Research Center for Computer Science
|FZI Research Center for Computer Science
Logo of the FZI
|none (legally independent)
|since January 1, 1985
|Legal form of the carrier:
|Foundation under civil law
|Type of research:
|Computer science application research
|Computer science , economics , electrical engineering , mechanical engineering
|Areas of expertise:
|Automation and robotics , energy , healthcare , knowledge and information services, production and logistics , mobility , software development
|Andreas Oberweis, Jan Wiesenberger, J. Marius Zöllner
|209 employees in total, including 174 scientific employees (as of 2017)
|Scientific results 2017: 11 dissertations, 2 books and book chapters, 27 magazine articles, 127 conference contributions
Economic results 2017: 209 projects, of which 122 industrial and 87 public projects
The independent FZI Research Center for Computer Science is a non-profit organization for computer science - application research and technology transfer . The FZI was founded in 1985 by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics and the University of Karlsruhe (today: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ).
Task and research fields
According to its statutes, the research center has the task of introducing the latest scientific findings in information technology into companies and public institutions and qualifying young people for an academic and economic career or the leap into self-employment. Led by 21 professors from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and the Technical University of Berlin , the research groups at the FZI develop concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients and implement the solutions found as prototypes.
Scientists at the FZI conduct interdisciplinary research on 21 research fields from the seven fields of application:
- Automation and robotics
- Production and logistics
- Software development
- Knowledge and information services
As a non-profit foundation under civil law, the FZI works for and with companies and public institutions of all sizes: small businesses and corporations, regional administrations, states, federal government and the EU .
All areas of the FZI are certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001: 2015. The FZI is also an accredited PROFIBUS Competence Center and test laboratory. Since April 2015 the FZI has also been an accredited KNX test laboratory for the KNX fieldbus for building automation .
The FZI is a member of the innovation alliance innBW and the innovation alliance TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe as well as an innovation partner of the KIT in the field of IT. The research center is also involved in the leading-edge cluster electromobility south-west. In May 2015, the FZI and the Gesellschaft für Informatik also announced their strategic partnership to promote training paths in the field of informatics as well as the political agenda setting and a positive and contemporary understanding of ICT in society. The FZI is a member of the Leading-Edge Cluster Electromobility South-West and was a partner in the Leading-Edge Software Cluster, which ended in 2015 after five years. Together with the CyberForum eV entrepreneur network, the FZI coordinates the DIZ | Digital innovation center.
Branch office in Berlin
The FZI has been operating a branch in Berlin since 2011. It serves as a showcase for the Karlsruhe activities in the capital and is intended, in particular, to support cooperation with the federal ministries and with the Berlin-based capital city representatives of important associations and organizations. In the interests of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, the FZI represents the Baden-Württemberg Innovation Alliance in Berlin.
FZI House of Living Labs
The FZI House of Living Labs combines the eight Living Labs of the FZI on the topics of mobility, service robotics, mobile business, IT security, energy, building and industrial automation. Companies can discuss and further develop their research approaches or products together with FZI scientists. The research concept “Living Labs” provides for users to be involved in product development from the start and for the partial results to be tested in environments that are as realistic as possible early in the development process. The idea of the FZI House of Living Labs expands this concept based on the approach of “Out-of-Box-Thinking”: The fact that different areas of application in the FZI House of Living Labs are close to one another makes it easier for scientists and industrial partners to discuss their own subject area be able to develop new solutions. That is why the FZI House of Living Labs is set up in such a way that a complete daily routine can be mapped: You wake up in the FZI Living Lab smartHome / Ambient Assisted Living, make your way to work in the FZI Living Lab Automotive or smartMobility, work for example in the FZI Living Lab Service Robotics works with industrial robots in production and drives home in the evening. The concept of the FZI House of Living Labs is thus understood at the FZI as an extension of the "Living Labs" research approach.
IT security competence center
In July 2014, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Science of Baden-Württemberg announced that they wanted to set up a center for application-oriented ICT security at the FZI as part of the Forward IT strategy concept. With the IT Security Competence Center, the FZI has been operating a central point of contact for applied IT security issues since 2015 with the support of the State of Baden-Württemberg and is primarily aimed at medium-sized businesses in Baden-Württemberg. The focus of research is therefore on security technologies that are easy to understand, easy to use and communicate.
Research project efeuCampus
The FZI is the IT and legal partner of the research project for urban and autonomous goods logistics, efeuCampus in Bruchsal . The FZI develops IT solutions for the interaction between users, the autonomous vehicles and the central warehouse as well as for the energy management of the delivery vehicles on the test area. In addition, the FZI researches all legal questions in the areas of road traffic law , licensing law , liability law and data protection law . The overall project efeuCampus is funded by the European Union and the state of Baden-Württemberg .
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