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Aigner and Spaenle inform the cabinet about the establishment of 20 additional professorships as part of the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern

Aigner and Spaenle: “A key step forward in implementing the digitization strategy”

MUNICH   Today, Bavaria's Minister for Economic Affairs, Ilse Aigner, and Minister of Science, Dr Ludwig Spaenle, informed the Council of Ministers about the results of the independent expert commission on the establishment of 20 additional professorships as part of the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern. Spaenle: “By setting up these ten new professorships at universities and ten at universities of applied sciences, we will further expand the already outstanding research expertise in future-orientated fields of digitization and connect it across the state.” Aigner: “At the same time, it will allow us to intensify the education of students in the relevant degree programmes. This will make a vital contribution to providing businesses with the next generation of specialist staff and managers.”

The topic selection and allocation of the 20 additional professorships to university locations was based on the findings of a science-led assessment and ranking procedure. This was conducted by a commission of top-class experts led by Prof Dr Peter Liggesmeyer, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE and President of the German Informatics Society in Munich. The commission assessed the quality of the applications it received based on strict criteria and published a clear overall recommendation:


University of Augsburg: Embedded Intelligence for Health Care and Wellbeing

University of Bamberg: Privacy and Security

University of Bayreuth: Serious Games / Applied Games

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg:

- e-Health / m-Health

- Digital Industrial Service Systems

LMU Munich: Human-Centered Ubiquitous Media

University of Passau: European and International Information and Data Law

TU Munich:

- Intelligent Knowledge Extraction in Medicine

- Cyber-Physical Systems in Production Engineering

University of Würzburg: Digital Media Processing


OTH Amberg-Weiden: Digital Process Chains in Medical Care & Medical Technology

UAS Aschaffenburg: Cooperative Automated Traffic Systems

UAS Augsburg: Physical Human-Machine Interfaces

UAS Coburg: Human-Machine Interaction in the Internet of Things

IT Deggendorf: Big Data Applications

IT Ingolstadt: Vehicle Safety and Car2x Communication

UAS Landshut: Intelligent Energy Grids

Nuremberg Tech: Software Development for Safe and Autonomous Vehicle Systems

OTH Regensburg: Safe and Reliable Distributed Systems

UAS Würzburg-Schweinfurt: Socioinformatics and Social Aspects of Digitization


The professorships will focus on research and teaching at their home universities, and will collaborate with one another via the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B).

The Bavarian cabinet approved the concept for the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B) in March 2015, acting on the initiative introduced by Ilse Aigner, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, and Dr Ludwig Spaenle, Minister of Science. The ZD.B is one of the key components of the BAYERN DIGITIAL strategy, which aims to promote the emergence of digitization in business and science in Bavaria. Part of the centre's role is to identify future-related focus topics in dialogue between science and business, as well as to bolster research in key fields of digitization, such as 'IT security', 'digitized production', 'connected mobility', 'digital medicine/health', and 'digitization in the energy sector'. The position of founding president of the ZD.B has been taken by Prof Dr Manfred Broy, emeritus professor of Software & Systems Engineering at the TUM.

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