Lower Saxony’s Science Minister Björn Thümler visits L3S

Lectures, a poster exhibition and talks with scientists: Minister Thümler finds out about artificial intelligence on site

Björn Thümler, Lower Saxonys Minister of Science and Culture, visited the L3S Research Center on 27 April 2022. On site, he informed himself about research projects on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI). The Minister was invited by the L3S as part of the AI Theme Week, which takes place from 27 April to 3 May 2022. The occasion is the publication of Lower Saxony's artificial intelligence strategy “Human-centred AI for Lower Saxony” on 3 May 2022.

L3S Director Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nejdl welcomed Björn Thümler with a programme under the motto “Artificial Intelligence @ L3S – Top Research in Europe, Innovation for Lower Saxony”. In his opening address, the President of Leibniz Universität Hannover, Prof. Dr. Volker Epping, emphasised the importance of artificial intelligence as a key technology and recognised the L3S as Lower Saxony's centre for AI research.

Minister Thümler was very pleased that after twenty years, the L3S is now permanently funded by the state of Lower Saxony and expressed his gratitude to the L3S for raising ten times the amount of the state allocation in third-party funding. He emphasised the great need for Germany to catch up in the field of artificial intelligence. The data is available, it is now a matter of making it available.

Scientists present their AI projects

The AI projects at L3S are diverse: from AI applications in medicine, business and science to trustworthy AI and cooperations with start-ups to machine learning with quantum computers. During a tour of a poster exhibition on AI projects, the minister gained an insight into specific projects in conversation with scientists and start-ups and was impressed by the facets of AI research at L3S and the opportunities that reliable and trustworthy AI offers for business and society.

Prof. Dr. Sören Auer, Director of the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Cience and Technology and member of the L3S, presented the CoyPu project there. CoyPu is an AI-based information platform for efficient crisis management, on which L3S and TIB are working with other partners: In the event of complex economic challenges, the platform links, analyses and evaluates macroeconomic, sector-specific and internal company data. From the evaluated facts, interdependencies are derived and up-to-date forecasts are created to support crisis management.

Also part of the exhibition was a poster on the Open Research Knowledge Graph (ORKG). With his team, Auer is researching in the Data Science and Digital Libraries research group how knowledge exchange can be rethought with knowledge graphs.

The L3S and the TIB work closely together. They are partners in the Joint Lab Data Science & Open Knowledge and Prof. Dr. Maria-Esther Vidal, head of the Scientific Data Management research group, and Prof. Dr. Ralph Ewerth, head of the Visual Analytics research group, are also members of the L3S.