Industry:   Conglomerate with a focus on digital industries, smart infrastructure and mobility
Classification:   Large enterprise; 300,000 employees
Key topics:   Automation and digitalization in industry, infrastructure for buildings, decentralized energy systems, mobility solutions for rail and road transport, and sustainability in production 
Start of cooperation:   2003
RWTH Innovation services:   Research collaboration 
Cooperation with start-ups
Access to talents
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Innovation and cooperation: keys to success in a sustainable world

Siemens has been a strategic partner of RWTH since 2003. With the establishment of the former Center for Knowledge Interchange (CKI), RWTH was one of a total of eight universities worldwide in Siemens' CKI program.

Siemens Research and Innovation Ecosystem Aachen Arc

In 2021, the successful cooperation between industry and university was continued under the name Siemens Research and Innovation Ecosystem (RIE) fortgesetzt. With the Aachen Arc, Siemens and RWTH are expanding the platform for cross-border cooperation to include excellent regional partners such as Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Forschungszentrum Jülich and KU Leuven. RWTH is thus in charge of one of 16 Siemens RIEs worldwide. The key account management of the cooperation between Siemens and RWTH is carried out by RWTH Innovation.

The aim of the Siemens RIE Aachen Arc is to bring together employees from all Siemens departments with students and researchers from RWTH in order to jointly forge innovations and launch international research projects. To this end, the Siemens RIE Conference is held once a year on changing topics.

Examples of successful projects

Future Train 2025+
Objective: Development of a new generation of rail vehicles
Duration: 2016-2020
Project partners: Siemens, RWTH (WZL, IFS & VIA)


Examples of public follow-up projects

ENSURE – The energy grid of the future
Objective: Development of cross-sectoral operational concepts for electricity and gas grids for an optimal mix of centralized and decentralized supply, a reliable and efficient energy supply with over 80% renewable energies, and the use of new (ICT) technologies
Duration: 2020-2025
Public funding:
Kopernikus project, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Project partners: Siemens, RWTH (IAEW, ITMC, PGS, ISEA, ACS, FCN, IIF), KIT, E.ON, TenneT, ABB, and further partners
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Kopernikus-Projekte: ENSURE
GeMeKI – Generalization of human-centered AI applications for production optimization
Objective: Sustainable improvement in the performance, flexibility and cost-effectiveness of complex manufacturing systems through human-centric merging of expertise, production equipment, and artificial intelligence into hybrid intelligence systems
Duration: 2021-2024
Public funding:
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Project partners: Siemens, RWTH (WZL), aiXbrain GmbH, Franz Pauli GmbH & Co. KG, Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie IPT, meastream GmbH, Miele & Cie. KG, MT Analytics GmbH, Starrag Technology GmbH, WEISS Spindeltechnologie GmbH, XENON Automatisierungstechnik GmbH, YOUSE GmbH
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Siemens RIE Conference – Exchange between RWTH researchers and industry experts

Once a year, high-ranking RWTH researchers and experienced Siemens executives meet at the Siemens RIE Conference to exchange ideas on changing topics.

In tandem keynotes and panel discussions, the participants explore trail-blazing, application-oriented topics with a technical focus, which are then moulded into new concepts for research-industry cooperation in small, interactive discussion rounds. In addition, selected start-ups are given the opportunity to present their business model to Siemens managers in the Pitch Challenge. The main topics in recent years, for example, have been artificial intelligence in mobility and cities, and sustainability in production.

Workshop Engineering & Design 4.0 – RWTH experts meet industry know-how

In an exploratory workshop, experts from Siemens, Ford and RWTH Aachen University discussed the challenges and opportunities inherent in engineering given current technological and social developments. The results were identified as future requirements for the training of the corresponding professional groups. More

Workshop at Siemens – RWTH talents gain insights into day-to-day corporate business

As part of the regular Siemens RIE Conference, there are always opportunities for students to get in touch with Siemens. For example, RWTH students had the chance to ask participants in the Siemens Graduate Program (SGP) about their experiences at an SGP Breakfast.

Siemens regularly offers Student Tech Talks Student Tech Talks to present itself to students and answer their questions. Exciting personalities from the company step into the spotlight to talk about their everyday lives.


Yasmin Cilt
Yasemin Cilt M. Sc.

Business Relations Manager

+49 241 80 92694