The Einstein Center Digital Future was approved by the Einstein Foundation Berlin on 5 September 2016. With this center, Berlin will be getting 50 new professors in the field of digitalization. They will be selected from Technische Universität Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin as well as Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with their joint medical faculty, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The Beuth University of Applied Sciences and the HTW University of Applied Sciences will also establish professorships as part of the center.
This unique project has been made possible by numerous partners from business, science and politics. Eight non-university research institutions are also involved: the Berlin Institute of Health, the Frauenhofer Institute FOKUS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications – Heinrich-Hertz-Institute, the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration, the German Aerospace Center, the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Society, the PTB – National Meteorology Institute and the Konrad Zuse Center for Information Technology Berlin. The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research are each funding one professorship.
20 companies are involved in the initiative. They include the Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB), the Bundesdruckerei, Cornelsen, German-Turkish Advanced ICT Research Center, Intel, SAP, Telekom, Viessmann and Zalando. For each euro contributed, the state of Berlin will be adding 50 cents through the Einstein Foundation.
For example, research will be done in the areas of smart housing, smart cities, smart mobility, digital education, bioinformatics, personalized medicine, digital diagnostics and new methods in genome data analysis and biomedical imaging as well as semantic data intelligence, identity management, the physical foundations of IT security, the Internet of Things and wearable technologies. The topics of the latest generation of water and sewage systems, digitalization and the workplace as well as multicultural aspects of digitalization also play a role.