DFKI und Inria auf der Vivatechnology DFKI ACADEMY AI FITNESS FOR THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION DFKI is smoothing the way for the digital transformation by facilitating the transfer of AI technolo- gies and know-how to industry and society. The DFKI Academy represents a new cooperative format for delivering continuing education in AI-related subjects. Working with partners, the DFKI Academy identiﬁes potential opportunities for artiﬁcial intelligence and develops customized training programs. DFKI Academy Target audience • Provides decision-making competencies • Decision makers (C-Level) for the acquisition and design of enterprise AI systems • Develops user competence and understanding of AI applications • Targets management and specialist levels • Bases its courses on the latest research results • Shares actual coaching experience in support of participants and projects Contact Patrick Walther DFKI Berlin Alt-Moabit 91c D-10559 Berlin E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Managers • Project leaders • IT specialists Angebot • Courses – Classroom and hybrid (live and video) • Certiﬁcation program • Coaching/Mentoring Available: Early 2023 T E C H N O L O G Y R E A D I N E S S
03 L A I R O T I D E 2 2 0 2 / 2 s w e N I K F D TRANSFER AT DFKI DFKI researches “Human-Centric AI.” We believe that society‘s challenges can be successfully mas- tered with the help of AI technologies. That is why it is so important to us that our research and devel- opment results be applied effectively to produce economic and ecological beneﬁts. DFKI transfers its research results by means of collaborative research projects with partners from science and industry, educational programs, the spin-off of AI start-ups, and by the further development of cross-project applications within a solution-oriented context. The DFKI Academy (p. 6) combines DFKI‘s technological knowledge and expertise in an integrated management training program to facilitate the transfer of research results to practical uses. As a partner in the AI Campus learning platform project (p. 18), we also provide modular online seminars, and through the INVITE innovation competition (p. 32), we work on AI-supported systems for continuing professional development and vocational training. The transfer of know-how is also achieved in cooperation with strong science and industry partners in sponsored projects: The Yield Consortium (p. 8) develops forecasting models using satellite data to help an agricultural sector forced to adapt to climate change. The concrete and practical transfer is being addressed with industry partners in the now seven TransferLabs (p. 11). It is also being carried out in projects for the introduction of new technologies in small and medium-sized enterprises, such as the SME Digital Center Kaiserslautern (p. 12) and the Regional Future Center for AI and Digital Transformation Saarland and Rhineland-Palat- inate (p. 13). The project-independent, long-term research project CoMem (p. 15) develops a software prototype for a dynamic enterprise memory, which is already in use productively at a medium-sized energy supplier. DFKI´s spin-offs are another format to achieve the transfer of results: for example, Didactic Innovations (p. 16) commercializes expertise in the ﬁeld of e-Learning and AI-supported teaching and learning tools. The company‘s ﬁnely tuned training and continuing education concepts not only digitalize learning but are also transforming it. AI is changing the way we communicate, work, and live with each other and with machines. The success of the digital transformation depends on AI competence. DFKI is making constructive contri- butions towards this end. Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger Helmut Ditzer Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Andreas Dengel Prof. Dr. Joachim Hertzberg Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner Prof. Dr. Philipp Slusallek
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th 2424 29 A Class of its Own – B-Human Wins RoboCup-WC 2022 in Bangkok Without Conceding a Goal 30 Theme Development Workshops for the European AI Roadmap 32 AI Technologies for Continuing Vocational Education – DFKI@INVITE Imprint Issue 50, November 2022, ISSN 2196-2251 Published by German Research Center for Artiﬁcial Intelligence GmbH (DFKI) Editorial sta Heike Leonhard, Christof Burgard, Reinhard Karger, Armindo Ribeiro Translation team Glenn Peach, Armindo Ribeiro, Sylvia Krüger, Heike Leonhard Editorial address Saarland Informatics Campus D3 2, Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3, D-66123 Saarbrücken E-Mail email@example.com Phone +49 681 85775 5390 Photo credits DFKI, unless otherwise noted. Cover: Blue Planet Studio, stock.adobe.com Layout, Graphics Christof Burgard Production One Vision Design Responsible Heike Leonhard, M.A. Frequency of publication Semi-annual News online www.dfki.de/en/dfki-news 3636 05 T N E T N O C 2 2 0 2 / 2 s w e N I K F D t n e t n o CC C
12 D F K I N e w s 2 / 2 0 2 2 HOW TRANSFER WORKS FROM RESEARCH INTO THE COMPANY Research ﬁndings are put to practical use through transfer projects at use through trannssssffffeeeerrrr pppprojects at Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Kaiserslautern (SME Digital Center Kaiserslautern). n (SMMMMEEEE DDDDigital Center Kaiiiisssseeeerslautern). The center‘s digitalization experts bring the latest research results directly to the e laaaatttteeeest rrrreeeeseeeeaaaarrrrcccchhhh results dirrrreeeecccctly to the company as part of the speciﬁc project implementation with small and medium- pleeeemmmmennnntattttiiiion wwwwiiiitttthhhh ssssmmmmaaaalllllll andddd mmmmedium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Rhineland-Palatinate and beyond. One of these projects naaaatttteeee andddd beeeeyyyyoooonnnndddd. OOOOnnnneeee oooof theeeesssse projec is currently being performed at the MECO Metal Works in Bielefeld, Germany, O MMMMeeeetal WWWWoooorkkkkssss iiiinnnn BBBBiiiieeeelllleeeeffffeeeeld, GGGGeeeermany, with the goal of using AI algorithms to improve production planning. to immmmpppprove produuuuccccttttiiiionnnn pppplaaaannnnnnnning. When ﬁnished, the SME emerges more sustainable, more resilient, more sussssttttaaaainable, more rrrreeeessssiiiilient, and with its production well-positioned for the future. -positioned for the future. Digitalization – the big picture The Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Kaiserslautern (MDZ) provides a holistic view as it supports the SME with a dig- ital transformation – from a broad information program and courses, to individual consults and speciﬁc joint pro- jects. Such customized support to selected companies for the implementation of an AI or digitalization project is an important part of the center‘s work. The most extensive format for support is called project support, in which the SME is supported by a team of experts from the center for up to six months while the project is being implemented. The prerequisite for project support is that the project has to focus on Industry 4.0, digitalization, or AI, and it must have a direct impact on the company‘s value chain. DFKI is a consortium partner and actively provides its expertise in AI research to the projects. h d in 1911 by Helmuth Scholten-Luc Networking as the key to success Networking as the key to success MECO was established in 1911 by Helmuth Scholten-Luchsen and is based in Bielefeld, Germany. This family-run busi- ness manufactures pipe and hose ﬁttings and connecting parts as well as ready-to-install pipe and hose lines, and other assemblies. MECO specializes in the customized production of non-standard ring spigots and banjo bolts, and other special designs. Customers include commer- cial vehicle manufacturers and automotive suppliers, as well as agricultural machinery manufacturers and medi- cal technology producers. MECO recognized the promise of digitalization early on and has already successfully integrated digital systems (such as an ERP system, a CAQ system, and an MES system) into everyday operations. But, these are predominantly stand- Qualiﬁcation Implementation Implementation Expert Meeting AI Readiness Check Information Ideas Day Ideas Workshop Project Assistance Consultation hour We support you – free of charge! The support roadmap of SME Digital Center Kaiserslautern.
14 D F K I N e w s 2 / 2 0 2 2 AI FOR SMES DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION WITH RZZKI RZRZZKI The Regional Future Center for AI and Digital Transformation of Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate (RZzKI) supports small and medium-sized enterprises in the use of AI on their way to digitalization. RZzKI offers something for everyone: AI specialists, organizational eciency experts, and experienced technology trainers take part in moderated dialogs with all interest groups to develop an integrated digital transformation enabler model. In seminars, hands-on workshops, events, and demo days, the experts at RZzKI teach small and medium-sized enterprises how to use AI technologies in their operations. Recently, 25 technicians and managers from vari- ous SMEs gained insights into automotive and hydrogen technology on „Industrie 4.0 Demo Day – Digital transformation at Robert Bosch in Homburg,“ conducted in cooperation with PfalzMetall and ME Saar. As a leading Industry 4.0 plant, the Bosch facility produces nd As a leading Ind the latest diesel technology primarily for use in commerci- te the latest diesel te al vehicles. The company is also building up competence in m alalalalaa vehhehehhhiciciciccleleleelles.sss The com the ﬁeld of hydrogen technology in keeping with the gradual n the ee ee e ﬁeﬁeﬁeﬁeﬁeﬁeﬁﬁ ld of ffff hyhyhyhhyhydrogen shift to electric mobility. A prototype production plant has shifffffft to electctctctctric mob b been built for the production of mobile fuel cell components o beeeeeeennnnnn built fffffooorooo the pro that serve as the energy source for the electric engines of thththththatatataatatt ssssserererere vevevevevevv as the en en the future. The ﬁrst series of deliveries to vehicle customers rs the future. The ﬁrs an i already began i already began in 2022. During the Demo-Day visit at Homburg, Bosch presented a driverless transport system, RFID integration, and energy consumption monitoring. The company representatives ad- dressed the challenges of integrating new systems into existing technologies, such as the introduc- tion of an automated guided vehicle (AGV) system, which had to be integrated into the company‘s own coordination and control system for driverless transport systems. RFID enables tracking the manufactured parts from supply to production and beyond while pairing with transport boxes and aggregation into higher-level tags ensures traceability and provides a basis for other assistance systems. An energy consumption monitoring system covers the entire plant, which enables visualization of the resource consump- tion and comparison to other values, such as to the outside temperature. Robert Bosch used its own energy system and an AI process to successfully reduce carbon dioxide emis- sions in Homburg by a good ten percent within two years. Technology is only one aspect of digital transformation: par- ticipants also discussed training strategies for the staff and best practices in the implementation of AI projects. Where does an SME go from here? „Check out the consul- ting services at RZzKI,“ says Sönke Knoch, head of RZzKI - Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate. „Demo days like the visit to Bosch provide an initial impression of what digitali- zation can mean to a company in concrete terms. The next steps are seminars, hands-on workshops, and a potential analysis at RZzKI.“ More information www.rzzki.de Contact Sönke Knoch Head of RZzKI - Regional Future Center for AI and Digital r re Centntntntereee fffforororor AI andddd DiDDD gigigigitatatat l Transformation of Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate R Rhineland-PPPPalaalaalatintititi ateatetat firstname.lastname@example.org +49 631 20575 7200
20 D F K I N e w s 2 / 2 0 2 2 MORE SPACE FOR AI DFKI BREMEN CELEBRATES INAUGURATION OF NEW BUILDING Honored guests from government, business, and research joined DFKI in celebrating the grand opening of the new building extension at Robert-Hooke Str. 1. on September 30, 2022. The spacious extension offers a unique infrastructure to advance research on future topics such as human-machine cooperation, space robotics, embedded systems, and quantum AI. The public was invited to have a look behind the scenes at the open house that followed the ceremony. DFKI Bremen conducts cutting-edge research on key ena- bling technologies like artiﬁcial intelligence, robotics, and cyber-physical systems. The result is more than 15 years of developing innovative applications to assist people in many areas of life and work. In his welcoming address, Bremen‘s mayor and Senate President Dr. Andreas Bov- enschulte highlighted the added value the research in- stitute brings to the Hanseatic city. Invited guests listen to Mayor and Senate President Dr. Andreas Bovenschulte speaking in the foyer of the DFKI building. The vibrancy of DFKI research was also appreciated by the next speaker: “By focusing on rapid transfer of research re- sults into real applications, DFKI in Bremen generates great beneﬁts for business and society,” said Dr. Anna Christ- mann, German government coordinator for aerospace and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) commissioner for the digital economy and startups. The emphasis turned to the special role of the research center for Bremen‘s scientiﬁc community and the engagement in the University of Bremen‘s Research Alliance as Tim Cordßen-Ryglewski, State Councilor to the Senator for Science and Ports, said: “The university and the non-university federal and state-funded research institutions based in Bremen cooperate to create beacons of transdisciplinary scientiﬁc research. DFKI coordination is largely responsible for Artiﬁcial Intelligence becoming one of these beacons.” Dr. Antonio Krüger, CEO of DFKI, explained the importance of the decision to expand the Bremen site with these words: “The extension of the DFKI building provides new rooms, new laboratories, and creates more space and new opportunities for the research area Artiﬁcial Intelligence.
22 D F K I N e w s 2 / 2 0 2 2 DFKI INAUGURATES 4 LOCATION TH “A GOOD DAY FOR LOWER SAXONY” ANOTHER BEACON IN THE AI LANDSCAPE ESTABLISHED DFKI has added a new location with strong relationships to regional companies. In addition to Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, and Bremen, Lower Saxony is the latest Das DFKI hat einen neuen Standort. Neben Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken und landmark in the AI landscape. A ceremony at the Osnabrück castle marked the Bremen ist Niedersachsen jetzt fest auf der KI-Landkarte markiert. Ein Festakt im Osnabrücker Schloss läutete die Zeitenwende in Niedersachsen ein, start of a new phase for Lower Saxony, which has had a very successful wo man in den zurückliegenden drei Jahren eine äußerst erfolgreiche laboratory phase for the past three years. Laborphase durchlaufen hatte. “Today is a good day for Lower Saxony and a good day for the German Research Center for Artiﬁcial Intelligence: DFKI can feel at home in Osnabrück and Oldenburg,” said Lower Saxony’s Science Minister Björn Thümler at the fes- tive ceremony attended by numerous guests from gov- ernment, business, and science. He added, “With conﬁ- dence and courage, we add another beacon of excellence to the map of application-oriented AI.” Besides the state science minister, representatives of the cities and the uni- versities of Oldenburg and Osnabrück offered their con- gratulations and praised the outstanding research work being performed in Lower Saxony. The four department heads participated in a panel dis- cussion to highlight their departments’ AI research and contributions already made value creation in Lower Sax- ony: Prof. Dr. Joachim Hertzberg, Plan-Based Robot Con- trol, and Prof. Dr. Oliver Thomas, Smart Enterprise Engi- neering (both from Osnabrück) were joined by Prof. Dr. Daniel Sonntag, Interactive Machine Learning, and Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski, Marine Perception (both from Olden- burg). The four research areas are well-networked with the re- gional economy and the international world of AI research. Sustainable AI-powered solutions featured prominently in the discussion. “Such solutions are not only identiﬁed with Lower Saxony but are also topics that beneﬁt the en- tire DFKI,” said Prof. Krüger. The panel discussion also focused on the complementary nature of the research areas. Technical approaches apply to many subject areas regardless of the problem, as well “DFKI and Lower Saxony serve as a classic example of a win-win situation. They are well staed with outstanding teams of researchers, speciﬁcally for the application of AI technologies in the ﬁelds of manufacturing, services, agriculture, medicine, as well as marine and environmental systems.” Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger, CEO DFKI (l.- r.) Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski, Head of the Marine Perception department, talking with Science Minister Björn Thümler, DFKI-CEO Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger, and OFFIS CEO Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnho about how the so-called Argo-Floats are used in marine research and how AI is providing new insights.
23 2 2 0 2 / 2 s w e N I K F D The AROX and LeRO farm robots from the Plan-Based Robot Control department were among the many exhibits set up and staed at the technology fair by all four departments. Prof. Daniel Sonntag (left), Head of Interactive Machine Learning, and Lower Saxony‘s Science Minister Björn Thümler viewing the Visual Awareness Recognition exhibit. as being useful for the technology transfer from basic re- search to application. “We are taking research out of the ivory tower and literally to the ﬁeld. It’s cool that we do both,” was the general consensus as the event came to a successful end. Contact Prof. Dr. Joachim Hertzberg Executive Director DFKI Niedersachsen email@example.com +49 541 386050 2251 A supporting program included many exhibits with tech- nology demonstrations in and around the castle, which was very well-received by the guests on a glorious summer day. Celebrating the opening of the fourth DFKI location in Lower Saxony (l. to r.): Prof. Oliver Thomas, Prof. Daniel Sonntag, Lower Saxony‘s Science Minister Björn Thümler, Osnabrück University President Prof. Susanne Menzel-Riedl, Prof. Joachim Hertzberg, DFKI-CEO Prof. Antonio Krüger, Prof. Oliver Zielinski, Oldenburg Mayor Jürgen Krogmann, Oldenburg University President Prof. Ralph Bruder. Not pictured: Osnabrück Mayor Katharina Pötter.
OUTSIDE OF THE LAB DFKI ROBOT ON AN ICY MISSION IN NORTHERN SWEDEN 27 2 2 0 2 / 2 s w e N I K F D harsh environmental conditions and whether the devel- oped algorithms performed as expected. After just a few days, it was clear that the extensive preliminary project work, the many test dives in the laboratory pool, and the dedication of the research team had paid off. DeepLeng managed to ﬁnd its own way back to the ice hole from a distance of 250 meters, and then it docked, fully au- tonomously, with the docking station. This is a small but necessary milestone on the long road to exploration on Jupiter‘s moon, Europa. EurEx-LUNa is the follow-on project to the Europa Ex- plorer and EurEx-SiLaNa projects and has been funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) since March 1, 2020, under the funding code 50 NA 200 More information www.dfki.de/ric Contact Dr.-Ing. Marc Hildebrandt firstname.lastname@example.org +49 421 17845 4127 Group photo in front of the tent. Is there life on Jupiter‘s moon Europa? Scientists hope there might be - in an ocean that is suspected to exist un- der a kilometer-thick ice sheet. But the challenge is how to reach it and explore it. The DFKI Robotics Innovation Center has been investigating this question in the Europa Explorer (EurEx) project series since 2012. The develop- ment effort focuses on robotic systems that can pene- trate to the water, autonomously explore it, and remain there for long periods of time. A third project phase on long-range under-ice navigation (EurEx-LUNa) features the AUV DeepLeng, which was initially tested under re- alistic conditions outside the laboratory. In March 2022, ﬁve DFKI scientists from Bremen traveled to Abisko, in northern Sweden, to test the feasibility of the concept of autonomous navigation under ice. The task was to use the three-meter-long, signal-yellow AUV to autonomously explore the frozen Lake Torneträsk, which is up to 168 meters deep and located in a national park of the same name. Hosted by the Abisko Scientiﬁc Research Station, the researchers spent almost two weeks in the small town north of the Arctic Circle with the support of the station staff. They drove daily from their accommoda- tion to the lake, where they pitched their tent over a hole drilled into the ice, braving the quickly changing winter weather and temperatures ranging from -9 to +5 degrees Celsius. They lowered DeepLeng, which weighs almost 300 pounds (130 Kilograms), into the water through this hole, where it descended under the watchful gaze of the scientists and disappeared beneath the ice cover. From that moment on, it was on its own because Wi-Fi and GPS do not work underwater. It was up to the robot to explore the alien environment, collect data, and ﬁnd its way back to the ice hole without human help, in murky visibility and a water temperature just above freezing point. The system was active for more than 50 hours in this un- derwater environment. The aim of the dives was to ﬁnd out whether the vehicle and sensors could withstand the The DFKI tent on Lake Torneträsk. Final prep before the dive.
A CLASS OF ITS OWN WITHOUT CONCEDING A GOAL 29 2 2 0 2 / 2 s w e N I K F D Back after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, the World Robotic Soccer Championships were again cont- ested face-to-face – this time in Bangkok, Thailand, in July 2022. Many technical developments have been made in the intervening time. Still, the results in the Standard Plat- form League have not changed much since the last tour- nament in Sydney in 2019: The old and new champion is Team B-Human from DFKI and the University of Bremen. It dominated the ﬁnal match against the HTWK robots from Leipzig. With a total of 48:0 goals in seven games without conceding a single counter goal, B-Human remains the undisputed world champion. The team from Bremen won the victory in Bangkok with a solid lead over second-place ﬁnisher HTWK Robots. The rUNSWift team from Sydney took third place, and the Nao Devils from Dortmund ﬁnished in fourth place. Neverthe- less, the pandemic left its mark on this competition. For one thing, there were fewer teams entered. Some teams participated via remote connection from afar. There were also more additional technical competitions. The so-cal- led Technical Challenges are included as a way to explore possible rule changes in the future. For example, this time some matches were played using teams of seven NAO ro- bots. Until now, teams have had only ﬁve robots. Another test event checked to see if the robots can recognize the gestures of the referee, which would facilitate direct in- teraction in the future instead of referee decisions being relayed to the players by radio signal. Team B-Human cap- tured the top spot after the ﬁnal combined score for the four Technical Challenges was announced. Two of the Team B-Human NAO robots with trophies: 1st Place in the main competition and 1st Place in the Technical Challenges. Winners photo with team members who traveled to Bangkok for the RoboCup. The main competition this year was essentially about re- ducing communication between the robots during the matches. Previously, each NAO was allowed to send up to one message per second. The new rule applies to the entire team for the entire game. It limits communication to a maximum number, which effectively corresponds to a reduction in message data by a factor of ﬁve. The ro- bot must now consider in advance if it really makes sense to send a message in the current situation. The Bremen team used numerous criteria in order to continue coope- rative team play as well as implementing a sliding upper limit aligned with the remaining match time. It is this team play, in particular, that characterizes B-Human‘s strength, as seen once again in this tournament. Flexible positioning and the dynamic division of duties among the ﬁeld play- ers, together with the ability to make accurate passes to better-positioned teammates this year, led to B-Human‘s clear superiority on the ﬁeld in all RoboCup competitions. Team B-Human has now earned its ninth world title in the Standard Platform League. Contact Dr. Thomas Röfer Research Department Cyber-Physical Systems email@example.com +49 421 218 64200
31 2 2 0 2 / 2 s w e N I K F D e pres prees e know d wl know know ble AI a ble AI a d the meded m 15 toto n ions tions ns d ntatioi t n h oache ach d mis ing AI. The pr ding A AI. The presen ng nding A i ocra racy and knowled of de democra o e responsible AI app e e w to use w to u nst preconc ceptions and targe n prec preco k h ocused on the f workshop fp d 84 particip formation surrounding AI. The presentations covered the topics of democracy and knowledge in the digital age and how to use responsible AI approaches to pro- tect against preconceptions and targeted misinforma- tion. The workshop focused on the media industry and attracted 84 participants from 15 countries, including representatives from Hensoldt Analytics and Deutsche Welle. Besides TAILOR and Humane-AI-Net, they were joined by the European Network of AI Excellence AI- 4Media (ai4media.eu). Following the opening talk by Alexander von Hum- boldt-Professor Holger Hoos (RWTH Aachen), inter- esting presentations were given by professors Sander van der Linden (University of Cambridge) and Virginia Dignum (Umeå University), as well as by Miguel Poiares Maduro (Chairperson, European Digital Media Obser- vatory EDMO) and Mijke van den Hurk (National Police Lab, Utrecht University). In the breakout sessions after the presentations, participants took the opportunity to exchange ideas, deﬁne challenges, and propose possi- ble solution approaches for speciﬁc topics. More information https://vision4ai.eu/tdw https://tailor-network.eu/activities/ theme-development-workshops Additional Theme Development Workshops are cur- rently in planning for the Energy, IT Services & Soft- ware, and the Finance & Insurance sectors. Advance contact is now possible via the e-mail address below: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact CLAIRE Oce | Saarbrücken email@example.com +49 681 85775 5296 Adra-e: New project on cross-sector collaboration for AI in Europe A new coordination and support activity called Adra-e was launched in July 2022. The project is designed to support the Adra Association (adr-association.eu), especially in its activities concerning the European Com- mission‘s Partnership for AI, Data, and Robotics (ADR). The goal is to connect the European AI, data, and robot- ics communities, map the research and innovation landscape, promote the cross-sectoral application and the development of common standards, and to ensure a degree of sustainability. DFKI is responsible for the work pack- age for coordination between the European ADR initiatives and aims to contribute to a stronger network between the different communities. More information about the project and the Adra association at: https://adra-e.eu
34 D F K I N e w s 2 / 2 0 2 2 DIGITAL LANGUAGE EQUALITY AND THE EUROPEAN LANGUAGE GRID RETURNS AS A HYBRID CONFERENCE TO BRUSSELS Just as excitement returns to the scientiﬁc community about traveling to conferences, a new hybrid format is being es- tablished as the new standard. META-FORUM 2022 invited European language technology experts and the public to Brussels on June 8-9, with simultaneous live-streaming of the event. 100 guests were present at the 11th International Conference on innovative language technologies for the multilingual information society, while another 300 partic- ipants followed the event online as several speakers also contributed online. June Lowery-Kingston (department head at DG CONNECT, European Commission) and Francois Alfonsi (Member of the European Parliament), each of whom emphasized the importance of this large-scale endeavor. The ELE project consortium presented its research ﬁndings, including how language is represented in the national AI strategies of Eu- ropean countries. The ﬁndings also covered the specially developed Digital Language Equality Metric and its inter- active dashboard, as well as several reports on how lan- guage technology is supporting the European languages. Day 1 of the conference kicked off with the opening key- note by Jonas Andrulis (CEO, Aleph Alpha) and focused on the European Language Grid (ELG). This EU project came to an end in June 2022, and the ﬁnal version of the cloud platform for European language technologies was ex- plained and released at the event with a special session featuring a demonstration. Following the presentation of several use cases and best practices, representatives of the European language technology industry and from the European Community took part in two-panel discussions on language-centric artiﬁcial intelligence. The day ended with a presentation on the Language Data Space by Philippe Gelin (DG CONNECT, European Com- mission), and another presentation by project coordinator Georg Rehm (DFKI) on the future ELG platform, where he outlined plans to establish an operating entity to contin- ue the successful cloud solution for sharing, testing, and marketing language services and resources. The afternoon sessions involved a panel discussion of the shortfalls and needs of the European language technolo- gy community, a presentation about the continuation of the ELE project, and a vision for digital language equality in Europe by the year 2030. Links to recordings of all sessions and presentations can be found in the conference program on the ELG website. The META-FORUM conference series will continue next year and will be dedicated to the results of the ELE 2 project, which started in July 2022. More information www.meta-forum.eu www.european-language-grid.eu european-language-equality.eu Contact Prof. Dr. Georg Rehm Coordinator, European Language Grid and Co-coordinator European Language Equality Research Department Speech and Language Technology Day 2 was devoted to the EU‘s European Language Equality (ELE) project results and began with two keynotes: firstname.lastname@example.org +49 30 23895 1833 Prof. Jan Haji (Charles University, Prague) moderates a panel of digital guests, (l-to-r) Dr. Joachim Köhler (Fraunhofer IAIS), Prof. em. James Crowley (Grenoble Institute of Technology, France), and Sabine Kirchmeier (EFNIL, Luxemburg), and special guests Prof. Philipp Slusallek (CLAIRE, Germany) and Dr. Darja Fišer (CLARIN, The Netherlands).
35 2 2 0 2 / 2 s w e N I K F D Research department Intelligent Networks celebrates 10 years at DFKI Kaiserslautern DFKI Niedersachsen expands cooperation with Indonesia The Intelligent Networks research department celebrated its tenth anniversary on October 1, 2022. Under the direc- tion of Prof. Hans Schotten, an interdisciplinary team of 51 employees, 9 visiting research scientists, and 28 stu- dent research assistants has contributed to 24 national and European projects. The team works on innovative AI-based concepts for im- plementing particularly sophisticated communication systems in the ﬁelds of mobile communications (5G and 6G), industrial communications, and IT security. The aim of the “Open6GHub” project is to develop a 6G vision for people in the highly connected world to come after 2030. By that time, our digital twins will ensure our safety and health, people will interact intuitively with their environment, and AI-based algorithms will guarantee sustainability and protection of critical infrastructures. Additionally, the research department deals with the in- telligent digitalization of production, where automated transport and working machinery will support humans. “Intelligent Networks” are multifaceted and offer compre- hensive research opportunities. They purposefully drive the growing importance of communication networks, as the research group has done now for ten years, and they are highly motivated to continue doing so in the future. More information www.dfki.de/in Contact Prof. Dr. Hans Schotten Head of Research Department Intelligent Networks email@example.com +49 631 20575 3000 DFKI Niedersachsen has further strengthened its relations with Indonesia. In early summer 2022, researchers from the Marine Perception research area met with representatives of the Indonesian “Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs” in Berlin. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski, the research department is heavily in- volved in the ﬁeld of AI for environmental protection. He has been active in Southeast Asia since 2019, where ﬂoat- ing plastic waste is being collected in a project that uses drone images and AI-based assessments. As part of several projects funded by the World Bank, studies are conducted in countries heavily affected by plastic waste: Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and most recently, Indonesia. After their meeting in Berlin, DFKI researchers visited In- donesia to familiarize themselves with the location. The trip was a scientiﬁc exchange, which also had the effect of expanding contact with government and business stake- holders for the purpose of intensifying the transfer (and use) of AI methods designed to combat plastic waste. In addition to the Indonesian Bandung Institute of Technolo- gy, the DFKI researchers from Lower Saxony also met with representatives from the ministries and leading environ- mental experts from the World Bank. They also toured the “Interceptor,” a boat from The Ocean Cleanup that auton- omously collects ﬂoating debris. More information www.dfki.de/en/web/research/research- departments/marine-perception Contact Mattis Wolf Research Department Marine Perception firstname.lastname@example.org +49 441 99833 4714 Ten years "Intelligent Networks": Prof. Schotten's team (third from left, front). Talks in Berlin about possible follow-on projects for AI-based detection of plastic waste in Indonesia: (l. to r.): Dr. Nani Hendiarti (Deputy Minister for Environment and Forest Management), Dr. Ilham Habibi, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (Coordinating Minister for Maritime Aairs and Investment), DFKI research scientists Mattis Wolf, Dr. Christoph Tholen, Dr. Frederic Stahl, and Cherie Nursalim.
36 D F K I N e w s 2 / 2 0 2 2 N E W S I AI Grid was launched in September and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). This is a Europe-wide grassroots initiative for a select group of young scientists to work in small, highly specialized, networked teams and exchange ideas on speciﬁc scientiﬁc issues. The participants themselves drive the work within their micro-spe- cialty communities. A network of renowned scien- tists acts as ambassadors to support the work of these communities. f New Initiative: AI Grid for AI talent e i r b n The steering committee is chaired by Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster and is supported by a representative of BMBF along with other AI experts like Dr. Tina Klüwer (K.I.E.Z.) and Dr. Johannes Winter (L3S). The operational level responsibility rests with EIT ICT Labs Germany. The ﬁrst micro-communities will be launched this year. More information: www.ai-grid.org DFKI Supports Nationwide Day of Action – Girls‘ Day 2022 DFKI research departments Cyber-Physical Sys- tems, Educational Technology Lab, Interactive Tex- tiles, Cognitive Assistants (in association with the Organization Women in AI and Robotics), Robot- ics Innovation Center, Smart Data & Knowledge Services, and Smart Enterprise Engineering pre- sented a wide range of activities for children up- wards of the ﬁfth grade on this career orientation day. Parallel to Girls‘ Day, activities for boys were also offered at DFKI‘s Robotics Innovation Center in Bremen and the Plan-Based Robot Controls de- partment in Osnabruck. N B R I E F i s w e N “Long Night of Digitalization” in Oldenburg On June 16, 2022, in connection with Oldenburg’s “Long Night of Digitalization,” DFKI Lower Saxony’s research areas Marine Perception and Interactive Ma- chine Learning demonstrated what AI has to do with virtual reality and how AI contributes to environmen- tal protection and sustainability. The event was ocially opened by Lower Saxony’s Science Minister Björn Thümler as well as University of Ol- denburg President Prof. Ralph Bruder and OFFIS CEO Prof. Sebastian Lehnhoff. DFKI Lower Saxony made a guest appearance at OFFIS Institute for Computer Science. Accessibility in the Cyber-Physical Systems research area on Girls‘ Day 2022. IDESSAI 2022 – Second Inria – DFKI European Summer School The second edition of the joint summer academy of the French national computer science institu- te Inria and DFKI brought nearly 90 European PhD candidates in AI research together from August 29 to September 2, 2022 in Saarbrücken. Partici- pants from France, Germany, Spain, Luxemburg, and Switzerland discussed current research pro- jects, results, and perspectives with career pro- fessionals at the ﬁve-day event, which focused on Trustworthy AI and Sustainable AI. The next Inria-DFKI Summer School, IDESSAI 2023. will take place in France. More information: https://idessai.eu
38 D F K I P R O F I L E D F K I N e w s 2 / 2 0 2 2 The German Research Center for Artiﬁcial Intelligence (DFKI) was found- ed in 1988 as a non-proﬁt public-private partnership. It has research facilities in Kaiserslautern,Saarbrücken, Bremen and Niedersachsen, laboratories in Berlin and Darmstadt, and branch oces in Lübeck and Trier. In the ﬁeld of innovative commercial software technology using artiﬁcial intelligence, DFKI is the leading research center in Germany. Based on application-oriented basic research, DFKI develops product functions, prototypes and patentable solutions in the ﬁeld of infor- mation and communication technology. Research and development projects are conducted in 27 research departments, nine competence centers and eight living labs. Funding is received from government agencies like the European Union, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the German Federal States and the German Research Foundation (DFG), as well as from cooperation with indus- trial partners. Twice a year, a committee of internationally renowned experts (Scientiﬁc Advisory Board) audits the progress and results of state-funded projects. Apart from the state governments of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Bremen, numerous renowned German and international high-tech companies from a wide range of industrial sectors are represented on the DFKI supervisory board. The DFKI model of a non-proﬁt public-pri- vate partnership (ppp) is nationally and internationally considered a blueprint for corporate structure in the ﬁeld of top-level research. DFKI is actively involved in numerous organizations representing and continuously advancing Germany as an excellent location for cut- ting-edge research and technology. Far beyond the country’s borders DFKI enjoys an excellent reputation for its academic training of young scientists. At present, approx. 890 highly qualiﬁed researchers, administrators and 610 graduate students from more than 65 countries are contributing to more than 390 DFKI research projects. DFKI serves as a stepping stone to leading positions in industry and successful careers as founders of spin-off companies. Over the years, more than 160 staff members have been appointed professors at universities in Germany and abroad. More information www.dfki.de Contact Reinhard Karger, M.A. Corporate Spokesperson German Research Center for Artiﬁcial Intelligence GmbH Saarland Informatics Campus D3 2, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany email@example.com +49 681 85775 5253 Established 1988, non-proﬁt organization (public-private partnership) Executive Board Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger Helmut Ditzer Supervisory Board Dr. Ferri Abolhassan, Deutsche Telekom AG (Chair) Elena Yorgova-Ramanauskas, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Technology, Digitalization and Energy of the state Saarland (Vice Chair) 22 Shareholders Accenture, Airbus Group, Bilﬁnger SE, BMW AG, Cerence GmbH, CLAAS KGaA mbH, Daimler AG, Deutsche Börse AG, Deutsche Messe AG, Deutsche Telekom AG, Empolis Information Management GmbH, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V., Google Inc., HARTING AG & Co. KG, Intel Corporation, John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, KIBG GmbH, Microsoft Deutsch- land GmbH, Münchener Rückver- sicherungs-Gesellschaft Aktien- gesellschaft in München, NVIDIA GmbH, RICOH Company Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH, ROSEN Swiss AG, SAP SE, Sartorius Ventures GmbH, Schwarz-Gruppe,Software AG, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Universität Bremen, Universität des Saarlandes, Volkswagen AG, VSE AG, ZF Friedrichshafen AG International Scientiﬁc Advisory Board Bi-annual evaluation of publically funded projects: Prof. Dr. Andreas Butz, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München (Chairman) Key Figures 2021 Annual Budget: ca. € 76,3 million Professional staff: 890 Graduate student staff: 610
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