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Siemens opens largest R&D hub to work on AI and data analytics

17 April, 2024

Siemens has opened the first part of its Siemens Technology Centre (STC) near Munich, in which it is investing more than €100m. The Centre will be the company’s largest global research hub, bringing together all of its corporate research activities in Germany, with around 450 people working on future technologies during its first phase.

The plan is to open a second building complex in 2027, housing more than 630 technology researchers and IP specialists. The STC will then be the largest of around 12 Siemens research hubs worldwide.

The STC is part of the Garching Research Campus, located next to the Technical University of Munich (TUM), which is one of Europe’s largest hubs for science, research and teaching. Around 28,000 people are already working there for organisations including SAP and the Max Planck Institute. In the first phase of the STC project, 150 scientists from TUM will collaborate with Siemens researchers in areas such as data analytics and AI, focusing on applications such as detecting production breakdowns at an early stage, enabling natural language communication between humans and machines, and simplifying programming.

“No one can solve the current challenges alone,” says Siemens’ Chief Technology and Chief Strategy Officer, Peter Körte. “We must accelerate collaboration with our customers and partners in the early stages of development. The Siemens Technology Centre located on the same campus with TUM, international research institutions and companies, benefits from an excellent environment and will strengthen Germany’s global role in cutting-edge research.”

The STC is one of 16 Siemens Research and Innovation Ecosystems around the world where experts conduct joint research with universities, research institutes, academic start-ups, tech incubators and customers, showing how challenges can be solved by joining forces and speeding up innovation.

The €100m Siemens Technology Centre will eventually bring together more than 1,000 of the company’s R&D specialists

Last year, Siemens’ R&D budget rose by around €600m to some €6.2bn. The investment is being focused on core technologies such as: simulation and digital twins; data analytics and AI; connectivity and the edge; the future of automation; and cybersecurity and trust. These are being brought together in Siemens’ Xcelerator digital business platform, helping to develop, manufacture and operate industrial products more efficiently and sustainably.

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