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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!

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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...