Humanoid robots: the ARMARs
In the future, robots could be helping us out in our daily lives. Scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are working on making this vision a reality. The aim of their research is to develop versatile robot systems that can perform numerous functions to assist people at home and in production plants. KIT’s humanoid robots learn from humans by watching and imitating – just like small children. They interact with humans using natural language. External Link
The project is funded by the European Union and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Will robots really help us sometime in our household? ARMAR shows what he can already do. Video
What does a roboticist? An interview with professor Tamim Asfour from the KIT Institute for Anthropomatics. Video in German
Podcast (in German): Looking for home help (© Audio: KIT)
The aging immune system
Human immune defences become weaker with age, meaning that, as we get older, vaccines offer us less protection and we are more prone to infection. Scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig investigate why the immune system ages and how pathogens may affect the real age of our immune system.
An extract of the Podcast (in German) „Immunological Inflexibility of old age – How our immune systems lose their ability to adapt as we grow older“. (© HZI/Schilling)
Optimising dementia care
As people live longer, the number of dementia sufferers is rising – and so is demand for care that meets their needs. Most of the care burden is borne by family members. The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases launched the DelpHI-MV study to test innovative approaches to improving care and quality of life for dementia patients living at home and for their families.
The study is being conducted at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in collaboration with the universities in Greifswald and Rostock.
Solving global challenges
The High-Tech Strategy for Germany
The High-Tech Strategy is intended to help Germany assume a leading role in the solution of global challenges andto give convincing answers to the important questions of the 21th century. In this way, we are not only contributing to improving the lives of many people. A broad base in science and research and the development of quality technology are also helping us secure prosperity and qualified jobs in Germany. The Federal Government has therefore defined ten forward-looking projects, relying on the advice of the Industry-Science Research Alliance.
More information about the forward-looking project „Living an independent life well into old age“ can be found here (in German only).