Today, leading representatives of industry, science, and politics kicked off the establishment of the Smart Data Innovation Lab (SDIL). This high-performance infrastructure facility and the supply of data from industrial processes are major prerequisites for excellent research relating to big data. Close cooperation of all parties will ensure efficient transfer of latest research findings to industry and decisive competitive advantages of European enterprises. First projects will focus on the strategic research areas of industry 4.0, energy turnaround, smart cities, and personalized medicine.
The SDIL research platform was designed by research in cooperation with industry and will be operated at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Apart from the operator, the companies of Bayer, Bosch, Microsoft Deutschland, SAP, Siemens, and Software AG as well as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, and Forschungszentrum Jülich are among the founding partners. In addition, more than 20 other companies and institutions support the SDIL. Among them are companies like Infineon, Trumpf, and Volkswagen, the ICT industry association Bitkom, and the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik, GI). The SDIL is open for participation of other interested representatives of science and industry. A particular focus of the SDIL lies on the support of small enterprises that will profit from the contacts to established suppliers and, hence, may offer entirely novel solutions and services in the area of big data.