Axel Springer’s German media brand WELT has awarded the German AI Prize 2022, honouring groundbreaking achievements in the development and application of artificial intelligence. The prize, which was being awarded for a fourth time, was decided by a jury made up of internationally renowned representatives from research and practice, including Chair, Chris Boos, founder of AI company Arago.
The prize, which at 35,000 euros is one of the most highly endowed of its kind in Europe, was awarded at a special ceremony at the Axel Springer headquarters in Berlin last week, across three categories:
- Innovation Prize: Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard from the Technical University of Nuremberg.
- Non-endowed User Award: went to the Berlin-based company Ada Health
- Special AI Award: Planer AI
Klaus Boldt, Member of the WELT Editorial Board, said: “The German AI Prize, which we have awarded for the first time in 2019, is intended to help promote AI research in Germany, accelerate the transfer of knowledge to industry, and advance the ethically responsible use of AI. And like this we also see the ‘German AI Prize’ as a contribution to Germany as a business location.”
Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Federal Minister of Education and Research, FDP, gave a keynote speech at the event: “Using and helping to shape artificial intelligence means creating the future. With long-term research and smart transfer, we are striving for technological sovereignty and a global pioneering role for Germany.”
“We have already done a lot in this area, and now we want to further strengthen networking in AI. The winners of the German AI Prize are the best example of how you can shape the future with courage, good ideas and imagination.”
You can find out more about the prize and the participants here.