There are two megatrends in the broad field of digitalisation: artificial intelligence and the security of digital systems. Courses in computer science offer great potential on the future job market, e.g. to contain potential dangers arising from the use of digital processes, as in the "Cyber Security" course of study, or a Bachelor's degree with the title "Artificial Intelligence", which stands out among German courses of study. But even with tried and tested courses of study such as Applied Computer Science, Business Informatics or Internet of Things, students can choose from countless career opportunities and help shape digital change.Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Garmann, Faculty Dean
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On 29 July, the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) will once again come to town. On the bench at the Oberer Stadtplatz between the town hall and Pustet this time: the DIT expert for artificial intelligence (AI), Prof Dr Patrick Glauner. From 10.30 am to noon, he would like to talk to citizens about how data and its analysis are already changing our health care and will change it even more in the near future.
The complete mapping of an individual’s genetic make-up is no longer a big deal. You can already get the date for a few hundred euros. In a few years, experts say, they may be as normal as a complete blood count. So the door to individualised medicine is open. “The crucial thing, however, will be how we can use the data, for example from a personal genetic make-up, in an ethically sensible way,” says DIT professor Patrick Glauner. This requires the development of technologies such as artificial intelligence to be able to evaluate and interpret the enormous amounts of data. In addition, blockchain technologies to ensure the necessary data security and quantum computers to realise the necessary computing power. The market for the analysis of genetic data alone is expected to be worth $40 billion by 2030. Accordingly, research and work on this is being carried out at full speed worldwide. The first successes are already emerging in cancer therapy. Not only has the connection between certain genetic constellations and the development of cancer been proven, but also that with individually achieved treatment successes. In radiology and dermatology, AI has long provided valuable diagnostic support thanks to pattern recognition. "The concern that this technology will eventually replace real doctors is unfounded," says Glauner. Rather, the technology is an additional, data-based expertise. The analysis result of an AI, which can incorporate a virtually infinite amount of data into the evaluation, combined with the personal medical experience delivers the best possible treatment suggestion. "But in the end, it is always the human being, the doctor, who decides together with her patient," assures Glauner. Nothing will change in that regard. Of course, the topic of data processing in medicine also has a great ethical dimension. Citizens are welcome to talk to Glauner about this, too. An ethical dimension on two levels, by the way. On the individual level, it must be ensured that everyone can decide for themselves who gets access to personal data. Interesting at this point: In the US, there is already a business model of lending your data to universities or pharmaceutical companies. For a fee, of course. On the societal level, the question arises whether we shouldn't all make our data available to research in anonymised form - or even have to. Because it's clear: only when really large amounts of data, keyword Big Data, come together, does a picture emerge, an interpretation with a high degree of reliability. For the benefit of all those who suffer from incurable diseases today and cannot be cured due to a lack of understanding of these diseases. Many questions, then. Questions that move people. Not only computer scientists and doctors. "Some of them can certainly be answered at the DIT Science Bench," Patrick Glauner is sure.
The details and conditions of participation have now been announced for the previously announce “Anton Fink Science Prize for Artificial Intelligence (AI)”, which will be awarded for the first time by the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2022. Individuals, start-ups, universities, research institutes, foundations or even companies can win. The prerequisites are ground-breaking achievements in the research, development or practical application of AI. The prize is endowed with €10,000.
“Industrial production and mechanical engineering are at the core of our prosperity,” says entrepreneur Anton Fink, explaining his personal motivation for offering this award. The first focus of the current call for entries is therefore also on AI applications related to Industry 4.0 topics. At the same time, Central Europe is increasingly on its way to becoming a service society. “Therefore, the second thematic focus of the current call is on AI applications in the area of Service 4.0,” says Fink. The award is intended to recognise and promote corresponding digital innovations. Applications with projects, research results or teaching offers are accepted from Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. The deadline for applications is 31 December 2021. Applications must include information on the projects, research results or teaching offers, a sketch of the innovation created by them and a CV of the applicant. Individuals aged 18 and over who are resident in Germany, Austria or the Czech Republic are eligible to apply. But also, groups or companies that have their headquarters in one of the countries mentioned. These must then appoint a natural person to make the application and take responsibility for it. Submissions are accepted in both German and English. Prof Dr Patrick Glauner, who is primarily responsible for the Science Award on the part of DIT, explains that the jury is commited to treat all information made available to it in the context of the competition as strictly confidential and will use it solely for the purpose of conducting the competition. “However,” Glauner explains, “we recommend that all participants secure any patent applications before publishing them as part of the competition.” This is because the presentation of the ideas or projects could eliminate novelty protection. The award ceremony is planned for Spring 2022. The jury includes Bavarian Science Minister Bernd Sibler and the founder Anton Fink himself.
Details on the call for entries are available at www.th-deg.de/ai-prize
Tamas Nemes attends the grammar school of the Regensburger Domspatzen. The 17-year-old is interested in studying Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT). That’s why he is currently taking the course Algorithms and Data structures in the so-called early studies programme there.
“In order to better understand the algorithms underlying AI, I started an early study programme in March,” Nemes reports. The secondary school student benefits from this special offer at DIT for pupils: “The lectures are highly interesting. And working independently on the associated tasks is a lot of fun for me.” Previous knowledge of computer science was not required for participation. The 16-year-old pupil Anna Daiser is also convinced by the early study programme. The early study programmes was introduced for highly talented pupils in high school. While they are studying for their A-levels, they can already participate in University lectures in different study fields. She appreciates that the lectures are well structured and that “the content is conveyed in an understandable way.” Digital teaching has also opened up completely new possibilities for the early study programme, reports lecturer Prof Dr Patrick Glauner: “My course is now taken by interested people from all over Germany. We couldn’t reach them at all before.” Another example is Christian Normann, who did the early study course from his home in Rheinland-Pfalz. He describes his experience as follows: “Last semester I had taken the Computer Vision course. The accompanying robotics project was very educational and I enjoyed it a lot.” Incidentally, the application deadline for the winter semester 2021/2022 at DIT is currently open, until 15 July. From 1 October, prospective students such as Nemes, Daiser or Normann will be able to train as AI experts in seven semesters. For this purpose, DIT offers an AI Bachelor’s programme, optionally in German or English. Participants in the DIT early study programme will then have a good idea of what to expect at the university. Enquiries about early study can be directed to the DIT STEM team at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the AI degree programmes can be found at www.th-deg.de/en/ai. If you have any questions about the AI degree programmes, Prof Glauner will also be happy to answer them directly at email@example.com or +49 991 3615 453.
Next year, the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) will award the “Anton Fink Science Prize for Artificial Intelligence” in the amount of € 10,000 for the first time. This is the highest amount of an award that DIT has presented in the past. As the name suggests, the new “Anton Fink Science Award for Artificial Intelligence” is intended to contribute to strengthening teaching, research and development explicitly in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). On 18 May, founder and DIT Honorary Senator Anton Fink made the agreement official with his signature on the cooperation agreement.
As a pioneer in the university landscape when it comes to AI, the DIT can use this award to strengthen, the region in this promising field in parallel to successful initiatives such as the AI Campus Bavaria. Founder Anton Fink has been associated with DIT for many years and would like to see many applications for the science award. The topic of AI fascinates him and he wants to support DIT in a meaningful way. For DIT President Sperber, the advantages are obvious: such a prize will make DIT better known as an institution in the AI scene. In addition, important contacts will be made from which the university will benefit. The prize will be announced for the first time at the end of the year, around October or November 2021. Applications will be accepted from Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. The jury consists of DIT professors Prof Dr Dr Heribert Popp and Prof Dr Patrick Glauner, DIT President Prof Dr Peter Sperber, from Austria FH Prof DI Dr Stefan Huber, from the Czech Republic Assoc. Prof Ivo Bukovsky, PhD and Minister of Science Bernd Sibler. The award will be presented in spring 2022 and is to be continued annually.
The European Commission wants to create a uniform legal framework for Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the EU through its proposed regulation published in April 2021. To evaluate the proposal, the Committees for European Union Affairs of the German Bundestag and the French National Assembly held a joint meeting on 6 May. Prof Dr Patrick Glauner from the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) was invited as an expert.
“I explained to the MPs why, in my opinion, AI should not be regulated by its own legislation,” said Prof Glauner, who is also deputy head of the Bavarian regional group in the AI Feder Association. Today, safety-critical use cases are already covered by existing regulations, laws, standards and norms in almost all cases, Glauner continued: “The proposed regulation threatens overregulation, which would make the use or development of AI in the EU significantly more difficult or even impossible.” The DIT professor also called for a High-Tech Agenda Europe based on the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria. This would bring the added values of AI for citizen to more attention and take measures to increase competition. DIT President Prof Dr Peter Sperber proudly emphasises: “The fact that two national parliaments are interested in DIT’s AI expertise impressively proves that we are leading in the field of research and teaching on AI.” The new insights on AI regulation from the committee meeting would also be directly incorporated into teaching at DIT. Prof Glauner’s full written statement is freely available at www.glauner.info/expert-evidence. If you have any questions about the potential impact of the planned EU-wide AI regulation, Prof Glauner is also available as a direct contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or +49 991 3615 453.
The Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) starts the first English-language technical Bachelor's degree programme in Deggendorf: Artificial Intelligence. Prospective students will be able to study Artificial Intelligence (AI) in English as early as October 2021.
One of the world's first Bachelor's degree programmes in Artificial Intelligence has been available at DIT since 2019. Artificial intelligence makes it possible to automate human decision-making behaviour and will change almost every industry in the coming years and decades. The demand for AI experts on the market is correspondingly high. The future programme coordinator Prof. Dr. Patrick Glauner describes AI as the next step in the industrial revolution. This means excellent career prospects for the students. With the new degree programme, the university wants to take this and the advancing internationalisation of the German labour market into account. Above all in Europe, Germany-wide and regionally, the university hopes to interest more young people in studying AI in Deggendorf. Both, lectures and exams, are held in English. A great advantage is the possibility to attend the first two semesters, both in Deggendorf and virtually. Minister of Science Bernd Sibler emphasises: "Being future-oriented and international are among the hallmarks of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology. Its future offer of an English-language degree programme in ‘Artificial Intelligence’ proves this once again. After all, artificial intelligence is the key technology for diverse new developments worldwide." The degree programme offers over ten modules on AI, providing a broad and in-depth education. Computer science basics are not neglected. Spread throughout the degree, eleven core computer science modules form the backbone of the programme. A highlight of the degree programme is the practical semester, which is scheduled for the fifth semester, in which students apply their knowledge in practice in companies and thereby deepen it. However, the acquisition of key competences and soft skills, for which suitable modules are included, is also important for later professional life. Foreign students also learn the basics of the German language necessary for a successful professional life during their studies. More information on the AI degree programme can be found on the DIT website: https://www.th-deg.de/ain-b-en. Applications for a place on the programme can be submitted from Thursday, 15 April. If you have any questions about the degree programme, Professor Glauner can also be contacted directly at email@example.com or +49 991 3615 453.
In February, the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) became a member of the Sicherheitsnetzwerk München e.V. The reason for this is not just information security. It is also about networking, design and maximum competitiveness in the future.
“Nowadays, data security is an indispensable factor in protecting institutions as well as companies against the countless digital threats,” says Prof Dr Helena Liebelt, Head of IT at DIT: “However, it’s about more than that,” Liebelt adds. Cyber security means competitiveness. But in order to be successful in a digital future, networking and cooperation are other important cornerstones of the strategic orientation.
Numerous well-known companies such as Airbus, Audi, Intel, Siemens and Huawei are members of the Munich Security Network. But also teaching and research institutions. For example, the Technical University of Munich, the University of the Federal Armed Forces and Fraunhofer AISEC. “For us, this is a wonderful opportunity to keep an eye on scientific developments on the one hand, but also on the latest state of industrial technology on the other,” says Prof Liebelt. Together with important industry giants and other outstanding research institutions, DIT wants to actively shape further development in the field of cyber security. Not least, a new technology campus on this topic is currently being built in Vilshofen. Liebelt cites as a special privilege of membership in the Munich Security Network the opportunity to participate in the annual “Munich Cyber Security Conference” (MCSC), which always takes place one day before the Munich Security Conference: “This is a real fixture in the cyber security industry.” DIT will be there in the future.
Further information: https://it-security-munich.net
One reason why more companies have not yet fully switched to electric mobility or do not offer charging stations is the concern about significant additional costs in terms of electricity consumption. Companies usually have a contractually agreed annual maximum load. If this is exceeded, depending on the size of the company, surcharges of up to several hundred thousand euros on the unforeseen load peak can be the result. The parking and charging management system “SmiLE” will soon provide a solution to this problem. Scientists at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) are developing the system.
Prof Dr Andreas Berl is responsible for the project and knows the explosive nature of the topic. The problem for companies is uncontrolled charging. The feared additional costs caused by peak electricity consumption are quickly reached. A load peak is when the average energy consumption in an interval of 15 minutes exceeds the maximum contractually agreed upon with the electricity provider. There are many reasons why a load peak occurs. According to Prof Berl, this is the case when charging processes are started immediately with maximum power and batteries are unnecessarily “fully” charged. When charging processes are unscheduled, without enquiring about the next use of the vehicle. Or if the charging processes are not coordinated with the rest of the company’s energy system (e.g. load management).
In order to solve these problems, the research group led by Prof Berl is developing the SmiLE parking and charging management system. The goal is to bring more companies to e-mobility. The system is connected to the company’s existing energy system. SmiLE also makes it possible to reserve a parking or charging option so that the e-vehicles are charged according to the reservation details. In addition, a company’s own vehicle fleet can be integrated into the charging management. With the help of AI-supported forecasting methods, the charging processes can be planned in such a way that no expensive peak loads occur. To this end, DIT is developing and implementing algorithms for optimal charge planning and forecasting models. In addition, the charging planning is to be optimised according to the entrepreneurial goals. Exampled of this are the maximum use of renewable energies, the extension of the service life of vehicle batteries and stationary energy storage or the minimisation of charging costs.
To identify the respective requirements, the many years of experience of E-WALD GmbH, one of the largest German charging infrastructure operators, and eeMobility GmbH, which operates charging infrastructure for companies throughout Germany, are of great importance. Seamless communication between the respective system components and in particular the connection between the SmiLE system and the charging stations is the focus of eeMobility GmbH in the project. The SmiLE project (No. AZ-1405-19) is funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation. The project started in May 2020 and ends in 2023.
The Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) has maintained a partnership with Politehnica University Bucharest in Romania since 2012. The partnership came about through Erasmus+, a European Union programme for education, youth and sport. DIT staff member Monica Ciolacu has now completed the first cooperative doctorate with Politehnica Bucharest University and DIT.
Her dissertation "An adaptive framework for computer-based learning technology" deals with the use of artificial intelligence in teaching. Adaptive and personalised learning is to promote student performance. In addition, lecturers are to be relieved of routine work. She defended her doctoral thesis before Prof. Dr. h.c. Ing Paul Svasta (UPB), Prof. Dr. Cezar Ionescu (THD), Prof. Dr. h.c. Ing Dan Stoichescu (UPB) and Prof. Dr Ing Alexandru Serbanescu (Military Technical Academy Bucharest). The results of their work have already attracted attention at several conferences. In April, the next conference will take place virtually: the Global Engineering Education Conference, organised by the FH Kärnten and the Vienna-based FH Technikum. The theme is "Women in Engineering".
Doctoral students and those interested in doing a doctorate are advised and supported at DIT’s Graduate Centre. The International Office provides advice on the opportunities offered by the Erasmus+ programme, which, in addition to study and internship stays for students, also enables doctorates or the mobility of university staff.
The computer scientists at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) are gaining another professor. Dr Phillipp Torkler will take over the professorship for Bioinformatics and Data Analysis at DIT in the summer semester of 2021. As a member of the university’s youngest faculty, he will teach in the “Life Science Informatics” degree programme. Professionally, he has been involved in the development of molecular diagnostic tests for personalised therapies for cancer and other serious diseases.
Phillipp Torkler could be described as a bioinformatician through and through. From his bachelor’s degree to his doctorate, his academic training was focused on this field. He explains that one goal of bioinformatics is to develop methods and software for analysing and managing high-dimensional, biological data so that it can be used at all. Biomarkers, for example, can be used for the early detection of cancer. He himself researched an early detection test for prostate cancer for a young US start-up, with success. A large biotechnology company became aware of the start-up and took it over in the summer of 2018.
The next step for Phillipp Torkler is now the professorship in Deggendorf. Curiosity and the conviction that research and development make life better, is what makes him pursue his passion. He chose DIT because it is a steadily growing university that is gradually developing attractive and modern fields of study and is a major driving force for the entire region. At DIT, he has the exciting challenge of being able to help shape the fairly new degree programme “Life Science Informatics” at an early stage and thus lay the foundation for the specialisations bioinformatics and data analysis in the field of life science and biotechnology as part of the team.
Stefanie Beck is Managing Director at the management consultancy Fuhrmann Leadership in Karlsruhe. She is doing her Bachelor’s degree in Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) while working. Together with fellow students Johannes Artmeier, Lucas Fobian and Andreas Neuhierl, Beck has now developed an AI that recognises in a video stream in real time whether a person is wearing a mask or not. The research field in which Beck is working is highly regarded. It is called “computer vision”.
DIT students summarise their project as follows: “Face masks are not only necessary in pandemic situations, but above all in everyday professional life. In industry or medicine, for example. Our application ensures that the prescribed mask is worn when entering a protected space.” Such project work offers students at DIT the opportunity to apply their knowledge to practical examples. Graduates in the field of AI are highly sought after by companies. This is particularly true for the field of “image understanding”, as “computer vision” is also known. It enables computers to automatically recognise correlations in images and videos and draw appropriate conclusions. Other examples of such applications are optical inspections in manufacturing processes, object recognition in autonomous vehicles or smartphone apps that recognise faces in photos.
Since October 2020, DIT has been offering the new course “Computer Vision”, thus preparing its students for a corresponding professional career. “In the first third, our course offers an intensive introduction to the most important and, above all, practically relevant basics of the subject area,” says lecturer Prof Dr Patrick Glauner. The AI expert also explains how DIT sets itself apart from other regional and national course offerings: “I looked at what course content top international universities like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford or Imperial College London teach.” Glauner has integrated similar content into the DIT course. At the same level and presented in an understandable way. “Even at the top institutes, in the end they only boil with water,” says the DIT professor, who is himself an alumnus of Imperial College London.
Pure theoreticians, however, are hardly in demand on the job market. What is needed is expertise in the practical implementation of image understanding applications. That’s why the students spend the rest of the semester working in groups on projects of their own choosing and applying the knowledge they have acquired in a concrete way. “Very extensive and high-quality results have emerged, which clearly show how excellently our students are positioned in international comparison,” Prof Glauner proudly reports.
In addition to Beck’s results, Glauner points to another example. Course participants Patrick Gawron and Achot Terterian developed a coin counter together. Based on a mobile phone photo, it calculates the amount of money in the purse or piggy bank that has just been emptied. “In the process, we learned how to segment coins and other objects from photos and recognise them using a neural network,” Gawron and Terterian report.
DIT has been offering Germany’s first Bachelor’s degree programme in “Artificial Intelligence” for two years. The first cohort will graduate in summer 2021. Interested students can also attend selected AI lectures and get a taste of university life at DIT again from March 2021 as part of the early study programme. If you have any questions about image understanding, AI and the degree programme, Prof Glauner can also be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or +49 991 3615-453 at any time.
How does learning go digital and with the help of artificial intelligence (AI)? Dr Christina Bauer, new professor at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT), knows the answer. As a specialist for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Teaching, she will develop and evaluate digital learning environments that react intelligently to users.
In recent months, digital teaching has suddenly moved into the spotlight thanks to Corona. This is an opportunity for society to continue dealing with it now, if Christina Bauer has her way. The AI and also digital teaching could support here! For example, one could provide the broad masses with simple information on socially important topics and individualise it. With regard to teaching, courses with the help of artificial intelligence can be much better tailored to the needs of learners. Either to supplement classroom teaching or to offer courses completely digitally. DIT will take this step in the long run. To this end, Christina Bauer will test, research and teach the use of artificial intelligence in digital teaching. Intelligent learning environments will be designed and investigated, e.g. in the form of intelligent tutorial systems or assessment systems. She has already set herself the goal of firmly anchoring digital teaching at DIT even after Corona: “And this as an important supplement to presence teaching, so-called blended learning.
Christina Bauer gained her experience primarily at the University of Regensburg. During her doctorate and later in projects as well as in teaching and as coordinator of the newly introduced Master’s programme Digital Humanities. She herself studied information science. In Deggendorf, she will work as a lecturer primarily at the Faculty of Applied Computer Science. In teaching, it is important to her to work in a structured way. She also likes to encourage and support students with her own ideas. She hopes to find like-minded people among the scientists when it comes to sharing knowledge. In her spare time, the young professor is involved in Scientists for Future. Scientists actively contribute the current state of their research field in a comprehensible form to the social debate on sustainability and securing the future.
On 21 October, the joint Business Information Technology Symposium of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) and the OTH Regensburg will take place as an online event. The event with the focus on “Process Analytics” will be organised by the professors Dr Stephan Scheuerer (DIT) and Dr-Ing Frank Herrmann (OTH).
In accordance with the motto “from practice and science for practice”, speakers from renowned companies will give relevant specialist lectures. The topics will be “Production planning in the factory of the future” (The Boston Consulting Group GmbH), “Data-driven digitalisation of customer processes” (Conrad SE), “Optimisation of the allocation of tool magazines” (Siemens AG) and “Minimisation of set-up times through the use of simulation and optimisation (Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH). Participation in the event is free of charge, but formal registration is required. Further information is available at www.oth-regensburg.de/digitalisierung.
Almost every day we hear about new breakthroughs in research and development on artificial intelligence (AI). The exciting question is and remains, however, what about their implementation in companies? A four-day block event was held for the first time in September 2020 at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT). The students first learned about the basics of AI innovation management and then tested in case studies the identification of AI potential and the introduction of AI in companies. This course is probably unique, not only in Germany. It was led by Prof Dr Patrick Glauner.
Various studies conclude that currently about 80 percent of AI developments in companies do not yet create financial value or do not lead to marketable product or services. “There are many reasons for this,” explains Glauner. “One of the reasons is that classical AI teaching often only deals with purely technical aspects and ignores business management aspects”. The AI bachelor’s programme at DIT therefore offers a globally unique course on “AI Innovation Management” in addition to numerous technical courses. “By this we close this gap. We teach students what the typical challenges in companies are when introducing AI and how these challenges can be solved,” reports Glauner.
Course participant Ursula Pähler was impressed: “The course allowed me to draw parallels and differences to classical innovation management in other areas. This made me aware of the existing challenges, especially when introducing AI”. Ralf Minge, who is studying part-time, now feels much better equipped for the value-added implementation of AI in companies: “This course very impressively closes the gap between academic research on AI and its effective application in companies. I can now start directly with the value-adding implementation of AI”.
Since last year, DIT has been offering the Bachelor’s programme “Artificial Intelligence”. In October 2020, around 90 more young people will begin their studies. If you have any questions on topics related to innovation and AI, Prof Glauner can also be contacted directly at email@example.com at any time.
The Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) has been intensively promoting the use of digital teaching for years before the corona pandemic. This commitment has now been rewarded with a grant of € 182,000 for DIT projects from the Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb).
The digital courses offered via the SMART vhb platform gained in importance due to the cancellation of classroom teaching this summer semester. DIT already offers 28 vhb courses online, which were used by other universities of applied sciences, especially during the corona semester, and were applied in teaching. The notification of the vhb's support of € 182,000, which corresponds to 20% of the total funding of the latest SMART vhb funding round, will further expand DIT's digital teaching. Over the coming months, a total of ten courses will be developed and, from the 2021/2022 winter semester onwards, will be made available via the SMART vhb platform. The online courses range from the introduction to programming with Python, Java programming, programming concepts, computer science concepts, hardware design, foundations of informatics, AI applications and logic in artificial intelligence to engineering mechanics, dynamics and risk management. The development of these new SMART vhb projects is organised by Prof Dr Dr Heribert Popp, vhb representative of the unversity and project manager Dr-Ing Monica Ciolacu.
At DIT, the vhb representative, Prof Popp, has been substituting 50% of teaching in all his modules with digital teaching for 13 years now. In his digital course, he tested artificial intelligence (AI) methods by which digital teaching materials adapt to the level of knowledge of the students at the beginning of the course. Popp also uses an AI-based early warning system in his vhb courses, which sends a warning e-mail to students at risk. As a result, the failure rate could be almost halved.
The SMART vhb platform manages online learning units that can be flexibly integrated into the students' own teaching. These digital learning units start with the learning goals and are composed of different materials such as videos, text elements, self-tests or simulations.
What exactly is Artificial Intelligence, also known as AI? In which way does AI influence our future, in Lower Bavaria, in the Bavarian Forest, or maybe even in Deggendorf. Prof Patrick Glauner from the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) can tell us more about it.
Scientists found out, primal fears are connected to AI: surveillance, enslavement, loss of uniqueness/exceptionalism, as well as the end of free will. "Exaggerated", that's what Prof Glauner calls it, when you're talking about the end of free will, just because people follow the algorithms through internet or media ads. People will not be replaced by robots in the near future. But somehow, artificial intelligence seems to have escaped from blockbuster movies, like the genie from the bottle. The movies that gave us goosbumpbs: The Matrix, Minority Report or the Fritz Lang classic Metropolis from 1927 - one of the most important pieces in film art history.
"We've been able to use AI for pattern recognition in radiological diagnostics. A great enrichment for our healthcare in oncology," said Glauner, referring to a prime example of beneficial AI developments. In addition to a whole range of other applications already available today, artificial intelligence could certainly one day include all the useful connections between the unmanageable scientific disciplines and make them visible and usable again. The polymath from antiquity no longer exists. What does a virologist even know about AI, what does a computer scientist know about viruses? Certainly not enough. And those who don't know anything must believe everything. The data is here. More than enough, big data in fact. And big data is the food for meaningful AI.
Patrick Glauner has been a professor for artificial intelligence since the age of 30. Previously, he worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva and at Krones AG, among others. He has been working on artificial intelligence for ten years, most recently in particular on AI innovation management. In spring 2020 he published a book on this subject in cooperation with the Springer-Verlag: "Innovative Technologies for Market Leadership: Investing in the Future".
17.12.2019 | THD-Pressestelle - Mit Prof. Dr. Robert Hable kommt ein ausgewiesener Spezialist im Bereich Big Data Analytics an die Technische Hochschule Deggendorf (THD). Der gebürtige Landshuter verstärkt seit 1. November den Fachbereich Maschinelles Lernen/Künstliche Intelligenz an der neuen Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik der Deggendorfer Hochschule.
Dem Niederbayern ist die Technische Hochschule Deggendorf nicht unbekannt. Seit 2014 war der 38-jährige als Forschungsleiter im Bereich Big Data Analytics am Technologiecampus Grafenau tätig. Dort koordinierte er Forschungs- und Entwicklungsprojekte im Bereich Datenanalyse und Künstliche Intelligenz. Zusammen mit dem Technologiezentrum im tschechischen Pisek setze er das INTERREG-Projekt „Big Data Zentrum Ostbayern-Südböhmen“ um. Die Datenanalyse ist die große Leidenschaft von Robert Hable. Dass er sich ab dem Hauptstudium auf Statistik, Datenanalyse und Maschinelles Lernen spezialisierte, bezeichnet er bis heute als eine der besten Entscheidungen seines Lebens. „Die Datenanalyse ist als Werkzeug in nahezu allen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen und nahezu allen Wirtschaftsbereichen einsetzbar. Dadurch kann man als Datenanalyst in der Wissenschaft immer interdisziplinär arbeiten und lernt viele unterschiedliche Fachbereiche und Themen kennen. Dasselbe gilt auch in Zusammenarbeit mit Unternehmen. Man erhält Einblick in alle möglichen Branchen, ob im Handel, der Industrie oder im Gesundheits- und Sportbereich. Für mich ist das perfekt, da ich doch recht neugierig und vielseitig interessiert bin“, erklärt der frisch gebackene Professor. Hable erreichte sein Diplom im Fachbereich Mathematik 2006 an der Universität in Bayreuth, promovierte 2009 an der LMU in München und ging 2010 als Gastdozent an die KU Leuven in Belgien. 2012 habilitierte Hable an der Uni Bayreuth, nahm danach eine Vertretungsprofessur an der LMU in München an, bevor er 2014 an den Technologiecampus Grafenau wechselte. Als Erfolg bezeichnet der gebürtige Landshuter, wenn seine Arbeit anderen Menschen wirklich weiterhilft, er aus ihren Daten Erkenntnisse gewinnen konnte, die vorher noch nicht bekannt waren. Seine Neugier, in Daten versteckte Muster durch Algorithmen aufzuspüren, treibt den jungen Professor an. Er selbst beschreibt sich als neugierig, vielseitig interessiert und gewissenhaft. Seine Freizeit verbringt der Vater von zwei Söhnen gerne bei seiner Familie, in der Natur, im Wald und in den Bergen. Zudem ist Hable aktives Mitglied und Jugendleiter bei den Ringern vom SV Mietraching.
Bild (THD): Prof. Dr. Robert Hable unterstützt seit November den Fachbereich Maschinelles Lernen / Künstliche Intelligenz an der Technischen Hochschule Deggendorf.
07.10.2019 | THD-Pressestelle - Seit dem 1. Oktober ist das studentische Leben auf dem Campus der Technischen Hochschule Deggendorf (THD) wieder in vollem Gange. Über 7000 Studierende sind in diesem Winter an inzwischen acht Fakultäten eingeschrieben. Zwei Fakultäten sind zum Wintersemester 2019/20 neu an der THD hinzugekommen.
Mit der Fakultät Angewandte Informatik steht ein neues, vielversprechendes Zugpferd der THD in der Startbox. Dort angesiedelt sind die beiden ebenfalls neuen Studiengänge „Künstliche Intelligenz“ und „Cyber Security“. Die THD spricht damit zwei sehr gefragte Fachgebiete an, die bei den Studienbewerbern entsprechenden Anklang gefunden haben. Ergänzt wird das Ausbildungsangebot der Fakultät durch die bewährten Studiengänge "Angewandte Informatik", "Wirtschaftsinformatik" und "Interaktive Systeme/Internet of Things" und rüstet Studierende in allen Bereichen der Informatik. Nach Wirtschaft, Ingenieurwissenschaften und Gesundheit, bildet die Informationstechnologie den vierten Schwerpunkt der THD und ist Baustein des neuen Zentrums für Digitalisierung in Deggendorf.
Auch der European Campus Rottal-Inn wird zukünftig als eigene Fakultät geführt. Angesiedelt in Pfarrkirchen, hat sich der rein englischsprachige Studienort der THD schnell etabliert und ist auf Fakultätsgröße gewachsen. Am 8. Oktober eröffnet dort der Erweitungsbau mit über 1000 weiteren Quadratmetern für Lehre und Forschung.
Als eigene Organisation innerhalb der Hochschule kümmern sich die Fakultäten zukünftig in Abstimmung mit Hochschulleitung und Verwaltung um Lehre und Forschung in ihrem wissenschaftlichen Bereich.
Bild (THD): Bei der Begrüßung der Erstsemester der Fakultät Angewandte Informatik: v.l. Dekan Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Garmann, Studiengangsassistentin Sandra Tremmel, Prof. Dr. Michael Ponader
09.08.2019 | THD-Pressestelle - Im neuen Angebot der Virtuellen Hochschule Bayern (vhb), SMART vhb, erhielt die Technische Hochschule Deggendorf (THD) am 26. Juli die Zusage über eine weitere Förderung in Höhe von 166.000 Euro für insgesamt 83 Lerneinheiten in der Informatik. Bereits zuvor hatte die THD mit 28 digitalen Kursen, die sie über die vhb anbietet, als Leuchtturm der digitalen Lehre in Bayern gegolten. Denn auch mit 27 Prozent der THD-Studierenden, die derzeit Online-Kurse bei der vhb belegen, ist sie Spitzenreiter.
Die nun in Deggendorf zu entwickelnden Inhalte sind allesamt Informatik-Themen, was auch prima zur Digitalisierungsstrategie der THD passt. Zu nennen sind der Compilerbau von Prof. Dr. Peter Faber, Chatbots und Maschinelles Lernen von Prof. Dr. Dr. Heribert Popp, Programmiertechniken von Prof. Dr. Andreas Fischer, Grundlagen der Informatik von Prof. Dr. Stefan Götze, Einführung in die Java Programmierung von Prof. Dr. Andreas Berl sowie Internet der Dinge von Prof. Dr. Marcus Barkowsky. Ab dem Wintersemester 2020/21 sind diese Online-Angebote bayernweit einsetzbar.
Professor Popp wird als vhb Beauftragter gemeinsam mit seiner Doktorandin Monica Ciolacu die SMART vhb-Projekte managen. „Als Leiter des neuen Bachelor-Studiengangs »Künstliche Intelligenz« (KI), der im kommenden Wintersemster startet, möchte ich natürlich von diesen Projektentwicklungen profitieren“, erklärt Popp. Der unmittelbare Einsatz der digitalen Kurselemente sei quasi die Probe aufs Exempel.
KI-Experte Popp hat in den letzen 12 Jahren etwa 50 Prozent seiner Lehre durch digitale Bausteine ersetzt. Man spricht hier von sogenanntem »Blended Learning«. In seinen Blended Learning Kursen setzt Popp außerdem Verfahren der KI ein. Dadurch passen sich die Kurse in gewisser Weise an den Kenntnisstand der Studierenden an. Popp erläutert: „Chatbots agieren in diesem System als Teletutoren. Sie beantworten Fragen der Studierenden. Gefährdet das Lernverhalten einen erfolgreichen Semesterabschluss, werden die Teilnehmer durch ein auf Maschinellem Lernen fußenden KI-System entsprechend gewarnt.“
Bei SMART vhb wird ein Repositorium für Online-Lerneinheiten aufgebaut. Diese lassen sich flexibel in die Präsenzlehre integrieren, da sie nur eine Bearbeitungszeit von 45 Minuten haben. Die Zusammensetzung aus unterschiedlichen Lernmaterialien, wie Videos, Textelementen oder Simulationen und Kontrollfragen garantiert eine mediendidaktisch abwechslungsreiche Darstellung der Thematik.
Bild: vhb Beauftragter Professor Popp und PhD. cand. Monica Ciolacu managen das SMART-vhb-Projekt der THD
15.07.2019 | THD-Pressestelle - Quereinsteiger haben zum Wintersemester 2019/2020 an der Technischen Hochschule Deggendorf (THD) die Möglichkeit, in nur vier Semestern den Abschluss als Bachelor im Studiengang Künstliche Intelligenz zu erreichen. Das einmalige Angebot der THD richtet sich an Ingenieure, Informatiker, Wirtschaftsinformatiker und alle anderen einschlägigen Berufsgruppen mit Diplom- oder Bachelorabschluss, die sich gerne im Bereich Künstliche Intelligenz weiter qualifizieren möchten. Bewerbungen sind bis 20.09.2019 möglich.
Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) ist das Zukunftsthema schlechthin. „Alle Wirtschafts- und Dienstleistungsfelder benötigen in Zukunft die Unterstützung durch KI, um damit in ihren Marktsegmenten wettbewerbsfähig zu bleiben“, ist sich Prof. Dr. Dr. Heribert Popp, Leiter des Studiengangs Künstliche Intelligenz, sicher. Studieninteressierten mit entsprechender Vorqualifikation werden 60 ECTS-Punkte der ersten beiden Semester anerkannt. Somit können sie ihren Bachelor-Abschluss in nur vier Semestern erreichen. Dieses Studienmodell wird voraussichtlich nur einmalig zu diesem Wintersemester an der THD angeboten.
Die Vorlesungen finden donnerstags und freitags ganztägig sowie an zwei Samstagen im Semester statt. Quereinsteiger können theoretisch an drei Tagen pro Woche ihrer bisherigen Tätigkeit nachgehen. Die Studierenden beschäftigen sich in den ersten drei Semestern mit Grundlagen der Künstlichen Intelligenz, speziellen methodischen KI-Kenntnissen, intelligenten Dialogsystemen, Maschinellem Lernen, Robotik und Mensch-Maschine-Interaktionen. Im vierten Semester stellen die Studierenden ihre KI-Kompetenz in den jeweils wichtigen KI-Anwendungen wie Gesundheitswesen, Mobilität, Energiemanagement, Produktion, Service-Dienste oder Gaming unter Beweis. Hier ist eine gezielte Verknüpfung mit den praktischen KI-Themen des Arbeitsumfeldes möglich, auch im Rahmen der Bachelorarbeit.
Der Studiengang „Künstliche Intelligenz“ für Quereinsteiger startet bei einer Mindestteilnehmerzahl von 15 Studierenden und kostet nur den Studentenwerksbeitrag von 52 Euro. Bei Fragen steht Prof. Dr. Dr. Heribert Popp, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, als Ansprechpartner zur Verfügung.
Bild (© Halfpoint - stock.adobe.com): Einmalige Chance an der TH Deggendorf: Künstliche Intelligenz in nur vier statt sieben Semestern studieren.
Mit »Maschinellem Lernen« Wettbewerbsvorteile nutzen
10.07.2019 | THD-Pressestelle - Um die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit von Unternehmen zu steigern, müssen diese heute auf den Einsatz von neuen Technologien und Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) setzen. Der »KI-Arbeitskreis« an der Technischen Hochschule Deggendorf (THD) widmet sich am Mittwoch, 24. Juli ab 14 Uhr dem KI-Thema »Maschinelles Lernen«.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Heribert Popp ist Leiter der Veranstaltung und vermittelt mit seinen Gästen Daten-, Analyse- und Technologiekompetenz im Bereich »Maschinelles Lernen«. Durch praxisorientierte Vorträge lernen die Teilnehmer und Teilnehmerinnen die Systeme des Maschinellen Lernens kennen und bekommen Ideen, wie sie Probleme von Fachabteilungen einer Maschinellen Lernen-Lösung zuführen können. Eingeladen sind alle Fach- oder Führungskräfte, die Interesse an der Umsetzung von »Maschinellem Lernen« in ihrem Unternehmen haben. Ebenso sind Informatiker oder IT-Spezialisten willkommen, die ihre Fachabteilungen mit modernen IT-Lösungen unterstützen möchten. Um Anmeldung wird gebeten unter email@example.com.
Bild: Prof. Dr. Dr. Heribert Popp ist Leiter der Veranstaltungsreihe »KI-Arbeitskreis« an der THD.