AI group celebrates the 100th supervised Master thesis
VW Foundation support for project on societal impact of AI

The Volkswagen founation provides seed funding to prepare a proposal on desolidarization effects of Smart City Applications. The corresponding consortium is led by Prof. Kai Eckert from Stuttgart Media University. From the Mannheim side the Chair of Artificial Intelligence (Prof. Stuckenschmidt) will provide expertise in AI Technologies for Smart City Applications and the Chair of Statistics and Methodology (Prof. Kreuter) will design the research methodology. The full proposal has to be submitted in October.

New Champion of the „Bohnenspiel WM“

In the 2018 edition of the annual Bohnenspiel WM a new champion emerged! As integral part of the AI bachelor lecture, every year the students have the chance to participate in small groups in a tournament called the Bohnen-WM. For this tournament the students have to design and implement an AI that is capable of playing the game Bohnenspiel on a high level . This year 8 groups participated with AIs implementing different techniques and tactics. Finally, the AI of the group Selia Bati, Yves Mike Ekspenszid, and Sophia Isabel Maguin have won the cup. The winning AI was named „DieWilde9“.

Paper accepted at COLING 2018

The position paper „Automatic Assessment of Conceptual Text Complexity Using Knowledge Graphs“ by Sanja Štajner and Ioana Hulpus has been accepted at the 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2018), the premier international conference on Computational Linguistics. 

Data Science Conference LWDA 2018 in Mannheim

The Data and Web Science Group is hosting the Data Science Conference LWDA 2018 in Mannheim on August 22-24, 2018.

LWDA, which expands to „Lernen, Wissen, Daten, Analysen“ („Learning, Knowledge, Data, Analytics“), covers recent research in areas such as knowledge discovery, machine learning & data mining, knowledge management, database management & information systems, information retrieval. 

The LWDA conference is organized by and brings together the various special interest groups of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (German Computer Science Society) in this area. The program comprises of joint research sessions and keynotes as well as of workshops organized by each special interest group.

Further information can be found on the conference website: https://www.uni-mannheim.de/lwda-2018/.

Download the conference poster.

Photo credit: Anna Logue
Roche Hypo University Challenge won by DWS-AI

We are happy to announce that Jakob Huber and Timo Sztyler reached the 1st place in the Hypo University Challenge that was hosted by Roche Diabetes Care GmbH and powered by IBM.