European Digital Innovation Hub Rheinland (EDIH Rheinland)

Key Info

Basic Information

01.01.2023 to 31.12.2025
Organizational Unit:
Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management
European Union

Research partner

    • AIA - Chair of Fluid Mechanics and Institute of Aerodynamics
    • CATS - Chair for Computational Analysis of Technical Systems
    • ICE - Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems
    • IME – Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling
    • Chair of Computer Science 11 – Embedded Software
    • RWTH IT Center
    • FIR e.V. an der RWTH Aachen
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT
    • FraunhoferInstitute for Production Technology IPT
    • digitalHUB Aachen e.V.
    • RWTH Innovation GmbH
    • REGINA e.V. - REGionaler INdustrieclub Informatik Aachen
    • City of Aachen



Robin Günther



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Concepts of digitizing business processes and data analysis methods are general and advanced topics in research. Benefiting from the increasing availability of algorithms in combination with High-Performance Computing (HPC), the potential use cases of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are becoming increasingly diverse.

However, a gap in entrepreneurial practice can be observed in this context. Especially for SMEs, it is still challenging to implement advanced technologies while maintaining day-to-day business operations. Technical and methodological know-how in digitizing processes or integrating AI applications takes a back seat to process-related knowledge. In addition, setting up the necessary computing structures is a significant obstacle.

Based on the motivation to enable the usage of research-relevant competencies and technologies for SMEs, the EDIH Rehinland consortium was founded. The transfer project, linked throughout Europe, aims to provide solutions and the knowledge required for their application to small and medium-sized enterprises through cross-industry consulting, qualification programs and supporting projects. Through cooperation between chairs of RWTH Aachen University, research institutions, non-profit associations and public administrations, cross-industry expertise and IT competence are combined, thus facilitating access to digitization solutions for companies and public administrations. Via the HPC ecosystem, companies participating in the project can use computing power-intensive applications without investing in their resources. This facilitates entry into AI-driven business processes and reduces administrative and maintenance costs.

In this context, the impact of EDIH Rheinland is not limited exclusively to the digital development and economic strengthening of the immediate geographic environment (D-B-NL). Through close cooperation in the EDIH network, competencies can be complemented, and the goal of the "Digital Europe" program can be pursued comprehensively.