Gründer des Monats: understand.ai

Das 2016 gegeründetet Start-up understand.ai mit seinen Würzeln am KIT, kombiniert Machine Learning mit menschlicher Sorgfalt. Gerade haben sie erst einen 2,8 Millionen Inevestment getätigt und blicken in eine schnell wachsende Zukunft ihres noch jungen Unternehmens. Wir haben die Gründer im Interview zu der Idee, der Gründungszeit und den Zukunftsaussichten befragt.

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Highly automated simulation calculation

The spin-off Renumics GmbH uses machine learning methods to make Computer Aided Engineering more efficient and take the strain off computational engineers.

Crash tests are an expensive affair. In early development stages, collision experiments are therefore often replaced by computer simulations that can be performed thousands of times taking various influential factors into account. These simulations are usually based on computer-supported processes, on so-called Computer Aided Engineering (CAE). This concept centres on computational engineers who compile numerical models, thus assisting constructors in the analysis and optimisation of their designs. The crucial time and cost factors here are the many manual work steps involved. For example, computational engineers invest a considerable amount of time in routine activities such as pre-processing geometries and integrating data instead of being able to concentrate on modelling and analytical work, which is precisely where Renumics comes in. This KIT spin-off has developed a software with which CAE can be auto­mated. In this context, machine learning methods help make simulations workflows considerably more efficient.

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The Renumics founding team (left to right): Steffen Slavetinsky, Markus Stoll and Dr Stefan Suwelack.

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Founders of the month June: Selfbits GmbH

Selfbits_LogoSelfbits GmbH has developed a cloud-based service in the field of knowledge management, a backend-as-a-service solution. It facilitates the fast and uncomplicated development of mobile business applications. Customers of Selfbits GmbH will no longer need to worry about a complicated, complex server infrastructure and get to save time and money as a result. We have interviewed the Selfbits team on their idea, the foundation of their company and their future perspective.

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The founding team of Selfbits: Oliver Kuppler, Klaus Welle (f. l.)

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75th Entrepreneurs’ Barbecue: “Continue the old, embark on the new”

In April, the entrepreneurs’ barbecue was hosted by a member of the executive board for the first time in the eight-year history of the event: Professor Thomas Hirth, the new KIT Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, personally fired up the grill and explained the significance of innovation at KIT and plans for the further development of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship (CIE) to attendants of the event. He was supported by the Head of KIT Innovation Management (IMA), Dr Jens Fahrenberg, and the Head of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (EnTechnon), Professor Orestis Terzidis.

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The BBQ chef during the 75th Entrepreneurs’ Barbecue: Prof. Orestis Terzidis, Prof. Thomas Hirth and Dr Jens Fahrenberg (left to right)

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Further education with a commitment to invention

FINAL_Keyvisual_TaschenmesserAs an academic, what do I do if I have a good idea? How can I transfer my technology? Who will support me?

These and many other questions will be answered during our course “From Invention to Innovation”, held twice a year at the FTU (Fortbildungszentrum für Technik und Umwelt) at KIT. The programme is aimed at all academic staff and managers of KIT. It conveys fundamental knowledge on the protection and use of intellectual property.

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