Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft joins Cyber Valley

November 08, 2019 //By Julien Happich
Cyber Valley
Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has joined the Cyber Valley research consortium, which includes the Universities of Tübingen and Stuttgart, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, and several of the world’s top industry players.

For Baden-Württemberg, the cooperation reaffirms the region’s position as one of the world’s leading AI hotspots. Founded by the Fraunhofer Institutes IPA and IAO, the AI innovation center Learning Systems offers medium-sized companies a central point of contact for applied research on artificial intelligence.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO have joined Cyber Valley, further strengthening Europe’s largest research consortium in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The tie-up demonstrates once again that Baden-Württemberg is the AI hotspot in Europe, on a par with some of the world’s leading centers, for instance in North America.

“An internationally visible AI hotspot is created here. We warmly welcome the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to the ever-growing circle! The Cyber Valley research network is developing very dynamically and is attracting more and more scientists, young talents from all across the world, companies and foundations. The boom has created the need to establish reliable management structures for the Cyber Valley network in order to effectively manage the growing organizational tasks”, said Baden-Württemberg's Science Minister, Theresia Bauer.

"Artificial intelligence is one of the central digital issues of the future and will change our lives from the ground up. For the international economy and industrial value chains, it means a fundamental structural change. By joining Cyber Valley, together with our partners we will advance research and transfer from science to the market in order to fully exploit the potential of this key technology and strengthen Germany as a location for international competition”, added Professor Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are cofinancing the AI innovation center Learning Systems (KI-Fortschrittszentrum “Lernende Systeme”), which was incorporated into the Cyber Valley research consortium from October 1, 2019. The center is a laboratory with an initial team of 20 researchers and a planned funding of ten million euros until the end of 2022.

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