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AIXSciences is organized by the ELLIS Unit Jena in cooperation with the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung

On November 27th, 2023, AI experts from various research projects in Jena gathered in the Rosensäle of Friedrich Schiller University Jena  to exchange ideas on the topic of AI and present their developments and innovations. The event was organized by the ELLIS unit Jena in collaboration with the Carl Zeiss Foundation. Ranging from research in earth sciences to sensor-assisted surgery and smart communities, the projects showcased how AI could enhance daily lives and offered insights into the diverse research achievements in the field of AI in Jena.
The opening of AIXSciences Jena was conducted by the directors of the ELLIS Unit Jena, Prof. Dr. Joachim Denzler and Prof. Dr. Markus Reichstein, in collaboration with the CEO of the Carl Zeiss Foundation, Dr. Felix Streiter, and the Mayor of Jena, Dr. Thomas Nitzsche. As the highlight of the event, keynote speakers, including Prof. Dr. med. Nils Opel from the University Hospital Jena, Prof. Dr. Miguel Mahecha from the University of Leipzig, and Prof. Dr. Jochen Triesch from Goethe University in Frankfurt, provided groundbreaking insights into their respective fields.


08:30 – 09:00 | Registration and breakfast networking

09:00 – 09:20 | Opening

Prof. Dr. Markus Reichstein
Director of the MPI-BGC
Professor for Global Geoecology at the FSU Jena
Director of the ELLIS unit Jena

Prof. Dr. Joachim Denzler
Professor for Computer Vision in the Institute for Computer Science at FSU Jena
Director of the ELLIS unit Jena

09:20 – 09:45 | Words of greetings
Dr. Felix Streiter
Managing Director at the CZS

Dr. Thomas Nitzsche
Lord Mayor City of Jena

9:45 – 10:05 | Impulse lecture
Bridging Minds and Machines: Enhancing Mental Health through Data Harmonization and Machine Learning
Prof. Dr. med. Nils Opel | Jena University Hospital

10:05 – 10:30 | Morning Break

10:30 – 11:40 | CZS supported AI projects – session 1

A virtual “Werkstatt” for digitization in the sciences
Dr. Bettina Färber (FSU Jena), Dr. Sheeba Samuel (FSU Jena) and Dr. Maha Shadaydeh (FSU Jena)

Development opportunities for smart neighbourhoods
Prof. Dr. Christian Erfurth (EAH)

Artificial Intelligence for Science, Business and Society
Prof. Dr. Dirk Schmalzried (EAH)

SteelDesAIn. AI tools for the development of future-proof steels
Prof. Dr. Maik Kunert (EAH)

A Simple and Fast Intermediate Representation for einsum-like Expressions 
Prof. Dr. Alexander Breuer (FSU Jena)

11:40 – 12:00 | Inspiring lecture
Bridging the gap between latest machine learning research and industry applications in microscopy
Dr. Tanja Teuber | Carl Zeiss AG

12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch and Networking 

13:00 – 13:20 | Impulse lecture
Understanding Earth system processes in a data-rich time
Prof. Dr. Miguel Mahecha | University of Leipzig

13:20 – 14:15 | CZS supported AI projects – session 2

Inference Engineering
Prof. Dr. Joachim Giesen (FSU Jena)

Why machine learning can find a material but not a needle in a haystack
Dr. Kevin Jablonka (FSU Jena)

Integrating Knowledge and Machine Learning in Earth System Science
Dr. Shijie Jiang (MPI-BGC)

AI in Microbiome and Aging Research
Dr. Melike Dönertas (Leibniz Institute on Aging, FLI)

14:15 – 14:35 | Inspiring lecture
AI in production: Anomaly detection in the glass melting process
Simon Rothmeier | SCHOTT AG

14:35 – 15:15 | Afternoon Break

15:15 – 16:00 | CZS supported AI projects – session 3

The need for artificail intelligence in neural systems imaging – towards a data driven understanding of mental disorders
Prof. Dr. Ilona Croy (FSU Jena)

Visualisation and Explorative Data Analysis
Prof. Dr. Kai Lawonn (FSU Jena)

Sensorised surgery: Optically guided precision surgery through real-time AI-interpreted multimodal imaging with continuous sensory feedback
apl. Prof. Dr. Michael Schmitt (FSU Jena)

16:00 – 16:30 | Capstone Talk
Taking „time“ to learn about objects and categories
Prof. Dr. Jochen Triesch | Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies Frankfurt am Main

16:30 – 16:40 | Visual Summary
Lorna Schütte
Graphic Recordings

16:40 – 16:50 | Closing Remarks
Lukas Findeisen
Programme Manager for Artificial Intelligence at the CZS

16:50 – 18:00 | Farewell and Networking


Graphic Recordings of the presentations

A video capturing highlights and moments from the day

Video abspielen

Videos of the hosts, keynote speakers, and industry partners


Dr. Conrad H. PHILIPP
European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS)
ELLIS Unit Jena | Project Coordinator
Phone: +49 3641-57-8902
Mobile: +49 178-460-6627
Email: conrad.philipp@uni-jena.de