Research and Development


German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH

AI for humans – intelligent solutions for the knowledge society

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), with facilities in Kaiserslautern, Saarbruecken, Bremen, a project office in Berlin, a lab in Lower Saxony and a regional office in St. Wendel, was founded as a public private partnership (PPP) in 1988. It is Germany's leading research center in the area of innovative software technology (i.e. artificial intelligence – AI) for commercial application.
In the field of information and communication technology, a total number of nineteen specialized research groups, eight competence centers and eight living labs develop prototypes, patented solutions as well as new and improved product features on the basis of our application-based research. Funding is provided through grants from public funding bodies such as the European Union, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the federal states and the German Research Foundation (DFG) as well as development contracts from industry. The progress of publicly funded projects is reviewed twice a year by an international panel of experts (Scientific Advisory Council). As part of the regular evaluation by the BMBF, the DFKI was again rated very positively in 2016.

In addition to the German federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Bremen, our board of directors is comprised of many renowned high-technology, multi-sector companies from Germany and abroad. The successful DFKI model of a non-profit Public-Private Partnership is regarded nationally and internationally as a forward-looking structure in the field of cutting-edge research.

The DFKI is involved in numerous committees for Germany as a location for science and technology and enjoys a high reputation far beyond Germany in the training of junior scientists. At present approx. 590 highly qualified scientists, administrative employees and over 460 student employees from more than 65 nations work on more than 250 research projects. The DFKI serves as a career springboard for young scientists in management positions in industry or in self-employment through spin-offs of companies. More than 140 employees have been appointed as professors to chairs at universities and colleges in Germany and abroad over the years.

DFKI research fields

Smart Data & Knowledge Services, Cyber-Physical Systems, Speech & Language Technology, Plan-Based Robot Control, Educational Technology Lab, Interactive Textiles, Robotics Innovation Center, Institute for Information Systems, Embedded Intelligence, Smart Service Engineering, Intelligent Analytics for Mass Data, Intelligent Networks, Agents and Simulated Reality, Augmented Vision, Language Technology and Multilingualism, Cognitive Assistance Systems, Marine Perception, Smart Enterprise Engineering.

DFKI R&D services focusing on logistics

  • Multi-agent fleet management technology
  • Smart label application in logistics and trade
  • Semantic product memory for sensor-based quality management
  • Mobile two-armed robots for production logistics
  • Safe man-machine interaction in logistics and production
  • Innovative Factory Systems
  • Automation technologies and standards
  • Car2Car and Car2X communication
  • Process- and service-oriented logistics architectures
  • Planning, supervising and monitoring logistics projects






German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Campus D 3_2
66123 Saarbruecken (Germany)
Phone: +49-681-302-5151


Prof. Dr. Jana Koehler
Chairwoman and CEO

Dr. Walter Olthoff



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