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Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research

Katharina Ladewig m.d.W.d.G.b.
Nils Körber, Christopher Irrgang

The "Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research" (ZKI-PH) is responsible for the strategic support of advances in the field of public health research using the latest AI-based technologies at the RKI. At ZKI-PH, the topics of bioinformatics, computational epidemiology, modern data visualisation as well as big data and systems analysis are combined with the central methodological building blocks of machine learning, AI, decision making research as well as the development of realistic computer simulations in the field of public health research. To meet these challenges, the ZKI-PH develops models and simulations for the corresponding subject areas, promotes the utilisation/transfer of existing solutions into public health applications and prepares the results and underlying data for the public and political stakeholders. The aim of this interdepartmental cooperation in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the spread and prevention of diseases in the population and to counter epidemics of the 21st century even more effectively.

Thumbnail for the video about the Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research at the Robert Koch Institute. Source: RKI


  • Strategic management of the expansion of AI research at the RKI
  • Developing, monitoring and strategically supporting new advances and their application in the field of public health research using the latest AI-based technologies
  • Steering and coordination of inter- and transdisciplinary research in the field of AI through development, acquisition and implementation of new research and development projects
  • Planning and further development of research cooperations within the RKI and with strategic partners in and outside Germany

The ZKI-PH is structured as follows:

Representation of the RKI in (inter)national panels

  • Working Group Health Care Research (Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfAM))

Projects and networks


The ZKI-PH is based in Wildau near Berlin. In 2021, the Centre for Future Technologies (ZFZ) was built here. The ZKI-PH is located on the third floor of this ultra-modern building complex.

Route to ZKI-PH

Job vacancies at the ZKH-PH

Vacancies at the ZKI-PH are published on the careers website of the RKI and on

Date: 04.04.2024


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