The Carl Zeiss Foundation is funding six interdisciplinary research projects focused on its main topic of Artificial Intelligence. A total of almost 30 million euros is dedicated to teams from six universities in Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia. The research focuses on new training methods for robots, standards for the use of AI in healthcare, AI systems for cancer research, reasoning under uncertainty and the benefits of pre-programmed expertise.
In a two-stage review process, the six projects impressed international AI experts. The individual research projects at the universities of Freiburg, Heidelberg, Jena, Kaiserslautern, Mainz and Tübingen are funded with up to five million euros. The call for proposals was aimed at basic, software and algorithm-oriented research in the core area of AI.
‘Artificial intelligence is one of the most important technologies of the future and impacts our lives in many ways. As both a subject and a driver of research, AI offers enormous potential for science and business,” says Minister Theresia Bauer, Chairwoman of the Carl Zeiss Foundation. Since the beginning of 2021, the Carl Zeiss Foundation has concentrated its funding on focus topics. Since March 2021, the first focus topic has been Artificial Intelligence.