is a Malaysian-German initiative to promote applied research as well as collaboration between research institutions, universities and companies. The objective is to work together to generate innovations through new key technologies, which only unfold their value in application.

Besides digitization, new key technologies include artificial intelligence and data analytics, the Internet of Things, new types of sensors, robotics and 3D printing. Innovation means the renewal of products, services, business models and processes. These innovations are applied in different areas, such as industrial manufacturing, medicine or cities and their infrastructures. Usually, it is about making things more intelligent, and therefore we discuss Smart Manufacturing, Smart Health or Smart City.

By fostering collaboration, innovations can be generated faster and better adapted to the application. For that, two belonging innovation labs accelerate as a nucleus the collaboration between manufacturing companies, medical facilities or cities and talented researchers as well as students in Malaysia and Germany.