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We are a leading European Research Center for Data-driven Business and Artificial Intelligence


Know-Center is a leading European research center for Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Data-driven Business. Since 2001, we perform RESEARCH to turn data into intelligence, we support BUSINESS to turn data into value, and we provide an ACADEMY to shape the workforce of tomorrow. RESEARCH: from data to intelligence. We unite research on key aspects of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Data-driven business models to make businesses future-ready. BUSINESS: from data to value. We combine all business, data and technical competences required to establish Data-driven business under one roof. This makes us unique. We support companies in strategy development, ideation and all the way to implementation. ACADEMY: shape the workforce of tomorrow. We train companies and individuals in understanding and utilizing the power of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Data-driven Business. Within the last years we have created three Spin-Offs based on our research results: Invenium, e-nnovation, OpenKnowledgeMaps. We provide an innovation friendly environment for founders and start-ups


With a regional research and development quota of 4.91 percent, Styria has been the number one research region in Austria for years and is also one of the leaders in Europe. A total of 2.32 billion euros per year are invested in research and development in Styria, the majority of which (1.71 billion) is invested by companies. The main secret of success is the excellent cooperation between science and industry.


As an applied research organization, collaboration and networking are at the core of our medium- and long-term strategies. The Know Center was chosen numerous times by the EU to lead and participate in high-level research projects. We are currently leading 4 different H2020 research projects named DAPHNE, Safe-Deed, ON-MERRIT and iDEV. Furthermore, we are participating as partner in the following running 7 EU funded projects: HIDALGO, AI4EU, AI4DI, EUHubs4Data, TRIPLE, TRUSTS and Europlanet (EPN-2024-RI). Know-Center is involved in seven major industry verticals, for each of which we have collected domain know-how and conducted several projects over the past years: (1) Automotive & Aerospace is a logical choice because there are many manufacturers, including world leader Magna, at our location and there also is a dedicated a&a cluster "AC Styria" (2) Production & Logistics, where we cooperate with regional large partners SSI and Knapp, (3) Software & Communications, where we empower several Start-up’s, including our spin-off Invenium, with data-driven AI technology, (4) Tourism & Marketing, which is an Austrian key industry and we contribute our leading-edge-science-based recommender technology (5) Pharma & Life Science, where we partner via the regional life science hub HTS, which includes over 90 companies (6) Ecology & Energy and (7) Content & Law, where we work with all three major legal publishers in Austria, as well as with the Austrian parliament. Expressed in clear figures, we have been working directly together with 119 large companies, 129 SMEs, 131 research institutes and 21 Start-ups in the year 2019.

Infrastructures and services

Data Innovation Data Innovation is a service unit of Know-Center which supports enterprises in developing and implementing data-driven innovations. Together with our clients, we define the right goals for establishing a data-driven business, select the appropriate strategies and ensure that they do not lose their way in the process. As a link between science and business, the Data Innovation team enables companies to develop data-driven use cases and to generate added values from their data. In cooperation with Data Insights, another service unit of Know-Center, Data Innovation allows companies to dive deeper into their data with the help of data science, big data analytics and artificial intelligence. Both units are vendor and technology independent.
















Barbara Gstöttenmayr


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