C-KING is carried by three strong research institutions from Karlsruhe, which stand equally for scientific excellence and application competence and are deeply rooted in computer science and AI research as well as in engineering disciplines.

The members of the Innovation Advisory Board additionally bring in the company and user perspective. At their regular meetings, they advise and accompany the development of the competence center.

Research institutions involved



The Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB, with a total of about 700 employees in Karlsruhe, Ettlingen, Ilmenau, Lemgo, Görlitz and Rostock, is one of the largest institutions of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the world’s leading applied research organization. Its research focuses on AI engineering, digital twins, the Industrial Internet of Things, information management and multisensory systems that support humans in perceiving and interacting with their environment.

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology, with its head office in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin, is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. FZI researchers develop, evaluate and improve AI methods with the aim of transferring them to applications as tailor-made solutions, also as part of the FZI research priorities "Intelligent Transportation Systems" and "Applied Artificial Intelligence".

Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. AI and machine learning are changing our work, our everyday life and society as a whole. Researchers at KIT are helping to shape this change, keeping both opportunities and risks in mind. Significant contributions are made both in basic and specific research in almost all fields of application of AI technologies and, last but not least, in the investigation of social and legal aspects.

Companies and organizations involved in the Innovation Advisory Board

  • Dassault Systèmes SE
  • Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund GmbH (KVV)
  • Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e. V. (VDMA)