Members of the Science Alliance are the University of Kaiserslautern, the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, and eight research institutes, some of which are spin-offs of successful research completed at the University of Kaiserslautern. The Commercial Vehival Cluster GmbH and the Westpflaz-Klinikum are also part of the alliance. Their prolific work in the past years has added to the growing reputation of Kaiserslautern as a distinguished location for study, research, and technology.
Scientific research and technological problem-solving increasingly require multidisciplinary approaches. In applied research there is a continually accelerated cycle of innovation. Thus, complex research projects progressively revolve around research bundles or so-called “clusters”, in which partners of varying competences from science and industry focus on specific aspects of a question or problem.
One of the basic tasks of the Science Alliance is to utilize the potential of interdisciplinary research as it has already been realized in the two existing research centers at the University of Kaiserslautern. In the Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (CM²) mathematical models are developed and improved to be applied in engineering sciences. In the Center for Optics and Material Sciences (OPTIMAS), experts from various disciplines examine the variety of interactions between photons, electronic spins and matter in order to answer application-oriented questions in physics, chemistry, biology and material sciences.
Based on the latest scientific findings and technologies the member institutes of the Science Alliance aim to provide a multidisciplinary network that covers the entire innovation cycle from fundamental research to product and process development. The Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster Digital Engineering for Commercial Vehicles illustrates how researchers, producers and distributors work together to improve the software controlled development, planning and production processes of the utility vehicle industry.
Within the framework of the Science Alliance, not only cooperation partners from all over the world profit from the variety of competences offered, but also students and doctoral candidates, who early on in their studies have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge as full-fledged members of international teams in the different research departments.
As a center of innovation Kaiserslautern profits from an excellent network of research facilities and local industries, in close cooperation with the City of Kaiserslautern and the State of Rhineland-Palatinate.
A perfect example is the cooperation of the Bau AG Kaiserslautern, a non-profit local building society, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering in the pilot project Ambient Assisted Living. The geographical proximity of the partners allowed the concerted development and realization of a future concept for a self-determined life into advanced age as a sample solution for municipal builders in other communities.
Another example is the SmartFactory where the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, in cooperation with the University of Kaiserslautern and numerous companies in the region, develops and operates a demonstration platform for the application of automated line production techniques, which is unique in Europe. A close and longstanding collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Technology and Business Mathematics enabled a medium-sized local foundry to become a nationwide leader in this field of technology.
The City of Kaiserslautern supports the institutes’ need for expansion and the outsourcing of businesses through an active promotion of economic development and centrally located areas of commerce such as the PRE-Uni Park or the planned conversion of the former Pfaff industrial area into a technology park. There are also numerous private initiatives like the “Diemersteiner Kreis”, in which representatives of local companies and research organizations offer advice and support to potential entrepreneurs.
The numerous spin-offs of the member institutes are proof of the success of the application-oriented research conducted within the Science Alliance Kaiserslautern.