The national competence center for big data, ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig, which exists since 2014, is being expanded to become one of the German centers for artificial intelligence (AI), which is funded as part of the federal government's AI strategy. This expanded center is called ScaDS.AI (Center for Scalable Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence) Dresden/Leipzig. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and is to be further strengthened by the Free State of Saxony with the establishment of several new AI professorships at both locations. In basic research on AI methods, the center strives to bridge the gap between the efficient use of mass data, advanced AI methods and knowledge management. In addition to new methods of machine learning and artificial intelligence, the focus is also on research topics on trust, protection of privacy, transparency, protection of minorities and traceability of AI-driven decisions.
The research is running at two locations, Dresden and Leipzig, by the partners Dresden University of Technology, Leipzig University, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Leibniz Institute for Ecological Spatial Planning, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, Leipzig and the Helmholtz Center Dresden Rossendorf.