WELT awarded the Second "German AI Prize" in recognition of groundbreaking achievements in the field of artificial intelligence. Leading personalities from politics, research, business and the tech and start-up scene came together at Axel Springer.
The award ceremony took place in a hybrid form due to the Corona crisis, and many other guests were able to follow the event via live stream.
Bernhard Schölkopf from the Max Planck Institute receives AI Innovation Award
The "German AI Prize" was awarded in three categories: WELT awarded Professor Dr Bernhard Schölkopf, Director of the Department of Empirical Inference at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, with the 100,000 euro AI Innovation Prize. Schölkopf has been promoting and conducting cutting-edge applied research in the field of artificial intelligence for years. He is one of the most internationally respected AI researchers and one of the most influential personalities in the German AI scene.
User Award for Westphalia Datalab
The AI User Award recognises groundbreaking achievements in the implementation of AI and this year was awarded to Westphalia Datalab, which automates and optimises business forecasts with its SAAS solution "Westphalia Forecast" so that AI can actively contribute to the business success of clients.
Special prize for AI start-up from the Berlin-Brandenburg region goes to Merantix
The special prize of 10,000 euros went to Merantix. The start-up founds and builds machine learning companies with its incubator platform. In doing so, they transform internationally leading research into new innovative products, such as the automated creation of diagnoses through AI based on X-ray images.
The company was able to prevail over the two other nominees Ave and Edam and AICURA Medical in the live voting of the guests present and the viewers of the live stream. AI start-ups from the Berlin-Brandenburg capital region that are no older than five years could apply in advance for the special prize.
A jury consisting of outstanding representatives of AI application and research, chaired by Hans-Christian "Chris" Boos, founder and CEO of the AI company Arago and one of the industry's thought leaders, decided on the awarding of the main and user prizes and the nomination for the special prize.
The "German AI Prize" is supported by the BMW Group, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology (special prize), Elevate Capital, Henkel, the Maschmeyer Group, Microsoft and Pfizer.
"Artificial intelligence is already ubiquitous today, but its influence and importance will increase even more rapidly in the future. In order to understand the impact AI has on the economy and society and to shape it responsibly, it is important to promote research and science locally in Germany. With the 'German AI Prize', WELT is giving the topic a big stage and bringing AI experts together with decision-makers from politics and business."
Klaus Boldt | Member of the Editorial Board WELT