Events at a Glance

Here you find an overview of events that we organize or that researchers of the Lamarr Institute contribute to. Come and talk to our experts at conferences, trade fairs or workshops.

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Highlight events

#Hack4BestCX: ML Hackathon

Date: 01/03/2024
| Location: Telekom Campus, Landgrabenweg 151
Location: Telekom Campus, Landgrabenweg 151

Attention Master’s students, doctoral candidates and post-docs at the University of Bonn and Lamarr: Deutsche Telekom, the transfer center enaCom and the Lamarr Institute for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are looking for innovative and unconventional solutions for the customer experience (CX) at the ML hackathon “#Hack4BestCX”.

In cooperation with Deutsche Telekom’s data scientists, you (and your team) will work on a specific challenge within one day based on real operating and performance data from a DAX-listed company.  The event will take place on March 1 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Deutsche Telekom campus in Bonn and aims to develop predictive models that detect outages or deviations in Deutsche Telekom’s network performance as accurately as possible.

Participation is free of charge. #Hack4BestCX registration’s open until February 25.

2nd International Workshop on Responsible AI Engineering (RAIE’24)

Date: 14/04/2024
- 20/04/2024
| Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

The recent release of ChatGPT, Bard, and other large language model (LLM)-based chatbots has drawn huge global attention. The black box nature and the rapid advancements in AI have sparked significant concerns about responsible AI. It is crucial to ensure that the AI systems are developed and used responsibly throughout their entire lifecycle and trusted by humans who are expected to use them and rely on them.

“Human-Centered Large Language Models” at ACL 2024

Date: 12/08/2024
- 17/08/2024
| Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

“How do we include human (personal, social, cultural, situational) context, ethically, into Large Language Models (LLM)?”: that´s the question that both academia and the LLM industry will discuss at the “Human-Centered Large Language Models Workshop” 2024. The workshop will take place at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) between the 12th and the 18th of August 2024 in Bangkok, Thailand. An exciting cross-disciplinary panel on AI alignment and related topics aims to create a space where researchers can present rising challenges and solutions in building human-centered Natual Learning Processing (NLP) models. Lucie Flek, professor at the University of Bonn, head of the Data Science and Language Technologies group and principal investigator of the Lamarr Institute, is one of the organizers of the event.

AI24 – The Lamarr Conference

Date: 04/09/2024
- 05/09/2024
| Location: Dortmund
Location: Dortmund

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AI24 – The Lamarr Conference featuring Industrial AI & Logistics

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Upcoming events

AI4Schools: Workshop for female students

Date: 06/03/2024
| Location: Fraunhofer IAIS
Location: Fraunhofer IAIS

AI is not only for boys! Two special one-day workshops for female students will take place on January 24th and March 6th at Fraunhofer IAIS. They were organized by the Initiative AI4Schools in collaboration with Lamarr Institute as part of the STEM project days of the Rhein-Sieg district.

About AI4Schools

AI4Schools is an educational project by the Fraunhofer Alliance for Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, the Roberta Initiative of the Fraunhofer IAIS, and the Lamarr Institute. The project aims to familiarize both students and teachers with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by offering workshops on the valuable competencies and knowledge around the theme. Bettina Stark-Watzinger, the Federal Minister for Education and Research, has been the official patron since mid-September.

Robotics keynote at NVIDIA GTC 2024

Date: 18/03/2024
- 21/03/2024
| Location: San Jose, California
Location: San Jose, California

The NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC) is one of the global AI conferences, bringing together developers, engineers, researchers, inventors, and IT experts. This year’s conference kicks off on March 18th, 2024, and will be opened with a keynote by CEO Jensen Huang. GTC focuses on innovations and technologies in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, computer graphics, data science, machine learning, and autonomous machines. In addition to numerous keynotes, training sessions and exhibitions, workshops on various topics, including robotics, will be offered. Julian Eßer, a research assistant in the AI & Autonomous Systems department at Fraunhofer IML in Dortmund and an expert on the interface of robotics, simulation & reinforcement learning will be giving a talk at the event on “Next-Generation Robotics: Training Agile Loco-Manipulation and Human-Machine Interaction”. The keynote will include a live demonstration of the evoBOT project, a bio-inspired robot combining agile locomotion and dexterous object manipulation developed by Fraunhofer IML.


LREC-COLING 2024: Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Graphs Reasoning

Date: 21/05/2024
| Location: Turin, Italy
Location: Turin, Italy

The ELRA Language Resources Association and the International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL) joined forces to organize the 2024 International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-COLING 2024). Researchers and practitioners in computational linguistics, speech, multimodality, and natural language processing will be able to exchange information and ideas through both oral presentations and extensive poster sessions, complemented by a wide social program. The conference will take place in Torino, Italy between May 20th and 25th and it will be accompanied by a total of three days of workshops and tutorials held in the days immediately before and after. One of those workshops (“Bridging Neurons and Symbols for Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Graphs Reasoning” on May 21st) is co-organized by Rafet Sifa, Principal Investigator at the Lamarr Institute, Professor of Applied Machine Learning at the University of Bonn and head of the Media Engineering department at Fraunhofer IAIS.

Past events

EuroCIS fair: Presentation MercuriusAI

Date: 27/02/2024
- 29/02/2024
| Location: Düsseldorf
Location: Düsseldorf

The EuroCIS is Europe’s leading trade fair for Retail Technology. The 2024 edition will take place in Düsseldorf from February 27th to 29th. At the conference, the Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) department of Fraunhofer IAIS, a partner institution of the Lamarr Institute, will showcase AI solutions and approaches specifically developed for the retail sector. In particular, the “MercuriusAI” project, an assistant for personalized marketing content, will be presented. The development of the assistant was based on results relating to large language models from the Lamarr Institute’s Natural Language Processing (NLP) research area. The project entails innovations in optimized product distribution and warehouse planning, automatic business area and company analyses, as well as reports and personalized design of media content. MercuriusAI can be found at Booth E61 in Hall 10.

Workshop: Epistemological Issues of Machine Learning in Science

Date: 27/02/2024
- 28/02/2024
| Location: Chaudoire Pavillon, TU Dortmund University
Location: Chaudoire Pavillon, TU Dortmund University

“Epistemological Issues of Machine Learning in Science” is the title of the upcoming workshop taking place at the TU Dortmund University between the 27th and the 28th of February. This workshop intends to explore the integration of Machine Learning (ML), especially Deep Learning, in science. It brings together scientists and philosophers to discuss key issues e.g., the relationship between prediction/discovery and explanation/understanding in ML, concepts of explanation in eXplainable AI (XAI) and the connection between ML and traditional scientific methods. The event marks the launch of the DFG-funded Emmy Noether Group UDNN and is co-organized with the Lamarr Institute, with co-funding from the Department for Humanities and Theology at TU Dortmund University. Registration is free and possible until 15th of January via the e-mail (please include name and institution).


Date: 27/02/2024
| Location: domicil, Hansastraße 7-11, 44137 Dortmund
Location: domicil, Hansastraße 7-11, 44137 Dortmund

BARsession is a quarterly live event organized by Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund to discuss future entrepreneurial topics. Dortmund businesses, self-employed individuals, startups, and interested parties gather to network and stay informed. The first edition of 2024, titled “Learning what we don’t understand – AI and its applications in logistics”, takes place on February 27th at 6 pm in Dortmund’s jazz club “domicil.”

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael ten Hompel, director of the Lamarr Institute and Fraunhofer IML, will be the main speaker, discussing how AI is integrated into logistics and its daily management role. Alongside ten Hompel, six session partners will join BARsession, including the Lamarr Institute, KI.NRW, IHK zu Dortmund, European Digital Innovation Hub Dortmund (EDIH-DO), Centrum für Entrepreneurship & Transfer with CONQUER – Marketing & Sales Consulting GmbH, and Projekt, along with the initiative to:DO.

Participation is free of charge. Registration is requiered via the link. The event will be held in German.

Workshop XAI4Sci: Explainable Machine Learning for Sciences

Date: 26/02/2024
| Location: Vancouver, Canada
Location: Vancouver, Canada

The XAI4Sci workshop for Explainable Machine Learning for Sciences will take place as a part of the 38th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence on the 26th of February 2024 in Vancouver, Canada. Its goal is to bring together a diverse community of researchers and practitioners working at the interface of science and Machine Learning to discuss the needs for explainable Machine Learning models in support of science and scientific discovery. Katharina Beckh, research associate at the Lamarr Institute, will be speaking at the event. Her research focuses on human-oriented Machine Learning and she works with interactive learning algorithms and explainable language models.

Schnupper-Uni 2024: “Perspectives in STEM!”

Date: 06/02/2024
| Location: Kreuzbergweg 28, Bonn
Location: Kreuzbergweg 28, Bonn

On February 6th, the 24th edition of the “Schnupper-Uni” entitled “Perspective Math.-Nat!” will take place at the University of Bonn, partner institution from the Lamarr Institute. All female students from grades 10 to 13 are invited to explore different STEM programs — such as Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geodesy and Geoinformation, Computer Science, Mathematics, Meteorology, Geography— and learn about their research in a full-day program organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The event, which will occur from around 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM, includes a welcome talk by the Central Academic Advising and multiple workshops. Online registrations are open until January 21, 2024, and early sign-up is encouraged due to high demand from the previous year.


Date: 01/12/2023
- 04/12/2023
| Location: Shanghai, China
Location: Shanghai, China

The IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) is the world’s most prominent research conference in data mining. It will take place between the 1st and the 4th of December 2023 in Shanghai, China. The ICDM provides an international forum for an exchange of innovative and practical development experiences from researchers, application developers, and practitioners from a wide range of data mining related areas. Topics covered include algorithms, software, systems and applications. By promoting novel, high-quality research findings, and innovative solutions to challenging data mining problems, the conference seeks to advance the state-of-the-art in data mining. Lamarr scientists Matthias Jakobs and Amal Saadallah have published the paper “Explainable Adaptive Tree-based Model Selection for Time-Series Forecasting” and are going to present their findings at the conference.

Computer Science & Physics Meet-Up by Lamarr & B3D

Date: 29/11/2023
- 01/12/2023
| Location: Lamarr Institute, TU Dortmund University
Location: Lamarr Institute, TU Dortmund University

From November 29 to December 1, 2023, computer scientists and physicists from the Lamarr Institute and the NRW Cluster for Data-Intensive Radio Astronomy: Big Bang to Big Data (B3D) will come together to identify the potential for joint research collaborations. The event aims to bring together the fields of computer science (Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence) and physics (astrophysics, particle and astroparticle physics, radio astronomy) over three days with talks, poster presentations and discussions. The agenda includes overview lectures on the two institutes and their research as well as pitch talks and a lecture by Nobel Prize winner Prof. Dr. Reinhard Genzel on galaxies and black holes in the Audimax of TU Dortmund University (the lecture is part of the TU series Initialzündung). The “CS & Physics Meet-Up” will take place in the Lamarr Building at TU Dortmund University, but there will also be a livestream for interested listeners.

About Astrophysics at Lamarr Institute

With the interdisciplinary research field of Astrophysics led by Prof. Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Rhode, the Lamarr Institute is pioneering the partnership between AI and Astroparticle Physics and driving innovative research in this area. This merging of disciplines marks a significant chapter in the exploration of our cosmos.

OpenGPT-X x appliedAI Conference

Date: 29/11/2023
| Location: AULA, Bildungscampus 6, 74076 Heilbronn
Location: AULA, Bildungscampus 6, 74076 Heilbronn

“1 year ‘anno ChatGPT‘: Where does the German economy stand in the use of generative AI?” is the theme of the new OpenGPT-X x appliedAI conference taking place on the 29th of November 2023. Dr. Nicolas Flores-Herr, team leader of Conversational AI at Fraunhofer IAIS and project leader of OpenGPT-X, will moderate the event. The meeting will happen from 10am to 5pm in Heilbronn, the future home of the Artificial Intelligence Innovation Park (Ipai). Around 150 tech-savvy industry experts and researchers from the fields of generative AI and language modeling are coming together to share knowledge, experiences and best practices on the use of generative AI in industrial applications, tailored to the German and European market. Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel, Co-Director of the Lamarr Institute, will give a presentation on “Generative AI in action: Strategies and applications for the German economy”. Overall, the conference endeavors to strengthen the ability to develop generative AI in Europe by assessing current needs and facilitating collaboration between experts in the field. Key topics to be discussed include multilingualism, reliability, and transparency. For all those who cannot attend in person, there will be a livestream of the event. The conference language is German.

All Hands Meeting of the German AI Centers

Date: 09/10/2023
- 10/10/2023
| Location: Berlin
Location: Berlin

On October 9 and 10, 2023, the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD) at TU Berlin invites scientists from the university AI competence centers (BIFOLD, ScaDS.AI Dresden/Leipzig, Lamarr Institute, Tübingen AI Center and MCML) as well as the DFKI to Berlin. There they present and discuss current results of their research. An AI symposium on the second day of the event aims to present the centers’ leading AI research to an interested public.


Date: 18/09/2023
- 22/09/2023
| Location: Turin, Italy
Location: Turin, Italy

From the 18th to the 22rd of September 2023, the next European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases will be held in Turin, Italy. The conference main venue is OGR (Officine Grandi Riparazioni), the hub of innovation and art in Turin, supported by a group of modern spaces at Politecnico di Torino for the workshops and tutorials days. This is Europe’s top machine learning and data mining conference, with over 20 years of successful events and conferences across the continent.