Barbara Hammer and Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo were awarded as top AI researchers

Professor Dr. Barbara Hammer and Professor Dr. Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo have been awarded the first Lamarr Institute for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Fellowship, worth up to 600,000 euros. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the German government will fund the institute as an international center of excellence for artificial intelligence from July 2022. Gonca Türkeli-Dehnert, State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, presented the first two Lamarr Fellowships in Düsseldorf on 24 March. Both researchers work intensively in artificial intelligence and are involved in numerous projects and initiatives, including sub-projects of TRR 318.

Barbara Hammer is a Professor of Machine Learning at CITEC - Cognitive Interaction Technology at Bielefeld University. In the Transregio, she leads the subprojects C01, "Healthy distrust in explanations," and C03, "Interpretable machine learning: Explaining Change." As part of the fellowship, she has dedicated herself to researching trustworthy artificial intelligence for spatiotemporal data (TrustKI) on the challenges of climate change and drinking water supply. Prof. Dr. Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo is a Professor of Data Science at the University of Paderborn. He heads the Data Science Group (DICE) and researches human-machine interaction and explicable machine learning. In the Transregio, Ngonga-Ngomo leads subproject B01, "A dialog-based approach to explaining machine learning models."

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Prof. Dr. Barbara Hammer, project leader of subproject C01 and C03
Prof. Dr. Axel-Cyrille Ngonga-Ngomo, project leader of subproject B01