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Siemens opens AI research centre in Munich, Germany

Written by Wed 24 Apr 2024

German technology conglomerate, Siemens, has opened the first building complex of the Siemens Technology Center (STC) for industrial artificial intelligence (AI) research. 

The STC is situated alongside the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Max Planck Institute, and companies like SAP. With 28,000 current employees, the Garching Research Campus is one of the largest centres for science, research, and training in Europe.

Siemens will consolidate all corporate research in Germany at the STC. Initially, 450 Siemens staff will collaborate with 150 Technical University of Munich scientists. 

Siemens plans to open the second complex in 2027, which will house over 630 Siemens technology researchers and intellectual property specialists. The STC will become the largest among around twelve central Siemens research hubs worldwide, with a total investment exceeding £85.9 million ($106 million).

“At the Siemens Technology Center in Garching, talented people from science and industry are researching and working together under one roof to create fertile ground for innovation and technological strength,” said Markus Blume, Bavaria’s State Minister for Science and the Arts. 

Siemens said through joint activities with TUM, like hackathons, lectures, and the Makerspace, STC will become ‘much more open’.

“The collaboration between Siemens and TUM … shows how a leading industrial partnership can bridge the gap between academic excellence and industrial innovation to work together on the challenges of our time and develop powerful disruptive solutions,” said Thomas F. Hofmann, President at the Technical University of Munich.

Areas of Research

At the STC, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) will be used to facilitate programming, detect production breakdowns at an early stage, and enable natural language communication between humans and machines.

“The Siemens Technology Center …  benefits from an excellent environment and will strengthen Germany’s global role in cutting-edge research,” said Peter Körte, Chief Technology and Chief Strategy Officer of Siemens AG. 

Siemens revealed that its investment in research and development (R&D) had risen by approximately £515 million ($641 million) to reach £5.3 billion ($6.6 billion) in fiscal 2023. 

These investments were focused on strengthening the company’s core technologies, like simulation and digital twin, data analytics and AI, connectivity & edge, future of automation, and cybersecurity and trust. 

Siemens added these technologies converged on the open digital business platform, Siemens Xcelerator, to facilitate more efficient and sustainable development, manufacturing, and operation of industrial products. 

In these areas, Siemens said it has collaborated with organisations like the Technical University of Munich, SAP, BMW, the Fraunhofer Institutes, and business start-ups.

In November, Microsoft and Siemens announced a deepening of their partnership by bringing the benefits of generative AI to industries worldwide.

As a first step, the companies are introducing Siemens Industrial Copilot, an AI-powered jointly developed assistant aimed at improving human-machine collaboration in manufacturing.

 

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Written by Wed 24 Apr 2024

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