The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has opened a new institute in Munich. The Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS is dedicated to artificial intelligence, in particular with regard to securing machine learning systems. Many celebrities from Bavarian research and politics took part in the opening ceremony on 3 December.
The Fraunhofer IKS is not a complete start-up, but rather comes from the Fraunhofer Institute for Embedded Systems and Communication Technology ESK. Mario Trapp, managing partner of the institute, explained in an interview heise developer the realignment with the changed conditions. Machine learning in particular brings new security challenges to users, and there are overlaps in application areas.
20 million euros from the Free State
The Free State of Bavaria supports the founding of the institute with 20 million euros. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder said in his speech at the opening ceremony: "The way money scores goals, it is also in research". That showed the English Premier League, and one does not want to let the research area as well from abroad to buy away as the football professionals. Professors get mail-off mails from abroad and German institutes often can not keep up with the offers.
Although the President of the Technical University of Munich Professor Thomas Hofmann emphasized on the one hand Munich's top position in the AI sector, it also lamented the personnel situation: "It is frightening to note that the pipeline is empty." There are hardly any renowned international AI researchers who are ready , to go to Germany". The competition would not run between Munich and Erlangen or Berlin, but one would have to work together across institutes to be able to stand up to the competition from Silicon Valley and China
As Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger explained the investment in the environment of the general austerity in politics: "In times of zero percent interest, we go where the music plays". He promised further investment if the Fraunhofer IKS works successfully, but now "the 20 million are the right bites that they can digest right now".
Six professors and 100 chairs
The motto of the planned personnel expansions in the area of AI research is not "dabbling", but cumming: Six new professorships will be created as part of the founding of the institute, four of them at the Technical University of Munich. Markus Söder promised in his speech that the Free State will create 100 KI chairs – that are just as many as the federal government has planned for Germany.
Fraunhofer IKS should play a key role in the competence network "Artificial Machine Intelligence" of the Bavarian State Government. The network serves as a bridge between basic and applied research, with a focus on the development of resilient cognitive systems, resilient AI, and AI for autonomous systems. Other partners in the competence network are the two Munich universities, TUM and LMU, as well as various science and research institutions in Munich, Erlangen, Würzburg, Augsburg, Bayreuth, Ingolstadt and Amberg-Weiden.
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