“Thanks to the active involvement of the company, research is carried out in line with market requirements and on the basis of current problems. Accordingly, the CD laboratories represent an excellent driving force to quickly transform ideas into specific products”, says Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs.
The two-hundredth CD laboratory which was recently opened, namely the “Christian Doppler Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Optimization in Planning and Scheduling”, will develop solutions for complex planning tasks with the help of modern computer methods. The laboratory will be headed by Nysret Musliu of the Technical University of Vienna. “In many areas of life we face complex planning tasks. How can one ensure that the operating rooms in a hospital are used as efficiently as possible, and that the right people are present at the right place and at the right time? How does one plan complicated working flows in industry? We arepursuing several objectives in the CD laboratory”, Nysret Musliu states. “We want to better understand which methods are the most appropriate for specific problems. Up until now people often make decisions in line with their experience and gut feeling. We also want to combine different methods in order to enable even more effective solutions. An algorithm which automatically analyzes certain problems and even selects or develops solutions would be a great vision of the future.”
The applications range from education, health care systems and public transportation to logistics and Industry 4.0. “Industry 4.0, health care system and public transportation are all areas in which artificial intelligence and machine learning will solve complex and widespread problems in the future. The new technologies offer the possibility for a reindustrialization of Europe”, concludes Minister Margarete Schramböck.