The use of artificial intelligence in industry is becoming increasingly important, especially with regard to the potential of data for evaluation and control of complex processes. For this reason, the Rieter Group and the Johann Jacob Rieter Foundation, are supporting a new endowed professorship for Industrial Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the ZHAW School of Engineering, Winterthur/Switzerland.
Dedicated to teaching and research in the field of industrial applications of AI, the new endowed professorship will be established at the Center for Artificial Intelligence (CAI) of the ZHAW and will be announced later this year. It will focus on the application of machine learning methods and knowledge-based systems in connection with processes in production and service.
For Rieter AG, Winterthur, the commitment is related to the implementation of its technology leadership strategy. The use of AI will make a significant contribution to automation and process optimization, and thereby advance sustainability in the textile industry. This makes it an important element of the leading technology that the company offers.
The contribution of the Johann Jacob Rieter Foundation, Winterthur, to sponsoring the professorship is in line with the Winterthur Cluster Initiative. The increasing digitalization of production processes opens new perspectives for Winterthur as a business location. The endowed professorship aims to promote Winterthur as a technology location by pooling locally available strengths in mechanical engineering and Industry 4.0.
The position will serve to build expertise in the field of Industrial AI and will oversee a group that will focus on teaching and research pertaining to trustworthy machine learning. This involves, for example, the deployment of artificial intelligence with the aim of optimizing production processes in relation to the use of raw materials and energy, and making expert knowledge more readily available.
In addition to research, for the purpose of knowledge transfer, the new professorship will also be active in teaching, in the bachelor's degree programs in Computer Science and in Data Science, in the MSc in Engineering, and in continuing education.
The annual commitment of CHF 300,000 over a period of 6 years will be financed equally by the Rieter Group and the Johann Jacob Rieter Foundation.