Heilbronn, February 2015
Already for the fourth time, the IHK Heilbronn-Franken awarded the IHK Research Transfer Prize. Three outstanding cooperation projects between science and industry were awarded a total of 20,000 Euros at a festive award ceremony.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerrit Meixner from UniTyLab at Heilbronn University and Dr. Roland Weiss from ABB AG Ladenburg were delighted to receive a silver prize worth 5,000 euros for their joint project DeSTIny – the development of a program that helps software developers to detect errors in the area of standards and guidelines during programming when using user interfaces. The result was the prototype of a plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, which automatically compares the usability knowledge contained in the knowledge base with the user interface developed by the software developer and thus immediately indicates violations of stored standards and guidelines and can also provide tips for manual optimization.
IHK Research Transfer Prize 2015
Every year, the IHK Research Transfer Prize honors three particularly outstanding projects between research institutions and companies. The prerequisite is that one of the two cooperation partners comes from the Heilbronn-Franken region and that the work was completed no more than five years ago. The innovative performance, knowledge transfer, application possibilities and economic success potential of the submitted project will be evaluated.
This year’s gold research transfer prize went to Prof. Dr. Dirk Höfer from the Hohenstein Institute for Textile Innovation GmbH in Bönnigheim and Dr. Georg Matheis from Novalung GmbH in Heilbronn for the development of a carrying system that enables patients with an artificial lung to move freely. Dr. Georg Matheis is also closely associated with Heilbronn University and cooperates with the university’s Gecko Institute as part of the European InnoLife research consortium.
Another research transfer prize in silver was awarded to Prof. Dr. Andreas Reichert from the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Mosbach and Joachim März from Pogo Sammet & März GmbH Löwenstein for the development of a high-performance three-hulled boat, which can be erected again by the crew alone in capsized condition. Joachim März is a graduate of the study course Production Engineering (today Production and Process Management) at Heilbronn University.
Background on UniTyLab
The Usability & Interaction Technology Laboratory (UniTyLab) was founded in 2013 by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerrit Meixner together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ansgar Meroth and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Wittenberg. The focus of the UniTyLab is to develop novel user interfaces and innovative technologies in the field of human-technology interaction or to transfer existing interaction concepts to new application cases and domains and to evaluate them. The UniTyLab bundles competences of the faculties of computer science and mechanics and electronics in order to use the expertise of the domains automation technology, automotive and medicine located at the university and to further advance the quality of human-technology interaction.