Cyber Valley is one of the largest research cooperations in Europe with partners from science and industry in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The Max Planck Society with the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, the two universities of Stuttgart and Tübingen as well as the companies Amazon, BMW AG, Daimler AG, IAV GmbH, Porsche SE, Robert Bosch GmbH and ZF Friedrichshafen AG are involved in the initiative, which is supported by the state of Baden-Württemberg. Cyber Valley is also supported by the Christian Bürkert Foundation, the Gips-Schüle Foundation, the Vector Foundation and the Carl Zeiss Foundation.
Cyber Valley enables the exchange between science and industry. It brings everyone together and makes the Stuttgart-Tübingen region a world leader in the field of AI research. According to the 2018 annual report on research, innovation and technological performance in Germany by the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI), there is no getting around Stuttgart and Tübingen when it comes to artificial intelligence. According to the report, AI research in Germany concentrates on a small number of locations and scientists. 23.8 per cent - i.e. around a quarter of the proceedings contributions considered between 2007 and 2016 - came from the Tübingen/Stuttgart area. This makes the region by far the leading region for AI research in Germany.
Ten new research groups and three university chairs have been established under the Cyber Valley umbrella. Research focuses on machine learning, robotics and computer vision. Seven chairs are currently included in the call for proposals. They are and will be headed by top researchers in their respective fields who have been recruited in a highly competitive selection process. The scientists receive extensive equipment to give them the greatest possible freedom in their research. The scientists come from the best universities and research institutions in the world to advance their research in the Stuttgart-Tübingen region.
In addition, the training of young scientists is of central importance. The International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS) is therefore affiliated to the Cyber Valley initiative.
In addition, Cyber Valley provides an ideal environment for start-ups. It aims to break down the barriers between industrial research and curiosity-driven basic research and facilitate a lively exchange. Top-class research combined with entrepreneurial spirit to create a breeding ground for spin-offs - that is the declared goal of Cyber Valley.