PanocularAI among winners of the German-Japanese Tech Innovation Challenge

Department spin-off idea among the top solutions in the competition

2022/09/06 by

PanocularAI, a spin-off idea out of a research project in the Parallel Programming lab at the Department of Computer Science, has been chosen as one of four winning solutions in the German-Japanese Tech Innovation Challenge. Dr. Arya Mazaheri pitched the idea behind PanocularAI to an expert jury including representatives of Japanese companies. With Sanctuary, another department spin-off presented their idea in the finals.

Spin-off idea PanocularAI has been chosen as one of four awarded solutions in the German-Japanese Tech Innovation Challenge. Dr. Arya Mazaheri, the creator of PanocularAI, pitched the solution at the final pitch event in Japanese German Center in Berlin to an expert jury and leaders from German and Japanese industry, politics, and the startup scene, including the Japanese Ambassador to Germany, the JETRO Director General, the CEO of GTAI, and the State Secretary from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). As a result, PanocularAI will develop a pilot project based on the proposed solution with Mitsubishi Electric.

PanocularAI is a spin-off idea that enables every autonomous system from robotic trolleys to drones to perceive and map the environment better and more efficiently. For this, Dr. Arya Mazaheri is currently working on a software solution that solves the design trade-off challenges behind the execution of AI-based computer-vision applications on edge devices such as robots, drones, and other battery-powered devices. The work is based on more than seven years of research on the computer system’s side of AI in the Laboratory for Parallel Programming led by computer science professor Dr. Felix Wolf. In June 2022, PanocularAI also won 2nd place at the hessian.AI open idea competition.

Sanctuary, another startup that developed from research at our department, was also invited to compete in the finals. Founders Dr. Ferdinand Brasser, Patrick Jauernig, and Dr. Emanuel Stapf from the System Security Lab develop next-generation security architectures to secure distributed embedded systems.

German-Japanese Tech Innovation Challenge

This competition is a joint project of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Berlin and Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) in cooperation with the Japanese-German Center Berlin (jdzb). The main goal of the challenge is to bring together world-leading multinational Japanese companies and the most innovative technology startups from the German Digital Hub Initiative.