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Centre for Artificial Intelligence launched

New demonstration center for the use of artificial intelligence in manufacturing

Advancing the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in small and medium-sized enterprises - that is the goal of the new ProKI demonstration center (Demonstration and Transfer Network AI in Production). One of eight centers nationwide is being established at the Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH). The Hannover site is receiving around two million euros from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for this project. The federal funding program is intended to help transfer the expertise available at universities in the field of AI into broad operational application.

The center in Hannover is led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Berend Denkena from the Institute for Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW). "The ProKI Demonstration Center will provide an excellent infrastructure for testing AI approaches in small and medium-sized enterprises," announces Prof. Denkena.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often still uncertain when it comes to assessing the opportunities, limits and risks of AI use in production. In many cases, they lack their own resources to try out and push AI use without support. Part of the infrastructure in Hannover are various possibilities to test application scenarios at the Production Technology Center Hannover (PZH) of Leibniz University. Among other things, turning, milling and grinding machining centers, collaborative robots and a variety of sensor systems are available. This allows AI approaches to be tested in practical applications - for example, for monitoring tool wear during milling or for quality monitoring during grinding processes.

In addition to the IFW, the Institute for Production Systems and Logistics (IFA) and the Institute for Microproduction Technology (IMPT) are also involved. The Institute of Industrial Engineering (IAW) is contributing the occupational science perspective to the project. The research center L3S of Leibniz University supports the development of AI approaches. The ProKI center started its work on October 1. In the coming months, a website will be created through which interested parties from small and medium-sized enterprises can make contact.

Germany-wide networking also plays an important role for the project. The PROKI-NETZ is made up of RWTH Aachen University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Ilmenau University of Technology, Dresden University of Technology, Darmstadt University of Technology, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover and Berlin University of Technology.


For more information, please contact M. Sc. Dennis Stoppel, Institute of Manufacturing Engineering and Machine Tools, by phone at 0511 762 18327 or by e-mail at