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“I am very pleased that, together with Microsoft, we have succeeded in developing an AI chat system tailored to the requirements of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft — and we did so in a very short time,” says Prof. Ingo Weber, director of Digital Transformation and ICT Infrastructure at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. “We have found that many colleagues wish to use chat-based AI applications for their work and for research. However, public solutions available so far are problematic for work-related purposes, especially when it comes to data protection, confidentiality and information security.”

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Weber was also recently invited to the prestigious Dagstuhl seminar on the topic of software architecture and machine learning. Read more on that here.

Prof. Dr. Ingo Weber


The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, in collaboration with Microsoft, is one of the first research organizations in Europe to launch an internal AI chatbot that works similarly to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The FhGenie generative AI solution lets employees securely create, edit or modify texts on the basis of non-public data. The GDPR-compliant service was introduced for Fraunhofer employees in line with guidelines drawn up by the Chatbot taskforce at the Fraunhofer ICT Group, under the supervision of Ingo Weber, member of our Generative AI Taskforce at the TUM Think Tank.

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