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 in the field of innovative 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,[1] Microsoft, SAP, BMW and Daimler.[2] The current directors are Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster (CEO) and Dr. Walter G. Olthoff (CFO).


Currently, there are more than 116 ongoing projects at the research center. 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.[3]


  • Knowledge Management (headed by Prof. Dr. Andreas Dengel)
  • Augmented Vision (Prof. Dr. Didier Stricker)
  • Innovative Factory Systems (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Zühlke)
  • Integrated Communication Systems (Prof. Dr. Paul Müller)


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


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


  • Project Office for Language Technology (Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit)
  • Intelligent User Interfaces (Dr. Norbert Reithinger)


  1. ^ [1] Google partners with DFKI
  2. ^ DFKI: Shareholders DFKI: Shareholders
  3. ^ Research at DFKI Research at DFKI

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