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Corporate Technology

For nearly 170 years, pioneering technologies and the business models developed from them have been the foundation of Siemens‘ success. Our central research and development unit – Corporate Technology (CT) – plays an important role in this.

Shaping the Future

Passion for research, technology and innovation

Together with its global network of experts, CT is a strategic partner to Siemens’ operative units. It provides important services along the entire value chain – from research and development to production and quality assurance, as well as optimized business processes. The support provided to the businesses in their research and development activities is ideally balanced with CT’s own future-oriented research.

Pioneer in Research and Development

Our areas of activity

Under the leadership of the Chief Technology Officer and in partnership with the operating units, CT develops Siemens’ technology and innovation strategy, creates and industrializes basic technologies, promotes business excellence through consulting and engineering services, and protects the company’s intellectual property.

Corporate Technology contributes to the company's success in many functions, including its technology and innovation strategy, research and development in the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization, cooperation with universities, patents and business excellence.

Siemens’ central research and development arm sees itself as a strategic partner to the company’s businesses. It plays a key role in achieving and maintaining leading competitive positions in the fields of electrification and automation while at the same time helping Siemens fully tap into the growth field of digitalization.

To ensure the success of these efforts, numerous experts around the world make their outstanding knowledge available to the company:

  • Some 1,600 researchers based in North America, Europe, and Asia are hard at work on technologies that will have a broad impact on Siemens businesses, helping them successfully establish their innovations on the market.
  • Some 4,800 software engineers spread across Asia, Europe, and the United States help the business units combine the real and virtual worlds with innovative software products and solutions.

University Relations

University Collaboration – Our knowledge edge

Access to global innovation networks is for Siemens a means of sustaining the advance of technology and safeguarding future business success by developing a broad and innovative high-tech portfolio. Today, innovation emerges increasingly through joint activities with partners in academia. By linking the industrial and academic worlds, Siemens promotes intensive research and recruiting activities. Collaborating with leading universities and research institutes ensures participating in much of the most exciting basic and applied research being conducted around the world. Therefore, Siemens has established a global network of academic partners since many years.

''Center of Knowledge Interchange'' (CKI) Program

Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Technical University of Munich, Germany

Technical University of Berlin, Germany

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Technical University of Graz, Austria

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

University of California, Berkeley, USA

Georgia Institute of Technology, (GeorgiaTech), USA

Principal Partner Universities

Collaboration Formats


Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

FAU and Siemens are united by a deep network of experts, driven by over 70 years of trusting cooperation.

Technical University of Munich, Germany

TU Munich is Siemens’ most longstanding CKI partner university, collaborating in innovating industry and society for almost 150 years.

Technical University of Berlin, Germany

TU Berlin is Siemens´ academic partner into Berlin´s digitalization ecosystem.

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

With RWTHs open campus environment, Siemens works on solving the big industry challenges that lie ahead.

Technical University of Graz, Austria

TU Graz is Siemens’ trusted university partner with passion from rails to the digital age, from smart factory to entrepreneurship, from science to application.

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Tsinghua University is Siemens´ strong academic partner in Asia.

University of California, Berkeley, USA

UC Berkeley is Siemens' window into Bay Area innovation and a hub for global CKI collaboration.

Georgia Institute of Technology, (GeorgiaTech), USA

With Siemens' locations near and on campus, Georgia Tech graduates one of the largest diverse future workforces trained and ready to tackle the challenges and needs of industry.


''Center of Knowledge Interchange'' (CKI) Program

The CKI (Center of Knowledge Interchange) program is the flagship program of Siemens in university collaboration. It is unique among companies collaborating with academia. Siemens gains access to cutting-edge research and highly qualified young talents, the universities run research projects close to industry’s real needs and open up valuable career opportunities for their graduates.

The CKI program ensures a very close relationship, linking complex organizations on both the industrial and academic side. The exchange works through several pillars: A Siemens-financed expert on the university campus (CKI Manager) coordinates the collaboration activities in continuous exchange with a dedicated team of Siemens experts for both research and talent acquisition. On a senior level, an executive sponsor from Siemens’ Top Management maintains the personal dialogue with the university board via the CKI Director (usually a Department Head, Vice Rector or Dean of a university). Due to existing Master Research Agreements with all CKI universities, new research projects can be started easily and quickly.

In the CKI program, Siemens partners with currently eight universities worldwide whose research portfolios meet the company's innovation needs in various fields of research.

Principal Partner Universities

The CKI program is complemented by a second partnership model with 17 other universities: the Principal Partner Universities. The joint activities are facilitated by Master Research Agreements and dedicated contact persons at Siemens. The Principal Partner Universities are located in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the UK, the USA and China.

Collaboration Formats

Proven formats of bilateral collaboration allow a maximum of knowledge transfer. Besides classical contract research, Siemens is intensely working with academia in publicly funded projects. Strategic large-scale projects like the Campus Automation & Digitalization in Munich ( or the Campus FES in the Nuremberg-Erlangen region (, as well as new and innovative collaboration formats like cross-CKI idea contests and student hackathons are becoming increasingly important. The exchange with university students is enabled by PhD theses or lecturing assignments from Siemens employees at universities. Additionally, Siemens is member in various academic gremia in order to better link industry´s and academia´s needs.

Experience Corporate Technology

Examples from our day-to-day work

With our innovations and technologies, we set standards for existing and future markets – ensuring that Siemens remains successful in the long term. Concrete examples illustrate just how Corporate Technology contributes to this.

Work at Corporate Technology

Shaping the future

The people who work at Corporate Technology are more than employees. They are actively helping to make people’s lives a little better every day. Would you like to be a part of that? Then join us. We can offer you a high level of practical relevance as well as an opportunity to individually contribute your knowledge and your visions – around the world. Whether you’re helping to develop products for the operating units or working in interdisciplinary projects for the business areas: At Corporate Technology you’ll be working in the heart of Siemens’ technological research.

Arquimedes Canedo

Arquimedes Canedo, Princeton

“My job is to pursue high-risk, high-reward research ideas that can help Siemens secure its technological base in the domain of Automation and Control."

Shikha Pillai

Shikha Pillai, Bangalore

“Whether CT scanner or train, virtually every product contains software. My team and I are helping ensure that our products are the best. That motivates us anew every day.”

Torsten Lahr

Torsten Lahr, Nuremberg

“Together with my team, I am working on innovative software solutions in digitalization with a view to making our customers’ engineering processes more efficient and more flexible.”

 Ilaria Carrara Cagni

Ilaria Carrara Cagni, Munich

“Siemens collaborates with top universities worldwide. Both sides benefit from these partnerships. My job is to maintain and continue expanding this valuable network.”

 Alexander Tremel

Alexander Tremel, Erlangen

“I am researching the topics of tomorrow, such as how we can build more flexible power plants that are ready for the transition to renewable energy. I like it when my ideas become reality.”

 Prof. Monika Sturm

Prof. Monika Sturm, Vienna

“Ready for the digitalization of the physical world – my team and I are working to enable interaction between diverse systems and to find smart solutions.”

 Claudia­-Camilla Malcher

Claudia­-Camilla Malcher, Munich

“Having ideas that can revolutionize existing markets. Generating business that could be relevant for Siemens in the future, particularly with the help of start-ups. That’s my job.”

 Xiao Yang Qu

Xiao Yang Qu, Beijing

“Inventions are what drives innovation at Siemens. My team helps protect our patent portfolio and thus safeguard our company’s future technology.”