Artificial intelligence finds a home

Science and industry come together to research and develop intelligent systems in the Stuttgart-Tübingen region

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Cyber Valley is bringing together international key players from science and industry to concentrate their research activities in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Supported through the State of Baden-Württemberg, the Cyber Valley partners will establish new research groups and professorships in the fields of machine learning, robotics, and computer vision in a new research center in the Stuttgart-Tübingen area in Germany. A key element of the project will be the training of up to 100 doctoral students.

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Cyber Valley will create a stimulating ecosystem for technology transfer in the field of Artificial Intelligence through a new model of cooperation between science and industry. After all, when it comes to the development of intelligent systems, the path from basic research to commercialisation is often very short. Startups that originate in the research environment are the engines of this development. The promotion of these startups calls for the close dovetailing of science and industry.

Cyber Valley

Cyber Valley – artificial intelligence finds a home

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Computers work at lightning speed and store more knowledge than any brain can. But when it comes to solving a task for which they are not specifically programmed, they soon reach their limits. Thus, even a beetle can find its bearings better in an unknown environment than a robot can.

Computers, however, are catching up. Since machines have been able to learn and thus have developed artificial intelligence, there have been systems that can reliably analyze images or speech and capture useful information for science and industry from large quantities of data.

And intelligent systems will be important in more and more areas of life: they could drive us as autonomous cars, help us out in the home on a daily basis; carry out emergency operations which are too dangerous for human, or diagnose and fight diseases in medicine as tiny robots. It's not surprising that both basic research and industry around the world are working to boost the intelligence of machines and that artificial intelligence is considered as one of the key technologies for the 21st century.

There are several locations and institutions in Germany – particularly in Baden-Württemberg – where the principles and applications of intelligent systems are already being researched on an international scale. Some of these activities are now being concentrated in Cyber Valley in the Stuttgart-Tübingen area. Funded by the Land of Baden-Württemberg, this research network comprises the Tübingen and Stuttgart sites of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, the University of Tübingen and the University of Stuttgart together with seven industry partners: the BMW Group, Facebook, IAV GmbH, Daimler AG, Porsche AG, Robert Bosch GmbH and ZF Friedrichshafen AG. These key partners, especially the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, will be financing Cyber Valley in the next five years with a figure in the double digit million euros range.

The aim of the cluster is to advance the research and development of intelligent systems, make this even more visible at an international level and in this way to attract the best minds in the area of artificial intelligence to Germany and the region. The research network also aims to support the training of junior scientists in this area. In addition, the partners intend to use the new model of cooperation between science and industry to create a stimulating environment for successful company startups in the area of artificial intelligence.

Intelligent systems will be important in more and more areas of life - as a virtual system in the Internet, or as a cyber-physical system in our “real” world. Artificial Intelligence will be applied in autonomous cars, as well as in diagnose and fight diseases in medicine, or for carrying out emergency operations which are too dangerous for humans.

Agenda

New Research Groups, Endowment Chairs, and an International Max Planck Research School

The aim of Cyber Valley is to boost Artificial Intelligence research and development. Intelligent systems are capable of completing the cycle of perception, understanding, action and learning. This ability, which humans and animals master as a matter of course, is vital in being able to act independently in complex and dynamic environments. The aim of the research cluster is to learn from nature and to understand the underlying regulatory and control mechanisms of perception, action and learning and to reproduce them in artificial systems.

As core elements of Cyber Valley, new research groups, professorships, and an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) will be established, that will connect the existing research activities. The Stuttgart-Tübingen region is destined in this way to become an important centre for intelligent systems.

Cyber Valley Research Groups

Through Cyber Valley, initially five Research Groups, funded by the core partners, will be established at the Max Planck Institute, and four additional Groups, financed by endowment funds, will be set up at the universities.

New Professorships

As further core elements of Cyber Valley, 10 new professorships, some of which will partially be financed by endowment funds, will be established at the University of Tübingen and at the University of Stuttgart.

International Max Planck Research School

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Intelligent Systems will start in Summer 2017. This new graduate school program will admit 100 PhD students in the next years.

A thriving environment for startups

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The declared goal of the cluster is to be able to quickly apply basic research findings, for example by supporting researchers so that they can commercialise their findings in startups themselves.

When it comes to the development of intelligent systems, the path from basic research to commercialisation is often very short. Startups that originate in the research environment are the engines of this development.

The partners intend to use the new model of cooperation between science and industry to create a similarly stimulating environment for successful company startups in the area of artificial intelligence, emulating what Stanford University has done in Silicon Valley in the area of digital technology.

The promotion of technology transfer from basic research to applied research calls for the close dovetailing of science and industry. Cyber Valley will therefore drive technology transfer, for example by supporting researchers so that they can commercialise their findings in startups themselves. The Stuttgart-Tübingen region is destined in this way to become an important centre for artificial intelligence in science and industry.

News

Imprs start

International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems starts

11. August 2017

The International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems starts with 31 Ph.D. students in the fall 2017 for a new training program.

In autumn 2017, 31 PhD Students will be joining the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS) as part of the Cyber Valley initiative. A new generation of young academics and engineers will start their careers at the IMPRS-IS. They will receive a comprehensive training program, conduct independent research and advance the field of intelligent systems.


Startschuss

Go-ahead for Cyber Valley

15. Dezember 2016

Science and industry form one of Europe's largest research partnerships in artificial intelligence

Intelligent systems will shape our future: they could drive us as autonomous cars, help us out in the home on a daily basis or perform medical services as tiny robots. An initiative by the Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in the Stuttgart-Tübingen area is bringing together partners from science and industry to establish Cyber Valley where systems can be developed that will be capable of performing such feats. Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Theresia Bauer, Minister of Science in Baden-Württemberg and Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society, together with the other project participants, have launched the initiative on Thursday, 15 December 2016 in Stuttgart's Neues Schloss.


Partners

Supported by the State of Baden-Württemberg, the Cyber Valley research network comprises the Tübingen and Stuttgart sites of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, the University of Tübingen and the University of Stuttgart together with seven industry partners: BMW Group, Facebook, IAV GmbH, Daimler AG, Porsche AG, Robert Bosch GmbH and ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

Land Baden Wuerttemberg Max Planck Institut Universität Stuttgart Universität Tübingen
BMW AG Daimler AG Facebook IAV GmbH
Porsche AG Robert Bosch GmbH ZF Friedrichshafen AG