Long Night of Sciences 2023

How does greening land affect floodwaters and traffic? How can digital processes help restore facial bones after injury or destruction due to disease? How can we make our lives in the Berlin and Brandenburg region more climate-neutral and how can artificial intelligence help?

These and other questions around the interdisciplinary field of digitization research will be at the Long Night of Science at ECDF, the House of Digitalization, on June 17, 2023. In addition to ECDF projects, the Climate Change Center Berlin/Brandeburg (CCC) and the Future Security Lab will also present their projects. Info and tickets: //here




Creating personal comfort models using a fitness watch

Can data from fitness apps and smart wearables be used to create models that predict how comfortable a person feels in their thermal environment? Can this help smart building systems provide better environmental conditions for their occupants? Machine learning will be used to create a model that predicts user preferences in terms of thermal comfort. Using a fitness watch, you can determine this and match it with your sensation, thus actively supporting the researchers in the model development.


Energiewendebauen - Data puzzle for the energy shift

Accelerating the energy shift with data science: That is the goal of the interdisciplinary research project Energiewendebauen. Whether building dimensions, electricity consumption, water use, number of occupants or occupancy rates - all this is informative for the energy planning of buildings. And thus also for the energy transition. But what data is available and where? How can it be digitally reconciled? Which new technologies and methods can provide additional insights? And how can this be reconciled with data protection? Energiewendebauen explores these questions.


Future Security Lab

What does the future of security look like? Climate change, surveillance, resilient cities: The Future Security Lab at the ECDF presents current security research projects in a clear and innovative way. Interactive scenarios invite visitors to participate. The project "Zukunftslabor des Forschungsforums Öffentliche Sicherheit" of Freie Universität Berlin is funded by the BMBF.


SimRa - More safety in cycling with the help of your smartphone

The number of cyclists killed in accidents in Berlin remains high. The SimRa (Safety in Cycling) research project aims to make bicycle use safer. With the help of a smartphone app, data on near-accidents can be easily collected and categorized. The data collected in the project will be evaluated together with partners such as urban and regional planning, in order to achieve sustainable changes. At the LNDW, visitors can try out the app on site, register as a tester, and use a model to identify particularly affected areas.


Bio-Inspired Robotic Vision

How do robots orient themselves when everything is in motion? Animals can do this very well - with a highly sensitive visual apparatus. Novel event cameras use sensor technology borrowed from the animal world. Instead of registering entire images, they only register changes in light, in each pixel individually, with millisecond precision. But registering changes does not mean recognizing movement. And that's exactly what technical systems need - from autonomous driving to production lines. Prof. Guillermo Gallego is researching methods and algorithms to help machines learn to see motion.


Quantum Escape Challenge – Free yourselves from the Escape Room With Quantum Technologies

Quantum technologies promise an exciting future. We take you to a world where secure communication, solutions to previously unsolvable computing problems, and super accurate measurements are already a reality today. In our Escape Room you can explore the lab together, find hidden clues and solve exciting puzzles. Will you manage to activate the quantum computer? No idea what a quantum computer is? No problem! Come by, bring 30-40 minutes of time and become a real quantum expert in a group of 3-4 people.


Critical Maker Lab - Research through Design
What can research through experimental design look like? This is practically explored in the Critical Maker Lab: approaches of open science and technology development are exploratively tested here. Using rapid prototyping, design objects and interventions are created that open up critical perspectives on social power relations and address social issues, opportunities and challenges of digitalization. Through a transdisciplinary approach, an attempt is made to overcome the boundaries between theory and practice, science and activism, art, and technology.


Smart Water Networks - ConnectiCity Game
Climate change and urban growth are dramatically exacerbating water management challenges. Smart monitoring and decision-making tools are therefore needed to optimize networks, cope with stress scenarios and avoid crises. The ConnectiCity e-learning model game offers an unusual approach. What is the impact of greening areas on floodwater and traffic? What influence do the needs of the growing population have? The serious game lets players try out planning decisions and conveys a feeling for the city as a sensitive system.


Intraoral Scan - Digital Bone Structure

Complex anatomy, sensitive nerve pathways, fine vessels - a lot comes together during surgical procedures in the facial region. Meticulous planning is crucial for success. Especially when it comes to restoring facial bones after injury or destruction due to disease. How can digital techniques help with this? ECDF professor Tabea Flügge is expanding the realm of possibility with her research and clinical practice: A scan of the oral cavity serves as the basis for computer-assisted surgical planning and the production of implants via 3D printing.


Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg

The climate crisis and digitalization are both megatrends of the 21st century whose development will be decisive for the future of mankind. How can we make our lives in the Berlin and Brandenburg region more climate-neutral and how can artificial intelligence help? The Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg deals with this and other climate-related questions and promotes projects on various topics, such as construction, energy, mobility, and nutrition. A selection of these projects will be presented at the LNDW and discussed with the visitors.