Helmholtz AI kick-off meeting

5 March 2020 - Lenbach Palais, Munich

Helmholtz AI aims to enable the efficient and agile development and implementation of applied artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) assets across the whole Helmholtz Association, strongly encouraging networking between all Helmholtz centres.

The official Helmholtz AI kick-off meeting was the perfect opportunity to meet method and domain specialists with a shared interest in AI. Representatives of all Helmholtz centres learnt more about Helmholtz AI initiatives, discussed use cases in applied AI/ML and expanded their network.


With more than 200 people onsite and 1700 livestream views, the official Helmholtz AI kick-off meeting became the perfect opportunity for the Helmholtz AI community to get together and discuss current and future projects in applied AI/ML. Thank you for making it possible!

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5 March 2020 - Lenbach Palais, Munich

8:30 Registration opens  
9:00 Welcome coffee  
10:00 Opening remarks

Matthias Tschöp - CEO HMGU

Sabine Jarothe - Director general Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy

Michael Strepp Director general  Bavarian Ministry for Digital Affairs

Gerhard Kramer - Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation TUM 

Otmar Wiestler - President Helmholtz Association

Fabian Theis - Scientific director Helmholtz AI

10:45 Overview of Helmholtz AI and HAICORE 

Helmholtz AI representatives and HAICORE (represented by Jennifer Schröter - KIT)

11:15 Keynote I Sami Haddadin - TUM
12:00 Lunch & Digital poster session See abstracts + posters

Use cases with methods

(45’ coffee break at 15:00)

AI in computational hematopathology

Carsten Marr - HMGU - Health

Machine Learning methods for the reconstructions, detection and prediction of climate changes

Eduardo Zorita - HZG - Earth & Environment

AI and Machine Learning in Aerospace and Transport Research

Richard Bamler - DLR - Aeronautics, Space and Transport

Building high-resolution models of the human brain with the help of AI and HPC 

Timo Dickscheid - FZJ - Key Technologies

AI in Energy Systems – Using Machine Learning for Energy Time Series

Nicole Ludwig - KIT - Energy

AI-driven Plasma Physics / Matter

Nico Hoffmann - HZDR - Matter

SAC constitutive meeting

(Closed session)

Scientific Advisory Committee members

17:15 Keynote II Matthias Bethge - EKU Tübingen
18:00 Wrap-up

Fabian Theis - Scientific director Helmholtz AI

18:15 Networking reception  
20:30 End of the kick-off meeting  




Keynote speakers

Sami Haddadin

Sami Haddadin


Sami Haddadin

Sami Haddadin

Matthias Bethge

Matthias Bethge

EKU Tübingen

Matthias Bethge

Matthias Bethge

Use case speakers


The Venue: Lenbach Palais

Palais Lenbach

Ottostraße 6, 80333 Munich


The Helmholtz AI kick-off conference will take place in the historical Palais Lenbach. Built in 1887, it is one of the few buildings in central Munich that was not destroyed during the Second World War. Its original architecture, including elegant marble floors and stucco ceilings, is still intact.








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