Berlin, 01.10.2020. Westphalia DataLab (WDL) wins the German AI Award 2020 in the category User Award “AI – the future technology for Germany’s key industry”. The Münster-based start-up was presented with the award by Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Peter Altmaier at an event held at the Journalists Club of Axel Springer Verlag this evening. “We are very happy about this award and see ourselves confirmed on our way”, says Prof. Dr. Reiner Kurzhals, founder and shareholder Westphalia DataLab. In the competition for the German AI Award, Westphalia DataLab competed with the Münster Eye Center at Franziskus Hospital and the joint project DeepEye. In the category “AI User Award”, DeepEye was able to prevail against well-known German companies such as Bosch, Lufthansa and BMW.

The „German AI Award“

The German AI Award was awarded this year for the second time by WELT / Axel Springer SE for outstanding services to the development and research of artificial intelligence. The prize was awarded in three different categories: the main prize (AI Innovation Prize), which was awarded for groundbreaking achievements in the research and development of AI, the AI User Prize (Honorary Prize), which honors entrepreneurs for outstanding achievements in the practical application of AI, and the AI Special Prize, for which start-ups from the Berlin-Brandenburg capital region could apply and which is about the exemplary and innovative use of AI. In addition to the Westphalia DataLab, the Berlin start-up Merantix won the special prize and Professor Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf, Director of the Department of Empirical Inference at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, won the main prize.

Glückliche Sieger beim deutschen KI-Preis Bild: Glückliche Sieger: Philip Vospeter, Prof. Dr. Reiner Kurzhals, Dr. med. Matthias Gutfleisch und Peter Mussinghof (v.l.).

The DeepEye Project

The DeepEye project is an ophthalmologic decision support algorithm for individual treatment recommendations, which was conducted in collaboration between WDL and the Eye Clinic at Franziskus Hospital. It is a unique approach to assist ophthalmologists in deciding whether an eye disease, in this case age-related macular degeneration (AMD), needs to be treated or not. And if it needs to be treated, what an individual treatment looks like. Here more information about the project DeepEye:

Westphalia DataLab

Westphalia DataLab was founded in 2017 by a team led by Prof. Dr. Reiner Kurzhals and FIEGE Logistik, a company that has existed for over 145 years, as a strategic investor. It is a software development and consulting company specialized in Data Science with deep expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Photos: Viviane Wild

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