Rolls-Royce partners with German digital engineering university

Posted on 30 Apr 2018 by Jonny Williamson

Rolls-Royce is joining forces with the respected German science organisation, the Hasso Plattner Institute, to further develop its digital capabilities.

The Hasso Plattner Institute is Germany’s university excellence centre for digital engineering.

The British manufacturer signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute, committing both parties to pioneering research into Artificial Intelligence (AI), Design Thinking, E-Learning and Data Security.

Reportedly, both partners will be exploring how these fields can be applied to aerospace research and development, production and services.

The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam is Germany’s university excellence centre for digital engineering.

With its bachelor‘s and master’s degree programs in ‘IT Systems Engineering’, the Faculty of Digital Engineering, established jointly by HPI and the University of Potsdam, offers an especially practical and engineering-oriented study program in computer science that is unique throughout Germany.

It will work with Rolls-Royce’s acceleration hub for data innovation, R² Data Labs, to create new capabilities at Rolls-Royce.  These will cover:

  • Artificial Intelligence – The analysis of in-service data supported by pioneering AI in the field of pattern recognition, enabling even more precise and customised precautionary maintenance to improve customer operational efficiency.
  • Design Thinking – The HPI is renowned for its Design Thinking approach, a process developed for creative problem-solving. Both partners are working together on ways to integrate Design Thinking into Rolls-Royce’s future training and the Digital Academy programme.
  • E-Learning –Digital training and knowledge transfer in global companies is an increasingly important success factor. The HPI has great experience in setting up effective digital training and E-Learning environments to support information exchange.
  • Data Security – Engines deliver large amounts of data – both in the process of manufacturing and during operation. Research will future data flow, organisation and storage to ensure data integrity and protection is maximised.

The agreement also supports the Rolls-Royce IntelligentEngine vision, based on a belief that the worlds of product and service have become so closely connected that they are now inseparable. The coming together of product and service, supercharged by digital technology, offers Rolls-Royce a wealth of opportunities to improve the way it provides power to its customers.

Alastair McIntosh, Head of Technology Programmes, Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, and Director Engineering & Technology, Rolls-Royce Deutschland, said: “We believe that working with academics, OEM partners, niche start-ups and a broad range of other trusted third-parties this kind of collaborative innovation will unlock the most potential value from data.”

Rolls-Royce, through R² Data Labs, already partners with Tata Consultancy Services and Microsoft, two globally-recognised digital service providers.

The agreement is another example of the commitment of Rolls-Royce and R² Data Labs to build an ecosystem of innovation and partners that bring together the latest thinking and technologies from a wide community of innovators collaborative.

R² Data Labs has data innovation capability hubs in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Singapore, India and New Zealand.

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