DFKI - Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz

Trippstadter Strasse 122
D-67663 Kaiserslautern
Phone: +49 (0)631 / 205-75 116


Founded in 1988, DFKI - Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) - today is one of the largest nonprofit contract research institutes in the field of innovative software technology based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods. DFKI is focusing on the complete cycle of innovation - from world-class basic research and technology development through leading-edge demonstrators and prototypes to product functions and commercialization. Based in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, and Bremen, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence ranks among the important "Centers of Excellence" worldwide. An important element of DFKI's mission is to move innovations as quickly as possible from the lab into the marketplace. Only by maintaining research projects at the forefront of science DFKI has the strength to meet its technology transfer goals.
The key directors of DFKI are Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster (CEO) and Dr. Walter G. Olthoff (CFO).
At DFKI, all work is organized in the form of clearly focused research or development projects with planned deliverables, various milestones, and a duration from several months up to three years.
DFKI benefits from interaction with the faculty of the Universities of Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, and Bremen and in turn provides opportunities for research and Ph.D. thesis supervision to students from these universities, which have an outstanding reputation in Computer Science. DFKI's work share in OrganiK will be performed in the knowledge management research department, headed by Prof. Dr. Andreas Dengel. Pursuing the vision of an Organizational Memory at the heart of the learning organization, the knowledge management department develops IT support as an application-driven integration of basic techniques from three areas: formal knowledge processing, business process management, workflow & collaboration technology and informal knowledge processing (natural language processing, document and text analysis, information extraction, text classification, etc.).

DFKI: Short profiles of staff
Dr. Ansgar Bernardi is deputy head of the knowledge management research department. He has successfully conducted numerous projects on learning organizations, knowledge management, distributed organizational memories with annotation of documents and shared development of ontologies, and their application in industrial settings. His competence and extensive experience in developing, selecting and integrating innovative technical solutions to fit the true needs of practical applications make him an expert in the transfer of knowledge technologies to industry.

Dipl.-Inform. Leo Sauermann studied Information science at the Vienna University of Technology and published his diploma thesis about “Using Semantic Web technologies to build a Semantic Desktop“. Working as a researcher at the DFKI since 2004, his research focus is on Semantic Web and its use in Knowledge Management. Before that, he was lead architect in a Software Company developing mobile CRM solutions. He is a chief architect of the semantic desktop development in several R&D projects.

Gunnar Aastrand Grimnes is originally from Norway, but completed his undergraduate studies in Aberdeen in Scotland. Currently, he is in the process of completing his PhD at Aberdeen University, on the topic of applying machine-learning techniques to learn from Semantic Web data, and using planning techniques for Semantic Web agents to autonomously chose what to learn.
Since 2005 he is also working at DFKI GmbH in Kaiserslautern, Germany. There he mainly spends his time on the Nepomuk project, for which he has been the technical director since 2007.