Artificial intelligence and quantum technology to feature at AKL'20

This event has now been cancelled due to the developing situation with respect to Covid-19.

Forums dedicated to 'Process Control & AI' and 'Quantum technology' will feature in the programme of the 13th AKL International Laser Technology Congress, taking place in Aachen, Germany on 6-8 May.

Over 600 participants, 87 speakers and over 50 sponsors and exhibitors are expected to attend the event, which is hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT).

The use of AI in laser technology is more in demand than ever, with the spectrum of research aspects ranging from machine learning in industrial practice to the use of augmented reality and data analysis with neural networks.

The forum 'Process Control & AI' taking place at AKL'20 will therefore be focusing on practical applications of AI in laser processing, such as using deep learning to evaluate sensor data. This could enable, for example, the qualitative evaluation of laser-welded seams in order to detect defects reliably during production.

Also, for the first time, a forum dedicated to quantum technology has been added to the conference programme, in which participants will gain insight into the current state of R&D concerning applications such as quantum imaging, quantum communication and quantum computing. 'Quantum technologies are currently being promoted internationally at a cost of billions.' said the Fraunhofer ILT in its announcement of the new forum. 'Here, we see ourselves at the beginning of a technical revolution that will enable fundamentally new applications.'

As was the case at AKL'18, additive manufacturing will also be a focal point of the 2020 conference. Sessions will be held on on laser material deposition (LMD) and laser powder bed fusion (LPBF), where experts will discuss items such as how LMD can penetrate new industrial markets, or how LPBF processes can be monitored using appropriate process sensor technology.