Welcome to the AI Monday chapter in NRW – powered by KI.NRW & AICommunityOWL

With AI Monday, KI.NRW and AICommunityOWL aim to network AI enthusiasts in NRW and beyond to discuss the present and future of artificial intelligence and its impact on business and society. After the successful presence kick-off in June, “AI Monday NRW” will again take place as a networking event on September 19, 2022, this time at Centrum Industrial IT (CIIT) in Lemgo. The think tank invites AI enthusiasts and curious people from business, research and society to East Westphalia-Lippe (OWL) – to exchange know-how on the topic of AI and the circular economy.


AI Monday NRW on 19.09.2022: AI and Circular Economy

The event offers you the opportunity to gain insights into how AI can support processes in the circular economy and to talk to experts about the opportunities and challenges.

The event will start at 17:00 with a keynote from Phoenix Contact on the use of AI for more sustainability. Afterwards, four use cases on AI in the circular economy will be presented – starting with AI Monday initiator Taival, followed by CUNA Products GmbH from Dortmund, which will present an AI-based recycling loop for ecological returnable cups.

After the lecture part, there will be the opportunity for networking and direct exchange with the speakers and of course all other participants in the context of a mini AI fair with about 20 mostly local AI companies and projects, starting at about 6:30 pm.

The event is supported by Phoenix Contact

We’ll be happy to welcome you to the next edition of the AI Monday NRW chapter!



Four crisp presentations incl. Q&A. Some speaker also demo their AI solutions. Followed by networking.


AI curious people, change leaders, businesses with passion for data and disruption.


Share AI-knowledge, exchange and encourage each other on our change journeys.


Centrum Industrial IT (CIIT)
in Lemgo
Campusallee 6
32657 Lemgo



September 19, 2022
Doors open at 16:00
Start at 17:00 CEST

What Not!

No Sales Pitches. No Math lectures or deep tech dives. No shallow consulting or marketing talks.



Executive Management & Technology Management, CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT e.V.

Dr. Christian Temath

Managing Director, KI.NRW


AI and microservice architecture: transparency in structures and processes for more sustainability

How can decentralized solutions be integrated into a standardized infrastructure? In his presentation, Dr Till Potente, Vice President Operations and Sustainability, will provide insights into how Phoenix Contact uses a microservice architecture to create the conditions and framework for this and pave the way for using AI as an enabler for sustainability.

Dr. Till Potente

Vice President Operations and Sustainability, PHOENIX CONTACT Electronics GmbH

Circular value chains powered by AI

In circular economy projects, Taival employees very often hear how difficult it is for companies in both the B2B and B2C space to steer and optimize material flows along the end-to-end value chain. An end-to-end perspective is required to enable circular material flows and to minimize waste. In the presentation, Michael will explore the problem in more detail and highlight available solutions and opportunities utilizing AI.

Michael Hanf

Managing Director, Taival Deutschland GmbH

How AI fosters sustainability for a startup

A sustainable startup producing bio based coffee cups and bowls is not exactly the first thing you’d think of when discussing AI. However, CUNA founder Rafael quickly realized the limitations of his startup’s fantasy: Solving the world’s environmental problems comes at a cost. With increasing prices for running a production, how exactly do you minimize energy costs or material waste? Daniel from SmartFactory OWL will present how they support CUNA with smart AI solutions e.g. an automatic reconfiguration of the Cuna production to decrease material waste, faulty cups and time needed for production in general.

Daniel Peters

Research Associate, Fraunhofer IOSB-INA

Rafael Dyll

Founder & Managing Director, CUNA Products GmbH

EcoTwin – The dual transformation using the example of the Digital Green Twin

Digitization and sustainability are central fields of action that are of crucial importance for the future of our economy. For long-term business success, the two transformation processes must be viewed integratively in the sense of a dual transformation. In this presentation, the integrative view of digitization and sustainability will be presented on the basis of the green digital twin (EcoTwin project), which offers numerous sustainability potentials along the entire product life cycle.

Malte Trienens & Christian Kürpick

Research Associates, Fraunhofer IEM



The Organizers

Ulrike Daniels

Ulrike Daniels

AI Manager – KI.NRW

Ulrike Daniels works as AI Manager for the competence platform KI.NRW, the central point of contact for artificial intelligence in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Thomas Bischoff

Thomas Bischoff

Co-Founder AICommunityOWL

Thomas Bischoff works in the field of Digital Processes and Solutions at Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co.KG and has initiated the AICommunityOWL to connect AI enthusiasts in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region.