relAI welcomes new Fellows

We are delighted to welcome four exceptional fellows to relAI: Nassir Navab, Solveig Vieluf, Tobias Lasser and Jochen Kuhn.  

Each of them brings their own expertise and insights that will further enrich our research agenda, educational offers, and scientific community. They are dedicated to making significant contributions to the advancement of reliable AI, particularly in Medicine & Healthcare and AI in Education areas.  

Nassir Navab is a full professor and director of the Laboratories for Computer Aided Medical Procedures at TUM and adjunct professor at John Hopkins University. One focus of his research is AI assisted Surgery, where reliable methods are a key requirement for both clinicians and patients.  

Solveig Vieluf is a professor of AI-based telemonitoring in the field of cardiology at LMU. Previously, she has also worked on epilepsy and aging research. She uses methods from explainability to explore influence factors on model performance. 

The research of Tobias Lasser is focused on computational imaging and inverse problems in medicine and healthcare. In his work on clinical decision support using AI, he works on prioritization of critical cases for treatment.  

Jochen Kuhn works on the intersection of AI and education, in particular on the use of these future technologies to foster learning and teaching in STEM disciplines. He is a professor of Physics education at LMU. Reliability is important in his research, particularly the role of bias and inaccurate information from AI chatbots on learning and teaching.  

Join us in welcoming these four to the relAI community! 

The next Munich AI Lecture will take place on Tuesday, June 18th at 5 pm at Arcisstr. 21, Room 2750 (Karl Max von Bauernfeind auditorium) and via zoom.

This edition features Ludovic Righetti (New York University), who will talk about "Learning complex robotic behaviors with optimal control". Mark your calendars and join us there!

For more information on the Munich AI Lectures, co-organized by relAI, visit

We are proud to announce that the German Radiological Society (Deutsche Röntgengesellschaft) has awarded the Alfred Breit Prize 2024 to our relAI fellow Prof. Julia Schnabel. The prize honors outstanding work and developments in the field of radiological research that have significantly contributed to progress in cancer therapy.

Julia Schnabel is Professor for Computational Imaging and AI in Medicine at the Technical University of Munich TUM (Liesel Beckmann Distinguished Professorship), and Director at the Institute for Machine Learning in Biomedical Imaging at Helmholtz Munich (Helmholtz Distinguished Professorship). Since 2015, she has also been Professor of Computational Imaging at King's College London.

Prof. Schnabel works in the field of medical image processing and machine learning. Her research focuses on the areas of intelligent imaging up to clinical evaluation, including complex motion modeling, image reconstruction, quality assurance, segmentation, and classification applied to multimodal, quantitative, and dynamic imaging.


Save the date for the next Women in AI & Robotics community meetup co-organized by relAI!

On May 14th, our co-director Gitta Kutyniok will talk about “Reliable AI: From Mathematical Foundations to Neuromorphic Computing”.  The second presentation of the event will be held by Elke Wolf, Professor from Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences, on “Professor at a University of Applied Sciences – an attractive option for empowered women”.

See you there! Admission is free, but signing up required.

Are you interested in frontier AI systems, their astonishing capabilities and risks for humanity? Then join us for a thought-provoking deep dive and exclusive OpenAI Live Q&A on AI safety. 

  • Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2024 | 19:00 – 20:30 
  • Location: Room B006, Department of Mathematics (Theresienstr. 39) or online 
  • Language: English 


  • 19:00 – 19:05: Doors open 
  • 19:05 – 19:30: Introduction to AI Safety 
  • 19:30 – 20:15: Presentation & Live Q&A with OpenAI researcher Jan H. Kirchner, co-author of weak-to-strong generalization paper 
  • 20:15 – 20:30: Closing talk – What can we do? 
  • 20:30 – onward: Optional socializing and small group discussions with free drinks and snacks. 

Please register on the following webpage and prepare your questions! 

Last week, our relAI students presented their research to the relAI industry partners in a series of industry workshops. Four events took place, each centered around one of  the four relAI’s research areas: Mathematical & Algorithmic foundations, Algorithmic Decision-Making, Medicine & Healthcare and Robotics & Interacting Systems. 

We are thrilled that this event was so well received both by the students and the industry partners! Following short lightning talks, intriguing discussions around reliability of AI took place in smaller breakout groups.  

The industry workshops are part of relAI´s cross-sectional training and aim to facilitate the exchange of insights and expertise between academia and industry. The engagement from both our students and industry fellows emphasized the significance of bridging academic excellence with real-world applications, particularly when addressing the evolving challenges in AI reliability. 

We are excited to announce that our call for applications to the relAI MSc program is now open! 

The novel, innovative relAI MSc program is an addition to a regular MSc program at Technical University of Munich (TUM) or Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU), offering comprehensive cross-sectional training in reliable AI, including scientific knowledge, professional development courses, and industrial exposure. Funded applicants receive a scholarship of up to 934€ and additional support such as travel grants for home travel.   

relAI, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), is embedded in the unique transdisciplinary Munich AI ecosystem, combining the expertise of the two Universities of Excellence TUM and LMU of Munich.  

We highly encourage you to apply if you:   

  • hold an excellent Bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering, natural sciences or other data science/machine learning/AI related disciplines,  
  • are accepted to a MSc program in said disciplines at either TUM or LMU starting in spring or fall 2024, or have applied there (Acceptance necessary before joining relAI) 
  • have a genuine interest to study reliable AI covering aspects such as safety, security, privacy and responsibility in one relAI’s research areas Mathematical & Algorithmic foundations, Algorithmic Decision-Making, Medicine & Healthcare or Robotics & Interacting Systems, and
  • can certify proficiency in English on C1 or higher level.  

📆 Application Deadline: June 17th, 2024  

🔗 Apply now: 

We are thrilled to announce our new industry partnership with SAP!

The new collaboration will strengthen the school's expertise in Business AI, and will contribute to translate our AI research into the development of reliable AI systems. You can read below the views of SAP members on this exciting alliance between relAI and SAP.

We are thrilled to extend our collaborative efforts on research-driven product innovation with the Technical University of Munich and the Munich ecosystem through our new partnership with the Konrad-Zuse-School of Excellence in Reliable AI. This expansion not only consolidates our portfolio of AI-related applied research projects, but also fosters a more profound knowledge exchange and talent engagement on topics around the development of reliable AI systems and Business AI.

- Dr. Katharina Wollenberg and Dr. Rüdiger Eichin, Industry-University Collaboration, SAP

At SAP, we are committed to help our customers leverage AI to create tremendous business value. We specialize in Business AI: AI that is relevant since it’s embedded in enterprise business applications and processes from day one; that is reliable since we train, ground, and adapt AI on companies’ business data and context; and that is responsible by design, following SAP’s rigorous AI ethics, privacy, and security practices. We are delighted to join the Konrad Zuse School of Excellence in Reliable AI and look forward to collaborating with academica to drive the development and delivery of relevant, reliable, responsible Business AI.

- Dr. Johannes Hoffart, CTO AI, SAP

Related social media posts: X & LinkedIn

Image: SAP Labs Munich Campus at Campus Garching

We are thrilled to share the outcomes of our recent student-driven event organized by Maria Matveev and Julius Hege from the Chair of Mathematical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence (LMU): the first relAI Safety hackathon held last weekend! This dynamic gathering brought together a mix of students and professionals interested in the field of AI Safety. 

Over the course of two intense days, participants delved into practical projects aimed at addressing various aspects of AI safety. Their projects ranged from adversarial prompting on a binary question data set, measuring the robustness of the responses, to a website to compare your own emotional intelligence and bias to large language models such as Llama and ChatGPT. The latter project is publicly available, and you can try it out here:  

The atmosphere at the hackathon was inspiring, with enthusiastic participants exchanging ideas, insights and experiences on how to enhance the reliability and safety of AI. The event provided a great opportunity for attendees not to only work on innovative projects, but also to engage in thought-provoking discussions surrounding the ethical implications and potential risks associated with AI. Looking forward to more engaging events! 

Social media links of the event: X & LinkedIn