The Cyber Valley initiative aimed at transforming the Stuttgart-Tübingen area into a key international location for state-of-the-art research on artificial intelligence – including machine learning, robotics and computer vision – is taking shape. The plan envisions pooling a massive amount of talent, including 24 professors in Tübingen and 23 in Stuttgart, as well as eight Max Planck Institute directors. What’s more, over the next five years, 10 additional professorships will be filled, 20 new research groups will be established, and up to 100 doctoral students will be trained at a time at the new International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS). Furthermore, Cyber Valley will also partner with industry to stipulate technology transfer. The list of partners already includes the BMW Group, IAV GmbH, Daimler AG, Porsche AG, Robert Bosch GmbH and ZF Friedrichshafen AG. The US online retailing giant Amazon also plans to send 100 researchers to Tübingen within five years. In addition to boosting R&D on intelligent systems and fostering startups, this massive effort also aims to enhance the international visibility of Germany and the region – and attract the best minds in the field and the world to it.