Cooperation Project (2020-)

Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD)

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science has been announced as a partner of the New Berlin InstitutBIFOLDe for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD). Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), BIFOLD aims to conduct research into the scientific foundations of Big Data and Machine Learning, to advance artificial intelligence (AI) application development, and greatly increase the impact upon society, the economy, and science.

BIFOLD will pursue the following strategic priorities in line with the German National AI Strategy:

  • Research: Conduct high-impact foundational research in the fields of Big Data, Machine Learning and their intersection, to profoundly advance the state-of-the-art in Big Data and Machine Learning methods and technologies as well as attract the world’s best scientists to Germany.
  • Innovation: Prototype AI technologies, Big Data systems, Data Science tools, Machine Learning algorithms, and support knowledge and technology exchange, to empower innovation in the sciences, humanities, and companies, particularly, startups.
  • Education: Prepare the next generation of experts in Big Data and Machine Learning, for future academic or industrial careers.

News & Press

Matteo Valleriani interviewed in MIT Technology Review about how historians use artificial intelligence


Digital open-access CorDeep site brings new opportunities in detecting visuals in historical documents


New BMBF-funded BIFOLD artificial intelligence project features in Tagesspiegel


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