IBM, an Armonk, New York-based multinational information technology company, and fortiss GmbH, the Research Institute of the Free State of Bavaria for software-intensive Systems and Services, as per recent reports last week, have jointly announced a research center for artificial intelligence (AI), where the two partners plan on designing and building reliable and secure AI technologies for businesses and society. The new AI research center will be established at IBM’s Watson IoT Center Facility in Munich, Germany.
“A strong partner ecosystem consisting of industry and research is crucial to sustainably tap the potential of AI. We are therefore very much looking forward to expand our research partnership significantly with fortiss and thus creating an important and global connected center for AI research in Bavaria,” stated Kareem Yusuf, Ph.D., General Manager, Watson IoT.
“Artificial intelligence is one of the key drivers for future economic development. We are proud that fortiss and IBM will jointly develop these trendsetting technologies in Bavaria. They are of outstanding importance for the competitiveness of Bavaria as a high-tech location,” stated Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian State Minister for Economic Affairs, Regional Development, and Energy.
Reports are that in this upcoming joint facility, 50+ scientists from IBM and fortiss will research and develop new AI-based software solutions with a prime focus on exploring and developing the potential of AI for mission and business critical IoT applications. The R&D work will mainly be conducted on, AI-optimized assistance systems for transparent decision support, prototyping of new digitized citizen services, and reliable, secure control of autonomous robots, distributed production systems, and critical supply infrastructures (e.g. energy and water).
“As one of the core disciplines of computer science, engineering of the immaterial, AI has every opportunity to flow its applications directly into industrial products over a very short distance – from basic research and idea production to the development of prototypes,” stated Dr. Harald Rueß, Scientific Director of fortiss.