German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence

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DFKI building in Saarbrücken

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (German: Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz, DFKI) is one of the world's largest nonprofit contract research institutes for software technology based on artificial intelligence (AI) methods. DFKI was founded in 1988, and has facilities in the German cities of Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen and Berlin.

DFKI shareholders include Google, Microsoft, SAP and Daimler.[1] The directors are Antonio Krüger (CEO) and Walter G. Olthoff (CFO).


DFKI conducts contract research in virtually all fields of modern AI, including image and pattern recognition, knowledge management, intelligent visualization and simulation, deduction and multi-agent systems, speech- and language technology, intelligent user interfaces, business informatics and robotics. DFKI led the national project Verbmobil, a project with the aim to translate spontaneous speech robustly and bidirectionally for German/English and German/Japanese.


There are different research departments.[2]


  • Knowledge Management (headed by Andreas Dengel)
  • Embedded Intelligence (Paul Lukowicz)
  • Augmented Vision (Didier Stricker)
  • Innovative Factory Systems (Detlef Zühlke)
  • Integrated Communication Systems (Paul Müller)


  • Innovative Retail Laboratory (Antonio Krüger)
  • Institute for Information Systems (Peter Loos)
  • Agents and Simulated Reality (Philipp Slusallek)
  • Language Technology (Hans Uszkoreit)
  • Intelligent User Interfaces (Wolfgang Wahlster)


  • Robotics Innovation Center (Frank Kirchner)
  • Cyber Physical Systems (Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler)


  • Project Office for Language Technology (Uszkoreit)
  • Intelligent User Interfaces (Norbert Reithinger)
  • Intelligent Analytics for Massive Data - Smart Data (Volker Markl)
  • Speech and Language Technology (Sebastian Möller)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DFKI: Shareholders DFKI: Shareholders
  2. ^ Research at DFKI Research at DFKI

External links[edit]

  • Official site
  • Professor Wolfgang Wahlster Profile
  • "EU documents and DFKI: Grand Challenges in the Evolution of the Information Society". (1.14 MiB).
  • "SmartWeb-Car" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-03-16. Retrieved 2006-10-13. (1.72 MiB).
  • SmartWeb at CeBIT-2006.

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