The city: Heavy industry meets world-class research institutions and IT expertise
Bremen is one of Germany’s leading industrial hubs, but it is also home to a flourishing ecosystem of IT firms and universities. One of the area’s major strengths is its high level of expertise in the fields of robotics and AI. This provides significant potential for cooperation between researchers, software companies and regional industry, including the automobile and aerospace industries, machine building, logistics and renewable energy.
Among the city-state’s largest employers are Daimler (Mercedes), which builds electric cars in its local plant, and Airbus. More than 50 technology research institutions are based here, representing all major German research powerhouses such as Max Planck Institute, Fraunhofer, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the German Aerospace Center. About 37,000 students are enrolled in eight universities and colleges. The drop tower at the University of Bremen, which is used for zero-gravity experiments, is unique in Europe. You can find out more about Bremen here.
The university: Six interdisciplinary high-profile areas
The University of Bremen is a young, mid-sized research university and one of the top 50 European universities under the age of 50. It has clustered its research in six large, interdisciplinary high-profile areas which are built on a broad range of subjects. These areas include:
- Minds, Media, Machines: the collection, representation, processing, evaluation, transmission and the technical and social communication of information (find out more about MMM)
- marine, polar and climate research
- the social sciences – with a focus on social change, social policy and the state
- materials science and related technologies
- health sciences
AI and robotics in Bremen: A growing cluster within a worldwide network
Bremen offers excellent AI and robotics expertise that features unique highlights in a variety of areas. Researchers and private companies have started Bremen.AI a community focusing on strengthening the region’s AI ecosystem.
At the University of Bremen, the Institute of Artificial Intelligence, the Robotics Group and the Collaborative Research Center EASE lead the way in AI and robotics. Bremen’s other large players include DFKI’s Robotics Innovation Center, the logistics institute BIBA, Fraunhofer Mevis, Jacobs University and major IT companies such as Neusta and HMMH. They are joined by a growing list of promising start-ups.
Current research topics these institutions and companies are working on include:
AI and Robotics in Bremen:
- Autonomous driving on earth and the moon (AO-Car, CC AD)
- Learning Household Robots (EASE)
- Smart technology in logistics (BIBA)
- Smart technology in retail (Knowledge4Retail)
- Humanoid robot design (Robot AILA)
- Robots that play soccer (six-time RoboCup world champions in Standard Platform League)
- Study of human emotions (Emote, CyberEmotions)
- Smart Government (chatbots in the Bremen Citizen Service)