IIP-Ecosphere can get started: The consortium led by Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) is one of the winners of the innovation competition "Artificial intelligence as a driver for economically relevant ecosystems" of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). State Secretary Dr. Ulrich Nussbaum handed over the certificate for the successful project proposal "IIP-Ecosphere: Next Level Ecosphere for Intelligent Industrial Production" on the occasion of the opening of the new Forum DigitaleTechnologien on 19 September 2019 in Berlin. A total of 16 large-volume platform projects received awards. The winners now have the opportunity to realise their project within the framework of a funded, three-year implementation phase.
The L3S Research Center and the LUH Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW) have worked with 18 partners from science and industry - including the University of Hildesheim, the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Volkswagen, Siemens, DMK Mori and Sennheiser - to develop a convincing concept for the expansion of intelligent production. The aim is to establish a new ecosystem in order to make the rapid progress of artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of production technology usable, especially for medium-sized companies, and to exploit the potential of Industry 4.0. The total volume of the project is 12 million euros, around four million euros in subsidies will go to LUH.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the key technology for intelligent production (industry 4.0). Studies predict an increase in productivity of up to 50 percent through the use of AI. According to the BMWi, AI methods should therefore become even stronger drivers for innovative value creation networks and the creation of new products and business models. However, 65 percent of German companies with more than 100 employees do not yet use AI methods. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular lack not only the technical prerequisites and know-how, but also the appropriate business models. There are also concerns about data sovereignty and confidentiality. IIP-Ecosphere will facilitate the applicability of AI methods in production and demonstrate them in real application scenarios. The activities aim to remove barriers and promote the sustainable involvement of new stakeholders. In particular, SMEs and start-ups will be enabled to successfully apply and further develop AI methods for intelligent production themselves.