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Research Projects in Cooperation with Industry

Research in Saarland maintains strong links to many key partners in industry. Among them are big and international IT companies like Microsoft, IBM, Intel, AMD, Siemens and Infineon, all German automotive companies, the aircraft industry and many more. The Saarland campus has also been the breeding ground for large spin-offs such as IDS Scheer or SAP Retail Solutions. With the help of the Startup Center Saarland graduates have founded more than 70 spin-off companies over the last ten years. Example for some of the larger research projects are presented below.

Real-time Ray Tracing

Real-time ray tracing is a new, high-performance hardware and software architecture that is displacing conventional visualization techniques used in industrial development. The interactive graphics technology allows 3D objects to be displayed, moved and modified. Even light properties like shadows, refractions and reflections can be realistically simulated. To display original CAD models such as an entire Boeing 777, data from as many as 350 million polygons must be processed interactively. This equates to more than 30 gigabytes of data or 40 CD-ROMs. Real-time ray tracing can be employed in automobile manufacturing, aircraft construction and other industrial applications for the early detection and resolution of design problems.

Partners: VW, BMW, Daimler-Chrysler, Intel, Nvidia u.a.
Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Slusallek
Mail: slusallek(-at-)cs.uni-sb.de
Tel. (0681) 302-3830

Verisoft: Formal Verification of Computer Systems

Verisoft is an applied research project aimed at developing methods to facilitate the formal verification of computer systems and their mathematical accuracy. The goal is to ensure that computer systems embedded in products such as automobiles and aircraft are 100% error free. The new technology is being utilized at the processor level and will now be expanded for use with entire systems. Academic Partners are the German Research Center for Artificiel Intelligence (DFKI), the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science in Saarbrücken, the Department of Computer Science at Saarland University and other Universities in Germany.

Industrial Partners: BMW, Infineon, T-Systems, One Spin Solutions, AbsInt GmbH

Contact: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang J. Paul
Tel. (0681) 302-2436

AVACS: Automatic Verification und Analysis of Complex Systems

The failure of safety-critical systems in aircraft, trains or automobiles can cost human lives, which makes it all the more important that they are thoroughly tested. To date, verifying the accuracy of these systems has been limited to specific aspects such as stability or continuity. Under the scope of the AVACS project, a Transregional Collaborative Research Center of the German Research Council (DFG), researchers are developing processes to enable the comprehensive and holistic testing of complex systems such as braking assistance and automatic distance control while also providing the capability to predict their reliability.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Wilhelm
Tel. (0681) 302-3434

ARTIST2: Advanced Real-Time Systems

The strategic goal of the European network of excellence ARTIST2 is to strengthen European research in the area of embedded systems and to improve this multidisciplinary subject. ARTIST2 combines the most renowned European research groups from the various disciplines (electronics, cybernetics, applied mathematics and computer science)Saarland Computer Science participates by working on time analysis of real time systems.

Partners: many academic and industrial partners in Europe
Contact: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Wilhelm
Tel. (0681) 302-3434

Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware (NMM)

Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware (NMM) makes it possible to create flexible and fully synchronized multimedia scenarios using applications, devices, and compute resources distributed across the network. Using new developed technology, NMM now automatically adapts the quality of video and audio to optimally use the bandwidth currently available in the network in order to always deliver the best possible user experience. NMM is now available not only on Windows XP and several Linux platforms but also on Windows Vista, Mac OS X, the Cell-processor, and PDAs. 

Partners: Motama GmbH
Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Slusallek
Tel. (0681) 302-3830