Research alliance targets digital automation and emerging IoT

July 16, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Siemens has launched its Automation and Digitalization research project 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 latest 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.

"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.

"The digital revolution has begun fundamentally changing all aspects of economic activity and life. That's where we're called upon – with our comprehensive range of technology knowhow, which we've been systematically expanding for a long time. In the context of digitalization, engineers are becoming key players in society," stated TUM President Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann.