"Industrial production and mechanical engineering are at the core of our prosperity," says entrepreneur Anton Fink, explaining his personal motivation for organizing this award. For this reason, the first topic of the current call for entries is for AI applications related to Industry 4.0 topics. At the same time, he says, Central Europe is increasingly on its way to becoming a service society. "Therefore, the second thematic focus of the current call is on AI applications is in the area of Service 4.0," Fink explains. The award is intended to honor and promote digital innovations.
Applications involving projects, research results or teaching methods are accepted from Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2021. Applications must include research details, an outline of the innovation created and the applicant’s CV.
Eligible participants are individuals aged 18 and over who are residents of Germany, Austria or the Czech Republic, as well as groups and societies that are based in these countries. Applications and research papers are accepted in both German and English. Companies or groups of applicants must appoint one person who will make the application and be responsible for it.
Prof. Dr. Patrick Glauner, who is mainly responsible for the science prize from the DIT perspective, explains that the jury will treat all confidential information received during the competition as strictly confidential and will use it solely for the purpose of judging the competition. "However," Glauner adds, "we recommend that all participants secure any patent applications before entering them as part of the competition." Presenting the ideas or projects could potentially eliminate novelty protection. The award ceremony is scheduled for spring 2022. The jury includes Bavarian Science Minister Bernd Sibler and the founder Anton Fink himself.
Competition details can be viewed at www.th-deg.de/ai-prize.