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Computer scientists predict lightning and thunder with the help of artificial intelligence

At the beginning of June, the German Weather Service counted 177,000 lightning bolts in the night sky within a few days. The natural spectacle had consequences: Several people were injured by gusts of wind, hail and rain. Together with Germany’s National Meteorological Service, the Deutscher Wetterdienst, computer science professor Jens Dittrich and his doctoral student Christian Schön from Saarland University are now working on a system that is supposed to predict local thunderstorms more precisely [...]

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New course of study combines Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science

They prepare complex data material, analyze it using statistical and artificial intelligence methods in order to calculate previously unknown trends and facts. Such specialists are not only highly sought-after on the labour market. Even now, thousands of well-paid positions remain vacant. Saarland University is therefore introducing the bachelor’s and master’s degree program “Data Science and Artificial Intelligence” for the coming winter semester. Renowned experts from the [...]

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Saarland University: Department of Computer Science celebrated 50th anniversary

The Department of Computer Science at Saarland University turned 50 years old as of a few days ago. While Günter Hotz was the first professor of computer science in 1969, there are now 1900 students enrolled in computer science, and around 800 scientists conduct research at the six world-renowned research institutes, which jointly operate as the “Saarland Informatics Campus” (SIC). During the last weekend in May, the Department of Computer Science celebrated its birthday with several events.

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SIC researchers honored as influential minds in German artificial intelligence

The Gesellschaft für Informatik has selected ten influential thinkers from the German history of artificial intelligence (AI). In the “Science Year 2019 – Artificial Intelligence” proclaimed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the jury selected ten outstanding scientists who have a significant influence on AI in Germany. Five of them have also done research on the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC).

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Film series “Artificial Intelligence in Cinema”: Who is the better RoboCop?

“Chappie” is the third movie in the film series “Artificial Intelligence in Cinema” and will be shown on 28 May at 18:30 in the Filmhaus Saarbrücken. The action film from 2015 deals with an autonomous police robot that is kidnapped by street gangsters and receives human consciousness. This leads to a dramatic chain of circumstances. Cosmina Croitoru, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science in Saarbrücken, will then comment on the science fiction movie [...]

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