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Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH


Founded in 1988, DFKI today is one of the largest nonprofit contract research institutes in the field of innovative software technology based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods. DFKI is focusing on the complete cycle of innovation - from world-class basic research and technology development through leading-edge demonstrators and prototypes to product functions and commercialization.

Based in Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence ranks among the important "Centers of Excellence" worldwide.

An important element of DFKI’s mission is to move innovations as quickly as possible from the lab into the marketplace. Only by maintaining research projects at the forefront of science DFKI has the strength to meet its technology transfer goals.

The key directors of DFKI are Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster (CEO) and Dr. Walter G. Olthoff (CFO).

DFKI’s five research departments are directed by internationally recognized research scientists:

  • Knowledge Management (Director: Prof. Andreas Dengel)
  • Intelligent Visualization and Simulation Systems (Director: Prof. Hans Hagen)
  • Deduction and Multiagent Systems (Director: Prof. Jörg Siekmann)
  • Language Technology (Director: Prof. Hans Uszkoreit)
  • Intelligent User Interfaces (Director: Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster)

Furthermore, since 2002 the Institute for Information Systems (IWi) (Director: Prof. August-Wilhelm Scheer) is part of the DFKI.

The mission of the three Transfer Centers is to transfer DFKI’s research results to commercial application:

  • SISO - "Towards Secure Software"
  • TransLect - "Language Technology at Work"
  • AICommerce - "Intelligence for eBusiness"

There are currently three Competence Centers, that bundle know-how, skills, and technologies of DFKI to tackle important questions in:

  • e-Learning
  • Language Technology
  • Semantic Web

DFKI has more than 192 full-time employees, including 145 research scientists with advanced degrees. In addition, there are around 170 part-time research assistants.

Revenues of DFKI were 16.9 million Euro in 2002, originating from government contract work and from commercial clients. This is an increase of 22.5% compared with 2001.

At DFKI, all work is organized in the form of clearly focused research or development projects with planned deliverables, various milestones, and a duration from several months up to three years.

DFKI benefits from interaction with the faculty of the Universities of Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern and in turn provides opportunities for research and Ph.D. thesis supervision to students from these universities, which have an outstanding reputation in Computer Science.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH
Box Campus D3_2
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
66123 Saarbrücken
Tel: +49 (0)681 / 857 75-0
Fax: +49 (0)681 / 857 75-5341

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