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The “Institut f. Automation und Kommunikation” (ifak), founded in 1991, whose legal operator is the registered association of the same name, ranks among the German Research-Mittelstand and is one of the founding members of the "Deutsche Industrieforschungsgemeinschaft Konrad Zuse e.V.". The institute carries out applied research on “Information and Communication Technology and Automation”, “Water and Energy”, “Measurement Technology and Power Electronics” and “Transport and Assistance”. In around 75 projects of research annually, ranging from feasibility studies to complex development projects, ifak is a partner to industry. It is a reflection of the cross-sectional character of automation and information technology that the customers come from the widest range of industries in addition to electrical engineering.

ifak at the IEEE-Workshop NEXTA 2018 in Västerås

Martin Reider presented a concept for a feature-based test prioritization at the first IEEE workshop "on NEXt level of Test Automation" (NEXTA 2018, in Västerås. Together with his two co-authors Stephan Magnus and Jan Krause, he embarked on a journey to Sweden to present the developed concepts and first results to the community ( Based on the very good feedback, the research work will be further developed and implemented within TESTOMAT (

Gemeinsame Sitzung des projektbegleitenden Ausschusses für das DFAM-Forschungsvorhaben "KoMe" und des GMA-FA 5.21 "Funkgestützte Kommunikation"

Das Forschungsprojekt "Kognitive Mediumszugangsalgorithmen für industrielle Funkanwendungen (KoMe)" befindet sich kurz vor dem erfolgreichen Abschluss. Am 10.04.2018 fand am ifak in Magdeburg die 6. Sitzung des projektbegleitenden Ausschusses der industriellen Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF) statt. Das IGF-Vorhaben der Deutschen Forschungsgesellschaft für Automatisierung und Mikroelektronik e.V. (DFAM) wurde durch die Forschungsvereinigung Forschungskuratorium Maschinenbau e.V. - FKM, Lyoner Straße 18, 60528 Frankfurt am Main über die AiF im Rahmen des Programms zur Förderung der industriellen Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF) vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages gefördert.

New project at ifak: MONAT - Model-based and demand-driven network configuration for automation and telecommunications networks

At the beginning of the new year, a new project started at ifak: MONAT - Model-based and demand-driven network configuration for automation and telecommunications networks. The research project MONAT aims to contribute to achieve trust in the new technology Software Defined Network for the establishment of virtual networks. This is only possible if it can be proven that, in addition to the required quality characteristics of the connection, it is also possible to implement security requirements without additional overhead. In addition, MONAT will examine the consistency of the developed configuration solutions for real-time-capable communication modules in the industrial automation sector, including the Time Sensitive Networking approaches on the one hand and the use of the same configuration solutions in the pure ICT area and implement them on the basis of demonstrators.

Cooperation partner ifak-ts starts HART test laboratory

ifak-ts has been successfully audited by the FieldComm Group and starts operation of the test laboratory for field devices with HART interface.

Visit to the Chinese institute ITEI

On 02.11.2017 Sarah Willmann from ifak visited the Chinese institute ITEI (Instrumentation Technology & Economy Institute). The aim of the meeting was to exchange information about current standardization activities and future cooperation.

ifak at the SPS/IPC/Drives from 28th to 30th November, 2017

ifak will be exhibiting at the PNO's joint booth in Hall 2, Stand 539 the new tool 'Plant Explorer', which is used for the topology detection of industrial topologies networks and observing or setting information of PROFINET devices.

New cooperation between Chinese University HDU and ifak

On 30th October 2017 Prof ZHU Zefei, president of Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU), and the Head of Institute of ifak, Prof Ulrich Jumar, met and agreed on a long-term cooperation. At a dignified ceremony, which introduced Mr Jumar as an Professor of HDU, the partner substantiated their plans for cooperation in research & development, particularly in the field of automatization technology. 

German-Israel cooperation on water technologies - ifak scientist at a project meeting in Haifa

In the second week of november, Dr Schütze of ifak is attending a project meeting with ifak's cooperation partner in Israel. In this workshop with Prof. Friedler of Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and his research group, this scientists are discussing the results achieved so far in the CLUWAL project, which is funded by German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the State of Israel. In this bilateral research cooperation,simulation-based methods for the assessment of urban water system are developed.These will allow municipalities and water authorities a prudent management of their water systems, by assessing various technological options according to social, ecological and economic criteria of sustainability. Of particular importance in this project are rainwater and stormwater harvesting, as a means of saving precious water resources.


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