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Summer School Information Event

Summer School Information Event

Date and Time: Monday, 25. April, 2022; 4:00 pm

Speaker: Andrea Hamm, Martin Schuessler, Dr Stefan Ullrich

Venue: virtual event

Participation: If you are interested in participating please contact: gs@bifold.berlin

Andrea Hamm and Martin Schuessler, supported by Dr Stefan Ullrich, will present the program of the BIFOLD Ethics in Residence’s Summer School, which will take place from 20.-24. June in a hotel around Berlin and at the Weizenbaum Institute. The Summer School complements and serves the technological research on artificial intelligence (AI) within the AI Competence Centres with aspects of ethics, explainability, and sustainability. It is organized within the Ethics in Residence program, which is realized between the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society – the German Internet Institute – and the Network of the German AI Competence Centres.

The Summer School is fully funded by BIFOLD and open to all BIFOLD PhD students, and in addition those from the other centres of the German AI Competence Center Network (ML2R, MCML, TUE-AI, ScaDS, DFKI).


The program includes multiple hands-on workshops to advance the participants’ individual research projects, several high-profile international guest lectures and Q&A sessions with the guest speakers, a panel discussion, and participants’ presentation sessions for expert jury feedback. The international expert researchers and guest speakers joining have backgrounds in computing within limits, disaster research, and COVID-19 data research. In addition, the summer school offers two main tracks, one on explainable deep neural networks (XNN) and one on sustainable AI (SAI), for a more specialized training of the PhD students.

About the presenters & track leaders
Andrea Hamm
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Andrea Hamm is a doctoral researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society and TU Berlin. In her dissertation, she investigates civic technologies for environmental monitoring in the context of making cities and communities more sustainable. She is particularly interested in the real-world effects of AI technologies, for instance to understand how AI-supported simulations contribute to reducing CO2 footprints and material consumption. She has published at international venues such as at ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM ICT for Sustainability Conference, and the International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik WI. Her work focuses on the interdisciplinary transition from human-computer interaction (HCI) and design studies to communication studies. She is a member of the German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences and the AI Climate Change Center Berlin-Brandenburg. In 2019, she was a guest researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark, after previously studying at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), and Université Catholique de Lille (France).

Martin Schuessler is a tech-savvy, interdisciplinary human-computer interaction researcher with the belief that it is the purpose of technology to enhance people’s lives. As an undergrad, he followed this belief from a technical perspective by investigating the usability of new interaction paradigms such as tangible and spatial interfaces at the OvGU Magdeburg and Telekom Innovation Labs Berlin. As a PhD student at the interdisciplinary Weizenbaum Institute he adopted a broader often less technical perspective on the same belief (still involving a lot of programming). His dissertation work looks at ways to make computer vision systems more intelligible for users. Martin has been a visiting researcher at the University College of London Interaction Center and the Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing. He has published articles at top international conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) and Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI).

Martin Schüssler
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The Summer School as a whole and as a part of the BIFOLD Ethics in Residence Program is fostered by Dr. Stefan Ullrich.