Together with Fortiss - research institute of Bavaria for software-intensive systems and services - IBM has opened a joint research center for artificial intelligence. The IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich serves as its headquarters. The partners there are to develop reliable and secure AI technologies for business and society. In the joint facility, more than 50 scientists will research and develop new AI-supported software and AI applications for the Internet of Things. The main focus will be on AI-supported assistance systems, prototyping of digital citizen services, and the control of autonomous robots. Another research focus is the secure control of critical infrastructures such as energy and water supply. In addition, the question of the trustworthiness of AI systems is to be answered by the scientists.
In the future, AI systems will have to make safe decisions in complex situations. The decisions should be comprehensible and explainable, but also robust against incorrect inputs and attacks. In addition, even larger amounts of data must be processed and useful insights gained from small amounts of data - without compromising confidentiality and privacy. In order to exploit the full potential of AI technologies and develop new products and business areas, the staff at the AI Center in Munich is doing research.