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nXT AI: The Future of Innovation(-management)

Research and development has always relied on state-of-the-art technologies to push the boundaries of innovation. Today, the prevalence of digital technologies and data-driven applications are transforming the very nature of the innovation process. New digital tools and smart data are reducing complexity, increasing time-to-market, and enabling customer centricity in new product development. A key implication of this development is that for businesses the ability to scale fast is starting to become a precondition for success.

All of these catalysts provide huge opportunities to increase both the effectiveness and efficiency of the new product development process – but also demand new skills and capabilities. In this year’s Aachener Innovationsplattform, experts from some of the most successful digital companies, leading researchers and innovative start ups will give insights into the strategic capabilities necessary to create – and profit from – the future of innovation.

It will be my pleasure to welcome you in Aachen!

Professor Dr. Frank T. Piller
Head of Institute

About the AIP

The Aachener Innovationsplatform (AIP) is an open networking conference by the RWTH Technology & Innovation Management Institute. Its objective is to discuss upcoming ideas and trends in managing innovation, R&D, and new technologies in established companies. Participants include R&D leaders, corporate innovation managers, technology managers, strategists, consultants and enables, and past and present members of the RWTH TIM Institute.

Our goal is to connect innovation thinkers and doers, creative developers, corporate strategists and researchers alike. AIP is designed to welcome you in an open atmosphere that allows inspiration, interaction and room to connect with and talk to innovative minds from Germany and abroad.

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This year’s Aachener Innovationsplattform will take place at the famous Tivoli Stadium – home of Aachen’s soccer team „Alemannia Aachen“.

You find it at Krefelder Str. 205, 52070 Aachen. Parking is possible in the (paid) parking space right behind the stadium.


We are planning to excite you with a program packed with international experts from industry and academia. Since the line-up is still in the working, please visit this site frequently to learn more about the latest updates!

8:30 Arrival
9:30-9:45 Key-Note by Prof. Frank T. Piller (TIME RWTH Aachen) about „Advanced Innovation – Enhancing R&D productivity with data-driven innovation, AR/VR & artificial intelligence”
10:30-11:00 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum (RWTH Aachen): Digital Production Materials
11:00–11:30 Microsoft (requested): Hyperpersonalization of products and services through advanced analytics
11:30–12:00 Coffee break & networking
12:30–13:00 TIME Research Area introduces itself – What’s new in our research?
13:00–13:45 Lunch break
13:45–15:30 TED Talk Session
Andrea Zehetner (Meinken Zehetner Patentanwälte): Can algorithmic innovation be patented?Andera Gadaib (Dialego): Advanced customer insights through Bid Data Analytics
15:30–15:45 Coffee break
15:45–16:15 Hans van Toor (Borges): Democratization of Product Design by borges.xyz
16:15–16:45 Interactive session – How can I apply, what I learned today?
16:45–17:30 Key-Note-Speech: Digital technologies in R&D used by a start-up
17:30–18:00 Reception & networking