Next Generation AI

We currently witness the impressive success of artificial intelligence (AI) in real-world applications.

We currently witness the impressive success of artificial intelligence (AI) in real-world applications, ranging from autonomous driving over speech recognition to the health care sector. At the same time, modern, typically data-driven AI methods have a similarly strong impact on science such as astronomy, physics, medicine – as well as humanities or social sciences, often replacing classical methods in the state of the art. In fact, at present, basically any research area is already impacted or starting to get involved in research questions in the realm of AI. However, despite this outstanding success, most of the research on AI is empirically driven and not only is a comprehensive theoretical foundation -- in particular, in the sense of explanations of decisions -- missing, but even the limitations of these methods are far from being well understood. It is also far from clear how AI-based methods can be optimally combined with classical methods based on physical models as domain knowledge.

At present, two general streams of research in artificial intelligence can be identified worldwide. On the one hand, existing methodologies are adapted and applied to diverse scientific areas, while on the other hand, researchers aim to tackle the aforementioned methodological/theoretical problems and initiate the next generation of artificial intelligence. At LMU Munich, those directions are also prominently represented and displayed at https://www.lmu.de/ai. It is important to also stress that in fact both directions require a highly interdisciplinary effort and have many interconnections.

The CAS Research Focus therefore aims to connect, in particular, more methodological/theoretical with more application-oriented researchers across all faculties of LMU Munich as well as existing research and teaching activities, focusing on the following key problem complexes at the verge of the next generation of AI:

  • AI and Uncertainty
  • AI and Domain Knowledge
  • Limitations of AI
  • Social Aspects of AI (Explainability, Fairness, etc.)

Spokesperson

Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok

LMU Munich

Speaker of the CAS Research Focus “Next Generation AI”

Mathematical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

Research Focus Group

Prof. Dr. Bernd Bischl
Prof. Dr. Bernd Bischl

LMU Munich

Work Group CAS Research Focuses

Statistical Learning and Data Science

Prof. Dr. Florian Englmaier
Prof. Dr. Florian Englmaier

LMU Munich

Organizational Economics

Prof. Dr. Eyke Hüllermeier
Prof. Dr. Eyke Hüllermeier
Prof. Dr. Göran Kauermann
Prof. Dr. Göran Kauermann

LMU Munich

Chair of Applied Statistics in Social Sciences, Economics and Business

Prof. Dr. Katia Parodi

LMU Munich

Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schütze
Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schütze
Prof. Dr. Thomas Seidl
Prof. Dr. Thomas Seidl

Advisory Board

Visiting Fellows

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Philipp Grohs

University of Vienna

Visiting Fellow, CAS Research Focus "Next Generation AI"

Mathematical Data Science

Prof. Julia Lane, Ph.D.

NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Visiting Fellow, CAS Research Focus "Next Generation AI"

Economics and Statistics

Prof. Issam El Naqa, Ph.D.

Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa

Visiting Fellow, CAS Research Focus “Next Generation AI”

Bioinformatics

Lecture Series "Next Generation AI"

Events

  • Lecture by Prof. Michael I. Jordan, Ph.D. – "On the Blending of Machine Learning and Economics"
    (Winter Semester 2021/22)
  • Panel Discussion with Prof. Dr. Sami Haddadin, Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok and Eva Wolfangel – "Next Generation AI"
    (Winter Semester 2021/22)
  • Roundtable – "Next Generation AI" Topic I: AI and Uncertainty"
    (Winter Semester 2021/22)
  • Roundtable – "Next Generation AI" Topic II: AI and Domain Knowledge" (Winter Semester 2021/22)
  • Roundtable – "Next Generation AI" Topic III: Limitations of AI"
    (Winter Semester 2021/22)
  • Roundtable – "Topic IV: Social Aspects of AI"
    (Winter Semester 2021/22)
  • Symposium on AI Research at LMU
    (Summer Semester 2022)
  • Lecture by Prof. Dr. Joachim M. Buhmann - "Algorithm Validation for Data Science" (Summer Semester 2022)
  • Workshop – "AI in Science: Foundations and Applications"
    (Summer Semester 2022)
  • Lecture by Prof. Issam El Naqa, Ph.D. and Prof. Julia Lane, Ph.D. - "Perils and Pitfalls of AI in Radiological Sciences"
    (Winter Semester 2022/23)
  • Lecture by Prof. Håvard Hegre, Ph.D. – "Accounting for Uncertainty when Forecasting Armed Conflict"
    (Summer Semester 2023)
  • Lunch Talk by Prof. Dr. Philipp Grohs – "Opportunities and Limitations for Deep Learning in the Sciences"
    (Summer Semester 2023)
  • Panel discussion with Dr Thiemo Fieger, Prof. Dr Björn Ommer, Martin Skultety and Christian Schiffer – "Generative AI in the Industry, Media, and Beyond. Chances and Challenges of Stable Diffusion"
    (Summer Semester 2023)
  • Lecture by Prof. Yann LeCun, Ph.D. – "From Machine Learning to Autonomous Intelligence"
    (Summer Semester 2023)
    Link to the video
  • Workshop led by Prof. Dr Eyke Hüllermeier, Prof. Dr. Göran Kauermann and Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schütze – "AI Double Feature: Neuro-Symbolic AI / AI and Sustainability"
    (Summer Semester 2023)

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