Siemens opens €100m industrial AI R&D centre in Germany

Siemens opens €100m industrial AI R&D centre in Germany

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By Nick Flaherty

Siemens is to centralise its R&D in Germany in a new €100m centre north of Munich.

The Siemens Technology Centre (STC) in Garching sits alongside the Technical University of Munich (TUM), international research institutes Max Planck Institute and companies such as SAP and will focus on industrial artificial intelligence research.

The first building for the STC on the Garching Research Campus will house 450 researchers with 150 from TUM. The plan is to open the second building complex in 2027 with more than 630 Siemens Technology researchers and IP specialists, making STC the largest of the twelve central Siemens research hubs worldwide.

Around 28,000 people already work at the hub, making the Garching Research Campus is one of the largest centres for science, research and teaching in Europe.

Siemens aims to tap into this through joint activities with TUM, such as hackathons, lectures and the Makerspace to make the STC much more open.

“No one can solve the current challenges alone. We must accelerate collaboration with our customers and partners in the early stages of development. The Siemens Technology Center, located on the same campus with TUM, international research institutions and companies, benefits from an excellent environment and will strengthen Germany’s global role in cutting-edge research,” said Peter Körte, Chief Technology and Chief Strategy Officer of Siemens.

“The collaboration between Siemens and TUM as part of the Industry on Campus strategy shows how a leading industrial partnership can bridge the gap between academic excellence and industrial innovation to work together on the challenges of our time and develop powerful disruptive solutions,” said Thomas F. Hofmann, President of the Technical University of Munich.

“Two international champions made in Bavaria are joining forces – success is therefore inevitable. At the Siemens Technology Center in Garching, talented people from science and industry are researching and working together under one roof to create fertile ground for innovation and technological strength. TUM as a world-class university and the global company Siemens ensure the best opportunities for the future through knowledge transfer and talent development. In Bavaria, for Bavaria – and far beyond,” stated Markus Blume, Bavaria’s State Minister for Science and the Arts. 

The development was kept in-house, with the STC designed and built by Siemens Real Estate and will be certified “GOLD” according to the internationally recognized sustainability standard LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) will be used at the STC, specifically to facilitate programming, detect production breakdowns at an early stage and enable natural language communication between humans and machines.

Spending on research and development (R&D) at the company rose by around €600m  to approximately €6.2 billion in 2023 on Simulation & Digital Twin, Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence, Connectivity & Edge, Future of Automation or Cybersecurity & Trust. These are all brought together on the Xcelerator open digital business platform.



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