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Primeur weekly 2019-01-14

Exascale supercomputing

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers and Hypres to test memory cell circuit design for memory boost ...

Quantum computing

IBM unveils world's first integrated quantum computing system for commercial use ...

ExxonMobil and world's leading research labs collaborate with IBM to accelerate joint research in quantum computing ...

Quantum scientists demonstrate world-first 3D atomic-scale quantum chip architecture ...

Machine learning and quantum mechanics team up to understand water at the atomic level ...

Focus on Europe

Menta selected as sole provider of embedded FPGAs for European Processor Initiative ...

Signature of the acquisition contract for one of Europe's most powerful supercomputers ...

NCCR MARVEL PIs win swissuniversities grant to scale up computational open science platform Materials Cloud ...

Swiss National Science Foundation awards MARVEL a second tranche of CHF 18 million ...

e-IRG Chair, Prof. Dr. Gabriele von Voigt, on role of e-IRG in ESFRI Roadmap 2018 on Research Infrastructures in Europe ...

Hardware

Mellanox 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to accelerate a world-leading supercomputer at the High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) ...

IBM expands strategic partnership with Samsung to include 7nm chip manufacturing ...

AI-capable supercomputer ZF ProAI to provide maximum computing power and flexibility ...

Huawei unveils industry's highest-performance ARM-based CPU ...

Summit completes system acceptance ...

NREL's new supercomputer 'Eagle' takes flight ...

Supermicro offers Early Shipment Programme for server and storage systems with next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory ...

Supermicro shows world's fastest LN2 cooled overclockable Z390 motherboard at CES 2019 ...

Applications

U.S. Energy Department announces nearly $5 million in fossil energy research funding for universities ...

New IBM weather system to provide vastly improved forecasting around the world ...

Strengthening research on artificial intelligence: Two new professorships for AI methods in IT security and materials research at KIT ...

Turning animals monogamous ...

Titan takes fluoride from taps and toothpaste to batteries ...

ORNL team provides supercomputer-aided insights for how to turn plants into fuel and materials ...

Georgia State chemist among the first to perform research using world's most powerful supercomputer ...

ICHEC supercomputer user announced as winner of the 55th BTYSTE ...

Machine learning award powers Argonne leadership in engine design ...

A boost for artificial intelligence at the University of Freiburg ...

FAU creates Florida's first NSF-funded AI and deep learning laboratory ...

NCSA brings Dark Energy Survey data to science community into 2021 ...

A boost for artificial intelligence at the University of Freiburg


How can a computer learn to generalize the knowledge contained in a huge dataset and find solutions for complex problems on its own? This question is the focus of two new assistant professorships. Photo: Jürgen Gocke.
11 Jan 2019 Freiburg - How can a computer learn to generalize the knowledge contained in a huge dataset and to find solutions for complex problems on its own? This question is the focus of two new assistant professorships at the University of Freiburg: Robot Learning and Representation Learning. They are the result of a successful application in the programme "Artificial Intelligence Baden-Württemberg" administered by the state Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts. The professorships will join the research underway at the Faculty of Engineering. The state of Baden-Württemberg is sponsoring the professorships over the next four years with a total amount of 1.2 million euro. The positions are to be filled by early-career researchers by May 2019.

"Whether it is data evaluation, autonomous driving or smart homes, Industry 4.0 or in academia: It is of vital importance for our society, academia and economy to research the development artificial intelligence methods and their applications", stated Science minister Theresia Bauer. "The two assistant professorships will be working in the new Intelligent Machine-Brain Interfacing Technology research building and will contribute to further reinforcement of the University of Freiburg's position as one of the leading locations in Germany in the field of artificial intelligence", stated Professor Dr. Gunther Neuhaus, Vice-President for Research and Vice-Rector at the University of Freiburg.

The greatest progress in artificial intelligence (AI) is currently in the techniques of machine learning. That is when a programme learns by itself from the data given to it, and is subsequently able to apply this knowledge more generally and specifically to other problems. In particular, robotics has great potential to improve tasks such as perception, prediction and navigation - for example in robots which can reliably recognize objects or to reach out and touch them. The Robot Learning junior professorship has the aim of developing methods enabling robots to conduct their tasks more effectively and robustly and to adapt more flexibly to their environment.

A further trend in artificial intelligence is deep learning, a technology based on artificial neural networks. With the help of the very large data sets and computing power available today, these networks learn, via many layers of processing, to represent data more abstractly. Early layers extract simple patterns from raw data - such as the recognition of edges in image processing. Later processing layers combine these patterns with ever more complex and ever more abstract representations, so that a computer can ultimately make robust classifications - for example, in the context of self-driving cars, it learns to distinguish humans from lampposts or to detect traffic lights. The Representation Learning assistant professorship seeks to improve and further develop the basic methods of deep learning.

Artificial intelligence is an established field of research at the University of Freiburg's Faculty of Engineering. Seven professors and their groups are currently conducting research into various aspects of artificial intelligence, covering relevant topics such as robotics, algorithms and data structures, machine learning, computer vision, neuro-robotics and the basics of artificial intelligence. The Intelligent Machine-Brain Interfacing Technology (IMBIT) building, which is to open its doors in early 2020, will provide researchers with outstanding research infrastructure and will support the exchange of ideas.

Source: University of Freiburg

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Primeur weekly 2019-01-14

Exascale supercomputing

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers and Hypres to test memory cell circuit design for memory boost ...

Quantum computing

IBM unveils world's first integrated quantum computing system for commercial use ...

ExxonMobil and world's leading research labs collaborate with IBM to accelerate joint research in quantum computing ...

Quantum scientists demonstrate world-first 3D atomic-scale quantum chip architecture ...

Machine learning and quantum mechanics team up to understand water at the atomic level ...

Focus on Europe

Menta selected as sole provider of embedded FPGAs for European Processor Initiative ...

Signature of the acquisition contract for one of Europe's most powerful supercomputers ...

NCCR MARVEL PIs win swissuniversities grant to scale up computational open science platform Materials Cloud ...

Swiss National Science Foundation awards MARVEL a second tranche of CHF 18 million ...

e-IRG Chair, Prof. Dr. Gabriele von Voigt, on role of e-IRG in ESFRI Roadmap 2018 on Research Infrastructures in Europe ...

Hardware

Mellanox 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to accelerate a world-leading supercomputer at the High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) ...

IBM expands strategic partnership with Samsung to include 7nm chip manufacturing ...

AI-capable supercomputer ZF ProAI to provide maximum computing power and flexibility ...

Huawei unveils industry's highest-performance ARM-based CPU ...

Summit completes system acceptance ...

NREL's new supercomputer 'Eagle' takes flight ...

Supermicro offers Early Shipment Programme for server and storage systems with next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory ...

Supermicro shows world's fastest LN2 cooled overclockable Z390 motherboard at CES 2019 ...

Applications

U.S. Energy Department announces nearly $5 million in fossil energy research funding for universities ...

New IBM weather system to provide vastly improved forecasting around the world ...

Strengthening research on artificial intelligence: Two new professorships for AI methods in IT security and materials research at KIT ...

Turning animals monogamous ...

Titan takes fluoride from taps and toothpaste to batteries ...

ORNL team provides supercomputer-aided insights for how to turn plants into fuel and materials ...

Georgia State chemist among the first to perform research using world's most powerful supercomputer ...

ICHEC supercomputer user announced as winner of the 55th BTYSTE ...

Machine learning award powers Argonne leadership in engine design ...

A boost for artificial intelligence at the University of Freiburg ...

FAU creates Florida's first NSF-funded AI and deep learning laboratory ...

NCSA brings Dark Energy Survey data to science community into 2021 ...