Long Night of Sciences 2024


The Long Night of Science will take place again in Berlin on June 22, 2024. From 5 p.m. to midnight, numerous scientific and science-related institutions in Berlin will open their doors to the public. The ECDF will once again take part this year and present various projects related to digitalization research. Tickets and further information can be found //here. The venue is barrier-free.

We will be presenting over ten projects directly opposite the Bundestag:


Digital Twin-based Teleoperated Driving

Autonomous vehicles offer promising possibilities to make traffic in urban areas more efficient. However, the technical and legal challenges are extremely complex, which is why in the foreseeable future, a human will still be involved in parts of the driving task. In teleoperated driving, this person does not need to be in the vehicle but operates it remotely. In our project, we are investigating how a digital twin of the vehicle and its surroundings can make teleoperated driving safer and more scalable.


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. 


Smart Water Networks - ConnectiCity Spiel

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.


Young Student's Illustrated Primer: An Artificial Intelligence Peer for Reading the World

Most recent results issued of interaction between @DigiEduBerlin's Primer Project and UDK.AI community will be presented. @DigiEduBerlin team develop various hardware and software artefacts, with particular focus on technologies like audiotext, e-ink, microcontrollers, contactless child-machine interaction and human-machine peer learning (HMPL).  Additionally to that, visitors will have possibility to interact with state-of-the-art large language models, artificial avatars and other innovations from the field of Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED).


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.


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.


Playful systems thinking for everyone with Lego® Serious Play® and robot Cozmo

Have you ever wondered how engineers design complex systems? Interdisciplinarity, increasing complexity, and the use of new technologies shape the work. To meet these challenges, new skills are required: Design Thinking and Systems Thinking are two key competencies that engineers will need today and even more so in the future. We show you on the intelligent robot Cozmo the challenges that arise and how to address them. Or train your abstraction and communication skills with Lego® Serious Play®.


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.


​​The retina as a gateway to the brain

The retina of the eye is part of the central nerve system. Unlike the brain, however, it is not enclosed in bone. This makes it much easier for us to take high-resolution images of the retina. With the help of artificial intelligence, we can use these images to diagnose brain diseases.

Root-like dental implants

With the help of special software and a new type of manufacturing process, dental implants are to be produced automatically in the future. The implant will be provided with a root that is confusingly similar to the natural root. The advantage: the implant becomes an immediate implant and can be inserted directly after tooth removal.


Climate Change Center Berlin-Brandenburg

The Climate Change Center is developing a whole range of tools, apps and dashboards as solutions to the challenges of the climate crisis, such as a climate risk board to determine local heat stress or a simulator to reduce traffic. We would like to present some of these to you at the Long Night of Science. Come along and take part in our digital climate quiz, where you can also win sustainable prizes.


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.