A lighthouse project of the L3S has started on 11.2.2020 with a kick-off event: "IIP-Ecosphere: Next Level Ecosphere for Intelligent Industrial Production". The focus is on the concrete challenges facing companies that want to use AI in production. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy with a budget of twelve million euros for three years.
The consortium of 19 consortium partners is led by Leibniz Universität Hannover at L3S together with the Institute of Manufacturing Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW). The universities in Hildesheim, Nuremberg and Koblenz, manufacturing companies such as Volkswagen, Siemens and Sennheiser, machine manufacturers such as DMG Mori / Gildemeister, AI providers such as Salt and Pepper, Bitmotec and RapidMiner, and multipliers such as Deutsche Messe are also involved. A further 57 partners are associated, including many start-ups, small and medium-sized companies. In cooperation with the companies, the scientists will develop an AI ecosystem and demonstrators that show how AI can be used profitably by companies.