Focus on digitalisation

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Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Beck-Meuth, President of the TH Aschaffenburg

Prof. Dr. Klaus Zindler, Vice President of Research

Prof. Dr. Konrad Doll

Dr. Richard Dybowski, University of Cambridge

Dr. Christian Hellert, Continental Automotive GmbH

Artificial Intelligence competence centre established at the TH Aschaffenburg

Methods of Artificial Intelligence are currently experiencing rapid development and finding increased integration in innovative products. The TH Aschaffenburg founded the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Competence Centre with the dual aim of preparing students in this field for the future as well as focusing and expanding their knowledge and expertise in the area of applied research and development.
“The aim is to sharpen our profile as a technical university,” explains Professor Eva-Maria Beck-Meuth, President of the TH AB, at the kick-off event held on Tuesday, 22 October, which was attended by many invited guest from industry and science. 
In addition, the new competence centre is intended to stimulate intellectual exchanges in the field of AI and to develop a method platform, as explained by Professor Klaus Zindler, Vice President of Research, and Professor Konrad Doll, ZD.B Research Professorship for Cooperative Automated Transport Systems, in their presentations.

Graduate Centre for the promotion of young scientists
A graduate centre is to be set up within the newly established AI competence centre to focus on the field of AI. Its aim is to support young scientists by offering a range of specialised lectures oriented towards the general field of AI on Bachelor’s and Master’s level, examples being ‘Machine learning with signal processing applications’ and ‘Deep learning’. Also planned are seminars and lectures in academic exchanges between members of the university and businesses, as well as lecture series with external, invited lecturers from industrial organisations or other universities. There will also be seminars based on the ongoing rapid developments in research, which will look into and discuss a range of current themes.  
Students writing a Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral thesis who have questions on matters concerning AI are can benefit from methodical support relating to big data and its analysis.
In addition to Dr. Klaus Zindler and Dr. Konrad Doll, the competence centre enjoys the support of the professors Dr. Christiane Thielemann, Dr. Boris Bauke, Dr. Mohammed Krini, Dr. Michael Möckel, Dr. Holger von Jouanne-Diedrich and Dr. Hans-Georg Stark. 

A contribution to competitiveness in the Bavarian Lower Main region
In addition to the Graduate Centre, the plan is also to establish knowledge and technology transfer (in cooperation with the ZeWiS – Centre for Scientific Services and Transfer) in the field of AI, for research and development contracts and joint funding projects, aimed at regional and national companies. The competence centre is intended to smooth the path for newly appointed professors wishing to make a start in research, among other things by enabling experience exchanges and joint applications made with colleagues for funding projects. 

The competence centre supports the introduction of the study programmes Medical Engineering and Data Science and Software Design. The aim is for these programmes to include an AI major that reflects the demands of corporate representatives of the Initiative for Informatics.

Presentations from Research and Industry
Dr. Richard Dybowski, research group leader in the field of AI at the University of Cambridge, gave a presentation on the current state of AI and its future orientation.
Dr. Christian Hellert of Continental Automotive GmbH also presented a talk in which he gave an overview of the possible applications of ‘empathetic artificial intelligence’ in the automobile industry.