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Welcome to DIMA at TU Berlin

AI institute BIFOLD established in Berlin


The AI Competence Centers BBDC and BZML merge into the new beacon project BIFOLD.

The DIMA Team.


A lively group of academics, administrators, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

Sundar Pichai visited TU Berlin


Prof. Volker Markl and Google CEO Sundar Pichai discussed Artificial Intelligence.

1st place in Data Science Challenge 2019


Joint TU Berlin & DFKI team awarded 1st place in the BTW 2019 Data Science Challenge

Announcement: DIMA Course Offerings for the Winter Term 2020/21

More Highlights

Keynote by Prof. Markl at the European Big Data Value Forum 2020

Prof. Dr. Volker Markl, head of the DIMA group at the TU Berlin and the Research Department IAM at DFKI, will hold the main technical keynote during the opening of the Big Data Value Forum 2020 (03. - 05.11.2020) in Berlin.

TU Berlin & DFKI Database Systems Researchers Receive SIGMOD 2020 Best Paper Award

Database systems researchers at TU Berlin and DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) were highly successful this year. Four of their papers were accepted at the 2020 ACM SIGMOD/PODS International Conference on the Management of Data. And, in particular, one of the paper’s received the 2020 ACM SIGMOD Best Paper Award. The paper entitled “Pump Up the Volume: Processing Large Data on GPUs with Fast Interconnects,” by Clemens Lutz, Sebastian Breß, Steffen Zeuch, Tilmann Rabl (now at HPI), and Volker Markl explores the use of GPUs to accelerate database query processing.

Article by Prof. Volker Markl published in the Informatik Spektrum (2019)


... Zur Erlangung von Datensouveränität benötigen Deutschland bzw. Europa eine nachhaltig (und öffentlich) betriebene Daten- und Analyseinfrastruktur. ... (Markl, V. Informatik Spektrum (2019)).

“We must democratize AI technologies.”

Professor Volker Markl proposes an independent, trustworthy, nationwide, data and analysis infrastructure.

Germany aims to become a world leader in AI – German politicians stated during the announcement of the German AI Strategy late last year. However, Dr. Volker Markl, Professor of Database Systems and Information Management at TU Berlin, Chief Scientist at the DFKI in Berlin, and co-author of the strategy believes both German companies and policymakers have a lot of catching up to do. Volker Markl is an experienced political adviser, successful mentor, co-founder of various IT start-ups, and an internationally renowned scientist – so he is clearly in a position to state what he thinks is missing in Germany.

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