Mona Neubaur
Mona Neubaur
Minister for Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia (© MWIKE NRW/Nils Leon Brauer)

Flagships »powered by KI.NRW«

AI lighthouse projects from North Rhine-Westphalia

“Artificial intelligence will change our world in almost all areas. This future technology holds enormous potential for our economy in North Rhine-Westphalia. That is why we are specifically promoting highly innovative and application-oriented AI projects that will help us to advance the digital and climate-neutral transformation and strengthen the competitiveness of companies.”

Dr. Christian Temath
Dr. Christian Temath
Managing Director

Flagships »powered by KI.NRW«

AI lighthouse projects from North Rhine-Westphalia

“NRW is a leader in the field of artificial intelligence. The Flagships “powered by KI.NRW” are presenting pioneering projects in which AI technology from NRW is driving relevant changes in society. By creating broad visibility, we also want to inspire small and medium-sized enterprises to use artificial intelligence and thus further consolidate NRW as a location for innovation.”

AI lighthouse projects from North Rhine-Westphalia under the patronage of KI.NRW

Operating under the brand “Flagships powered by KI.NRW”, the Artificial Intelligence Competence Platform North Rhine-Westphalia supports AI lighthouse projects funded by the state. The aim is to ensure and support efficient technology transfer and close cooperation between SMEs, startups, universities as well as research institutions in the federal state NRW. In the following KI.NRW presents an overview of the current flagships (continuously updated and extended with further projects).

The KI.NRW Flagships

Bergisches Hochwasserwarnsystem

How can artificial intelligence support flood protection in the future? On the initiative of regional industry in the Bergisches Land region, a warning system is being developed that makes predictions about water levels and flood hazards.

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AI navigation for retail

The project consortium consisting of retail experts of gmvteam, the NRW Trade Association and the European EPC Competence Centre GmbH is making artificial intelligence more accessible and applicable, especially for small and medium-sized retail companies.

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AI and Digital Initiative HANDwerk.NRW

The project partners of the University of Applied Sciences for SMEs, the Fraunhofer Institute IOSB-INA and the Paderborn-Lippe Chamber of Crafts strengthen the competitiveness and innovation potential of North Rhine-Westphalian skilled crafts businesses by integrating AI.

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Cyber Production Management Lab

The participating project partners from science, academia and industry are researching and testing solutions in real production processes on how AI can help secure the competitiveness of industrial companies in South Westphalia.

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Datenfabrik.NRW

What will the AI-supported production of the future look like? The “Datenfabrik NRW” project aims to pioneer and shape the digital transformation in a realistic production environment.

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AI Certification “made in Germany”

A cooperation between the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS and the German Federal Office for Information Security BSI to develop technical test methods for the certification of AI systems.

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SmartHospital.NRW

Artificial intelligence in hospitals: A joint project led by Essen University Hospital ensures how hospitals from NRW can be transformed into so-called “smart hospitals”.

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Innovative Secure Medical Campus

Using state-of-the-art technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and surgical robotics, the UKB aims to be a pioneer as an Innovative Secure Medical Campus.

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KI.NRW Flagships: Strategy and Goals

KI.NRW flagships are highly innovative and application-oriented AI projects funded by the state of NRW in individual and joint projects from various sectors, such as retail, production, crafts and health.

Linking innovation drivers

Large companies, SMEs and start-ups work closely with universities and research institutions to solve socially relevant issues. Under the patronage of KI.NRW, those innovation-driving actors and competencies are networked, the funded projects are accompanied in terms of communication, and the federal state NRW is positioned at European level in regard to artificial intelligence by marketing the results. The focus lies on sustainable transfer and further utilization of the project results. Projects that have already been completed include corona.KEX.net and bergisch.smart_mobility.

Getting AI expertise into companies

In view of the rapid progress in the field of artificial intelligence, it is important to further promote application-oriented technology transfer. As a central point of contact, KI.NRW supports small and medium-sized enterprises in particular in taking advantage of the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence in order to guarantee the resilience and competitiveness of local companies for the future. The KI.NRW flagships demonstrate possible applications of artificial intelligence and are thus considered pioneering projects that can also inspire other companies also interested in using AI in their business. For decision-makers seeking initial advice on the introduction of AI in their company, our brochure »Quick Start AI« is available for download. In addition, KI.NRW offers a free »AI consultation hour«, for which you can arrange an appointment with our AI managers here.

Making excellence visible

North Rhine-Westphalia offers an excellent infrastructure for pioneering projects and is very well positioned, especially in the field of AI research. With the KI.NRW flagships, we are making the state’s AI excellence even more visible. In addition to the flagships, our interactive AI map gives you an even more comprehensive overview of players from industry, research and qualification who specialize in the topic of artificial intelligence.

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Transfer Management

Fabio Griehl
AI Manager

Competence Platform KI.NRW
fabio.griehl@iais.fraunhofer.de

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The competence platform KI.NRW is developing North Rhine-Westphalia into a leading national location for applied artificial intelligence and establishing the state in international networks. As the central state umbrella organization for artificial intelligence, KI.NRW combines the triad of cutting-edge research, innovation and entrepreneurship. The aim is to accelerate the transfer of AI from cutting-edge research to industry, to establish a leading region for professional qualification in AI and to set impulses in the social dialogue. In doing so, KI.NRW places people and their ethical principles at the center of the design of artificial intelligence. KI.NRW is funded by the state ministries MWIKE and MKW and led by one of Europe’s leading research institutes in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS in Sankt Augustin.