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Artificial Intelligence Made in Germany

On April 20 2021 ICDK Munich together with Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV) hosted the webinar 'AI Update from Germany'. 
Today, many still have the assumption that Artificial Intelligence (AI) means robots stealing our jobs and that it is better to focus on what we can do today instead of in the future.  
But this is a misconception of AI.
“Truth to be told. The future is already here. We already have AI implemented in our businesses. AI has not arrived in crazy robots, but rather in intelligent algorithm that we help making better decisions in businesses,” said Alexander Helfer, Solution Engineer at Celonis.
Celonis is together with Bosch successfully implementing AI, which they shared with participants at the webinar 'AI Update from Germany' April 20 2021 hosted by ATV and ICDK.

AI improves process mining  

The unicorn Celonis uses AI to improve process mining.

“Companies need to improve their processes to run their businesses more efficiently. We map the processes of any company in real time. What previously took consultants months to map on a conceptual level, we today visualise in detail in real time,” said Vice President of Sales Nordics & CIS, Michael Zink.

But this is just the first step. Celonis has in recent years transformed from only doing process mining to now being a platform for execution management. 

Michael Zink explained it with a metaphor: 

"For simplicity you can think of Celonis as the combination of an X-ray machine and a doctor. Process mining is the X-ray machine, which visualises the frictions in your bloodstreams, and the doctor is the execution engine, which removes your blood clots, so the blood again can flow frictionless. This is what Celonis does.” 

Celonis is a so-called “hyper growth company”, which grows by more than 100 percent each year. It has opened up new local branches, one of them in Denmark, where Alexander Helfer will work from June 2021. 

Alexander Helfer explained what process mining is about in details, and how Celonis combines it with AI to make sense of the generated data. 

“We are combining the best of two worlds. With AI we can look into the future and make sense of our structured data. If we combine these two disciplines, process mining and AI, we arrive at something we call intelligent execution. To use the picture of the X-ray and the doctor, then you know exactly what to do to improve the processes,” he said. 

AI makes it possible to build new products 

Celonis is not the only company having success with AI. In 2017, Bosch Centre for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI) was founded to help drive the change of Bosch into an AI enabled Internet of Things (IoT) company.

Dr. Christian Daniel, Head and Reinforcement Learning and Planning at BCAI, explained that the goal of the future for Bosch, is that all products are either developed using AI or using AI tools, offering increased functionalities and usability to the customers.

To achieve this goal it is necessary to get access to the top talent in the field of AI according to Dr. Christian Daniel. An important tool to achieve this is to increase the visibility in academic circles. It is also crucial to improve internally, and therefore Bosch has programmes set up to help train the associates at Bosch, engineers as well as the management worldwide.

To fulfil the goals, Bosch has started a network of collaboration with universities worldwide to benefit from the talents at higher education institutions. 

A new tool in the toolbox 

Dr. Christian Daniel presented an example of using AI in Bosch: a levitating mover platform. 

In a video, the participants could see a mover flying across a surface made of tiles. The product is useful for clean room manufacturing, for example for manufacturing computer chips. The AI comes into play as the main challenge is to control the system, the actuation of the magnets. 

This product could not have been built in any other way, explained Dr. Christian Daniel, who considers AI as a prominent new tool in the toolbox for software engineers.

Germany is an innovation hotspot 

Celonis and Bosch are just two of many German companies having successfully implemented AI in their products.

At ICDK, we closely follow the developments in the Southern German innovation ecosystem, which also offers many opportunities for Danish players. In industry as well as in research. 

Furthermore, Invest in Denmark, co-located with ICDK at the Danish Consulate General in Munich assists German, Swiss and Austrian companies settling in Denmark and set up partnerships between innovative Danish and foreign entities – with the goal to create and retain jobs in Denmark.

Do you want to know more about German positions of strength and get in contact with key players within German research and industry?

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ICDK Munich:
Research and Innovation Attaché, Ulrik Kjølsen Olsen:
+49 171 309 6314 /

Innovation Advisor, Jon Frederik Pers:
+49 89 54 58 54 27 /

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Investment Manager, Christian Seehusen:
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