Dear members of the AI and robotics communities,
It is my pleasure to announce that our effort to build stronger bridges between the United States and Germany can now be advanced with increased intensity. Thanks to funding from two major government initiatives, the blossoming AI and robotics cluster in the Hanseatic City of Bremen and its surrounding areas has been starting a dialog with researchers and industry in the United States to identify common ground, differences, and collaboration opportunities. We’d be happy to have you onboard, too!
We think that the communities in the U.S. and Germany complement each other very well. In Bremen, for example, we take a highly integrated approach to AI and robotics. We combine conventional AI methods with powerful modern methods such as machine learning in order to make systems more robust and transparent. This approach lies at the heart of major research initiatives such as EASE and Knowledge4Retail. The city-state of Bremen is also the home of some of the world’s leading industry-focused research in the fields of space and underwater robotics.
Despite a large number of brilliant research projects worldwide, we are convinced that there are still so many important questions to be investigated that it is necessary to collaborate rather than compete against one another. This is also the only way to keep state-of-the-art AI and robotics technology in the hands of the public, because individual research institutions cannot match the budgets of large corporations. We therefore strongly support the concept of Open Research and would be happy to see you build on anything we have developed!
In this spirit, please get in touch if you would like to exchange ideas or work with us. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in person, especially at our upcoming events in the U.S.
Prof. Michael Beetz
Initiator and project director TransAIR, a computer science professor at Universität Bremen and head of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI).