Updated: May 31
On May 30, 2023, the ceremonial opening of the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence (ZAKI) took place with about 100 guests at the Ernst Abbe University (EAH) Jena. The project is funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation with 2.7 million euros in the period from 01.04.2023 to 31.03.2028. Thuringia's Minister of Economics and Science, Wolfgang Tiefensee, welcomed the guests in his role as a member of the Carl Zeiss Foundation Board. Our SpectroNet employee Daniel Kraus participated in the opening.
Fig.1: Speakers, laudators and guests at the ZAKI opening event.
The expert presentations by partners from business, science and society highlighted the potential and need for artificial intelligence (AI) in various fields. With the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence at the EAH Jena, a platform is to be created that connects actors with each other in order to further develop the topic of AI in Thuringia and, above all, to bring it into application. The focus of the project ZAKI is the support of interdisciplinary application-oriented AI projects, in which the needs of the region Thuringia are also taken up. Other focal points of the project work are the training of young scientists and strengthening the enthusiasm of children and young people for AI by designing knowledge spaces.
"We would like to thank all participants of the event for coming and look forward to a good cooperation at ZAKI in order to link application-oriented research with economic interests and societal transfer", said project leader Prof. Kristin Mitte (Vice President for Research and Transfer at EAH Jena) and project leader Prof. Dirk Schmalzried (Scientific Director of ZAKI).
For further information please have a look at the TV report of the MDR (starting Minute 14.50).