(c) Hennig Strauch/ KIT

Robots executing assembly tasks, assistance systems supporting the diagnosis of diseases, self-driving cars: Learning systems are increasingly becoming part of our everyday life. For this reason, the first KIT Science Week headed “The Human Being in the Center of Learning Systems” will focus on artificial intelligence.

From October 5 to 10, 2021, this new type of event of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will provide exceptional insights into the different facets of research (read full press release). In parallel, the innovation festival of the karlsruhe.digital initiative will take place. There, companies and institutions from industry, science, culture, and administration will present groundbreaking digital innovations within ten minutes each.

“The KIT Science Week is the first event that combines a scientific conference of renowned researchers from all over the world with participative and interactive events for citizens,” says Professor Thomas Hirth, KIT Vice-President for Innovation and International Affairs. The KIT and its cooperation partners deliberately adopt this new approach to knowledge and technology transfer and dialog between science and society, he emphasizes. “I am also very happy that the InnovationFestival will accompany our KIT Science Week. This reflects our good cooperation with local companies and institutions in Karlsruhe”, Hirth adds.

Top Innovations from Karlsruhe

Following its successful premiere in autumn 2020 with more than 2000 spectators from 16 countries, the InnovationFestival @karlsruhe.digital will again present the best digital innovations from Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe Technology Region. This event will visualize and make people experience the diversity of digitization-relating topics. It will start parallel to the KIT Science Week on October 8, 2021 at 1 p.m. Apart from the keynote by the Volocopter air taxi pioneer, companies and institutions from science, industry, and administration will present their digital transformation projects in speeches of ten minutes each. The cost-free, hybrid format will allow for (restricted) participation at the media theater of ZKM – Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, but also a livestream will be provided.

The Human Being in the Center of Learning Systems

Apart from the events for the interested public, researchers will discuss the development of dependable, tangible, and adaptable human-inspired AI technologies at a scientific conference. “Artificial intelligence is a pioneering technology with a variety of uses for science and society. In spite of enormous progress, big challenges remain to be managed to enhance the flexibility, adaptability, robustness, and explainability of human-centered AI technologies,” says Professor Tamim Asfour from KIT’s Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics. “This is why new approaches are required that extend beyond the current state of research.”

More information on the KIT Science Week: https://www.scienceweek.kit.edu/english/index.php

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Foto: Through observation alone, the ARMAR-6 assistance robot can acquire new abilities, support users, and hand over objects. (Photo: Henning Strauch, KIT)

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