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Munich Innovation Hub for Applied AI

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Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)

fortiss GmbH

Coordinator website

https://www.fortiss.org

Year Established

N/A

Location

Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 6, 15th floor, 80807, Munich (Germany)

Website

https://innohubai.fortiss.org

Social Media

Contact information

Dr. Matthias Pfaff
pfaff@fortiss.org
+498936035220

Contact information

Dr. Andreas Liebl
liebl@unternehmertum.de
+49891894690

Contact information

Dr. Jan Harder
j.harder@tum.de
+498928929411

Description

Description

The Munich Innovation HUB for applied AI integrates the applied AI activities of the Munich Metropolitan Region and in particular of the institutions fortiss, the appliedAI initiative of UnternehmerTUM  and  of the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence  (MSRM) in one place. The coordination within the AI Application Center of fortiss provides a central contact point for the following activities of the involved cooperation partners:

  • Innovation Lab for AI: Bringing together companies, researchers and students in order to work at innovative AI based solutions and (software) prototypes
  • Qualification for AI: Training and qualification actions for AI technologies and methods adapted to the needs of industry professionals
  • Research on AI: Application-oriented research, together with partners from practice and based on practice-relevant and future-oriented questions.
  • Entrepreneurship: Supportive activities for establishing professional and entrepreneurial knowledge and the creation of start-ups, including access to finance.
  • Network of Partners in AI: Bringing together research, established companies and startups to work together and solve current challenges in an industrial context as well as to solve practical questions in the application of AI in the industry.
  • Access to infrastructure for AI: Tech partners support our ecosystem with latest technologies and expertise.

As part of the CPSE Labs initiative, the HUB also supports businesses by funding experiments. At present the Lab funded a number of research experiments designed by businesses (and other organisations) working in a variety of technology and engineering domains. The funding of experiments are focused and fast-track. They have explicit objectives to clearly improve the business's ability to innovate, with specific criteria in terms of technology use and overall objective.

The HUB has experience of a variety of projects. Read some short case studies and funded experiments of previous work below: 

  • The AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology) case study examined the use of the 4DIAC platform in a smart grid laboratory  (see http://www.cpse-labs.eu/gs_smartgridcasestudy.php).
  • The ACIN case study allowed the Vienna Institute of Technology's Automation and Control Institute to demonstrate the real time capability of the 4DIAC platform (see http://www.cpse-labs.eu/gs_invertedpendulumcasestudy.php)
  • Festo case study. In this case study the world's leading supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology worked with fortiss to develop a prototype adaptable factory (see https://www.fortiss.org/en/research/projects/fortiss_future_factory_f/)
  • Integration of Co-Simulation Methods into a real-time Platform for CPS (see http://www.cpse-labs.eu/experiment.php?id=c1_gs_cosim)
  • AI Use Case Families 1.0 (see https://appliedai.de/use-case-library-v1/)

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The main task of the Cluster is to accompany the digitization of all industries and citizen's life in Bavaria. It is among other things funded within the respective government frameworks, Bayern Digital I“ and „Bayern Digital II“.

The activities of the cluster are well aligned with the German national initiatives for digitizing industry, Industry 4.0, Digital Hub Initiative, Mittelstand 4.0,  AUTONOMIK for Industrie 4.0 as well as the German AI strategy.

Some recent projects within the context H2020:

  • BEinCPPS (grand agreement No 680633)
  • CPSE Labs (grand agreement No 644400)
  • DIGICOR (grant agreement No 723336)
  • FED4SAE (grant agreement No 761708)
  • HBP-SGA1&2 (grant agreement No 720270 & 785907)
  • MIDIH (grant agreement No 767498)
  • oCPS (grant agreement No 674875)
  • Smart4Europe (grant agreement No 761448)

Some recent project within regional or national context:

  • BaSys 4.0 (BMBF, see https://www.basys40.de/)
  • BayernCloud (StMWi, see https://bayerncloud.fortiss.org/)
  • DataBackbone (ZD.B, see https://www.fortiss.org/forschung/projekte/data-backbone/)
  • ECO-WET (BMBF, see https://ecowet.fortiss.org/home/)
  • Geriatronics (StMWi, see https://www.msrm.tum.de/geriatronik/)
  • MEMAP (BMWi, see https://memap.fortiss.org/)
  • Prodisys (BMBF, see https://prodisys.fortiss.org/)

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other markets
  • Financial intermediation

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Education and skills development
  • Other

Service Examples

Activities for SMEs and outreach

QuickCheck Digitization 1

Design of a questionnaire to estimate the positioning of small and medium-sized enterprises that are members of bayme vbm (Bavarian employers’ associations for the metalworking and electrical Industries) with respect to digitization. The individual QuickCheck results are then presented on-site and discussed with executives and selected managers during a one-day strategic workshop. They receive a detailed overview of the analysis in relation to (benchmark) all other QuickCheck participants. Together with fortiss experts, decision makers identify individual action items with the aim of advancing digitization. To round off, participants receive an individual final documentation.

Aim: Identification of oportunities for digitalization of SMEs in the metal and electrical industries.

Partner: bayme, bayme vbm, TU Munich

Funding: bayme, bayme vbm

More details: https://www.fortiss.org/forschung/projekte/quickcheck_digitalisierung_1/

Activities for SMEs and outreach

AI Startup Landscape

Publication of AI startup landscapes and use case library as well as free services for SMEs to get started on AI. This is accompanied by meet-ups, conferences, workshops. The publications provide an quality assured interactive entry in AI application for companies which are interested in the first applications. All information is publicly available to connect start-ups as providers of ai powered solutions with companies. Workshop materials are free to download. The landscapes are picked up by magazines like Handelsblatt and Wirtschaftswoche as well as the Plattform Lernende Systeme.

Aim: Overview on recent AI and techn. Start-ups.

Partner: NVIDIA, Holtzbrink Ventures, Hightech Gründerfonds (HTGF), UVC, Dplus

Funding: activity of appliedAI initiative (in parts public funding, >70% company partners) 

More details: https://appliedai.de/startup-landscape/

Activities for SMEs and outreach

CPS Engineering Labs

Access to technologies for the engineering of smart cyber-physical systems (CPS). Within the CPS Engineering Labs SMEs can get access to new CPS design technologies offered by fortiss  and build on them in fast-track application "experiments" to develop prototypical solutions, addressing one of their business challenges. fortiss also provides tailored coaching and training on the selected technologies. Examples of successful experiments include the development of a software/hardware solution to augment legacy machine tools to be included in cloud manufacturing environments, or using a software framework for the flexible development of an industrial control system for energy load management in a biogas plant.

CPSE Labs at the HUB supports the following platforms:

  • 4DIAC, a Framework for Distributed Industrial Automation & Control intended for the programming of programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
  • fortiss future factory, a setup comprising 13 different MPS production machines from Festo Didactic controlled via different types of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and microcontrollers

In addition, it compromises expertise for SMEs in:

  • Model-based Software & Systems Engineering

·        Flexible Production Systems

·        Internet of Things

·        Dependability Engineering

Aim: Access to funding, technology adoption for SMEs

Funding: EU H2020 (CPSE Labs, GA No. 644400)

More details: https://www.fortiss.org/forschung/projekte/cps_engineering_labs/

Ecosystem Building

EIT Digital Munich

fortiss as satellite Co-Location Center in Munich is a physical co-working venue. Here, activities on education, research, innovation and business boil and find synergies. EIT Digital Munich is active in all parts of the Knowledge Triangle: Education, Research and Business. 

The satellite Co-Location Center plays an important role as a pioneer in accelerating innovation in and around Munich. It stimulates the settlement of promising startups with a rich set opportunities and growth and embody an international orientation. Here, activities on education, research, innovation and business boil and find synergies.

Aim: Focus on supporting ICT Startups and growth and development of SMEs in an active and sustainable theme-oriented interaction with tech leaders in the region.

More details: https://www.eitdigital.eu/about-us/locations/berlin-node/munich-satellite/

Project consortia for solution development

Geriatronics

Geriatronics refers to the use of robotics, mechatronics and information technology, in particular machine intelligence and 3D technology, in geriatrics, gerontology and in the medical care of elderly people for optimal support and to maintain and improve a self-determined life in old age. The main objectives of the technologies developed within the framework of geriatronics are, on the one hand, maintaining mobility and interpersonal interaction and communication in old age and, on the other hand, independence through technical and intuitive assistance systems that can be operated, learned and thus personalised.

Aim: In concrete terms, geriatronics is designed to help older people

  • in coping with everyday life alone in one's own home,
  • in case of bed-riddenness,
  • during visits to the doctor,
  • in times of rehabilitation
  • and in everyday hygiene

Funding: Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy

More details: https://www.msrm.tum.de/geriatronik/

Ecosystem Building

UnternehmerTUM

UnternehmerTUM as initiator of the appliedAI initiative is one of Europe’s largest innovation and entrepreneurship centers and provides non-profit support to startups and interested entrepreneurs. It initiates more than 50 high-tech start-ups per year based on more than 200 innovation projects and the education of more than 2000 individuals. appliedAI builds on that ecosystem and is home to Europe’s largest cross-industry initiative for the application of AI and connects more than 100 AI startups, many of Germany’s best research institutions and several industry associations. It initiated a European exchange of AI centers from Finland, Norway, France, Denmark, Italy and Germany with a first meeting in Munich at November 29th 2018

Aim: Offering founders start-ups a complete service, from the initial idea all the way to IPO. A team of experienced entrepreneurs, scientists and managers supports founders with the development of their products, services and business models. The experts accompany them actively with building up their companies, market entry and financing – also via Venture Capital.

More details: https://www.unternehmertum.de/

Project consortia for solution development

BayernCloud

The focus of the research project "Bayern-Cloud" is on designing a scalable digital platform ecosystem (DPE), which helps to optimize cross-industry and industry-specific processes and promotes synergies. The operator-independent platform gives the tourism industry the chance to get on board with digital technology and develop new business models with just a few resources. Other sectors in Bavaria can also benefit from this in future.

Aim: Leveraging technology adoption and access to technology in less digitalized domains.

Partner: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC, Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern, Hubermedia, outdooractive, allgäu Gmbh, Hochschule Kempten, BayTM

Funding:  The BayernCloud project is funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology (StMWi)

More details: https://bayerncloud.fortiss.org/

Organization

Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)

Turnover

>5.000.000

Number of employees

>100

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

Regional

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Private funding
  • Other

Customers

Number of customers annually

>50

Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations

Partners

State of Bavaria

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

https://www.bayern.de/freistaat/


SIEMENS

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.siemens.com


TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.tum.de/


FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.fraunhofer.de


BICCnet

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Website

https://www.bicc-net.de/


INTEL DEUTSCHLAND GMBH


SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.healthcare.siemens.de/


LRZ

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.lrz.de/


Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, GmbH,

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.helmholtz-muenchen.de/


Audi AG

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.audi.de/


BMW AG

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.bmw.de


NVIDIA

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.nvidia.com


UnternehmerTUM GmbH

Partner Type

Other

Website

https://www.unternehmertum.de


Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.msrm.tum.de


IBM Watson

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.ibm.com/watson/


Münchner Kreis

Partner Type

Other

Website

https://www.muenchner-kreis.de/


Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM)

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.cdtm.de/


EIT Digital

Partner Type

Other

Website

https://www.eitdigital.eu/


Volkswagen AG

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.volkswagen.de


Infineon Technologies AG

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.infineon.com/

Technological competences

  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
  • Other
Last updated: 25/03/19 17:50