Establishment of the Saxon AI competence center is gaining momentum

The Saxon AI Competence Center, which is currently being set up, is taking the next important step. At the Leipzig location, ScaDS.AI Dresden/Leipzig ceremoniously inaugurated the new premises for the Living Lab. The rooms at Löhrs Carré are used to share the current research approaches and research results of ScaDS.AI with the public and to exchange ideas with different target groups. In this way, AI research is to become approachable and both take up everyday questions of the public and target innovative solutions for concerns of the economy.

An integral part of the ScaDS.AI concept is also the Graduate School. This is a structured doctoral program for the field of data science and AI, which offers doctoral students from both locations not only optimal research conditions but also a variety of qualification opportunities and an excellent supervision strategy. Promising doctoral students are recruited at both universities, but also nationally and internationally.
The new premises now offer the Living Lab and the Graduate School optimal conditions at the Leipzig location.

Science Minister Sebastian Gemkow got an impression of the Living Lab on site. He said afterwards:
“Artificial intelligence is a key technology that will have a significant impact on our living and working environments in the coming years. In order to keep Saxony’s research on AI methods and applications competitive on a global scale and to be able to develop an innovation advantage, concrete investments in the research infrastructure are also needed. With the support of the Free State, one of five federal AI competence centers will therefore be set up in Saxony from next year. Leipzig University and TU Dresden are tackling this challenge together with many non-university research institutions and other partners. Living Lab and Graduate School are important pillars in this process because they make the development of the competence center visible and underpin the overall social and strategic importance of this technology for Germany and Europe.«

Prof. Erhard Rahm, Co-Director ScaDS.AI adds:
ScaDS.AI combines the excellent AI and data science research expertise of the University of Leipzig and the TU Dresden as well as ten non-university institutions for the development of scalable and trustworthy machine learning methods and their transfer into economic and scientific applications. With today’s inauguration of our ScaDS.AI Graduate School and the Leipzig Living Lab, two important pillars of our research center will be strengthened. On the one hand, the training and strengthening of young scientists and, on the other hand, the promotion of a broad dialogue on AI and data science research in society.

Background:
ScaDS.AI Dresden/Leipzig (Center for Scalable Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence) is a center for data science, artificial intelligence and big data with locations in Dresden and Leipzig.

With ScaDS.AI, it has been possible to attract important federal investments to Saxony. In the future, the Free State of Bavaria will not only benefit from developed applications, but will also play an active in shaping development.

Source: Press release of Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Kultur und Tourismus from 07.10.2021