Starting to talk to a vehicle

Casting a look at the BMW Group's research station at the Euroscience Open Forum

Munich. The BMW Group Research and Technology, a subsidiary of BMW AG, allows all scientifically interested to have an insight into their research lab at the Euroscience Open Forum at the forum at the Deutsche Museum. Being supported by the "ScienceClub", BMW Group´s Science Online-Journal, experts show some possibilities of various forms of communication between the vehicle an its driver: speech identification and dialogues just like in human conversation as well as web applications by a motor-cycle. The President of the Federal Republic of Germany Horst Köhler inaugurates the European Forum of Science taking place from the 15th of July to the 19th of July on July, the 15th at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof. Over 70 symposiums and lectures are intended to make the public interested in topics ranging all the way from natural to social sciences.

Next to the actual scientific tenors, the BMW Group shows its strong ties with universities by chosen projects of research. For example: BMW Group´s scientists specialists work together with the „German Research Centre of artificial Intelligence" (DFKI) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in a project called SmartWeb in order to develop a multi-modal entry to the internet making it possible to get access to personal, universal information and entertainment supplies at any time. The natural linguistic dialogue shown in the example of terminal information and the driver´s intention are emphasized in the language processing project NADIA. A base for this speech-dialogue system: The tight co-operation between the BMW Group Research and Technology and the professorship of Human-Machine Interface at the TU München as well as a venture of the University of Saarland. Thus the BMW Group Research and Technology encourages and concentrates the interbranch of knowledge and overlapping team-work of faculties into a beam and reaches from the arts to the sciences. Moreover it works with its world-wide network of technology as a bond between universities on an international level.

Following experts of the BMW Group will gladly inform you in the exhibition grounds at the forum (Museumsinsel), stand 20, July 16th to 18th:

  • Dr. Klaus-Josef Bengler, Head of Research Projects Human Machine Interface of BMW Group Research and Technology is at your disposal for interviews and questions on Human-Machine topics on: July, 17th; 2.00p.m. – 5.00p.m and July 18th, 1.00p.m. – 4.00p.m.
  • Dr. Michael Pitz, physician and Head of project NADIA, demonstrates on July 16th and July 17th at 11.00a.m. – 6.00p.m.; July 19th 1.00p.m. – 2.00p.m.
  • Dr. Ilse Kulp, computer scientist and Head of project SmartWeb answers questions on the project on July, 16th and 17th from 10.00a.m – 6.00p.m.
  • Barbara Vitzithum and Alexandra Karg, BMW Group, guide interested students and job-beginners on July, 17th from 1.30p.m. on


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