Joint press release of the University of Kaiserslautern and the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE

From research straight to application: project on efficient data memory for autonomous driving starts

Press Release / August 01, 2019

Safe and reliable data memory for autonomous driving – this is what a new research project of the University of Kaiserslautern (TUK) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in collaboration with the Research and Advanced Engineering Center of Robert Bosch GmbH is all about. In a newly launched research transfer program, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are funding the project with around 750,000 euros for three years. This is the first funding program of DFG together with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft that involves direct transfer from research to industrial application.

In the age of Big Data, efficient data memory and rapid access are becoming ever more important. “In our project we deal with how to design memory for Big Data efficiently, especially in the context of autonomous driving”, says Dr. Matthias Jung, researcher at Fraunhofer IESE. “Another major problem – in addition to efficient memory and the large bandwidths required to access the data – is that in safety-critical applications such as autonomous driving, memory chips are used, for cost reasons, that were actually developed for the consumer sector, e.g., for smartphones. Appropriate measures must therefore be taken to increase the reliability of such memory”, continues project manager Professor Dr. Norbert Wehn from the University of Kaiserslautern.

In the context of the project “Memtonomy – Optimizing Memory for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Driving”, the researchers are collaborating via the transfer structure of the Fraunhofer High-Performance Center in the science hub Kaiserslautern.

Last year was the first time that the DFG and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft announced such a transfer grant. In total, 230 projects were reviewed, seven of which were approved for funding. “The fact that our trilateral project was selected for funding is a great success for Kaiserslautern as a science hub”, says Professor Dr. Arnd Poetzsch-Heffter, Vice President Research and Technology of TUK. “Particularly since there is another project at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM whose funding was also approved, so that Kaiserslautern is represented in this new line of programs with two out of seven projects.”

“I am very happy about the great success of the University of Kaiserslautern and Fraunhofer IESE. This is a reflection of the great scientific capacity of the science hub Kaiserslautern. With their research work, the research partners TUK and IESE will, together with their industry partner, the technology company Bosch, make an important contribution to future autonomous driving and thus to the global markets of the future. I am also particularly delighted that the other Fraunhofer institutes ITWM, i.e., the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics in Kaiserslautern, and the IMM, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microtechnology and Microsystems in Mainz, are also among the seven projects funded by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the DFG”, says the Rhineland-Palatinate Minister of Science, Professor Dr. Konrad Wolf.

More about the funding program of DFG and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft:

Trilateral transfer projects with Fraunhofer

If you have any questions, please contact:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Wehn
Division of Microelectronic Systems Design / TUK
Phone: 0631 205-4436

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Jung
Senior Engineer / Project Manager
Fraunhofer IESE
Phone: 0631 6800-2279