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Artificial intelligence: Bosch and University of Amsterdam to cooperate closely

Joint research laboratory facilitates knowledge transfer between academic and business worlds

  • Bosch to support research alliance to the tune of 3 million euros
  • Further expansion of expertise in the field of artificial intelligence
  • Deep learning is the basis for smart machines and products

Amsterdam, Netherlands/Stuttgart, Germany – Artificial intelligence is poised to fundamentally change the world: in the future, machines will be capable of autonomously learning from experience and acting on this basis. The foundation for this is deep learning. In the future, the University of Amsterdam and Bosch will cooperate closely in this field. To this end, the two partners have announced a research alliance in Amsterdam. Known as Delta Lab (“Deep Learning Technologies Amsterdam”), the alliance aims to promote regular professional exchange and knowledge transfer. In this way, Bosch is further expanding its expertise in the field of artificial intelligence. Over the next four years, the company will make a total of 3 million euros available to support the research of ten PhD students and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Amsterdam.

These young scientists will work closely with researchers from the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence at the Renningen research campus. In return, Bosch will send associates to work on joint scientific projects at the University of Amsterdam. “Industrial basic research in the field of artificial intelligence benefits from close contact with academic institutions,” says Dr. Michael Bolle, head of research and advance engineering at Bosch. “I’m very much looking forward to working with Professor Max Welling and his team from the University of Amsterdam. Worldwide, he is one of the leading names in the field of deep learning.”

Machines learn from a wide range of data

The model for deep learning is the human brain with its neural networks. In the research projects, the PhD students will develop mathematical models and algorithms that enable machines to learn from information and experience. In the process, they will be supplied with a large volume of data gathered by sensors and cameras. To give a concrete example: once the learning phase has been completed, an automated car will be able to distinguish a playing child from a ball rolling across the street and make the decision to brake.

“In connection with connected manufacturing and smart assistance systems as well, deep learning is gaining increasing importance,” Max Welling says. “We hope the research findings from Delta Lab will result in applications and products in which Bosch is a global market leader.”

Delta Lab is Bosch’s second AI research alliance. Late last year, Bosch and partners from politics, business, and science created Cyber Valley in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

Delta Lab:

- Research partnership between Bosch and the University of Amsterdam

- Goal: close professional exchange between the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Amsterdam

- Research focus: deep learning

- Over a period of four years, Bosch will provide 3 million euros in funding for ten PhD students and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Amsterdam

Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI):

- Around 100 associates in Renningen, Palo Alto, and Bengaluru

- Goal: to expand research in the field of artificial intelligence

- Bosch will invest around 300 million euros in the BCAI by 2021

- Research findings will be incorporated directly into applications and products

More information on connectivity and artificial intelligence is available here.

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). The company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 59,000 associates in research and development.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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