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The Academy Award goes to… Markus Gross!

Last Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) presented its Academy Awards, known worldwide as the “Oscars”, for the 91st time. But Markus Gross was already an Academy Award winner. This is his second “Academy Award for Technical Achievement”.

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Professor Wahlster among the 500 most important German-speaking intellectuals

For the sixth time, the magazine “Cicero” has chosen the top 500 of all German-speaking intellectuals. This time, it also includes Professor Wolfgang Wahlster, who taught computer science at Saarland University until the end of 2018 and headed the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) as its technical and scientific director until the end of January. He is ranked 364th.

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Awarded the “University Pearl”

The Future Skills “university pearl”, an award of the Stifterverband (Donors’ Association), will go to Saarland University in January 2019. Teachers of computer science and philosophy have jointly developed the lecture “Ethics for Nerds”, which teaches students of computer science and related courses basic ethical skills and sensitizes them to the social responsibility of computer science. In this way, the lecture raises students’ awareness of possible undesirable developments and enables them to develop morally desirable solutions themselves.

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Interregional Science Award for Diagnostic Research on Parkinson’s Disease

How can Parkinson’s disease be detected early? A research team from the University of Luxembourg and Saarland University is looking for answers to this question and was awarded a prize sponsored by SaarLB in the “Networks of Excellence in the Greater Region” competition. The jury of the interregional science prize thus honors a cross-border research project in which so-called biomarkers are developed that indicate Parkinson’s disease at an early stage. The prize is endowed with 10,000 euros and was presented in Luxembourg.

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