Artificial intelligence AI

Once fiction, now reality

Artificial intelligence at ZEISS

Invisible, yet omnipresent: algorithms determine our lives. And often without us noticing, for example, with voice control, facial recognition or online shopping. Fed and trained with data, they help make life easier. Not only in everyday life, but also in industry. ZEISS utilizes artificial intelligence, a major achievement of digitalization and key technology, in numerous fields. It helps evaluate extremely large data sets – from analysis in microscopy to quality assurance in additive manufacturing.

Artificial intelligence in action

Where we encounter technology in everyday life

  • AI in smartphones

    AI in smartphones: Helper in your pocket

    We use it every day: the smartphone. The little helper in your pocket is packed with artificial intelligence. The keyboard recognizes typing behavior, the phone book recognizes the most important contacts, and the voice recognition recognizes our voice. This requires computing power. ZEISS enables the semiconductor industry to produce ever smaller, more powerful and energy-efficient microchips – and thus ensures that smartphones, including AI, become ever more intelligent.

  • AI in smart homes

    AI in smart homes: Intelligent home

    Smart housemates have moved into modern households. This does not have to be the thoroughly digitalized smart home. Artificial intelligence is already programmed into smart TVs, for example in the applications of streaming services. Anyone who has a voice bot at home is conversing with artificial intelligence on a daily basis. And most recently, ZEISS technology is also built into the Multifunctional Smart Glass.

  • AI in smart factories

    AI in smart factories: The 4th Industrial Revolution

    Modern factories rely on automation and artificial intelligence. Machines are no longer operated by humans alone. Automation is the keyword: ZEISS develops innovative solutions for quality assurance with which measurement data can be automatically recorded, evaluated and forwarded in real time. With the help of algorithms, the data is analyzed to distinguish between good and bad parts, for example. Welcome to the new industrial age.

  • AI in voice recognition

    AI in voice recognition: No sooner said than done

    Man and machine not only act in unison, they also speak the same language. Thus, algorithms trained on speech can recognize it – and derive actions. A voice bot responds to specific commands. A text tool transcribes spoken words. A voice control executes issued commands. This is how speech recognition is changing the relationship between humans and machines. This is an advantage that ZEISS is already taking advantage of in the user experience of microscopes or in customer service.

  • AI in autonomous cars

    AI in autonomous cars: Driving without a driver

    When it comes to autonomous driving, people believe the car actually drives itself. In reality, an artificial intelligence controls the vehicle. Among other things, ZEISS sensors measure the distance to the vehicle in front. This generates a large amount of data that needs to be analyzed in real time. Finally, the vehicle must react when the car in front of it brakes hard. Algorithms scan this data to identify which driving behavior is appropriate.

Dr. Tanja Teuber Head of Algorithms Corporate Research and Technology

Many people associate ZEISS with optics and photonics. What many people are unaware of is how much we have invested over the last few years in building software and AI expertise across the organization.

Dr. Tanja Teuber

Head of Algorithms Corporate Research and Technology

From fiction to reality

Why artificial intelligence is important at ZEISS

Artificial intelligence has the potential to change the world. ZEISS makes targeted use of this potential. However, this is more than just a buzzword, more than just a trend. In fact, it is more than just machine learning or algorithms. ZEISS delves deep into innovation. How it helps people gain insights, decode life, make the impossible possible – and the world a better place. What used to be fiction is now becoming reality thanks to artificial intelligence. And ZEISS makes it possible to shape this reality.

Precision and products

How ZEISS uses artificial intelligence

From microchips to eyeglass lenses, from the smallest sensor to lenses: solutions from ZEISS are designed for precision. And they provide high-quality data for customers. Artificial intelligence is a key technology in capitalizing on and learning from this data. In this way, algorithms help to provide advanced insights. Insights that can inform new development. This is how ZEISS transforms precision into digital solutions with the help of artificial intelligence. As part of its DNA, ZEISS continues to drive technology-based change.

Algorithms in use

Where AI is applied at ZEISS

What once started small now extends through numerous business areas: countless ZEISS employees conduct research every day on the topics of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Of course, research alone is not enough: the developments from the various business units have so far been used in various prototypes, use cases and many internal applications.

AI in smart factories

AI in smart factories

Quality control 4.0

Machine-based models support fault diagnosis in manufacturing. ZEISS Automated Defect Detection detects defects in high-tech parts reliably, quickly and automatically.


AI to choose new eye glass frames

Futuristic lens consultation

The ZEISS VISUFIT 1000 Platform makes it possible to try on various virtual frames and artificial intelligence is used to find the most suitable pair.

AI in image analysis

AI in image analysis

More time for research

ZEISS arivis Cloud, the new generation of ZEISS image analysis, makes it possible to easily and quickly train and reproduce AI-based image segmentation models and obtain results.

Man in laboratory
New ways of microscopy

AI in Microscopy

Realize the New Possible. With Artificial Intelligence.

At ZEISS, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible and we are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting new field of AI-powered imaging.

Learn more: AI in Microscopy

AI-supported solutions that simplify microscopy – and take it into the future:

AI Focused on the future

Artificial intelligence

The future firmly in sight

AI has come to fruition. ZEISS is taking advantage of this and driving the technology forward. The healthcare sector will be automated, cars will only drive autonomously, science will advance at a more breathtaking pace and industry will be revolutionized. We are in the midst of a transformation.

ZEISS Beyond Talk

When fiction becomes fact

  • Lila Tretikov on artificial intelligence

    CTO at Microsoft