Age of AI

Opportunities - Risks - Applications

Peek behind the curtain from 1st to 6th December 2019


AI is profound (...) and it will get better and better over time (...) What all of us have to do is to make sure we are using AI in a way that is for the benefit of humanity, not to the detriment of humanity.
(Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., 2017)

KAVision - Age of AI is a one-week seminar on Artificial Intelligence, its opportunities, risks and applications - today and tomorrow, taking place from December 1 - 6, 2019 in Karlsruhe and hosted by the VWI-ESTIEM Hochschulgruppe Karlsruhe e.V.. In the event, about 15 participants from Europe and about 15 local students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will get to experience the world of artificial intelligence jointly. Together with partners from politics, economy and research we have set ourselves the goal to give our participants a holistic picture of Artificial Intelligence.



The future belongs to organizations that can combine the power of AI-controlled machines with the capabilities of human intuition and judgement. Set the foundation today for a successful future in the age of learning machines.


AI will affect every employee and every process in any company as companies are forced to use this technology due to competitive pressure. The socio-economic impact of AI presents our society with critical challenges, the outcome of which affects every coexistence.


The winners of the digitization will be interdisciplinary trained professionals who can use the methods of Artificial Intelligence in their working environment. Everyone should therefore come into contact with AI applications as part of their education and be able to understand, further develop and implement them.

The big picture

With Age of AI we look at the topic of 'Artificial Intelligence' in a holistic way. With our participants we want to discover where Artificial Intelligence comes from, what challenges it poses today and where this journey will take us. Artificial intelligence already influences the economy, politics and our social life. The combination awakens our curiosity. Together we discover AI.


VWI-ESTIEM Hochschulgruppe Karlsruhe e.V.

Since 1992 our university group has represented the networks VWI (Verband Deutscher Wirtschaftsingenieure e.V.) and ESTIEM at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The aim of the 100 members is to organise high-quality events for students in cooperation with companies and to actively promote academic, cultural and social exchange between European students of industrial engineering. Due to our many years of experience in organizing events and cooperating with companies, we guarantee the highest level of quality and reliability in the organization and realization of our events.

ESTIEM - The umbrella network for Age of AI

ESTIEM (European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management) is the only European network for industrial engineering students. The aim of the network is to support students in their personal and professional development and to promote intercultural exchange between students. Since its foundation in 1990, the network has been growing and currently has about 8000 members from 31 European countries. The basis of ESTIEM is formed by 80 local university groups, each representing one university. Of these, 16 come from German-speaking countries.


Ladies and Gentlemen

I am very pleased that this year's Vision Seminar Week of the Student Network of European Industrial Engineers (ESTIEM) is taking place at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and I would like to welcome you to Karlsruhe.

Karlsruhe is one of the leading innovation locations in Europe. Inventiveness and scientific excellence are the origin of every innovation. And they find a particularly good starting position in the Technology Region Karlsruhe. Around 43, 000 young people are currently studying at nine universities. With about 25, 000 students and more than 9, 000 employees, the KIT is one of the largest research institutions in Europe. The outstanding achievements in the core tasks of research, teaching and innovation at KIT were recently honoured with the award of the Excellence University in the Excellence Initiative of the Federal Government for the promotion of science and research at German universities. Located in the heart of the Karlsruhe Technology Region, KIT is the central location for research and innovation in the field of artificial intelligence in Baden - Württemberg.

KIT students are active in more than 80 university groups, including the VWI-ESTIEM Hochschulgruppe Karlsruhe e.V.. With their honorary commitment and their large national and international network, the students contribute to making KIT and the region visible as a leading location for science and technology. I am therefore particularly pleased to welcome more than 30 students from all over Europe to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology for this year's vision 'Age of Artificial Intelligence'.

As a business partner, the university group offers you a variety of opportunities to network with our guests. Enter into a dialogue with our students or show your presence at the event and in the accompanying communication in order to specifically approach the target group of future leaders and innovation drivers.

With this in mind, I wish you interesting encounters, stimulating conversations and exciting impressions at KIT.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth
Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs


Ladies and Gentlemen

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the question of how it will influence and change our lives is one of the most important issues for the future. This applies to universities, many of which conduct AI research, to companies that take advantage of AI, but also to people who increasingly encounter AI-based applications in their everyday lives.

Karlsruhe occupies a top position in Germany when it comes to the development and application of AI. In Karlsruhe, this important field of research plays an important role at several research institutions: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, Systems Engineering and Image Analysis, the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences - Technology and Economics and the Research Centre for Computer Science. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has therefore also awarded Karlsruhe the "de:hub" title for Applied AI. In conjunction with eleven other digital hubs in Germany, we are specifically networking medium-sized companies with innovation partners from science and the start-up scene. Important fields of cooperation are autonomous driving and the further development of robot systems.

Well over 100 companies in Karlsruhe are involved in the research and development of AI - including many start-ups that in turn have their nucleus at one of the research institutions. There is therefore no better place to show how successful networking of science, industry, administration and urban society can have a positive effect on the overall location in such an important future topic. This can also be seen in the joint initiative, in which all actors work together to position Karlsruhe as the engine of digitisation.

In this respect, you have chosen Karlsruhe as the ideal location for your meeting of prospective industrial engineers on the subject of "Age of Artificial Intelligence". At "Vision2019" you have the opportunity to get to know the AI location up close. I would like to welcome all participants to Karlsruhe and wish you many exciting experiences with "AI Made in Karlsruhe".

Gabriele Luczak-Schwarz
City of Karlsruhe, First Mayor

Talk: Old and New Companions: Relations to Bikes, Tamagotchis and Real Dolls

Speaker: Prof. Heßler (TU Darmstadt)

About the talk

Nowadays, so-called artificial companions are designed. They shall give companionship to humans. Sociologist Sherry Turkle talked of a ‘robotic moment’. Thereby she emphasizes that humans are now ready to accept robots as companions. The lecture will ask about this ‘readiness’ of people from a historical perspective. So, I will take the human-object relationship in the 20th century under consideration and ask what has now changed with the emergence of artificial companions. My main examples will be the Tamagotchi and SexDolls/ SexRobots. Finally, I will argue that we are in a state for emotional transformation and need to learn new emotional practices.

About the Speaker

Since the summer semester of 2019, Prof. Heßler has been Professor of Technical History at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Previously, she was Professor of Modern Social, Economic and Technical History at the Helmut Schmidt University / UniBw Hamburg and Professor of Cultural and Technical History at the Academy of Design in Offenbach am Main.
As a historian, I am interested in a present-oriented historiography. Therefore, interdisciplinary work is a matter of course for me. At the moment I deal with the question of the conditions and the self-conceptions of ‘being human’ in a technological world. This means to ask about the relationships of people and machines and the position of the people (and the machines). Especially current developments in the world of work challenge us to reflect these questions again.

Talk: Artificial and Artistic Intelligence

Speaker: Prof. Wölfel (HS Karlsruhe)

About the talk

Computers do not dream. Improvisation is not theirs. Imagination - Zero. Machines do not set goals, have no sense of responsibility and do not ask questions. Even when trained with large amounts of data, machines can only learn from the past. They are unable to imagine the future.
To make future occupations secure from being taken over by machines, one must avoid the overlap between humans and computers and train occupations that require an element of human behavior that computers can not replicate: intuition, creativity, innovation, compassion, imagination, problem-solving, ingenuity, empathy. We have to balance artificial intelligence with artistic intelligence.

About the Speaker

Dr. Matthias Wölfel is a Professor for Intuitive and Perceptive User Interfaces at the Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and associated with the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Hohenheim. His research interests include interaction design, human-computer and human-computer-human interaction, artificial intelligence, augmented- and virtual reality as well as digital culture. Dr. Wölfel has been recognized in 2017 as one of the best professors in Germany by UNICUM, a popular magazine for university graduates in Germany that features an annual “Professor des Jahres” (professor of the year) competition. Out of 2200 professors, nominated by students and graduates, he came in second place in the category Engineering / Computer Science.

Talk: AI for Autonomous Driving

Speaker: Dr. Baum (Robert Bosch GmbH)

About the talk

Self-driving cars are expected to be the ‘next big thing’ in mobility. There is hardly a major automobile manufacturer or supplier who does not have this topic on its agenda now. In addition, new players originally coming from an IT background are pushing into this field, and countless start-ups are hoping for a bright future in autonomous driving. However, it is also becoming more and more clear that the technical hurdles are high, and we will not be able to build autonomous vehicles without the use of Artificial Intelligence. The talk will shed some light on approaches for perception, mapping and localization, situation analysis, and behavior planning, and on which role AI will play.>

about the company

Lothar Baum heads the engineering of Cognitive Systems for Bosch’s Automated Driving business unit. As one of the minds behind the foundation of the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence early 2017, he advocates AI technology throughout the organization and helps in making autonomous driving become a reality. In the past, he worked as a group manager at Bosch Corporate Research, focusing on machine learning for robotics applications, and as a project manager on big data analytics and data mining.

Talk: Current Possibilities of Artificial Intelligence with AMAI GmbH

Speaker: Dr. Stumpp (CEO, AMAI GmbH)

About the talk

Dr. Jürgen Stumpp from AMAI GmbH gives us a short introduction into artificial intelligence with his impulse lecture. He shows what artificial intelligence means, what progress there has been in the last decades and why there is a current hype around this topic. After a short introduction of what deep neural networks are, we will be inspired by the exciting applications of AI and dare a look at what the future will bring.

about the company

AMAI GmbH is an innovation- and data-driven IT project house with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The owner-managed IT project house was founded in Karlsruhe in 2018 and comprehensively supports companies in the integration of Artificial Intelligence into their products and processes as well as in the realization of new business ideas by AI and Data Science.

Workshop: Digital Products for new Assets with EDI GmbH

Leader: Dr. Freudenmann (CEO, EDI GmbH)

About the workshop

In ihrem Vortrag im Rahmen des Vision wird EDI den Teilnehmern Angewandte KI und die Vorteile des Cloud Plattform Ökosystems näher bringen. Unter anderem werden KI- und Cloud-basierte Tests demonstriert, die zur automatisierten Lastprofilgenerierung von Batteriezellen in Elektrofahrzeugen eingesetzt werden.

about the company

Dr.-Ing. Dipl. Wi.-Ing. Thomas Freudenmann, born in 1980, since November 2015 Co-CEO and Co-founder of EDI GmbH – Engineering Data Intelligence, a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) working in the field of novel methods and tools for developing and testing with focus on statistical and AI-based algorithms. Since 2008, he is a member of the research staff at the IPEK – Institute of Product Engineering Karlsruhe at KIT.
EDI speeds up the digital transformation of companies in different application areas. With the EDI hive Framework, a private cloud-based IoT-platform and the AI-based hybrid models EDI provides a cost-efficient implementation of scalable, AI-based digital services in the desired corporate design of the companies. The EDI hive Framework has been applied for creating various digital assets, for example for Daimler AG, OTEC and CTC cartech company.

Talk: Realizing ideas, creating benefits! With NLP procedures and modern Big Data applications with Kybeidos GmbH

Speaker: No speaker yet (Kybeidos GmbH)

about the company

Realizing ideas, creating benefits! With NLP procedures and modern Big Data applications. Be a part of KYBEIDOS and support with your knowledge and ideas our region, our economy and the people in their everyday life. As a Heidelberg-based IT specialist for big data and analytics, we have been able to successfully help many companies, associations and cities to gain valuable insights from data and to establish modern infrastructures and analytical methods since 1996. For our customers, these findings and IT systems provide an outstanding benefit. It makes IT departments more efficient and fit for the future. Our analytical services, for example, support strategic competition and market analysis, noticeably relieve specialist users in product development or customer approach, identify new potentials, minimize risks or support intelligent knowledge management. We are happy to introduce KYBEIDOS to you on December 3rd. Get to know some of our colleagues and initiatives. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Workshop: Applied AI - Python Coding Hands-on

Leader: Daniel Englert

About the workshop

Artificial intelligence is on the rise: more and more AI applications like Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri are permeating our everyday lives. But can you also program artificial intelligence yourself? What role does the Python programming language play in this context? For those who want to code their own AI from scratch, there is no way around Python. The easy-to-read and concise programming style is also suitable for beginners and the extensive programming libraries for the evaluation of large amounts of data are perfect for machine learning.
In our coding workshop you will get to know a step-by-step guide to master machine learning with Python. Together we will demystify Artificial Intelligence and show you how to build, train and apply models in your everyday life. If you are a Python beginner, we will support you with an online pre-course prior to our workshop.

Company Visit: Automated vision through Artificial Intelligence with Auvisus GmbH

Leader: Felix Schweikardt (CEO, auvisus GmbH)

About the visit

What tasks can be solved by image recognition? We will discuss differences between conventional image processing and ‘artificial intelligence’. How is AI better than conventional image recognition/processing and which kind of algorithms can be used. We will examine the functionality (high level) of Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), the algorithm that has become widely used in image processing.

about the company

Automated vision through artificial intelligence. Over 165 million hours a year people in Europe wait at the till to pay for their lunch. auvisus revolutionizes this payment process. At auvisus, customers simply place their tray under the camera. The algorithm then recognizes the dishes: fast and precise!

Company Visit: Computer Vision in Agriculture with HelioPas AI

Leader: Ingmar Wolff (CEO, HelioPas AI)

About the visit

As part of a business case planning, the participants move into our young technology company and develop business cases. Before it comes to the identification of business cases and the working session, first the technologies are explained and the teams are put together. Following the processing of the business cases, the groups will present their solutions and one team will be selected as the winner.

about the company

HelioPas AI, a startup from Karlsruhe, Germany, helps farmers to save on irrigation, fertilizers and pesticides by providing simple and accurate recommendations. Their AI driven field monitoring allows to understand the reality on the field and analyzes the actual demand. Farmers can increase their yield, produce better food and reduce the environmental impact.

Company Visit: Software Sales in the context of automation and AI with ArtiMinds Robotics GmbH

Leader: Raimund Hartelt

About the visit

On 4.12. you are very cordially invited to ArtiMinds! From 1:30 to 5:00 pm, we look at automation from a sales perspective. You will get to know the ArtiMinds Robot Programming Suite as part of live programming on a real robot. Then we go through the whole process with you starting with an elevator pitch, through follow-up interviews to an internal strategy meeting. With a mix of presentations, brainstorming and role-playing games, we have put together a program that actively challenges you but does not expect much prior knowledge. We are looking forward to a exciting and inspiring afternoon! Then we end the evening together with a dinner and drinks.

about the company

ArtiMinds develops and distributes software that enables complex industrial robot tasks to be set up quickly and intuitively, even when force sensors or cameras are used. As one of the best young German companies, ArtiMinds has received several awards and is a technological leader. Customers and partners come from over a dozen industries and 20 countries. ArtiMinds represents a highly dynamic generation of companies that realize industrial AI.


Speaker: Dipl.-Ing. Timothée Büttner (Forschungszentrum Informatik, Karlsruhe)

About the talk

AI covers a vast field of applications in our everyday life. AI will be increasingly integrated in our everyday life, causing new types of risks. What are the dangers of AI ? What are ethical implications ? These are the questions I will address during the talk. Considering various applications, we will look at the different in what ways AI can endanger humans (and robots as well). Taking examples from our projects at FZI, we will highlight human robot collaboration and autonomous driving. We will also analyse risk from a robots perspective and how AI can help making risk aware robots for future applications, such as space robotics.

about the institution

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. At the FZI, six work priorities are in the focus of the application area of automation and robotics: conception, development of architectures, security, mobile production robots, user support and knowledge-based diagnosis. At the FZI Living Lab Service Robotics, we focus on different aspects of robotics, such as Industry 4.0, autonomous navigation or robot behaviors.

Workshop: Our Steering Lab - How Data Scientists Help Companies to Improve Performance with Horváth & Partners Management Consultants

Leader: Karin Tichmann (Horváth & Partners)

About the workshop

The complexity of our digitally interconnected world and economy poses an unprecedented challenge to businesses every day. To still sustain in the competitive environment, companies need to enhance their agility and speed. Join us for our talk and discover how we develop solutions based on big data and machine learning to support our clients in making their quantum leap into a digitally intelligent future.

about the company

Horváth & Partners is an independent, international management consultancy. We continuously expand our business fields and develop trendsetting solutions in our core competences of Corporate Performance Management and Performance Optimization to create sustainable benefit for our clients. Our success is the result of our unique corporate culture and the people who work with us. They make the difference – day after day in on-site collaboration with our customers. We offer you a working environment with a friendly corporate culture, a wide range of opportunities for personal development, exciting work with deep professional scope, a steep learning curve, and flat hierarchies.



Monday (optional)

  • 08:30 – 12:00: Introduction with Prof. Heßler
  • 12:00 – 13:30: Networking & Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:00: Creativity & Artificial Intelligence
  • 15:00 – 18:00: Applications of AI in Industry with Bosch & AMAI GmbH


  • 09:00 – 10:00: Official Opening with Prof. Hirth (Vice President of KIT) & Mr. Kaiser (City of Karlsruhe)
  • 10:30 – 12:30: AI & The Internet of Things with EDI GmbH
  • 12:30 – 13:30: Natural Language Processing & Big Data with Kybeidos GmbH
  • 13:30 – 14:30: Networking & Lunch with Kybeidos GmbH
  • 15:00 – 18:00: Applied AI – Python Coding Workshop (optional)


  • 08:30 – 12:00: Start-up Morning @Höpfnerburg with auvisus GmbH & HelioPas AI
  • 12:00 – 13:30: Networking & Lunch with Start-ups
  • 13:30 – 18:00: Robotics and AI with ArtiMinds GmbH
  • 18:00 – 19:30: Networking & Dinner with ArtiMinds GmbH


  • 08:30 – 10:00: Risk & AI with Dipl.-Ing. Timothée Büttner (Forschungszentrum Informatik, Karlsruhe)
  • 10:00 – 12:00: How Data Scientists Help Companies to Improve Performance with Horváth & Partners GmbH
  • 12:00 – 13:30: Networking & Lunch with Horváth & Partners GmbH

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