Digital platform for tomorrow's products

Tog­e­ther with rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons and com­pa­nies, IDSA has suc­cess­ful­ly won the com­pe­ti­ti­on "Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence as a Dri­ver for Eco­sys­tems" of the Federal Minis­try of Eco­no­mics (BMWi). The con­sor­ti­um will deve­lop a digi­tal plat­form for arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence with the pro­ject "AI Mar­ket­place". The plat­form focu­ses on AI in pro­duct deve­lo­p­ment. It allows pro­vi­ders, users and experts to net­work and deve­lop solu­ti­ons tog­e­ther. The BMWi sup­ports this pro­ject with 11 mil­li­on Euros, while the part­ners are inves­ting an addi­tio­nal 5 mil­li­on Euros.

Part of the AI mar­ket­place team at the award cere­mo­ny in Ber­lin (from left): Rus­lan Ber­ni­ja­zov, Meli­na Mass­mann, Mar­vin Dre­wel, Chris­toph Pie­renk­em­per, Eva-Maria Gro­te and Prof. Dr. Roman Dumit­res­cu. Pic­tu­re credits: it’s OWL

The "AI Mar­ket­place" pro­ject crea­tes a digi­tal plat­form that brings tog­e­ther AI experts, solu­ti­on pro­vi­ders and manu­fac­tu­ring com­pa­nies. The app­li­ca­ti­on pos­si­bi­li­ties of the "AI  mar­ket­place" are diver­se: on the one hand, manu­fac­tu­ring com­pa­nies can incor­po­ra­te the expe­ri­ence from their own and third-par­ty pro­ducts and on the other, rese­arch results into pro­duct deve­lo­p­ment and vir­tual­ly play through count­less pro­duct vari­ants befo­re the opti­mum pro­duct is manu­fac­tu­red in effi­ci­ent 3D prin­ting. This enab­les them to deli­ver indi­vi­du­al pro­ducts to the cus­to­mer in a short peri­od of time.

The par­ti­ci­pa­ting rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons have built up exten­si­ve know­ledge in the field of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence which they can use to deve­lop offers for small and medi­um-sized enter­pri­ses. At the same time, the "AI mar­ket­place" faci­li­ta­tes the exchan­ge of expe­ri­ence bet­ween indus­try and AI experts, thus pro­vi­ding new approa­ches for the rese­arch.

The "AI Mar­ket­place" reli­es on a secu­re data space and a trust based IT archi­tec­tu­re. Both will be based on the IDS refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re. IDSA will ensu­re data sov­er­eig­n­ty and secu­re, fair tran­sac­tion mecha­nisms.

Lars Nagel, CEO IDSA, sees excel­lent oppor­tu­nities for the deve­lo­p­ment of a sus­tainab­le busi­ness con­cept: "With the 'AI Mar­ket­place' we will suc­ceed in buil­ding up an exten­si­ve ran­ge of pro­ducts for medi­um-sized busi­nes­ses – not only in Ger­ma­ny, but also inter­na­tio­nal­ly. It is important that we invol­ve many com­pa­nies in the deve­lo­p­ment and build a good sales struc­tu­re. We have ide­al con­di­ti­ons for this. The pro­ject part­ners are well-con­nec­ted and bring over 3,000 con­ta­cts."

The pro­ject is expec­ted to start in Janu­a­ry 2020 and is plan­ned for three years. In addi­ti­on to the IDSA, the pro­ject part­ners are Fraun­ho­fer IEM and Fraun­ho­fer IOSB-INA, the Heinz Nix­dorf Insti­tu­te of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pader­born, the Clus­ter of Excel­lence Cogni­ti­ve Inter­ac­tion Tech­no­lo­gy CITEC at Bie­le­feld Uni­ver­si­ty and the Insti­tu­te for Indus­tri­al Infor­ma­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy in IT of TH OWL. Other pro­ject part­ners inclu­de Claas, Die­bold Nix­dorf, Düspohl, Hel­la Gut­mann, Unity and Westaflex as well as the net­works inno-focus, FIWARE and pro­step ivip.

Inte­res­ted com­pa­nies, AI solu­ti­ons pro­vi­ders and experts are cor­di­al­ly invi­ted to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the deve­lo­p­ment:

To the press release of the effi­ci­en­cy clus­ter it's OWL: