Einstein Center Digitale Zukunft - Prof. Jochen Rabe
Berlin receives 50 new professorships in the field of digitization. They will be appointed by Berlin's four universities: Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin University of the Arts, as well as Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with its joint medical faculty, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The Beuth University of Applied Sciences and the University of Applied Sciences are also establishing professorships. The professorships are part of the new Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF), which was approved by the Einstein Foundation Berlin on Sept. 5, 2016. A total of 38.5 million euros is to flow into the new Einstein Center over six years. The Technical University of Berlin is the spokesperson for the project.
This project, which is unique in Germany, is made possible by numerous partners from business, science and politics. In addition to the four Berlin universities and two Berlin colleges, eight non-university research institutions are involved: the Berlin Institute of Health, the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications - Heinrich Hertz Institute, the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration, the German Aerospace Center, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association, the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt and the Konrad Zuse Center for Information Technology Berlin. The research institutions are providing 8.5 million euros for joint appointments with the universities. The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research are also participating with a professorship.
20 companies are involved in the initiative. They are contributing a total of twelve million euros to fund the professorships. The companies include Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Bundesdruckerei, Cornelsen, GESOBAU, HOWOGE, Intel, SAP, Telekom, Viessmann and Zalando. The state of Berlin is also heavily involved. It adds 50 cents for every euro raised from companies.
The scale of this alliance between public bodies and donors and supporters is unprecedented for Berlin as a center of science.
Professor Jochen Rabe currently holds the professorship of Urban Resilience and Digitalization at the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF). With 20 years of practical professional experience as an urban developer in Germany and abroad and activities in both the private sector and academia, Professor Rabe researches the rapid digitalization of our cities in the context of resilience, and investigates the extent to which digitalization processes can strengthen the renewal forces of our cities, or pose risks.
In the face of global challenges such as climate change, increasing urbanization, automation of the world of work, and digitization of urban systems, urban spaces are facing major changes that raise economic, social, and technical questions. As Professor of Urban Resilience and Digitization, his research focuses on how digitization will transform our cities.Website