More than 80 attendees at Smart Data Open Day with insights into SDIL infrastructure and microprojects

More than 80 attendees at Smart Data Open Day with insights into SDIL infrastructure and microprojects

On 8.12.2021, the Smart Data Open Day took place for the first time in cooperation with KIT and SICOS BW GmbH. The event was a complete success: Speakers from research and industry reported in particular on their latest application projects. In addition, there was enough space for discussions, which was used for interesting conversations around Smart Data Analytics.

The event was streamed from KIT’s Campus North, so that participants from all over Germany could follow the Smart Data discussions live.

In his welcome address, Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs at KIT, pointed out that KIT has been at the forefront in the field of Smart Data for years, both in research and infrastructure. In her welcoming address, Ministerialrätin Ute Bernhardt, Head of Division AI at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, confirmed the importance of the Smart Data Innovation Lab for the cooperation between research and industry and praised the project as a successful technology transfer. She was extremely positive about the SDIL and the resulting projects and predicted a successful future for the Lab and its work.

Prof. Dr. Michael Beigl, scientific director of the SDIL, addressed the offers and also the challenges of the Lab, especially with regard to the developments today and tomorrow.

The presentation of numerous successful micro projects was the highlight in the core block of the event. The experts presented the main features of the individual micro projects in a short video, and Dr. Andreas Wierse, managing director of SICOS BW GmbH, and Dr. Till Riedel from KIT and coordinator of the SDIL, then discussed the insights gained with them and guided the participants through the entertaining presentations and insightful discussions.

The experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS), the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Jülich Research Center, and KIT, talked about:

“How can AI lighthouses be created in Germany?”
“How to save time and money with shared Smart Data infrastructures?”
“How can Smart Data innovations fight the Covid19 pandemic?”

The infrastructure partners of the Smart Data Innovation Lab, SAP, IBM and Software AG, also presented their activities in a Vision Talk and thus gave an insight into their role in the SDIL. In particular, commercial AI offerings for research were discussed. Of course, there was also a hands-on session: The BMBF-funded GPU cluster for AI applications was presented for the first time, giving the audience an exclusive insight into the latest elements of the SDIL platform.Finally, Dr. Andreas Wierse and Dr. Till Riedel called on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to participate in the next funding rounds. For this, e.g. in the EU-funded project EUHubs4Data, 5.8 million euros will be made available to support the implementation of data-driven projects. SMEs (including startups) and groups of web entrepreneurs are being approached to propose applications to use the EUHubsData catalyst for data-driven services and datasets. The goal is to develop innovative products or advanced services. The SDIL also still has capacity for further micro-projects, just as the Smart Data Solution Center Baden-Württemberg will still conduct potential analyses in 2022.

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A recording of the successful Smart Data Open Day 2021 will soon be published on the websites of the SDIL ( and SICOS BW (