From July 1, Germany’s five centers of excellence for artificial intelligence in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony will receive more consistent funding from the federal government. The Tübingen AI Center at the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems will now receive nearly 20 million euros annually from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the state of Baden-Württemberg as institutional funding.
“I am very pleased that with the financial support of the federal government we can offer highly attractive working conditions in order to be at the forefront of the competition for the best AI specialists in the world. The permanent funding will make it possible to pursue a long-term research strategy, train excellent scientists in the field of artificial intelligence and bring AI technology ‘made in The Länd’ to our companies. To this end, Cyber Valley now receives another important building block,” said Science Minister Theresia Bauer in Stuttgart on Friday (July 1).
In 2018, the German government laid the foundation for the establishment and expansion of AI lighthouses with international appeal with its AI strategy. Together with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the five new AI centers in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony form an integral part of Germany’s AI research landscape and pursue the common goal of establishing a European and internationally competitive research network that will sustainably strengthen Germany as a leading location for research, teaching and technology transfer.
The Tübingen AI Competence Center is integrated into the Cyber Valley ecosystem as part of the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. It has its origins in the machine learning funding program initiated by the BMBF in 2018.
Under the motto “Machine Learning in the World,” Tübingen scientists pursue a broad range of research questions, from fundamental new methods for machine learning and causal inference to the integration of intelligent systems into the broader socio-technical environment. In doing so, the Tübingen AI Center pays close attention to societal impact, on the one hand through research, and on the other hand through target group specific offerings. In addition, the center is committed to providing targeted support and attractive positions for young scientists at all stages of their scientific careers.