Fields of Application

Industry 4.0

“Industry 4.0” describes the 4th Industrial Revolution through the introduction of modern information and communication technologies in production. The DFKI is regarded as the decisive founder of this movement. This far-reaching paradigm shift was first publicly named in 2011 by Wolfgang Wahlster, Henning Kagermann and Wolf-Dieter Lukas. The term became the name of the Federal Government's high-tech strategy and a synonym for the production of the future worldwide. Since 2005, the technology initiative SmartFactoryKL e.V., based at the DFKI in Kaiserslautern, has been researching and developing such technologies. The factory of the future is flexible, safe and produces both large series and customized individual products with the optimal use of resources. Humans work hand in hand with robots in hybrid teams and are supported in their activities by intelligent assistance systems.


Einladung zur Online-Auftaktveranstaltung am 27. Januar 2022. Das neu gegründete Regionale Zukunftszentrum für KI und digitale Transformation Saarland…

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Wenn in einer Fabrik ein Maschinenteil defekt ist, zählt jede Minute. Eine Stunde Ausfall in der Produktion kann für ein Unternehmen schnell Kosten in…

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With "Data Science and its Applications", the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is establishing a new research department in…

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Optimized hybrid space-time service continuum in FAAS

PHYSICS’s vision is to address the aforementioned challenges and empower application developers, platform owners and infrastructure providers (e.g. Cloud, Edge etc). For the former, the goal is to…

Connected Assets iNteroperability framework Via AAS

CanvAAS 2 ist ein erweitertes Projekt von CanvAAS. CanvAAS 2 soll die bereits entwickelte CanvAAS API im Bezug ihren Synchronisationsmechanismus zwischen physischen Assets und ihren digitalen…

National Research Data Infrastructure for Engineering Sciences

NFDI4Ing is one of the funded consortia of the NFDI initiative of DFG (

NFDI4Ing brings together the engineering communities and…

Multi-Agent Systems for Pervasive Artificial Intelligence for assisting Humans in Modular Production Environments

Development of a multi-agent-based technology for the integration of AI algorithms in autonomous modular production with worker assistance.


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Rare Class Learning and Unknown Events Detection for Flexible Production

The RACKET project addresses the problem of detecting rare and unknown faults by combining model-based and machine learning methods. The approach is based on the assumption that a physical or…

Continuous Adaptive Machine-Learning of Transfer of Control Situations

A remaining major challenge with autonomous systems is the handling of situations that the system cannot handle on its own. Up to now, this transfer of control has been considered in isolation. An…

Dynamic planning in Individual Manufacturing along the supply Chain (Preparation Phase)

Phase 1 of 2 (Preparation Phase):

The fulfilment of individual customer requirements is becoming an increasingly decisive factor when considering the competitiveness of companies. The make-to-order or…

SmartRecycling - AI and Robotics for a sustainable circular economy


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (DFKI)

Institut für Energie und Kreislaufwirtschaft an der Hochschule Bremen GmbH

Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg…

Digital twins bringing agility and innovation to manufacturing SMEs, by empowering a network of DIHs with an integrated digital platform that enables Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS)

DIGITbrain Project is an EU innovation program to give SMEs easy access to digital twins.

A Digital Twin is the virtual representation of a product, system or process that simulates its physical…

Exploring the Potential of Pervasive Embedded Brain Reading in Human Robot Collaborations

Förderung von Forschungsvorhaben zur Verbesserung der Explorations- und Integrationsphasen der IKT-Forschung

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz