To drive forward research in machine learning, Bosch is establishing an endowed chair at Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, near Stuttgart. Over a period of ten years, the company will fund the chair with a total of 5.5 million euros. “We want to attract the best minds to this region. World-class research will make Baden-Württemberg even more attractive for up-and-coming scientists from around the world,” said Denner, who is also in charge of research and advance engineering at Bosch. Located in the Stuttgart-Tübingen region, the Cyber Valley Center will bring together top researchers from a range of disciplines, such as software engineering, physics, biology, materials science, and neuroscience. In addition to the endowed chair, Bosch will be providing funding to Cyber Valley in the amount of some 1.3 million euros over five years. “The interplay of industry, research, and government will make this regional cluster a global hotspot for top researchers,” stressed Denner.
Strengthening the region’s start-up scene
Besides expanding scientific excellence and fostering young talent, Cyber Valley also aims at enhancing the start-up scene in the Stuttgart-Tübingen region. Young researchers working in Cyber Valley will be encouraged to found their own companies, so that they may quickly transfer scientific findings to product and service development.
“Artificial intelligence must also prove worthwhile financially. A vibrant start-up scene in Cyber Valley will play a key role in this regard,” said Denner. Alongside Bosch and five other companies, founding members of Cyber Valley include the Max Planck Society, the state of Baden-Württemberg, the University of Tübingen, and the University of Stuttgart.
Facts and figures on Cyber Valley:
• Participating companies: Bosch, ZF Friedrichshafen, Daimler, Porsche, BMW, and Facebook
• Bosch is endowing a chair of machine learning at the University of Tübingen with 5.5 million euros over ten years
• Research at Cyber Valley focuses on robotics, machine learning, computer vision
• A research building to be constructed in Stuttgart by 2022
• First step: Nine research groups to be created
• Endowed chair at the University of Stuttgart
• Founding of the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (100 doctoral students in six years).
Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com