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From January 2020, the newly established RICAIP Center (Czech acronym for the Research and Innovation Center for Advanced Industrial Production) at the Czech Institute of Computer Science, Robotics and Cybernetics of CTU in Prague will be led by German scientist Tilman Becker, a leading expert on Industry 4.0. He comes to the Czech Republic from the German DFKI, one of the most important research institutions focused on artificial intelligence, where he worked for almost 25 years. Within the RICAIP project, it will lead the RICAIP center, which is built to manage and use testbed research infrastructures not only among partners, but later also across Europe. It wants to further develop the latest technologies focused on the use of artificial intelligence in industrial robotics with direct applications in production. Tilman Becker has been recommended for the RICAIP International Director by international comittee in the autumn of last year.

Tilman Becker studied computer science at RWTH Aachen in Germany. After his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, he defended his doctorate at the German Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken. After working in the Mercedes-Benz Research Laboratory and the Institute for Cognitive Science Research in Philadelphia (IRCS UPENN), he joined his further career with DFKI, the German Artificial Intelligence Research Center in Saarbrücken, where he worked since 1995 and worked closely with Professor Wolfgang Wahlster, one of the founders of the Industry 4.0 concept.


Tilman Becker was personally involved in formulating the main ideas of the RICAIP project. Its aim is to connect RICAIP testbeds with other European research institutes and move them to the world level. He will benefit from his broad knowledge and experience of digital transformation, machine learning, cyberphysical production systems and human-machine interactions, as well as the active links he has to major research networks in artificial intelligence and Big Data (like CLAIRE or BDVA associations) and connection to large industrial corporations. Tilman Becker aims to strengthen interdisciplinary cooperation at RICAIP and focus on the social impact of new technologies.