What role does AI play in Smart Cities and Smart Villages?

Research questions

  • How are AI and the process of digitalization changing cities and regions?
  • What characterizes Smart Cities and Smart Villages and what transformation potentials does this open up?
  • What applications are there for AI and digitalization in public administration to make processes more efficient and more citizen-friendly?
  • What opportunities do AI and digitalization offer for creating new regional profiles?
  • What does “Wirtschaftsförderung 4.0” (Business development 4.0) mean?


Scenario process for the project: Executive AI 2030. Four future scenarios of Artificial Intelligence in public administration

How will using AI in public administration change government and society up to 2030? The answer to this questions depends on a multitude of influencing factors. From today's standpoint, therefore, different futures are conceivable. Will decisions in future be made only by machines or will they continue to be made by people? What about data availability, quality assurance and public acceptance? What framework settings lead to which scenario and how can we steer these today already? Together with experts, this study drew up four pictures of the future that provide orientation for setting the political course in the here and now.

Support for the Review and Update of the Bavarian Research, Innovation and Technology Strategy – Strategy Process 2019

With the Support for the Review and Update of the Bavarian Research, Innovation and Technology Strategy, the Bavarian State Ministry has commissioned both an analytical study and the provision of informaed, yet practical support during the strategy process itself. The project is build around three main working steps: a benchmark establishing Bavaria's current position with a view to RTDI performance and its attractiveness as an RTDI location, an evaluation of existing RTDI funding since the first approval of the 2011 strategy and finally the identification of specialisations, (new) approaches for funding measures and a monitoring and evaluation concept. Eventually, this will be summarised as recommendations for an update of Bavaria's RTDI-strategy document for the 2021-2027 period.

Regional Innovation Strategy TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe 2030

The “Regional Innovation Strategy TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe 2030” provides the foundation for forward-looking, goal-oriented and efficient cooperation between the TRK GmbH, its shareholders and other stakeholders. This actively involved the TRK management, the supervisory board and all the shareholders. The main goals of the strategy development process were: 1. Joint development of desirable (and possible) future visions for the TRK, 2. Deriving strategic objectives and the related roadmap, 3. Creating a development plan for the TRK that features an integrated monitoring system, 4. Successfully integrating all groups of society into the TRK GmbH for the region's strategic development.

With regard to the goals of the innovation strategy, Artificial Intelligence will play an especially important role in the TRK in the future. Based on the technological competences of regional research in both the public (primarily AIT and Fraunhofer) and private sector, the region has extensive potentials at its disposal, which will change the regional innovation system significantly in the coming years.

Evaluation of the competence field strategy of the state capital Dresden

Dresden's competence field strategy concerns targeted support for three competence/technology fields, in which the advantages of spatial proximity and communication and a collective capacity for innovations are addressed. A key prerequisite for this to take place is the existence of critical masses in individual sectors or technology fields that promote collective and collaborative innovation processes in a special way. Implementing Dresden's competence field strategy takes place within a program of setting priorities for spending financial resources. Specific measures for implementing the strategy will be initiated in microelectronics and information and communication technology in addition to life sciences/biotechnology, new materials/nanotechnology.

Artificial Intelligence, as a major driver of Dresden's Smart City Strategy, played a key role in the evaluation, especially with regard to analyzing Dresden's competitiveness as a location for science, industry and innovation, analyzing the institutional framework conditions, and deriving starting points and recommendations for how to dovetail public research with the local economy and main technology areas.