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Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering


Artificial intelligence incubator labs in the process industry

The KEEN project serves to develop new artificial intelligence (AI)-based methods, models and tools to improve the functioning of chemical and biotechnological production processes.

The KEEN platform links 20 users, manufacturers, software developers, and research institutions, with the goal of demonstrating that AI methods and technologies can realize previously unimagined benefits in the chemical and biotechnology industry ecosystem. The full range of possible AI applications from a shared database to a self-optimizing plant is being mapped out.

In the AD working group, the focus is on feature extraction from process data (e.g. in extraction and distillation). Here, AI-based assistance systems based on sensor data and image recognition are developed to support the process control of complex systems, resulting in more efficient plant operation.
Moreover, modern methods (also from the field of artificial intelligence) are applied to improve modular process planning and to support safety analyses by intelligent tools. In this way, the planning and safety analyses of chemical and biotechnological processes are to become smarter and more future capable.

Information on the project

Contact Prof. Dr. Norbert Kockmann
Professorship Laboratory of Equipment Design (AD/BCI)
Funding Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi), Projektträger Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

Innovative End-Users
Air Liquide Forschung&Entwicklung GmbH, Frankfurt am Main
Bayer AG, Leverkusen
Covetro Deutschland AG, Leverkusen
Evonik Operations GmbH, Essen
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt

Established technology advisors
ABB AG, Ladenburg
KROHNE Innovation GmbH, Duisburg
SAMSON AG, Frankfurt am Main

Frauenhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern
ScaDS, Dresden
TU Berlin
TU Dresden
TU Dortmund
TU Kaiserslautern

KMU / Start-Ups
Capital-Gain Consultants GmbH, Berlin
DDBST, Oldenburg
LeiKon GmbH, Herzogenrath
INOSIM Consulting GmbH, Dortmund
X-Visual Technologies GmbH, Berlin-Adlershof

DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt am Main
GVT, Frankfurt am Main
NAMUR, Leverkusen

Associated partners
MetaTwin GmbH, Dortmund
ViSenSys GmbH, Dortmund

Term from 01.04.2020