The FZI Wins the Competition "AI Champions Baden-Württemberg"

In a virtual award ceremony on August 11, 2020, the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Economic Affairs Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut awarded a total of nine winners of the competition "AI Champions Baden-Württemberg" for the first time. Originally initiated at the FZI, the self-service IoT toolbox Apache StreamPipes was the sole award winner in the category “Business-related Research”. The competition honours companies and research institutions whose solutions are outstanding examples of AI "Made in BW'.

Image source: KD Busch / Ministry of Economic Affairs Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg

The researchers of the FZI Dr.-Ing. Dominik RiemerPatrick Wiener and Philipp Zehnder received the award for the project Apache StreamPipes from the Minister of Economic Affairs Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut. “They originally initiated the self-service IoT toolbox StreamPipes, which was developed for easy data connection, analysis and exploration for Industrial IoT at the FZI. The goal is to enable non-experts to easily connect, analyse and exploit IoT data streams. StreamPipes won the competition “AI Champions Baden-Württemberg” in the category "Research Institutions".

Results from several research projects as well as from dissertation projects of several employees have been incorporated into the project. The bases for StreamPipes have also been developed in the context of application-oriented research in several publicly funded projects at federal and EU level. In several subsequent industrial projects the FZI has already been able to implement the solution. In November 2019 StreamPipes was accepted as a new project in the Apache Incubator by the Apache Software Foundation, the world's largest open source foundation, and is now being further developed by an international developer community. This continuation as an Apache community project ("Apache StreamPipes") ensures a sustainable further development and an extended technology transfer. StreamPipes has been downloaded and installed several thousand times so far.

"The impressive response to the competition shows once again the enormous potential of our companies in Baden-Württemberg. However, we have to get even better at bringing research results quickly and successfully into implementation and the market," states the Minister. The wide range of highly innovative companies and start-ups in the state of Baden-Württemberg has a key role to play in this process. "Baden-Württemberg is a strong AI location and a key driver in the field of future technologies.

The competition is part of the action programme “Aktionsprogramm KI für den Mittelstand” of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, which addresses small and medium-sized enterprises. It was announced at the beginning of the year for the first time and is aimed at companies and business-related research institutions in Baden-Württemberg. Nine award winners were selected from over 40 applications. The award "AI Champions Baden-Württemberg" was given in three categories: Research institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with up to 500 employees as well as large-scale enterprises with more than 500 employees.