The German-French Academy for the Industry of the Future wishes you an happy new year 2020 !

The German-French Academy staff would like to wish you all the best for this new year 2020. May it bring you a lot of success, new ideas and cooperation opportunities.

The Academy has been carried out many activities in the last 12 months. We begin this new year by planning many initiatives dedicated to researchers, junior scientists and industrial partners sharing our common vision of fostering synergies between key players of the digital transformation for industry. Let’s take a moment to review our activities during this past year.

In 2019, the German-French Academy for the Industry of the Future expended its activities, in terms of project diversity and communitie’s involvement.

Fostering disruptive research on Industry 4.0

In the past year, we funded 5 more research projects in a maturation phase reaching a total of 11 joint research projects developed by the Academy on various key topics (AI, cybersecurity, industrial blockchain, supply chain optimization, advanced materials, additive manufacturing, industrial IoT, management 4.0).

In all, more than 100 researchers, PhD students and engineers are involved in this program and collaborate with more than 30 industry partners. Together, these communities address specific problems in the field of industry 4.0 and work on disruptive innovation.

An operational german-french actor in the field of AI

Furthermore, the Academy launched the first operational binational technological platform for Artificial Intelligence. This unique platform for data, algorithm, and workflow sharing enables French and German researchers and companies to facilitate their collaboration on joint research projects.

The establishment of a tight ecosystem of French and German academic and industrial experts, providing collaboration tools such as the joint platform, makes the Academy be a key player in the field of Artificial Intelligence applied to the industry of our two countries.

Supporting life-long learning on new digital skills for Industry

In terms of training, the Academy supports the development of new skills for professionals through lifelong learning tools. Two MOOCs on core topics such as “Industrial Blockchain”, and “Fundamentals of Industrial IoT” are in development and will be delivered in the first quarter of 2020.

Summer and winter schools for researchers, PhD students and corporate staff are also part of the education program of the Academy. So far, several international summer schools labelled by the Academy on topics such as “Industrial IoT”, “Autonomous Driving” and “Human-Machine Interactions” with the support of the Franco-German University and BayFrance were organized in Germany and France. A new offer of events associating industrial partners will be proposed in 2020 on various topics such as cybersecurity, quantum computing, AI for aerospace.

In 2020, we are looking forward to consolidating our actions in closer relationship with our industrial partners and governments. New partners are about to join us and engage in breakthrough research and education projects.

Thus, during the first quarter of 2020, we will launch a call for proposals for new research projects in a seed phase related to applied Artificial Intelligence. As for education, a call for proposals for MOOC production will be published by the second half of the year.

by Morwenna Joubin (TUM) and Paul-Guilhem Meunier (IMT).