From KNOW-HOW to WOW

VIDEO-BASED FIRE DETECTION: AVIOTEC AND THE LANGUAGE OF FIRE

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This episode revolves around fire. Specifically, how to detect and fight fires. Firefighter Shan Raffel is a true luminary. He teaches Melena and Geoff the language of fire. Bosch expert Soeren Wittmann also teaches how to read fire, but instead of firefighters, he smartens up security cameras. His team has enabled a camera system to visually recognize fire and smoke. It outperforms other fire detection devices in speed and reliability and is particularly superior in buildings with high ceilings. Multiple algorithms are involved with the detection, feeding an artificial intelligence system for alarm decisions. The next camera generation will also be equipped with a deep learning model. Caroline Hartl offers a sneak peak from her perspective as a developer at Bosch. With all this intelligence, Aviotec is much more than a fire detector. It can feed information to firefighters like Shan and even use further intelligent video analytics to detect events beyond fire.

SHOWNOTES:
Aviotec: https://www.boschsecurity.com/xf/en/solutions/fire-alarm-systems/fire-and-smoke-detection-camera/
https://www.bosch-presse.de/pressportal/de/en/aviotec-video-based-fire-detection-in-darkness-thanks-to-new-ai-algorithms-222273.html
More Bosch podcasts:
Beyond Bosch: https://podtail.com/de/podcast/beyond-bosch/
Mighty Micro: https://mightymicro.podigee.io/

FORMULA E: ACHIEVING A HIGH DEGREE OF EFFICIENCY

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Pedal to the metal, folks! This time around we’re at the race tracks of the world’s vibrant cities. We filled up on volts to meet professional race car driver, Nico Müller from Dragon / Penske Autosport Formula E team. Bosch partners with them, providing technology, software and support for their electric race car. The brain of the project is the vehicle control unit, which controls individual functions and sensors, and ensures maximum energy recovery rates. The development of the hardware and software requires engineers to think beyond individual components and take the entire system into account. Bosch associate Christian Schimpitz is one of these experts and talks about how learnings from Formula E also become important in providing e-mobility solutions in the consumer sector. Alright, let’s get started and make sure we don’t run out of juice.

SHOWNOTES:
Race Highlights 2021 Monaco E-Prix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVivUWvhUZQ

Formula E For Beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NOnojsxK30
Formula E Sounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHlqXfG78Rs&t=59s

More Bosch podcasts:
Beyond Bosch: https://podtail.com/de/podcast/beyond-bosch/
Mighty Micro: https://mightymicro.podigee.io/

FACTORY OF THE FUTURE PART 2: MEET THE DIGITAL TWIN

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In part two of our “factory of the future” special, we dive into the world of data that lies beneath Bosch’s new wafer fab in Dresden. In addition to being one of the most modern wafer fabs in the world, it’s also Bosch’s first AIoT factory. And the fab has also got a digital twin! Solution architect Enrico Neuber joins us to explain what it means to build a data-centric factory and how AI will help find the important bits of information in a giant lake of data. Enrico also helps us understand how data and AI play a crucial role in solving the challenges of producing chips (ranging from automation in the clean room to high product standards), and why Bosch's billion Euro factory is a vital investment for future mobility.

SHOWNOTES:
Bosch’s future 300 mm semiconductor fab in Dresden: https://www.bosch.de/en/our-company/bosch-in-germany/dresden/

Nicole Scott visits the new Bosch 300mm semiconductor fab in Dresden, Germany https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo8TWPomHiQ
More about Bosch Research: www.bosch.com/research
Want to work for Bosch? Click here: https://www.bosch.com/careers/

More Bosch podcasts:
Beyond Bosch: https://podtail.com/de/podcast/beyond-bosch/
Mighty Micro: https://mightymicro.podigee.io/

FACTORY OF THE FUTURE PART I: HOW TO BUILD ONE OF THE CLEANEST PLACES ON EARTH

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In this episode we make history and spruce ourselves up. This is the first time we’re publishing an episode as a special in two parts. In part one, Melena tries to sing opera to celebrate a world premiere. On June 7, 2021, Bosch opens our new 300mm wafer fab in Dresden, where the chips for tomorrow’s mobility will be made. This factory sets new standards for software and technology: It’s fully automated, uses augmented reality, AI, IoT and is probably one of the cleanest places in the world. Why? Because wafers are divas: They are so sensitive that they have to be manufactured in a dust-free environment. And that’s why at the heart of the wafer fab, there’s a clean room measuring 10,000 square meters, that is virtually free of any dust. Even during construction, cleanliness had to be a top priority. Melena and Geoff hear from the fab’s project manager, Otto Graf, about how this has been accomplished, why digitalization plays a key role in it, and how all this relates to dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs. Listen to find out for yourself!

SHOWOTES:
Bosch’s future 300 mm semiconductor fab in Dresden: https://www.bosch.de/en/our-company/bosch-in-germany/dresden/

Nicole Scott visits the new Bosch 300mm semiconductor fab in Dresden, Germany https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo8TWPomHiQ
More about Bosch Research: www.bosch.com/research
Want to work for Bosch? Click here: https://www.bosch.com/careers/

More Bosch podcasts:
Beyond Bosch: https://podtail.com/de/podcast/beyond-bosch/
Mighty Micro: https://mightymicro.podigee.io/

SIREN DETECTION, OR: WHY CARS NEED EARS

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Nee-naw. Pin-pon. Tatü-Tata. Got it? This episode is about the sounds of sirens - and how Bosch researchers Andreas Merz and Thomas Buck equip cars with ears, figuratively speaking, in order to recognize sirens on the road. You’ll learn why that’s both necessary and surprisingly difficult to accomplish. Because cars are becoming more isolated from outside noise, the microphone has to be located on the exterior of the car - a harsh environment in which wind noise is just one of many challenges. Another guest on the show: science journalist Andreas von Bubnoff of the Pandemic Silence Project. He demonstrates the impact of sounds on how we perceive our environment, and how lockdowns during the pandemic have changed the sound of the world. And now: listen up! Wee-woo-wee-woo.

SHOWNOTES:
More about Bosch Research: www.bosch.com/research
Want to work for Bosch? Click here: https://www.bosch.com/careers/
More Bosch podcasts:
Beyond Bosch: https://podtail.com/de/podcast/beyond-bosch/
Mighty Micro: https://mightymicro.podigee.io/
The collection of recordings and descriptions of soundscapes during the pandemic and later (when the world returns to normal): www.pandemicsilence.org
We used some sounds by extrafonia: https://freesound.org/people/extrafonia/sounds/123085/ Please send us your voicememo with your local siren sounds to Kontakt@bosch.de

VISUAL ANALYTICS: WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

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Sure, this is a tech podcast. That shouldn’t stop us from talking about knitting, though. Why, you ask? Because our guests Emily McNeil and Justin Connelly use knitting as a form of data visualization. Their temperature displaying tapestries convey the consequences of global warming more effectively than any statistics. Because seeing is believing. At Bosch, we use the power of visuals in order to create safer and more robust Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Liu Ren, VP and Chief Scientist and his team at Bosch Research in Silicon Valley, are exploring a method called Visual Analytics to find a human-friendly form of representing big data associated with black-box AI systems. It allows us to acquire actionable insights to improve the performance of AI systems fast and easy. Visual Analytics uses machine learning, data visualization and user interaction that combine model and underlying data in a way that allows humans to see things that machines cannot easily present.
Other things we discuss include: How “a brain made a fake brain to understand how a brain works”, the Dalai Lama wearing a cowboy hat (=neuroscientist Michelle Greene will explain the context), and Melena trying desperately to open a little farewell box from Geoff...

SHOWNOTES:
More about Liu Ren and visual analytics:
https://www.bosch.com/stories/visual-analytics-artificial-intelligence/
More about Michelle Greene:
http://www.michellegreene.org/index.html
More about knitting tapestries:
www.tempestryproject.com
More about Bosch AI:
https://www.bosch-ai.com/
More Bosch podcasts:
https://www.bosch.com/de/stories/podcast-from-know-how-to-wow/ https://mightymicro.podigee.io/
Want to work for Bosch? Click here:
https://www.bosch.de/karriere/

AI FITNESS TRACKER: BEATING THE "CORONA-TINE"

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This episode makes Melena and Geoff sweat, training not only their muscles but their Bosch fitness trackers as well. The world’s first self-learning AI sensor for wearables and hearables is based on Edge AI. Having an “edge” like that on your wrist makes your fitness tracker individually tailored to you and the way you move. With each movement it adjusts itself. The sensor provides more reliable analytics and reduces the need for data storage space, eliminating data transmission to the cloud. Keeping you in control of your data. Melena and Geoff learn from product manager Kaustubh Gandhi and research scientist Thomas Nilsson what went into the development of this new approach to fitness trackers. That jumping jacks sometimes can get out of control, however, is a different story. Melena can tell you about it.

SHOWNOTES:
More about Bosch AI:
https://www.bosch-ai.com/
More about Bosch sensors and wearables:
https://www.bosch-sensortec.com/about-us/events/aicon2021.html
https://www.bosch-sensortec.com/applications-solutions/wearables-hearables/
Want to work for Bosch? Click here:
https://www.bosch.de/karriere/
More Bosch podcasts:
https://www.bosch.com/de/stories/podcast-from-know-how-to-wow/
https://mightymicro.podigee.io/

TECH FOR CLIMATE

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What can you, what can everyone contribute when it comes to protecting our planet? How could technology help us live a more sustainably life? That’s what we investigate in this episode of From KNOW-HOW to WOW. Our hosts Melena and Geoff are interested in one aspect in particular: using water responsibly. They meet Bosch engineer Harald Moschütz in the laundry room, where he debunks some intractable laundry myths. Later on he explains how smart technology helps our washing machines get class A energy labels. Melena and Geoff also talk to Emily, who writes the “Accidental Hippies” blog. Her family only has a limited supply of water and she explains why it’s not that difficult to use less. Our hosts are particularly impressed by Khagendra Thapa. He so effectively recycles waste water at Bosch in Australia, that he can “harvest” valuable nickel and copper from it.
Diving into this topic makes Melena and Geoff realize one thing first and foremost: living sustainably is a matter of mindset. In the long run it’s a mixture of role models, new ideas, and new technologies that help us achieve our climate goals.

SHOWNOTES:

Bosch Sofa Session: Talking Climate Change
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4UxpJip0KE&feature=youtu.be

Sustainable like a Bosch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfLiwpwEqtU
https://www.bosch.com/stories/sustainability-likeabosch/
How to become an accidental Hippie? Here’s Emily’s Blog.
https://accidentalhippies.com/

HOVERBOARDS: THE TECH BEHIND LEVITATION

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It's what made Marty McFly the envy of all kids in the 80s - and one of the most iconic sci-fi gadgets ever: the hoverboard. Sam Rogers always wanted to fly on such a board, too. In this episode of From KNOW-HOW to WOW, Sam shares how he made his dream come true. But while he wore a jet suit when "hoverboarding," experts at Bosch are now making hovering platforms levitate with the help of AI: "It is not more than controlling all six degrees of freedom," says Bosch expert Joachim Frangen. The intelligent combination of human knowledge and AI capabilities enables new products like Planatix. That's what Joachim calls his invention. But: since machines have learned to think for themselves, AI research must ensure that humans remain in control. That's why Melena and Geoff also talk to Zico Kolter, chief scientist of AI research at the Bosch center for artificial intelligence. He explains why Bosch AI is safe, robust and explainable.

SHOWNOTES:

How to Hoverboard:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shazS0gzVXg

Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence:
https://www.bosch-ai.com/

Interested in working for Bosch? Click here:
https://www.bosch.com/careers/

FUEL CELLS: SPACE AGE TECH DOWN TO EARTH

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Like a story straight out of Hollywood, in this week’s From KNOW-HOW to WOW astronaut Mike Foale chats to Melena and Geoff about living on a space station with no power after a crash with a cargo ship - and how he is still here to tell the tale. For the techie stuff, Mike also explains why space engineers rely on fuel cells to power space shuttles. And Bosch experts Tobias Beck and Markus Ohnmacht tell us how a Solid Oxile Fuel Cell (SOFC) can support the renewable energy landscape down on earth now. They paint a picture of energy generation independent of big power plants, with an electricity and heat source that doesn’t have an exhaust and only produces water.

SHOWNOTES:
Facts and progress collision animation with MIR: https://history.nasa.gov/SP-4225/multimedia/progress-collision.htm

More about SOFC:
https://www.bosch.com/research/know-how/success-stories/high-temperature-fuel-cell-systems/

Interested in working for Bosch? Click here:
https://www.bosch.com/careers/

About this podcast

This award-winning show gives you the experience how Bosch turns research and development into those real life “WOW” moments. In each episode of this podcast, our resident hosts Melena and Geoff will illuminate a tech topic from different perspectives. They meet first-class experts taking you on a deep-dive into a world that makes life smarter, safer and more sustainable. Made for people who love tech, and a good story – from astronauts to AI, from crime forensics to coders, from hoverboarders to flying trays. From KNOW-HOW to WOW.
Be curious. Be wowed.

Interested in working for Bosch? Click here: https://www.bosch.com/careers/

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