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Researchers put heads together on AI research

On 20 April, the University of Passau hosted the Trinational Round Table on Artificial Intelligence. Around forty researchers from German, Austrian and Czech universities exchanged ideas on their research and current AI issues. The Trinational Round Table AI is an event organised by the association Trägerverein Europaregion Donau-Moldau e.V. in cooperation with the INDIGO Network.

The organising team and speakers of the Trinational Round Table on AI. Photograph: University of Passau

"Many researchers at the universities in the European Danube-Vltava region are busy exploring various aspects of artificial intelligence, starting from machine learning applications and image processing through to the use of neural networks in mobility services. The goal of the Trinational Round Table is to bring these researchers together and to initiate an exchange and cooperation without letting national borders get in the way," says Professor Tomas Sauer who coordinates the Round Table together with his colleague Professor Dorner who heads the Institute of Applied Computer Science at Deggendorf Institute of Technology.

The goal of the Trinational Round Table is to bring these researchers together and to initiate an exchange and cooperation without letting national borders get in the way.

Professor Tomas Sauer, University of Passau

The keynotes gave an overview of the many-faceted perspectives in AI research. One speaker focused on interaction between humans and machines from a social science viewpoint. Others presented best practices for the application of AI in sensor technology and the development of speech technologies. A total of eight lectures provided a string of new ideas and lots of material for the subsequent discussions. The barcamp session scheduled for the afternoon gave participants a forum in which to engage with each other on specific topics. In addition to specialised topics like AI methods in image and speech processing or AI and organisations, the possibilities of cooperative research were explored.

Professor Tomas Sauer

Professor Tomas Sauer

conducts research on digital image processing

How can strategies of image processing and deep learning be combined?

How can strategies of image processing and deep learning be combined?

Professor Tomas Sauer holds the Chair of Digital Image Processing. In addition, he heads the Fraunhofer research group 'Knowledge-based Image Processing' at the University of Passau and the Institute for Software Systems in Technical Applications of Computer Science (FORWISS Passau).

"Networking with the help of the European Region Danube-Vltava Association and the INDIGO Network is a way to facilitate academic exchange between researchers across geographical borders. It's a great way to make new contacts and pave the way for projects with international partners," concludes Professor Dorner.

"I am very pleased that this event has allowed us to continue our two years of collaboration with our partners in the INDIGO Network and that the round table format brings together so many interested academics from the three countries of this European region," summarises Vendula Maihorn, who is in charge of organisational support and responsible for expanding university cooperation in the association Trägerverein der Europaregion Donau-Moldau e.V.

Countries: Germany, Austria and Czech Republic


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The cross-border project receives funds from the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy and Regional Development under the programme Förderrichtlinie Landesentwicklung (FöRLA) and is co-financed by the District of Lower Bavaria.

About the Trinational Round Table

The transnational round tables on AI have been organised by the association Trägerverein Europaregion Donau-Moldau e.V. and the INDIGO Network as part of the AI Campus East Bavaria since 2021. This format offers ample opportunity for AI researchers from German, Czechia and Austria to engage in an exchange on current AI topics and to network.

About the European Region Danube-Vltava (ERDV)

Initiated as a political project, the European Region Danube-Vltava (ERDV) brings together the regions Lower Bavaria, Upper Palatinate, Upper Austria, Lower Austria Southern Bohemia, Plzeň and Vysočina in a working group. It has set itself the task of boosting trilateral cooperation for the benefit of the people living in these regions, strengthening the entire area's transregional competitiveness and helping put the European idea into action. Spread out over nearly 60,000 square kilometres, this European region has over six million inhabitants. ERDV's head office is located in the town of Freyung, Lower Bavaria, where the association's board of trustees discharges its administrative and executive functions. President of the District Council of Lower Bavaria Dr Olaf Heinrich is chairperson of the board of trustees, and Karpar Sammer is the association's managing director. For more information are on the website of ERDV.

About the INDIGO network and the AI Campus East Bavaria

The AI Campus East Bavaria was initiated in 2020 and is coordinated by the INDIGO network (East-Bavarian Internet and Digitalisation Network), which also provides organisational support. The AI Campus East Bavaria is a cooperation platform used by the universities in East Bavaria (the Technical University of Applied Sciences of Amberg Weiden [OTH], OTH Regensburg, Landshut University of Applied Sciences, TH Deggendorf, the University of Regensburg and the University of Passau) to pool their AI competencies, intensify the academic exchange between them and bolster collaboration with business and society. For more information about the cross-university initiativego to the website of AI Campus East Bavaria.

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