The fact that Google Deutschland GmbH purchased a share in the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is seen as a positive development by Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, German Minister of Education and Research. "The dialog between Google and top German researchers can aid in developing reliable, understandable, consumer-friendly solutions suitable for daily use in a society that is becoming increasingly more digital." Thanks to a rise in public funding, German IT research is gaining international recognition. At the latest German IT summit, the Minister of Research stated that Industry 4.0 projects have been launched at over 500 locations.
"The digital sector thrives on innovation and creativity," says Marius Felzmann, Senior Vice President in charge of CeBIT at Deutsche Messe AG. In 2016 Research & Innovation, the lab of the future at CeBIT, is relocating closer to "potential partners and the trade show topics pertaining to research that will shape the future of the digital world," says Felzmann. This focus at CeBIT is the "direct interface between ideas and business."
Along with DFKI, major German IT institutes and research centers, universities and companies are presenting themselves right next to relevant CeBIT clusters focusing on IT security, SMEs, and the public sector. The central pavilion of CeBIT’s Partner Country Switzerland, where research and development play a leading role, is also located in Hall 6.
The communicative heart of " Research & Innovation " continues to beat at the conference forum future talk – with presentations, social events, award presentations, and panel discussions. In contrast, SCIENCE|SQUARE will be celebrating its premiere, a type of speaker’s corner found at the intersection of two visitor aisles in Hall 6. Every thirty minutes researchers will present their projects and prototypes as well as the latest results from their applied and basic research. Around 60 projects will take the stage during the five days of CeBIT. Partners of SCIENCE|SQUARE are the initiatives "Research and Technology from Rheinland-Pfalz", "Research for the Future" represented by Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, the "Innovation Market Berlin-Brandenburg" and the joint pavilion from the state of Hesse.