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White Paper: Große Sprachmodelle – Grundlagen, Potenziale und Herausforderungen für die Forschung
Check out the new White Paper of Platform Lernende Systeme on which our PI Volker Tresp was one of the authors

He states: ‘If we want to use language models for applications in and from Europe, we need European language models that master the local languages, take into account the needs of our companies and the ethical requirements of our society’.

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Use of AI: placebo effect increases risk-taking
Technologies that improve human capabilities change risk behaviour, shows a new study led by our PI Albrecht Schmidt

Human augmentation technologies refer to technological aids that enhance human abilities. They include things like exoskeletons, but also augmented reality headsets. A study at the Chair of Human-Centered Ubiquitous Media at LMU has now shown that users have high expectations of the effects of these technologies.

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The Munich Center for Machine Learning has a new Director
We are happy to announce that Prof. Dr. Daniel Rückert became the fourth director of the MCML last week

Daniel Rückert is Alexander von Humboldt Professor for AI in Medicine and Healthcare at the Technical University of Munich. He is also a Professor at Imperial College London. His field of research is the area of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and their application to medicine and healthcare.

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The MCML is one of the main sponsors of this year’s HHAI 2023 conference
The second International Conference on Hybrid Human-Artificial Intelligence

HHAI aims for AI systems that assist humans and vice versa, emphasizing the need for adaptive, collaborative, responsible, interactive and human-centered intelligent systems that leverage human strengths and compensate for human weaknesses, while taking into account social, ethical and legal considerations. This field of study is driven by current developments in AI, but also requires fundamentally new approaches and solutions.

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MCML junior member Dominik Bär is ‘AI-Newcomer 2023’
Awarded by Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. and Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung at this year's KI-Camp

He explains: ‘My research leverages methods from AI and machine learning to study social issues. Here, we use large-scale data from social media, for example, to detect conspiracy theorist, study the spread of misinformation, or analyze the impact of social media on elections.’ Congrats from the MCML!

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Girls’ Day 2023 was a success!
The MCML had the pleasure to work with young talents on this year's Girls' Day at LMU München

  • Milena Wünsch thought the girls how to use statistics and data sets to predict the survivability of passengers on the Titanic. At the end, the girls were able to input their own data to see if they would have survived or not.
  • Nina Rodriguez taught how to program a chatbot. The girls learned basic prompts and how to teach a ChatBot to ask questions. They were able to customize the software and make their own versions of the Bot.
  • Azade Farshad and Anna Reithmeir taught the basics of image generation. They explained how neural networks function and gave the girls an introductory look into how deeplearning works.
  • The day finished with Olga Kononykhina giving some insight into the various career options and types of work that can be done with a Data Science or AI degree.

  • It was great to meet the next generation of smart and enthusiastic young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the field of ML. It's important to encourage and support talents from a young age to pursue their interests in these fields, and to break down any existing barriers!

    Thank you to our partner Women in AI & Robotics who has the same vision as we have!

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    27.04.2023: Welcoming young IT-talents at this year’s Girls’ Day
    A day at the university with female researchers from MCML

    The MCML partnered up with Women in AI & Robotics to invite young and motivated talents to this year’s Girls’ Day at LMU. On April 27th, 2023, 12 preselected female talents will have the opportunity to dive into the fascinating world of artificial intelligence for a day. The talents will get an insight into the work of female scientists at the Munich Center for Machine Learning, learn how AI algorithms work and how they are used in various application areas such as speech recognition, image recognition, and autonomous driving. The MCML is excited to welcome the new female generation in AI!

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    Episode 99: Man and Machine - the German Ethics Council on the challenges posed by AI
    News from the Digital World by MCML PI Frauke Kreuter and Christof Horn

    Technological developments constantly present us as a society with new kinds of questions - and they are faster than social discourse or legal regulation. AI technologies such as ChatGPT demonstrate this very clearly, so much so that there have even been calls for an ‘AI moratorium’: Press the pause button once, so that humanity can be clear about where it wants to head with AI. As an independent body, the German Ethics Council is supposed to reflect on such ‘big’ social issues and bring them into the democratic processes. Our studio guest Prof. Judith Simon is one of 26 members and tells us how the Ethics Council sees the relationship between humans and machines. She holds the professorship on ethics in information technology at the University of Hamburg and works at the interface of IT, philosophy, sociology and psychology.

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    14–16.04.23: DataFest Germany 2023 at LMU
    The Event is bringing together young data enthusiasts

    This weekend marks the annual Data Fest in Munich, promising to be an exciting event for data enthusiasts. The DataFest Germany is a 48-hour competition where teams of Bachelor and Master students from different disciplines come together to analyze a large and complex data set provided by an organization or company. At the end, students are only allowed to present a few slides to convince the panel of expert judges that they have developed the best data-based insight or visualization. The MCML is looking forward to seeing you there!

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    MCML at the Bavarian International Conference on AI
    Bringing together experts from all over the world at AI.Bay 2023

    The MCML took part at AI.Bay 2023, the Bavarian International Conference on AI, bringing together experts from all over the world to exchange knowledge and ideas on the latest developments in AI. The two directors of the MCML, Prof. Dr. Thomas Seid and Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers, along with other MCML Principle Investigators delivered exciting and interesting talks throughout the conference.

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    9–10.03.2023: German Data Science Days 2023
    MCML participated with a talk and a session on AI in university education

    The German Data Science Days bring together data scientists from various fields creating a forum for users and experts aiming to identify and discuss new methods, explore new fields of application, and enhance the professional image of data scientists. The MCML participated with a talk from our Director Bernd Bischl and a great session including our PI Fabian Theis on Data Science, ML and AI in university education.

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    Episode 97: You, the others and a theme - how the metaverse can become a liveable place
    News from the Digital World by MCML PI Frauke Kreuter and Christof Horn

    Why do we actually spend so much time on the Internet - but without actually experiencing things that remain unforgettable? The click-baiting and dopamine industry has optimized itself into yawning boredom and only needs us to click. Mio Loclair wants to change that. As an Artist by Nature, he’s done a lot of research into the interactions of humans and digitization and found: It can be done much better! (Podcast in German)

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    LMU News: Two LMU research projects awarded ERC grants
    MCML PI Alex Fraser received a Proof of Concept (PoC) Grant for his project 'Data4ML'

    State-of-the-art machine translation is trained on large parallel corpora, texts and their translations. But such corpora are not available for less-resourced languages. MCML PI Alexander Fraser now wants to provide a system for the rapid and inexpensive creation of new parallel corpora as part of the new proof-of-concept grant ‘Data4ML’ at LMU’s Center for Information and Language Processing. The key innovation of the prototype will be that it can be used by the less-resourced language community themselves.

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    Interview with AI will have a positive impact on the Job Market
    Our PI Albrecht Schmidt talked with about ChatGPT

    ChatGPT has been causing a stir for weeks. The AI model can write texts, answer questions and program - but still has some pitfalls. Albrecht Schmidt, a professor of computer science at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, is researching how computers and humans will work together in the future. In an interview with, he explains why he thinks ChatGPT is underestimated in Germany and why he sees parallels with the emergence of the Internet.

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    Episode 96: Andreas Loos from and what ChatGPT has to do with good journalism
    News from the Digital World by MCML PI Frauke Kreuter and Christof Horn

    In the studio is science journalist Andreas Loos from Zeit Online. He has won many awards for his research and articles on data and digitization, including the Grimme Online Award. The initiative ‘Die 49’, in which 49 people from Germany were brought into exchange on current topics, received particularly much attention. But is his work and expertise still needed at all, now that AI-based text generators and chatbots have taken over the opinion supremacy (see, for example, #digdeep episode 95)?

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    Article in Süddeutsche Zeitung about Research Breakthroughs 2022 in Munich
    What groundbreaking research scientists at LMU and TU have achieved in the past year

    Read how our PI Stefan Feuerriegel uses AI to better evaluate global development aid projects.

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    Call for Data Science For Social Good Fellowship is open
    Application Deadline: February 15th, 2023

    Data Science for Social Good (DSSG), is an initiative founded at the University of Chicago in 2013. Its mission is to create and sustain programs, solutions and communities that enhance the use of data science and AI for social good. From the very beginning, the flagship project of DSSG has been its annual fellowship program, where aspiring data scientists can sharpen their skills in ML and Data Science while working on real problems for the social good. Through the collaboration of the department of statistics at LMU Munich and the Munich Center for Machine Learning we are now able to launch our own version of the DSSG fellowship program, here in Munich.

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    Article in BR24 Netzwelt
    2022: Das Jahr, in dem die KI-Revolution ihren Anfang nahm

    BR24 quotes, among others, our MCML PI Björn Ommer, who heads the ‘Computer Vision & Learning Group’ at LMU. This is where ‘Stable Diffusion’ was developed, one of the most exciting AI applications in 2022, which transforms texts into images.

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    27–28.01.2023: AI meets Entrepreneurs
    Impact Bootcamp towards Start-Ups that unfold Potential of Sustainability @LMU Munich

    The Munich Center for Machine Learning is organizing together with impACTup! and ZD.B / LMU Media Informatics Group this two-part event, where we aim to shift researchers and students in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence into an Entrepreneurial Mindset. With input from experts and hands-on experience, we want to highlight the chances and risks that a career as a founder and entrepreneur can hold in contrast to research.

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    Calls for Junior Research Groups at the Munich Center for Machine Learning are out
    Application Deadline: February 28th, 2023

    Join one of the top AI research centers in Germany and in Europe with access to an excellent network of scholars and scientists and lead a research group for which you are expected to hire two PhD students, who will be funded by MCML.

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    Episode 95: ChatGPT is our studio guest - Pandora’s box is open
    News from the Digital World by MCML PI Frauke Kreuter and Christof Horn

    The GPT-3 language model is now available in a version optimized for conversations. ChatGPT from is available to everyone in a trial version and shows where the journey is headed. We invited ChatGPT to our podcast and talk to the algorithm: So our studio guest is an AI bot (Podcast in German).

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    Call for Thomas Bayes Fellowship at the Munich Center for Machine Learning is out
    Job Offer@LMU: Interim Professorship (W2) of Statistical Learning und Data Science - fixed term for 3 years

    Within the Thomas Bayes Fellowship Program of the Munich Center for Machine Learning, LMU Munich seeks to appoint a highly qualified junior academic to this professorship and, therefore, especially encourages early-career scholars to apply.

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    TUM News: Biomathematician Fabian Theis receives Leibniz Prize

    MCML PI Fabian Theis has won the 2023 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. The full professor for Biomathematics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been honored for his pioneering work in the analysis, modeling and interpretation of genomic data, the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced. The Leibniz Prize, the most important research prize in Germany, is endowed with 2.5 million euros.

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    LMU News: LMU scientists awarded with Corona Special Prize

    MCML PI Göran Kauermann and Giacomo De Nicola from the LMU Department of Statistics, together with Michael Höhle from the Robert Koch Institute, have been awarded the Corona Special Prize of the Federal Statistical Office for two papers on estimating excess mortality in the pandemic years 2020 and 2021.

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    Article in IHK Magazin München und Oberbayern 11/2022
    Gemeinsam schneller

    The Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML) of the Munich universities is considered an important Bavarian competence center for artificial intelligence. To drive innovation, it is looking for companies to collaborate with.

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    Job Offer@LMU: Science Communication Coordinator (m/f/d)

    The Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML) in collaboration with the Munich Science Communication Lab (MSCL) is looking for a Science Communication Coordinator (m/f/d) starting as soon as possible.

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    Industrial AI Podcast: Where do we want the core AI/ML research to happen?

    Industrial AI Podcast spoke with our three directors about research priorities, the battle for the best minds and the role of tech companies.

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    Job Offer@LMU: IT System Administrator (m/f/d)

    The Chair of Database Systems and Data Mining at the Institute of Informatics at LMU and the Munich Center for Machine Learning is looking for an IT System Administrator (m/f/d) starting February 01, 2023.

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    Stable Diffusion: Visual synthesis and its implications for the arts and creative industry on October 6, 2022 at LMU

    MCML PI Björn Ommer invited artist and researcher of the Angewandte Wien Pamela Breda and students of the TUM Computer Vision & Artificial Intelligence Chair accompanied by EuroTech Marie Curie Fellow Roman Pflugfelder to his group. The PhD students of LMU and TUM discussed with Pamela Breda new artistic possibilities and the social and ethical questions regarding human emotional responses to the ongoing revolution in text-to-image synthesis. The students also exchanged new ideas how to apply the stable diffusion model to other visual tasks such as 3D reconstruction.Beside the exciting introduction to the topic by Björn Ommer and a more than two hour lively discussion, students of the two chairs had the opportunity to network. This event was a prelude for more collaboration between the two research groups within the MCML.

    More information to Stable Diffusion.

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    First cross-Atlantic RoboArt Hackathon on Nov. 4th-6th, 2022

    The MCML is happy to promote this Hackathon, a collaboration of Women in AI & Robotics, the University of Waterloo Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Mila. This is a fun way to introduce robotics to curious minds. Under the mentorship of young roboticists, the participants will learn the first concepts about autonomous mobile robots and will write their first program to drive a robot in simulation. For participants, we target the 18–25-year age group by reaching out to schools and Universities further to promote entry into the exciting field of robotics.

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    Best Poster Award at IBC 2022

    MCML PhD Theresa Ullmann won the Best Poster Award at the 31st International Biometric Conference (IBC 2022) with her paper ‘Over-optimism in unsupervised microbiome analysis: Insights from network learning and clustering’.

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    Platform Lernende Systeme
    New Workinggroup Management Teams start work

    For five years, ‘Platform Lernende Systeme’ has been promoting interdisciplinary exchange and social dialog on artificial intelligence in Germany. At the core of the platform are its seven working groups. MCML PI Volker Tresp is new co-head of the working group ‘Technologies and Data Science’.

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    LMU News: Two LMU research projects awarded ERC grants

    MCML PI Hinrich Schütze received a Proof of Concept (PoC) Grant for his project ‘Respond2Hate’ (Responsive classifiers against hate speech in low-resource settings). In the project, Schütze is seeking to develop a pilot browser extension that allows users to locally remove hateful content from their social media feeds themselves – including in countries with little representation in current training datasets. To this end, he will validate self-developed adaptive models, continuously enhanced by means of natural language processing and deep learning techniques, for the filtering of hate speech.

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    LMU News: Revolutionizing image generation by AI: Turning text into images

    The Machine Vision & Learning Group led by computer scientist and MCML PI Björn Ommer has developed one of the most powerful image synthesis algorithms in existence.

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    Article in Spiegel Netzwelt'
    Diese Software macht Sie zum KI-Künstler

    When it comes to AI-based text-to-image generators, the spotlight has recently focused on Stable Diffusion, a project in which MCML PI Björn Ommer’s research group is involved. It is probably the most powerful AI text-to-image generator to date, freely available to Internet users.

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    Article in Heise Online
    Text-zu-Bild-Revolution: Stable Diffusion ermöglicht KI-Bildgenerieren für alle

    With Stable Diffusion, an AI system is freely available that generates impressive images. MCML PI Björn Ommer’s research group is involved in the project.

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    ERC Results in Brief Article
    Pushing the boundaries of automatic translation

    The ERC has published a ‘Results in Brief’ article on MCML PI Alexander Fraser’s ERC Starting Grant ‘DASMT’: Our globalised interconnected reality demands ever-smarter automatic translation tools. Via deep learning, Fraser’s team delivers solutions for statistical machine translation

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    Article in Süddeutsche Zeitung about MCML
    Wie Computer denken

    Der Bund steckt Millionen Euro in das Münchner Kompetenzzentrum für maschinelles Lernen. Die gemeinsame Einrichtung von TU und LMU soll den Menschen helfen, Krebs zu erkennen, Shitstorms vorherzusagen und den Klimawandel zu verstehen.

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    LMU News: Great success for AI research in Munich

    The Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML), a joint initiative of LMU and TUM, has been granted funding as a permanent establishment following a positive evaluation.

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    TUM News: Big coup for AI research in Munich

    The Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML) will receive permanent funding from the German government and the state of Bavaria. MCML, a joint initiative by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), is one of six AI centers of excellence throughout Germany. As a result, regional research into artificial intelligence (AI) and particularly machine learning will gain considerable cachet within the knowledge hub of Munich and beyond.

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    Start of Institutional Funding of German AI Centers

    Joint press release of the AI competence centers: Research on artificial intelligence firmly anchored in Germany.

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    60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2022), May 22–27, 2022, Dublin, Ireland

    We are happy to announce that MCML researchers are represented at ACL 2022.

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    10th International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR 2022), April 25–29, 2022, Virtual

    We are happy to announce that MCML researchers are represented at ICLR 2022.

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    36th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2022), February 22 – March 1, 2022, Virtual

    We are happy to announce that MCML researchers are represented at AAAI 2022.

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    Prof. T. Seidl: Talk at LMU KI Lectures
    Wie Künstliche Intelligenz Wissenschaft, Gesellschaft und unser Leben verändert – eine virtuelle Veranstaltungsreihe im Wintersemester 2021-22

    Künstliche Intelligenz - ein Ausblick auf künftige Entwicklungen

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    35th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2021), December 6–14, 2021, Virtual

    We are happy to announce that MCML researchers are represented at NeurIPS 2021.

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    Best paper award at ISWC 2021
    M. Ali, M. Berrendorf, M. Galkin, V. Thost, T. Ma, V. Tresp, J. Lehmann

    Improving Inductive Link Prediction Using Hyper-Relational Facts

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    1st Virtual AutoML Fall School 2021
    Nov 8th – Nov 12th 2021

    The AutoML Fall School will cover core topics of AutoML, covering basics, state-of-the-art approaches and hands-on sessions. Enthusiastic AutoML experts will present their diverse views on AutoML to ML practitioners, developers, research engineers, researchers and students.

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    IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2021), June 19–25, 2021, Virtual

    CVPR is the premier annual computer vision event comprising the main conference and several co-located workshops and short courses. We are happy to announce that MCML researchers are represented at CVPR 2021.

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    Lernen. Wissen. Daten. Analysen. - Learning. Knowledge. Data. Analytics.
    LWDA 2021 at MCML, Munich, 01.09–03.09.2021

    The LWDA 2021 conference will be hosted by the Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML) from September 01, 2021 to September 03, 2021. The conference will be fully online.

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    French-German Machine Learning Symposium
    May 10th & 11th 2021, Munich, Germany (Virtual)

    We invited some of the leading ML researchers from France and Germany to this two day symposium to give a glimpse into their research, and engage in discussions on the future of machine learning and how to strengthen research collaborations in ML between France and Germany.

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    43rd European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2021). March 28 – April 1, 2021, Virtual

    We are happy to announce that MCML researchers are represented at ECIR 2021.

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    LMU News: Enhanced computer power for AI research in Munich

    Technology pioneer: The Munich Center for Machine Learning and the Leibniz Supercomputing Center have installed a new data-processing architecture for AI research

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    Invited key note at First ELLIS NLP Workshop
    Humans Learn From Task Descriptions. And So Should Our Models!

    H. Schütze

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    MCML participates in this year’s event ‘‘Responsible Research 2021’’ of the Lifescience Network - March 25 and 26, 2021 from 9:00 - 14:00

    Researchers are obliged to conform to rules of Good Scientific Practice. While this might seem obvious at first glance, a closer look reveals that these rules are often implicit, and sometimes the border between acceptable and unacceptable practice may remain unclear. To raise awareness about these questions, life science graduate programs in the greater Munich area and the GraduateCenterLMU have joined forces to organize a campus-wide educational event.

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    Flyer – Network of National Centers of Excellence for AI research –

    The Network of National Centres of Excellence for AI Research brings together experts and knowledge from the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data. In their research, they aim to advance AI technologies that place societal interests at the forefront of scientific endeavours.

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    Data Science for Social Goodx Summer Projects – Data Science Internship
    This year, the MCML will partake in the renowned Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) initiative.

    LMU Munich joins forces with University of Warwick under the DSSGx UK chapter of the DSSG Foundation supported by the Alan Turing Institute to organise 2021 DSSGx Summer Projects…

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    Newsletter #1 of German AI competence centers

    In this first newsletter issue, the Network of German AI competence centres is introduced: The research institutions provide exciting insights into their work as well as research and inform about current events. You are an AI expert and would like to advance Germany’s position as a first-class innovator for AI science and technologies? Get in contact with us and network with excellent researchers from all over Germany…