German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz – DFKI
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) was founded in 1988 as a non-profit public-private partnership. It has research facilities in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Bremen, a project office in Berlin, a laboratory in Niedersachsen and branch offices in Lübeck, St. Wendel and Trier. In the field of innovative commercial software technology using Artificial Intelligence, DFKI is the leading research center in Germany.
Based on application oriented basic research, it develops product functions, prototypes and patentable solutions in the field of information and communication technology. Research and development projects are conducted in 24 research departments, nine competence centers and eight living labs.
The presence of the largest German and international companies (BMW, Volkswagen, SAP, Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft, Intel, Google etc.) among center’s shareholders determines the focus of its research and innovation activities, as well as close relations with industrial partners.
There are 660 professional staff members and a turnover of 57,5 mio. EUR (in 2019). DFKI has created over 90 start-up companies and spin-offs.
Center was one of the German research organizations behind the national INDUSTRIE 4.0 Strategy. Several departments of DFKI pursue research contributing to the implementation of the INDUSTRIE 4.0 vision (e.g. Cognitive Assistants, Robotics Innovation Center, Innovative Factory Systems etc).