Applied Artificial Intelligence

Core Research Area of the FZI: Applied Artificial Intelligence

As an independent, non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer, the FZI is involved in numerous projects in the field of AI. These projects and initiatives have very different orientations.


For several years, the FZI has been conducting excellent and award-winning research, among others, in the most prominent fields of application of AI, robotics and autonomous driving.

Topics across various fields

In the accompanying research of the technology programme “Smart Data”of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), overarching questions on data-based technologies and applications are developed as a basis of AI, such as legal frameworks, standardisation, business models, IT security and social acceptance.

Research infrastructures

The Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg is an AI real laboratory, in which innovative methods can be tested – legally, technologically and socio-scientifically supported – in a safeguarded environment. Through the newly set-up Karlsruhe Applied Machine Learning Living Lab, the focus in the FZI House of Living Labs is set on the research and exchange of application-oriented ML methods and technologies in the fields of mobility, robotics, energy and logistics.

Technology transfer

The activities in the de:hub for Applied Artificial Intelligence support the structured technology transfer and the networking of various actors from science and economy and are also explicitly addressed to AI start-ups of the region.

Economic aspects

The importance of different technology fields like analytics and AI for a national economy as well as corresponding recommendations for action for Germany were developed by the FZI in the study "Kompetenzen für eine digitale Souveränität" (competencies for a digital sovereignty) on behalf of the BMWi.