The group of 17 participants mainly included decision-makers from various Baltic companies with an IT or engineering background. The visitors had traveled to Bavaria with a focus on the automotive industry, which is why the guided tour at fortiss was conducted primarily with this focus in mind. After the visit, the delegation also had the companies BMW, Audi and MAN on their agenda.
The tour started with a demonstration of the fortiss research car Apollo at the bottom of the Highlight Towers Munich. In front of an impressive setting, the fortiss scientists Xiangzhong Liu and Jiajie Zhang demonstrated, how the car has already been successfully used in a research project and what insights have been gained from it for the further development of autonomous driving.
Afterwards, the delegation went to the 15th floor of the Highlight Towers, where the Baltic delegation got a comprehensive insight into the individual topics of the fortiss Labs as well as the different fortiss research clusters. A total of four fortiss teams from the competence areas Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS), Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Knowledge-based Systems Engineering (KBSE) and Neuromorphic Computing (NC) presented exemplary use cases in the individual labs. Among others, hardware and software architectures, model-based software development for automated driving functions or energy-efficient AI solutions based on neuromorphic hardware were explained in detail. As the participants were particularly interested in the topic of autonomous driving, trends and visions for the automotive industry were discussed in addition to the technical aspects.
The German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK) in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania is part of the worldwide network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. The Chamber of Commerce currently has over 400 member companies spread across the three Baltic states, with offices in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. It has been the contact for German-Baltic business relations for more than two decades. Currently, there is an excellent investment climate in the Baltic region. There are good opportunities for future research cooperation within EU projects.