Industrial and business collaborations

The application-oriented research conducted at the Saarland Informatics Campus brings together research, business and policy practitioners, making the research teams at SIC highly sought-after partners for academic-industrial collaborations. Collaborative partners in Germany include Siemens, adidas AG, Deutsche Post AG, Airbus Operations and the BMW 'Research and Technology' group in Munich. On the international stage, research teams at the Saarland Informatics Campus are working with global giants such as Microsoft, Adobe, Intel and Google.

Saarbrücken Research Center for Visual Computing, Interaction and Artificial Intelligence

In 2022, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken and Google entered into a strategic research partnership and established the 'Saarbrücken Research Center for Visual Computing, Interaction and Artificial Intelligence (VIA)'.

The research teams at VIA conduct pioneering research in computer graphics, computer vision and human-machine interactions at the interface with artificial intelligence and machine learning. VIA is headed by Christian Theobalt, Scientific Director at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Professor at Saarland University.

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ZF Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity Center

At the 'ZF AI & Cybersecurity Center' on the Saarland Informatics Campus, the globally active automotive supplier is researching how artificial intelligence can be used more intelligently, more efficiently and more securely in the automotive industry.

Going forward, the company's activities in the fields of artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0 (Germany's national digital transformation initiative) and cybersecurity will be consolidated in the new joint 'ZF AI & Cybersecurity Center' – from where solutions, supplemented by the latest R&D results, will be made available to ZF divisions worldwide. The goal is to establish a global AI platform that will facilitate the creation or optimization of applications, products, services and processes.

This new technology centre will create a bridge between Saarland's scientific and technological expertise in the fields of IT and AI and the technological excellence of a leading global automotive supplier.