AI research in medicine DFKI establishes a branch in Lübeck

DFKI location Saarbrücken on the campus of Saarland University.
DFKI location Saarbrücken on the campus of Saarland University.

DFKI employees in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Bremen are already conducting research on various topics. Now the institute wants to establish a branch office in Lübeck - with the aim of advancing AI research in the field of medicine.

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), which is based in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Bremen, plans to establish another branch office in Lübeck. The decision confirms the great development potential for the computer science department at the University of Lübeck. The establishment of the new DFKI branch office is supported by the state of Schleswig-Holstein with three million euros for the next three years.

Representatives of DFKI had previously convinced themselves of the profile and performance of Lübeck's computer science department on site. One of the main reasons for choosing Lübeck as a location was the university's success in the federal AI innovation competition. This was accompanied by the founding of the »AI Space for Intelligent Health Systems«, a North German research association for the use of AI methods in medicine under the leadership of Lübeck. The new location's focus on »artificial intelligence in medicine and medical technology« thus fits well with the university's profile and at the same time complements the profile of DFKI.

Partnership on trial

Over the next three years, DFKI plans to establish two to three working groups on different sub-themes of AI in medicine and medical technology. The state of Schleswig-Holstein will primarily finance the necessary scientific personnel, while the University of Lübeck will mainly provide the rooms and working hours of professors. However, the new partnership is first put to the test: after three years, an evaluation will take place to determine whether the approach was successful and whether the location will be established permanently. The university stated that it intends to concretize its plans for the cooperation in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the state of Schleswig-Holstein emphasized that the university wants to become the world leader in the use of AI in the field of medicine.

DFKI projects address the entire spectrum from application-oriented basic research to the market- and customer-oriented development of product functions. Currently, about 1,100 employees from more than 65 nations are researching software applications with different focuses such as Smart Data & Knowledge Services, Cyber-Physical Systems or embedded intelligence.