The German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) was founded in 1988 as a non-profit public-private partnership.

It has research facilities in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Bremen, a project office in Berlin, and branch offices in Osnabrück and St. Wendel. In the field of innovative commercial software technology using Artificial Intelligence, DFKI is the leading research center in Germany. Prof. Dr. Volker Markl is leading the newly founded research group "Intelligent Analytics for Massive Data" at DFKI, which researches and develops scalable data management solutions, data analytics algorithms, and conducts big data technology transfer to enterprises.

DFKI is a member of the "Berlin Big Data Centre" founded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

DFKI has also helped to develop the next-generation big data analytics platform Stratosphere, which is now an Apache Incubator project called Apache Flink.

DFKI is responsible for the adaptation of the data analytics framework "Apache Flink" to the SAGE platform that is going to be developed by the project partners.