High Tech SME

Flexible assembly processes for the Car of the Third Millennium

SFB 346 "Computer Integrated Design and Manufacturing of Components"

Semantic Web for Information Modelling in Energy Efficient Buildings

Construction of a simulation model for the qualification of the new vibration method for decontamination of pipelines

VIEW-BW - Visualisierung der Energiewende in Baden-Württemberg

Experiencing Physical and Technical Phenomena in Schools Using Virtual Reality Driving Simulator


Flexible Change Management for the Factory of the Future

"Multidimensional Service Prototyping" and development of tecniques and tecnologies for "Rapid-Service-Prototyping"

Integrated and interdisciplinary product and process model in the early phase of product development. Development of a data model for a collaborative knowledge-based product program, product portfolio and project management under aspects of frontloading