The Berlin Big Data Center (BBDC) and the Berlin Center for Machine Learning (BZML) will merge into the newly established Berlin Center for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD).
On 15 January 2020, BBDC Director Prof. Dr. Volker Markl and BZML Director Prof. Dr. Klaus-Robert Müller announced the new AI Competence Center BIFOLD. The offical press conference was held together with Federal Minister of Education and Research (BMBF) Anja Karliczek, Ruling Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller and President of Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) Prof. Dr. Christian Thomsen.
BIFOLD will combine research in the fields of Machine Learning and Big Data Manangement to create innovation, education and opportunities for AI experts in Berlin. The new institute will thereby contribute to the goals of Germany's AI strategy. Between 2019 and 2022 the Federal Ministry for Education and Research will invest more than 32 Million Euro into the project, while the Federal State of Berlin will invest in the creation of eight new AI Professorships in Berlin.
For more information please also see the official press release of BMBF and TU Berlin.