Given their ability to detect not only known but also distantly related or even novel pathogens, next-generation sequencing approaches have the potential to greatly improve infectious disease diagnostics. However, implementation of this technology in clinical microbiology laboratories continues to be hindered by a fundamental lack of software that allows analysis and interpretation to be performed by clinical personnel rather than professional bioinformaticians. This proposal therefore aims at development and distribution of an integrated and scalable, clinically-oriented software platform designed to allow rapid analysis of next-generation sequencing data on affordable hardware that can be easily installed in diagnostic microbiology laboratories.
The principle of gecko adhesion will be transferred into industrial applications. The basis of this development is the micropatterning of surfaces, which enables reliable and reversible adhesion to many materials. The aim of the project is to demonstrate upscaling of this technique by development of a roll-to-roll fabrication method. We will generate prototypes of novel gripping systems that will be much more energy-efficient than conventional vacuum grippers and furthermore extend the field of application for vacuum environments. Overall, we will bridge the gap between successful demonstration of the gecko effect and large scale fabrication to achieve innovative gripping systems for the handling of microelectronic components, glass objects, medical products or space debris.
Period: 1. February 2016 – 31. January 2019
IMAGINARY is a mathematics outreach project by the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO) that aims to communicate modern mathematics to a broad audience. In the past eight years, IMAGINARY has organized over 150 exhibitions in 35 countries and established the leading web platform for mathematics communication and outreach. IMAGINARY exhibitions are designed by experts and feature modern images, 3D prints, and videos of mathematics as well as interactive software exhibits. Each piece is accompanied by a short and comprehensible explanation. Due to an exceptionally high demand for new exhibitions and co-operations IMAGINARY has felt the need to start its own organization. The goal of this Leibniz project is to found an independent non-profit company (gGmbH) that will allow IMAGINARY to grow and meet the high demand. Its core business will consist of organizing exhibitions for research institutes, learned societies, and science museums.
Period: 1. January 2016 – 31. December 2018