German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Trippstadter Str. 122 Kaiserslautern 67663 Germany
Phone+49 63.120.5750
Email info@dfki.de
About

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) was founded in 1988 as a non-profit public-private partnership. It has research facilities in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Bremen, a project office in Berlin, a Laboratory in Niedersachsen and branch offices in Lübeck, St. Wendel and Trier. In the field of innovative commercial software technology using Artificial Intelligence, DFKI is the leading research center in Germany.

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DIH Information

The form of the DIH Bremen and the team

The DIH in Bremen is currently cantered around the DFKI Robotics Innovation Lab, which is one of the leading RTOs for inspection & maintenance robotics in the region and in Germany. DFKI RIC comprises close to 100 full time researchers, most of them with extensive experience in robotics R&D for and with customers from industry and SMEs. Most technical experts at DFKI do have experience with teaching and academic education. DFKI RIC also maintains a team dedicated to project development and project management, and has access to administrative and legal experts in other DFKI institutes throughout Germany.

DFKI is embedded in a local innovation ecosystem that is currently evolving quickly, building up services for innovation management, start-up support, vocational training and application-oriented education etc. In addition, DFKI is developing capabilities for the commercial exploitation of research results and the commercial offering of training courses. Both these internal capabilities and the offerings through the innovation ecosystem will be leveraged by the Bremen DIH in the future.

Services

Bremen DIH for robotics and inspection and maintenance proposes a set of services to favour digitizing of industry and develop innovation in different sectors of Inspection and Maintenance of Infrastructures. DFKI holds a set of technologies and expertise in robotics and related technologies and infrastructure that are not available on the market. The services offered by the DIH are mostly technology services, but also ecosystem and business services are provided.

Business Services
Incubator/accelerator support
Offering housing
Project development
Skills and education
Business Services Information

Funding opportunities investigation

Category: Incubator/accelerator support

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Investigation of funding opportunities and advice of customers on opportunities, based on customer needs

Format (how?): Meetings

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Business developers

Involvement, effort from DIH: Participation of DIH business developers in information events, research on the web, evaluation of newsletters etc.; meetings and bi-lateral calls with clients,

Financial charge for customer: Free

Funding, business plan: Subsidised by DIH

 

Hands-on training

Category: Skills and education

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Training of operators (e.g. in underwater robots), practical courses in robotics  

Format (how?): Courses and hands on training using equipment and facilities of DIH. On demand

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Technical expert, researchers

Involvement, effort from DIH: Provision of equipment and facilities, technical experts and researchers for training.

Financial charge for customer: free or paying, depending on client status

Funding, business plan: Rates according to course content and scope

 

Research, development and innovation opportunities

Category: Project development

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Dedicated to organization interested in promoting CEA technologies or willing to do collaborative research with CEA.

Advising on technological research, development and innovation activity. Elaboration of an action plan for R&D&I with milestones, deliverables, agreement on the respective role of stakeholders and on the final delivery.

Format (how?): Meetings, conference calls

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Business developer, technical expert

Involvement, effort from DIH: Meetings with experts in research, development and innovation in robotics

Financial charge for customer: Free

Funding, business plan: Subsidised by the DIH

 

Hosting to Spin off and Start up

Category: Offering housing

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Office space and lab access to start-ups in their initial phase.

Format (how?): On demand

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Administration

Involvement, effort from DIH: Making office space and lab-space in DFKI building temporarily available

Financial charge for customer: Paying, with reasonable fees

Funding, business plan: Funding by customer

Ecosystem Services
Community building
Ecosystem learning
Strategy development
Ecosystem Services Information

Awareness creation

Category: Ecosystem service, Community building

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Introduction in robotics and AI for industrial decision-makers

Format (how?): Seminars and workshops with hands-on approach, both physical and online (webinar)

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Technical experts, business developers

Involvement, effort from DIH: short (one half day) to long (3 days) events involving senior and junior experts from DFKI

Financial charge for customer: Paid, based on content and duration of course

Funding, business plan: Paid by customer or through relevant projects

 

Dissemination

Category: Ecosystem service, Community building

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Communication about the offer of services of the DIH. 
Dissemination of results and key facts in German and in English

Format (how?): Information distributed through e.g. web sites, social media, newsletters, mailing

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Experts in communication

Involvement, effort from DIH: Involvement of the DFKI communications team

Financial charge for customer: Free

Funding, business plan: Part of operational costs of DIH

 

Technical advising

Category: Ecosystem service, Strategy development

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Advising on possible usage of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence

Format (how?): Bilateral meetings and calls

Profile of DIH contact (who?): technical and application experts

Involvement, effort from DIH: short meetings with clients

Financial charge for customer: Free

Funding, business plan: Subsidised by the DIH as part of business development

 

DIH network promotion,  Promotion of the offer

Category: Ecosystem service, Ecosystem learning

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Promote both the DIH and its services

Format (how?): Presentations on dissemination events, online media, social media

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Experts in the communications department, business developers

Involvement, effort from DIH: Participation in events, content maintenance of online media and social media

Financial charge for customer: Free

Funding, business plan: Subsidised by the DIH

Technology Services
Contract Research
Provision of technology infrastructure
Strategic RDI
Technical support on scale-up
Testing and Validation
Technology Services Information

Research and development collaboration

Category: Strategic RDI

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Research aiming at reaching TRL 5, removal of doubts, specifications, research and development, validation in laboratory

Format (how?): Collaborative research with partners from industry and SMEs, in Germany and in the EU, usually 3 years, sometimes less

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Project manager, technical experts

Involvement, effort from DIH: Support from experts in the writing and submission of European or national proposals. Long term participation (usually 3 years) of several experts from the DIH for technical research and development in robotics

Financial charge for customer: Free

Funding, business plan: Funded by European or national research programmes

 

Innovation projects: technology demonstrators, proof of concepts

Category: Contract research

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Research and development aiming at reaching TRL 6, application of existing technologies, validation in laboratory

Format (how?): Bilateral or multi-partner projects with shorter terms (from a few months to a few years)

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Technical experts

Involvement, effort from DIH: Support from experts to develop concepts and technical solutions for customer-defined problems.

Financial charge for customer: Paid

Funding, business plan: Funded through customer based on bilateral contracts, private investors, national and EU  innovation programmes

 

Proof of concept, prototyping, commercialisation/industrialisation, small series production

Category: Technical support on scale-up

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Demonstration in real environment or in realistic conditions. Adaptation of existing technologies to specific use case

Format (how?): Bilateral projects from one to several months

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Technical experts through DFKI commercial arm, legal experts 

Involvement, effort from DIH: Participation of experts development and testing; support from legal dept. for IP issues

Financial charge for customer: Paying

Funding, business plan: Funded by bilateral contracts, European or national innovation programmes, investors

 

Lab facilities, equipment for lease/use (sensors, robots, robot tooling, etc.), rapid prototyping

Category: Provision of technology infrastructure

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Testing of customer equipment in DFKI lab and testing facilities

Format (how?): Conducting experiments with the assistance of DFKI personnel

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Lab technicians, technical experts

Involvement, effort from DIH: preparation and maintenance of lab-facilities, supervision and support of client activities through DFKI technicians and experts

Financial charge for customer: Paying, flat-fee based on cost-table and complexity of experiment

Funding, business plan: Client-funded based on facility leasing contract, sometimes covered by European or national innovation programmes

 

Certification, product demonstration & testing, comparison of products

Category: Testing and validation

Description of activity, value proposition (what?): Evaluation of pressure compliance of technical components in pressure lab

Format (how?): Experiments by DFKI experts following standard evaluation protocols.

Profile of DIH contact (who?): Technical experts.

Involvement, effort from DIH: Preparation, maintenance and provision of pressure lab; support of experiments by DIH experts

Financial charge for customer: Paying, flat-fee based on cost-table and complexity of experiment

Funding, business plan: Client-funded based on facility leasing contract, sometimes covered by European or national innovation programmes