Innovation Projects are the place where actual innovation is generated. Typically, an innovation project leads to a new service or product and is often a cooperation between members of the alliance.

One of the primary goals of the alliance is to spark such projects, help making them successful, and letting the community participate in the learnings, because: “Together we move faster.” 

Here are some of the running projects under the umbrella of the alliance.

Ada - the Artificial Data Analyst - raises the productivity of data science endeavours by applying data science to itself: we apply empirical optimization also to algorithm and feature selection. Recent developments, e.g. from the MIT, are thus made available as a data product for Swiss industry.

Duration: Oct 2017 - Apr 2019

Partners: PwC and Datalab, ZHAW

Partial discharge (PD) is the most reliable monitoring for generator stator insulation health status, and has been applied in industry since the 1990's. This project aims to merge experience and knowledge from GE with state of the art methods in machine learning to improve the data analysis of PD.

Duration: Feb 2018 - Jan 2020

Partners: GE and IDP, ZHAW

Chatbot implementation which get in touch and fill out automatically all missing customer details

Duration: Feb 2018 - Feb 2019

Partner: Comparis and InIT, ZHAW

Leveraging data and analytics is essential for companies to keep up with competition, in particular for manufacturing companies. For small organizations, building up the appropriate resources as well as the knowledge and skills represents a major challenge. Specific approaches are required. This project investigates this topic.

Duration: Jan 2018 - June 2019

Partner: Several SMEs and FH St. Gallen, FH Vorarlberg and HTWG Konstanz

We develop and implement a cloud-based revenue optimization system for wind plant operators. By combining data analysis of real-time plant data with revenue schemes, revenue losses due to failures and sub-optimum control can be avoided, and profit can be increased by improved bidding strategies.

Partner: WinJi AG, ZHAW

The goal is the development of an application that enables the statistical comparison of risk and insurance profiles. This allows the users of the e-Broker platform to compare themselves with other customers (peers) and to automatically identify coverage gaps and overinsurance.

Duration: Mar 2018 - Nov 2019

Partner: Optimatis and Dept of Banking Finance & Insurance, ZHAW

With technologies of data science, Skillue develops a digital marketplace, which makes, based on the demanded and offered skills, the benchmarking of talents, jobs and companies possible. Skillue creates a new encounter zone for candidates and companies.

Duration: Jun 2018 - Dec 2019

Partner: Skillue AG, ZHAW

We evaluate reinforcement learning as a control method for building energy management. We assess the energy efficiency with respect to Model Predictive Control, Meta-Learning, robustness, ability to adapt, and simplicity of implementation, based on a real world system.  

QualitAI provides research and development towards a machine for automatic quality control of industrial goods like balloon cathethers. This is enabled by recent innovations in the area of artificial intelligence (AI), specifically the analyis of images via so-called deep learning.

Duration: Jul 2017 - Jan 2019

Partners: BW-TEC and Datalab, ZHAW