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.

 

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.

 

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 delighted to announce that one of our relAI PhD students, Sarah Ball, has won the 2022 OII MSc Thesis Prize. The prize is one of the three awarded by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) for the best thesis from the MSc in Social Science of the internet and the MSc in Social Data Science. Her thesis title is: Triple standard in venture financing? The impact of an entrepreneur’s gender on investment decisions in equity crowdfunding. For more details, please follow the link below. 

Find more information here.

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

For those interested in getting to know more about our initiatives and goals, the DAAD interview with our director Prof. Günnemann will be a helpful read. You will learn about how relAI was shaped and conceived. The interview emphasizes how relAI, as one of the three Zuse Schools in Germany, is helping to ensure that Germany based research and development in artificial intelligence (AI) becomes a globally recognized hallmark of quality.

Find more information on the interview here.

On November 18-20, relAI held its first retreat in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The retreat opened with a warm welcome of the relAI directors Prof. Dr. Stephan Günnemann and Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok to the first cohort of relAI PhD and master’s students. It was followed by scientific sessions with keynote presentations by the relAI fellows Prof. Dr. Frauke Kreuter (LMU), Prof. Dr. Pramod Bhatotia (TUM), Prof. Dr. Georg Kaissis (TUM), Prof. Dr. Eyke Hüllermeier (LMU) and  Prof. Dr. Michael Ingrisch (LMU) about their research activities across the four relAI focus areas, as well as research talks by the relAI PhD and master’s students. As a part of team building activities, the participants had the chance to discover the beautiful surrounding area of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

This week we welcomed our first MSc & PhD student cohort of our Konrad Zuse School of Excellence in Reliable AI. We spent the 2. day at Allianz Arena with our MSc & PhD students, introducing the program, discussing research, and getting to know each other during a tour of the stadium.