The Digital Hub Initiative hubs are funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection. They form a network that promotes the exchange of technological and business expertise to enable innovation.
The Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentren initiated by the BMWK act as regional and provider-neutral contact points to support SMEs and craft enterprises in digitization free of charge. As part of the German government's AI strategy, they are gradually being equipped with AI trainers who provide specific support in the application of AI technologies.
With the Zukunftszentren, the BMAS wants to enable companies, employees and (solo) self-employed persons to shape the digital transformation - also with regard to AI. The aim is to advise and network small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to develop and test innovative concepts for continuing education in the workplace.
KI-Servicezentren are institutions funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that facilitate access to computing infrastructure and AI expertise and support the transfer of AI on a broad scale.
Regional competence centers for labor research are institutions funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research that investigate the potential of new technologies for the world of work and promote the transfer of research results to application by regional companies.
Transfer centers are places funded by the federal and state governments where various players (corporations, SMEs, startups, universities, etc.) related to digital and technology topics come together to exchange ideas and work together on projects.
In privately initiated transfer centers, start-ups, companies and research institutions work together on a commercial level to develop AI solutions and business models.
Type of University
Areas of Concentration
Data origin and selectionThe map covers study programs that focus on Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, or parts of them. The data basis is the Higher Education Compass of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK). This was first filtered using a broad-based selector list. Subsequently, the categories "subject", "field of study" and "focus of study" recorded in the Higher Education Compass were checked for indicative terms that refer to study content from the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. Taxonomies from the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, among others, were used to identify suitable terms. The results were supplemented by our own research.
The Higher Education Compass lists only state or state-recognised German higher education institutions whose study programs have been approved by the state and/or accredited by a recognised body and have already commenced study. Entries on the individual study programmes and their content-related focal points are made by the higher education institutions themselves.
Type of Institution
- The AI Competence Centres are a mainstay of German AI Research and are funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Together they form a network for the exchange of expertise and research results. The aim is to further strengthen Germany as an AI location and to make German AI research internationally visible.
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Type of Institution
AI Technology Field
Application Market (Industry)
Value Creation Activity
Field of Application
Focus on applications
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Data SourceThe map on AI covers AI applications that have been developed in Germany. The data is based on research by Plattform Lernende Systeme and its partners. We would like to thank Forum Digital Technologies, Smart Data Forum, Fraunhofer IAIS, DFKI, VDI/VDE-IT, applied AI and the working group Business Model Innovations as well as other members of the Plattform Lernende Systeme for their support in supplying the data for this map. The map makes no claim to completeness. It is continuously expanded by new AI applications, which are submitted via an online questionnaire and curated by the Managing Office of Plattform Lernende Systeme.
SME Centers with AI Trainers
Regional competence centers for labor research
Further transfer centers
Commercial transfer hubs
Smart Data Forum
The Smart Data Forum is a knowledge, demonstration and networking platform for smart data technologies and actors in Germany. It was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and developed in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is led by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).
Fraunhofer IAIS is one of the leading institutions for applied big data and AI research in Europe. A number of the data sets supplied were compiled for the study Artificial Intelligence in Germany as part of the "Smart Data Forum" project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is a public-private partnership for the development of innovative software technologies based on Artificial Intelligence methods and Germany's leading business-related research institution in this field.
VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH is an independent service provider that supports public clients in research, innovation and education policy. The activities of VDI/VDE-IT are characterized by their interdisciplinary approach and include technical, economic and social aspects.
The appliedAI initiative is part of the non-profit innovation center UnternehmerTUM at TU München. Its focus is on concept development and knowledge exchange on AI topics. The initiative monitors the development of AI startups in Germany and bundles them.
WG 4 of Plattform Lernende Systeme
The working group identifies and analyzes new business models based on Artificial Intelligence as well as the economic potential of Learning Systems. It provides impetus, in particular for the application-oriented working groups.