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Research network for the digital revolution

München, 07/15/2014

LMU yesterday announced details of a new collaborative research initiative devoted to topics in the area of automation and digitalization.

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Together with partners in the academic and business worlds, LMU Munich has announced the establishment of a new campus dedicated to research in the fields of automation and digitalization. LMU’s partners in this new venture are the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC) and Siemens. The agreement envisages the provision of a comprehensive set of doctoral and post-doctoral programs that will enable up to 100 doctoral candidates to pursue their studies while collaborating on research projects.

“Today’s agreement will enable Siemens to strategically foster high-quality German research in fields that will be decisive for gaining a competitive edge in the future,” said Klaus Helmrich, Siemens’ Chief Technology Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer. “Automation and digitalization offer enormous opportunities for a wide range of industries – from autonomous machines to the intelligent assessment of large amounts of data. Our goal is to seize these opportunities and transform them into competitive advantages for German industry.” Siemens intends to invest an amount in the double-digit million-euro range over the next three years.

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.

“The research alliance for the digital revolution is enabling the upheavals and opportunities arising from automation and digitalization to be explored and actively shaped at the interface of industry and science. As part of this alliance, the LMU will leverage its expertise to help drive innovation and identify potential for groundbreaking future technologies,” LMU President Prof. Dr. Bernd Huber declared.

The aim of the research alliance is to utilize cutting-edge know-how to make wide-ranging innovations in processes and systems possible. In the initial phase, research will focus on topics such as autonomous robots that interact closely with human beings – for example, in the highly flexible factories of the future. Plans also call for the development of 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. Other areas of particular interest include self-managed cloud services and IT security. During the further course of the collaboration, research results will be brought to market readiness.