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Sensonic and JKU join forces

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Sensonic and the Institute for Machine Learning at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) agreed on a close collaboration. The common goal is to conduct ground-breaking fundamental research by applying latest machine learning findings to Sensonic’s software solution. Thus, the company aims at deriving highly valuable real-time information to enable their customers from the railway industry and fiber optic network providers to make better operational decisions.

Obtaining and processing data

Different missions, but complementary skillsets

“JKU and Sensonic may have different missions, but we have complementary skillsets and we believe that this will drive innovative discoveries. Our solution creates a digital twin of all vibrations along a railroad track that has a fiber optic cable running parallel to it. This digital twin contains massive amounts of valuable information for stakeholders throughout both, railway and fiber network industry. We do already use a highly efficient AI-pipeline to train the algorithms that derive this information. Harnessing latest findings from machine learning research, these real-time and historical insights will be improved and thus enable our customers to make better decisions”, says Rene Zeilinger, CTO Sensonic. The in-house expert and technical lead of artificial intelligence at Sensonic, Richard Deetlefs, will be leading and coordinating this cooperation.


New fundamental machine learning research

“Learning a true understanding of the massive amount of measurement data that arises from the fiber optic cable is a great challenge. New fundamental machine learning research will have to be done in order to fully exploit the diverse information”, explains project leader Bernhard Nessler, JKU.

Combining research and practice

Within the next three years, Sensonic will be funding two Ph.D. positions at the institute and participate in the further development of the respective Cluster for High Performance Computing (HPC).

Driving disruptive innovations

“Strengthening our involvement on the research side will boost our capabilities to drive disruptive innovations that have the potential to improve the connections between people and places”, Zeilinger says.

Collaborating with pioneer in AI

The JKU welcomes this investment in application-oriented research on the core technology of digitalization. Prof. Dr. Sepp Hochreiter is the head of the Institute for Machine Learning and the LIT AI Lab at JKU and a global pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He emphasizes the benefits of this collaboration:

"With Frauscher Sensonic, another highly innovative Austrian company has entered into cooperation with the Institute for Machine Learning. We are looking forward to the exciting collaboration, which will open up numerous new research fields and support Frauscher Sensonic in continuing to assert itself as the most competitive player in the market."

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