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06.12.2017

GTI 2017: From Potsdam via Stanford to Melbourne - international cooperation across continents and time zones

How can the use of novel sensor technology fully document damage to vehicles and create added value for drivers, insurance companies and firms? How can artificial intelligence improve communication between people, and what attractive solutions can a car insurance offer individuals around the maintenance and repair of their vehicles? These are the three tasks that HPI Master students will tackle this year as part of the Global Team-based Innovation (GTI) course. The interim results will be presented by the students on 13th December in Potsdam.

At the beginning of November, this year's SUGAR Network Global Kickoff 2017-2018 took place at Stanford University with around 250 participants. (Photo: Sugar Network)

Global Team-based Innovation is a course in the Master's program IT Systems Engineering, where students spend two semesters using the methods of Design Thinking to work on solutions for concrete design tasks of global companies. The course will be conducted in cooperation with Stanford University's Mechanical Engineering Program 310 (ME310) and the SUGAR Network and will provide participants with the opportunity to work with students from leading international universities. This year, around 250 participants come from 23 top universities, including the University of St. Gallen, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Design Factory Melbourne.

Each of the 41 teams develops needs analyzes, presentations and prototypes across disciplinary borders and time zones for the task of their business partner. Each team is supported by a professional coach and domain expert of the company in the various stages of collaboration. The goal is to provide students with concrete design project experience during their studies. The companies in turn benefit from the creativity and fresh perspective of the participants on known problems.

A total of nine HPI Master's students work in three teams to develop concepts for the Ventures department of the automotive supplier Hella, the insurance company HUK-Coburg and FutureWei Technologies, a research department of the mobile phone manufacturer Huawei.

The projects:

Hella Ventures

Where does the scratch on my car come from? And who will pay for the damage? Car-sharing companies know this problem above all. The SHAKE (Structural Health And Knock Emission Sensor) sensor from automotive supplier Hella, is a sensor-based analysis system that documents shocks and damage to vehicles mounted on the inside of the bodywork. By matching recorded sounds with a database, it identifies and locates the place and type of damage based on sound propagation and vibration. SHAKE is an application with many development options, as it can guarantee a complete documentation of damage.

HPI students David Hahn, Maik Zarnbach and Fabian Paul are working with fellow students from Stanford University and Design Factory Melbourne on exploring new product development opportunities for other vehicle classes and usage areas – this is not just a thematic challenge, but a practical one as well due to the eight-hour time difference to both partner universities.

HUK-Coburg Versicherungsgruppe

The HUK-Coburg Versicherungsgruppe gave the student team the task of a creative solution for the development and expansion of their network with partner workshops. First and foremost, Felix Musmann, Klara Seitz and Maximilian Söchting and the team from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology should develop concepts that make it easier for the motor vehicle insurer's customer to faciliate maintenance and handling claims and improve communication between customers and the automobile workshop.

FutureWei Technologies - Huawei

FutureWei Technologies, a research department of Huawei, is looking, with the help of students, for new communication concepts through the use of Artifical Intelligence Technologies (AI). AI uses models and algorithms that simulate human intelligence, and is increasingly able to recognize intentions and predict user behavior. This allows a completely new communication and service structure that works faster and more efficiently. The task of Simon Krogmann, Winfried Loetzsch and Sebastian Serth is to work with their team from Stanford University to develop new ideas on how to improve customer interaction and user behavior through AI.

The GTI Fall Presentations will take place on December 13, 2017, starting at 16:00 in House D.

Further information about the event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1752483025057731

Picture gallery of the kickoff event: