CAIRO – Part of the Data Science Node in the AI District of Bavaria
In order to meet the paradigm shift towards a “digitized country”, the Free State of Bavaria announced the “Hightech Agenda Bayern” in its government declaration on 10 October 2019. In conjunction with the acceleration programme “Hightech Agenda Plus”, this means an investment boost of 3.5 billion euros – mainly profiting the Bavarian universities as well as universities of applied sciences.
One of the four key areas of this investment initiative is supporting Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Supertech, i. e. quantum technology, aerospace technology, and cleantech: The aim is to establish a Bavarian AI-network with the center located in Munich and various nodes and endpoints distributed all over the state. For THWS, this resulted in the foundation of the Competence Center Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIRO). Together with the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Data Science (CAIDAS) at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität of Würzburg, CAIRO will be forming the data science node – whilst the Center Robotics (CERI) in Schweinfurt will be the end node.
CAIRO is closely linked to its THWS sister center CERI. Both centers are working towards the integration of AI into Robotics (CAIRO) as well as the determination of AI requirements within Robotics (CERI).
In order to realize these goals, the Free State of Bavaria has already established three professorships for the establishment of CAIRO. THWS has contributed an additional four research professorships and will be establishing further AI-professorships in various faculties at THWS.
Research focus on applied AI
The objective of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIRO) is to take up current topics in artificial intelligence and research them for the sake of society while facilitating effective knowledge transfer to the practical domain within various industry sectors. The focus is also on a more holistic understanding of AI – as opposed to isolated individual scenarios, which is the typical practice today. Ethical and legal aspects of AI will play an important role.
Starting from the fundamental areas of intelligence (perceiving, reasoning and acting) along with a concept-based representation of knowledge, it is possible to distinguish interlinked research fields at the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIRO). These research fields reflect how CAIRO is organized: perception with conceptualization (perceiving), problem recognition and conceptual solving as well as realization of action concepts (acting) and conceptual learning (central reasoning).