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Research ministry intensifies investments in AI

Science minister Anja Karliczek has announced that the planned 2019-22 budget for German research centres working on artificial intelligence is to be doubled.

The increase will benefit ‘competence centres’ at universities, the most well-known of which is the DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. Total federal funding for all competence centres between 2019 and 2022 will be doubled from the original budget of €64m.

With this increase in funding, the research and teaching capacities at the competence centres should grow considerably, the ministry said. The centres are situated in Dresden and Leipzig, Dortmund and Bonn, Sankt Augustin, Munich, Tübingen and Berlin. As part of an expansion project paid for with the extra funding, two centres in Berlin are to be merged in order to create a “strong” research institution, the ministry said.

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