Digital in NRW supports small and medium-sized businesses in artificial intelligence with trainers




Kerstin Hartmann



+49 241 80 26992



Behind the trend term Artificial Intelligence (AI) are important technologies with which small and medium-sized enterprises can also create sustainable added value. As a partner of "Digital in NRW - Kompetenz für den Mittelstand", the WZL now offers support to companies. Digital in NRW" is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy BMWi with around one million euros.

  Men working with tablet Copyright: © Fraunhofer IEM AI technologies are used to record and intelligently monitor operating states: Digital in NRW shows the possibilities of machine learning using the example of the operation of an industrial centrifuge

In times of digitalization, new data is generated in companies on a daily basis. These are true treasures, which only unfold their value with targeted use.

It is also important for small and medium-sized enterprises to get to know and use the concrete application possibilities behind the catchword artificial intelligence. Digital in NRW pursues the goal of establishing AI competencies in the companies themselves. Employees should build up extensive knowledge and thus firmly anchor the future topic of AI in their own companies.

Marie Lindemann, scientific assistant at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University and Digital in NRW's Rhineland branch manager

Diverse offers on the subject of AI

Technologies such as machine learning or industrial data science enable new processes, products and business models that increase profitability. By the end of 2020, medium-sized companies will be able to take advantage of various offers from Digital in NRW. Specialist events and demo tours are specifically dedicated to this topic, while companies can take advantage of blended learning training courses and an AI toolbox. Through an initial discussion and further potential analyses within the company, questions relating to the use of AI within the company can be discussed individually and precisely.

All three Digital locations in NRW - Aachen, Dortmund, Ostwestfalen-Lippe - have their own AI trainers. Together with small and medium-sized companies, they want to take important steps towards artificial intelligence in the coming years. On the one hand, data generated by the company must be recognized, stored and specifically processed. This fundamental preparatory work for the use of AI solutions is often still pending, especially in medium-sized companies. On the other hand, the AI trainers are dedicated to building competence within the companies.

AI can be used particularly well when companies have their own experts in this field. In the Competence Center, we are taking our first joint steps in small projects with simple applications.

Louis Huebser, a scientific employee at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University and AI trainer at the Rhineland site

The first events at Digital in NRW are:

  • September 18, 2019: Digital Sandbox: KI to touch, Future Congress Logistics, KI Demonstrators, Fraunhofer IML, Dortmund
  • October 10, 2019: "Machine Learning Day" at the CITEC of Bielefeld University
  • October 15, 2019: Industrial Data Analytics: Application potentials, methods and organization, Fraunhofer IEM, Paderborn, Germany
  • October 24, 2019: "AI in use" as part of the series "Digital. Practical. Nah - Industry 4.0 for the middle class", Euskirchen
  • November 14, 2019: "Workshop: AI in Application", Industrial Museum Tuch-fabrik Müller, Euskirchen

All offers on the subject of artificial intelligence will be available at the website of AI trainers of Digital in NRW.