Nicole Langrock
Nicole Langrock
Managing Director

About us

The main networking initiative for artificial intelligence in NRW

»North Rhine-Westphalia is an important location for AI with extensive competencies in research and industry. The interdisciplinary team of the competence platform AI.NRW, based at Fraunhofer IAIS in Sankt Augustin, is driven by the mission to make this pioneering position visible and to further expand it. The aim is to bundle the versatile AI competencies in order to bring together innovation and entrepreneurship in an application-oriented manner. The responsible approach in the development and handling of AI is always at the centre of attention – whether in education, business or research.«

Dr. Christian Temath
Dr. Christian Temath
Managing Director

About us

The main networking initiative for artificial intelligence in NRW

»To ensure that NRW sustainably positions itself at the forefront of the AI competition, our interdisciplinary team provides support at numerous interfaces: AI.NRW networks actors from business, research and society, helps to prepare the realization of AI projects, offers exchange opportunities for targeted knowledge transfer with formats such as AI2GO and the AI Forum NRW, and supports the state in strengthening education and training in the field of AI.«

Dr. Dirk Hecker
Dr. Dirk Hecker
Deputy Director Fraunhofer IAIS &
Co-Initiator of KI.NRW

About us

The main networking initiative for artificial intelligence in NRW

»Interfacing between cutting-edge research and the world of work, Fraunhofer IAIS transfers the latest findings and disruptive technologies to companies and relies on close cooperation with experts from industry and science. KI.NRW allows us to bundle AI competencies distributed throughout the state even more strongly, to strengthen research and qualification and to make our know-how available to companies quickly, responsibly and sustainably.«

Dr. Gabriele Hühn
Dr. Gabriele Hühn
Deputy Director Fraunhofer IAIS &
Co-Initiator of KI.NRW

About us

The main networking initiative for artificial intelligence in NRW

»It is the aim of KI.NRW to network actors from industry, universities, application-oriented research institutions, start-up initiatives and business partners. The activities of the competence platform are always geared to the overriding goal of an AI in the service of the people in North Rhine-Westphalia. The full potential can only be realised if people have confidence in AI. To achieve this, their commitment must be technically reliable and ethically responsible.«

The team of the competence platform KI.NRW

The team, based at Fraunhofer IAIS in Sankt Augustin, combines knowledge and experience in the fields of artificial intelligence, digitization, networking and consulting. Our goal is to establish the brand “AI made in NRW” and to position North Rhine-Westphalia sustainably at the top of the nationwide AI competition and in international comparison. In this way, we strengthen the technological sovereignty of the state of NRW.

As a central point of contact, we facilitate the entry of companies, medium-sized businesses and start-ups into AI, inform them about best practices and the latest trends and network competent partners for the development of an AI strategy, implement AI projects and qualify personnel. Contact us to learn more about AI.NRW and our offers.

Carolin Leffler
Carolin Leffler
Transfer Management
Johanna Thenert
Johanna Thenert
Transfer Management
Angelika Voss
Angelika Voss
Technology Management
Florian T. Jovy-Klein
Florian T. Jovy-Klein
Transfer Management
Monika Löber
Monika Löber
Transfer Management
Ulrike Daniels
Ulrike Daniels
Transfer Management
Stefan Hölzel
Stefan Hölzel
PR & Marketing
Mirco Lange
Mirco Lange
PR & Marketing
Yvonne Bertoncin-Frattesi
Yvonne Bertoncin-Frattesi
Secretary's Office Management

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Scientific Directorate

The scientific directorate is represented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, the University of Cologne and the University of Bonn.

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel is Professor of Computer Science at University of Bonn and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS.

»The aim is to strengthen the economy in North Rhine-Westphalia in the field of AI. To this end, we promote the development of skills in companies, in training and further education and at the social level.«

He studied computer science and artificial intelligence in Bonn and Atlanta, Georgia/USA (M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology) and obtained his PhD at the University of Dortmund. After holding positions in Berlin and Sankt Augustin he was appointed Professor of Practical Computer Science at Magdeburg University, before taking up his current position in 2002. In addition, since 2014 he is one of the directors of the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it).

Professor Wrobel’s work is focused on questions of the digital revolution, in particular intelligent algorithms and systems for the large-scale analysis of data and the influence of Big Data/Smart Data on the use of information in companies and society. He is the author of a large number of publications on data mining and machine learning, is on the Editorial Board of several leading academic journals in his field, and is an elected founding member of the “International Machine Learning Society”.

As Speaker of the “Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance”, director of the “Fraunhofer Center for Machine Learning”, vice-speaker of the “Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group“, speaker of the Competence Center Machine Learning Rhine-Ruhr ML2R as well as of the “Fachgruppe Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining und Maschinelles Lernen”, a Special Interest Group of the German Computer Science Society and finally senior expert of the EU High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence he is engaged nationally and internationally in pushing forward the benefits of digitization, big data and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Dirk Hecker

Dr. Dirk Hecker is Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS and Managing Director of the »Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance« which is made up of more than 30 Fraunhofer institutes working in cross-sector Big Data research and technology development. The Fraunhofer Big Data AI Alliance is currently the largest association of institutes in a topic area within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and accompanies companies on their way to becoming a data-driven company. The services offered range from market-driven Big Data solutions for individual problems to the qualification of junior staff as Data Scientists. In addition, Dr. Hecker is a member of the board of directors of the Fraunhofer Academy.

»We want to establish KI.NRW as a central point of contact for artificial intelligence in NRW, establish the state as a leading region for professional qualification in AI and set impulses in social dialogue.«

Dr. Hecker has many years experience in managing Data Mining and Machine Learning research and industry projects in the field of data mining and machine learning. His current focus of activity is in Big Data Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Deep Learning and Mobility Mining. Dr. Hecker studied geoinformatics at the universities of Cologne and Bonn; he obtained his doctorate at the University of Cologne.

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Prof. Dr. Armin B. Cremers

Prof. Dr. Armin Cremers is Founding Director Emeritus of the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology b-it of the University of Bonn, RWTH Aachen University, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofer Institute Center Schloss Birlinghoven with the research areas Life Science Informatics, Media Informatics and Autonomous Systems. As co-director of Bonn Computer Science since 1990, he was founder and head of the research group KI/Robotics, in which fundamental work on probabilistic robotics took place, the cornerstone for later applications such as autonomous driving.

»In order to bring artificial intelligence into the required balance of all practical and socially relevant concerns, the interdisciplinary topic of security with requirements such as robustness, reliability and transparency plays a decisive role. This requires decisive political will and resources as well as interdisciplinary competence.«

Since 2014, Prof. Cremers has headed a research group AI Foundations at b-it with international doctoral students. He has many years of international experience as a research professor in the USA, Japan and China. His current work focuses on the theoretical foundations of AI as well as engineering methods and applications for AI systems and their safety. He is active in numerous research committees and as a consultant to industry.

Prof. Dr. Christian Bauckhage

Prof. Dr. Christian Bauckhage is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bonn, Scientific Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Machine Learning and Lead Scientist for Machine Learning at the Fraunhofer Institute IAIS.

»KI.NRW promotes excellence in science and business. This strengthens the region and makes us attractive in North Rhine-Westphalia so that we can also attract outstanding young KI researchers to the federal state in the long term.«

After successfully completing his doctorate in computer science at Bielefeld University, he first worked as a PostDoc at the Centre for Vision Research in Toronto and then as a Senior Research Scientist at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin before being appointed to Bonn in 2008. His research is dedicated to the development of efficient algorithms for data mining, pattern recognition and machine learning.

More information
www.researchgate.net/profile/Christian_Bauckhage
www.youtube.com/channel/UCSJQCWXlrhar3i7rc-HFUfQ

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Prof. Dr. Claudia Loebbecke

Claudia Loebbecke holds the Chair of Media and Technology Management at the University of Cologne.

»Interdisciplinary research and practical flagships projects are able to demonstrate the potential of artificial intelligence and at the same time sincerely counter justified customer and citizen reservations.«

Since 2012, she has served as Board Member of the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, since 2015 as Member of the Scientific Board of the Scientific Institute for Infrastructure and Communication Services (‘WIK’), since 2016 as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Regulatory Issues of the Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (‘Bundesnetzagentur’) and as Deputy Board Member of the Regional Public Broadcaster (‘WDR Rundfunkrat’), since 2018 as Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and as Board Member of ‘WIK’ and ‘WIK Consult’, a 100% subsidiary of WIK.