AI for manufacturing (KI-Net)

Interreg project The KI-Net project is an Interreg research project (2020-01-01 to 2022-06-30) in which we broadly investigate methods of artificial intelligence and beyond in the application domain of manufacturing and industrial production. The consortial lead is at SCCH with additional consortial partners at the Univ. of Innsbruck (Anna Fensel), HS Kempten (Dirk Jacob), TH Rosenheim (Kai Höfig) and FH Salzburg (Stefan Huber) as consortial partners.

The project also has a website:

Another website at FH Salzburg: here

Project team at Salzburg:

Workshops and demonstrations

As usual for EU Interreg projects, a main focus lies also in the dissemination and demonstration of prototypes with a focus on SMEs. See the project website for details.1 There are a couple of knowledge transfer events planed in around May 2022 for each consortial partner, in particular on May 12 at Salzburg. You can register here.

Robot and nine mens morris As a part of knowledge dissemination, my working group in Salzburg developed a demonstrator for methods of artificial intelligence, digital twins and robotics by means of an Nine Mens Morris game played by robots and/or humans. It will demonstrate:

This demonstrator was developed in tight collaboration with HS Kempten. In particular, we can have a geographically distributed game play, where Kempten employs their own developed tripod Plotbot controlled by an industrial PLCs from B&R industrial automation, while we use a simple Dobot.

Original research

In addition to the above demonstrator, we investigated a couple of original research topics.

We leveraged established machine learning frameworks, such as TensorFlow, to improve numerical optimization tasks in automation industry, namely optimizing cam profiles in terms of \(\mathcal{C}^k\)-continuous spline approximation, see [HW22] .

We combined the standard model of intelligent agents as given by Russel and Norvig and the standard model of digital twins, as given for instance by Kritzinger. In particular, we presented an OPC UA-based architecture to deploy reinforcement learning, see [SKWH22] .

A student’s project addressed the question of applying AI-based methods to the commissioning problem, which is essentially an instance of the Traveling Salesperson Problem, see [LWUH22] .

  1. The website is targeted at a German-speaking audience. 

  2. See van Steen & Tanenbaum, Distributed Systems, for details. When we say “middleware”, we mean remote procedure calls, message passing systems, middleware services, architecture neutral communication agnostic w.r.t. hardware, operating system, programming language and so on.