relAI Grand Opening

The Grand Opening of our Konrad Zuse School in Reliable AI was a great success. Welcome addresses by TUM Senior Vice President Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kramer, LMU Vice President Prof. Dr. Francesca Biagini and DAAD Secretary General Dr. Kai Sicks inaugurated the event. Afterward, State Minister Markus Blume honored us with the keynote address. Our directors Prof. Dr. Stephan Günnemann and Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok introduced relAI to our guests from politics, science, and industry. The representatives of relAI academic, industry partners, and fellows Prof. Dr. Phillip Grohs (University of Vienna), Prof. Dr. Fabian Theis (TUM), Dr. Peter Lehnert (BMW), and Prof. Dr. Frauke Kreuter (LMU) presented our four research Focus Areas "Mathematical and Algorithmic Foundations", "Medicine and Healthcare", "Robotics and Interacting Systems", and "Algorithmic Decision Making". 

The celebration concluded with a reception combined with a poster session, where our students showed their research projects. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to presenting relAI and to everyone who joined us to celebrate the first successful steps of our school.

 

We are proud that our network is constantly growing and welcome the industry partners Infineon and Volkswagen into the relAI family!

One of relAI’s main objectives is to transfer the research results in reliable AI technology to industry. The partnership of relAI with industry not only ensures this transferability, but also contributes to the education of future experts in reliable AI, dedicated to guaranteeing the safety, security, and privacy-preservation in AI-based applications in domains such as autonomous driving (Volkswagen) and AI-based semiconductor solutions (Infineon).

This partnership  is mutually beneficial to both, our students and our industry partners: The students have the opportunity to work with renowned companies to gain practical knowledge during projects, workshops and internships.Our partners get to work with talented young scientists from all over the world, with cutting-edge expertise in reliability. 

 

relAI is happy to welcome five new relAI fellows from TUM, LMU and the research center Helmholtz AI.

The expertise of the new fellows on reliability AI  will strengthen the relAI research and education, particularly on the Mathematical and Algorithmic Foundations relAI Focus area. New fellow Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers (TUM) is specialised in computer vision and has worked in the AI field for many years, covering aspects of reliable AI. Prof. Dr. Reinhard Heckel (TUM) is interested in developing methods that are robust to worst case perturbation and most importantly to distribution shifts, an integral aspect of reliable AI. Prof. Dr. Johannes Maly (LMU) ´s research is naturally aligned with the goals of relAI. It focuses on understanding how to leverage intrinsic model or data structure and how the loss of information caused by digital processing (quantization) affects theoretical results. LMU fellow Prof. Christoph Kern works at the intersection of statistics, (computational) social science, and data science. His research goals overlap considerably with the research areas and themes of relAI. The research of Dr. Vincent Fortuin (Helmholtz AI) on uncertainty quantification with Bayesian methods also fits perfectly within relAI, especially with the central theme of safety. The contribution of the new relAI fellows to research support, seminars, and lectures will enrich the relAI curriculum and advance the theoretical research of the relAI field.

 

We are proud to report that our relAI fellow Prof. Pramod Bhatotia has received the EuroSys 2023 Jochen Liedtke Young Researcher for his work on systems research.

The EuroSys Jochen Liedtke Young Researcher Award rewards junior European researchers who have demonstrated exceptional creativity and innovation in systems research, broadly construed. The selection committee chooses the recipient based on demonstrated contributions that have had impact and are creative and innovative, along with demonstrated promise for making lasting and fundamental contributions to the field. 

The award is named in honor of Jochen Liedtke, one of the most prominent researchers on microkernel architecture. His work culminated with the L4 microkernel design, which rethought inter-process communication from the ground up. The award is given annually at the EuroSys conference, in memory of Jochen and his fundamental contributions to the systems community.

Find more information here.

For the 6th time already, LMU is organizing the DataFest Germany this year. From April 14th – 16th, teams of students will have the opportunity to work with a large set of real life data and analyze it to discover insights. At the same time, they will have the chance to meet with leaders and companies in the field of statistics. The best teams will be awarded prizes for best insight, best visualization and best use of outside data.

RelAI is proud to be supporting the organization of the event this year and will also be sending a team of students there to join this exciting competition and networking event.

We are pleased to announce the participation of our relAI fellows Prof. Sami Haddadin, Prof. Fabian Theis and Prof. Julia  Schnabel in the AI.BAY 2023 - Bavarian International Conference on AI.

At AI.BAY 2023, the Bavarian State Minister of Science, Markus Blume, the Minister for Digital Affairs, Judith Gerlach, and the Minister of Economic Affairs, Hubert Aiwanger invite participants to experience  the latest trends and the outstanding potential of AI at first hand. Together with leading representatives of the Bavarian AI Network and prestigious guests from abroad, the future of AI will be put into perspective and international developments will be presented. 

The conference will take place on February 23 and 24th, 2023, at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. Registration for online participation is still open!.  

Just in time for privacy day, the Transatlantic Privacy Perceptions Panel (TAPP), BERD@NFDI and relAI invite you to join the online discussion on perceptions, practices, and policies of digital privacy:

Quo Vadis, Digital Privacy? Perceptions, Practices, and Policies

Save the date: January 26, 2023, 5.00 pm - 6.45 pm CET !

Registration is free: link

We are excited to announce that applications for the relAI PhD program are now open. Interested candidates can apply through our website. Deadline for applications is January 9th, 2023.

The novel, innovative PhD relAI program offers a cross-sectional training for successful education in AI including scientific knowledge, professional development courses and industrial exposure, providing a coherent, yet flexible and personalised training.

Funded applicants will be hired for three years, including social benefits (TV-L E13 of the German public sector). They are further supported by travel grants, e.g. for conference attendance or research stays. Doctoral students enrol at TUM or LMU depending on the hosting relAI fellow.

We encourage candidates with an excellent master’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science, mathematics, engineering, natural sciences or other data science/machine learning/AI related disciplines and a genuine interest to work on a topic of reliable AI to apply.