Digital Revolution Research alliance for the digital revolution
Partners from industry and science are joining forces in a novel collaborative research alliance to address the future-oriented fields of automation and digitalization.
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Siemens is the first company to forge a research alliance with universities and research institutes that will utilize a new, fully integrated approach in order to bundle outstanding expertise and make possible wide-ranging innovations in processes and systems.
The Automation and Digitalization research project has been launched in collaboration with the Technische Universität München (TUM), the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC). Within the alliance, researchers will cooperate on software and technologies for industrial automation and digitalization as well as on topics such as the Internet of Things, cloud solutions, IT security and smart data – that is, the development of new applications based on the intelligent analysis of large amounts of data.
At the same time, as part of its new company-wide strategy, Siemens is realigning its research activities in the innovation fields of automation, digitalization and electrification with the aim of further strengthening its position as technology leader in these areas.
The activities of the Automation and Digitalization Campus will be located primarily in Munich, which in a recent study by the EU Commission was named Europe’s leading IT Lighthouse. During the further course of the collaboration, research results will be brought to market readiness and incorporated into the Siemens portfolio.
The research alliance engages in international public-sector projects which are open to partners worldwide, making it highly attractive for companies as well as universities and research institutes. Comprehensive doctoral and post-doctoral programs that will, for example, enable up to 100 doctoral candidates to pursue their studies while collaborating on research are planned as well. The campus will thus make a major contribution to strengthening Germany as a science and business location.
The first round of planned research topics will include autonomous robots that interact closely with human beings – for example, in the highly flexible factories of the future. Plans also call for modeling production processes and robots with the help of “digital twins” and developing a uniform language for inter-machine communication.
In addition, algorithms for the smart analysis of large amounts of data will be investigated to determine how this data can be used, among other things, for smart grids, industrial automation, smart cities and future healthcare systems. Interest will also be focused on self-managed cloud services – that is, self-configuring, self-optimizing, self-healing and self-protecting cloud services – and, of course, on IT security.