Ars Electronica Futurelab, Ars Electronica Festival and the Ars Electronica Center’s Future Thinking School are part of a large-scale pilot project involving more than a dozen Austrian research institutions: AI5production – funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the EU Commission – supports manufacturing companies in Austria in matters of digital transformation in the fields of digital design, digital production, cyber security and artificial intelligence with customized services. The offer is free of charge and can be used by companies with up to 3,000 employees.   

The following work packages are offered by Ars Electronica:   

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Feasibility Studies with the Ars Electronica Futurelab

The Ars Electronica Futurelab offers feasibility studies on the following topics as part of its “Test before Invest” program: 

  • Eco Design of products
  • New business models (digital, sustainable products)  
  • Physical assistance using robots  
  • Cyber physicals systems for assistance 
  • Augmented, virtual and extended reality 
  • Human in the loop – Visualization and Visual Analytics for Industry 5.0  
  • Digital Twins – 3D measurements, reconstruction, sensors and simulation  
  • XR and Immersive Analytics for Industry 5.0  
  • customized industrial augmented reality for human-centered production processes
  • Human-Centered AI, in particular HCI aspects and the combination of AI and Visual Interfaces (see also Visual Analytics) 
  • Human and Ethical Factors in AI 
  • Ethics Consulting for selected AI projects 

With Cyntha Wieringa, Maria Pfeifer, Roland Haring and Ali Nikrang from the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Thomas Viehböck from the Ars Electronica Center’s Future Thinking School, as well as Veronika Liebl, Head of European Cooperations, and Christl Baur from the Ars Electronica Festival, the Linz-based platform for art, technology and society is represented by a number of experts.

Scientific support for manufacturing companies

In addition to Ars Electronica, more than a dozen renowned university and non-university research institutions such as the Vienna University of Technology, JKU and Software Competence Center Hagenberg are on board AI5production. Companies can find scientific support here to address research and development issues. Within the framework of feasibility studies, the possible applications of Industry 5.0 as well as artificial intelligence in the production-related environment are investigated. There is also a training program with courses, workshops and webinars on digitization in production and industry.  

The Digital Innovation Hub serves as the access point for interested companies: Here they get free access to research infrastructure and know-how to accelerate the digital transformation in their organization. In addition, there is support in finding financing options for investments in digitization. The focus is not only on efficiency and productivity, but also on people and a holistic approach with an emphasis on sustainability, eco-design and ethics.  

AI5production started in the fall of 2022 and is initially scheduled to run for three years; it is funded in equal parts by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the European Commission’s Digital Europe Program. After all, the project also serves to simplify access to European infrastructure and know-how around digitalization.   

Further information on AI5Production can be found at: 
AI5Production | European Digital Innovation Hubs