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The Carl Zeiss Foundation is funding an interdisciplinary research project that aims to establish a research center for machine learning at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The TOPML: Trading Off Non-Functional Properties of Machine Learning project will receive support of approximately 5 million euros as part of the artificial intelligence foundation’s funding program. “We will study what is considered trustworthy AI – artificial intelligence – at a much finer level than ever before. We not only intend to take a close look at key properties, but also find out how trustworthy AI properties interact with each other and how to analyze and resolve potential trade-offs,” said Professor Stefan Kramer of the JGU Institute of Computer Science, spokesperson for the project. , the Carl Zeiss Foundation has decided to fund a total of six research projects at the universities of Freiburg, Heidelberg, Jena, Kaiserslautern, Mainz and Tübingen. The projects were selected by an international panel of AI experts as part of the a two-step evaluation process.

Researchers from the University of Mainz will examine the decisions made by the algorithms in terms of transparency and fairness and will also examine the implications for data protection and the efficient use of resources, such as electricity. They will pay particular attention to competing aspects and examine, for example, to what extent decentralization of data storage and processing is necessary for data protection purposes and what effect this may have on energy consumption. Various conflicting objectives will be identified and characterized in order to create viable trade-offs for applications. Associated ethical and legal considerations should also be considered. Subsequently, the developed solutions will be tested in the AI ​​laboratory of the nearby Mainz University of Applied Sciences. The Ada Lovelace program and JGU’s Q+ curriculum will also be integrated to promote young researchers and knowledge transfer.

About the Carl Zeiss Foundation

The Carl Zeiss Foundation has set itself the goal of creating an environment conducive to scientific advances. Acting as a partner in exceptional scientific developments, it supports fundamental and applied research and education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. Founded in 1889 by physicist and mathematician Ernst Abbe, the Carl Zeiss Foundation is one of the oldest and largest private science funding institutions in Germany. It is the sole shareholder of Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG. Its projects are financed by dividend payments from these two companies.

Related links:
https://www.datamining.informatik.uni-mainz.de/ – Data Mining Group at JGU Institute of Computer Science;
https://www.carl-zeiss-stiftung.de/en/topics-projects/project-overview/detail/trading-off-non-functional-properties-of-machine-learning – TOPML: trading non-functional properties of machine learning

Read more:
https://www.uni-mainz.de/presse/aktuell/10864_ENG_HTML.php – press release “Computer-based weather forecast: New algorithm outperforms mainframe computer systems” (February 13, 2020);
https://www.uni-mainz.de/presse/aktuell/8760_ENG_HTML.php – press release “The Carl Zeiss Foundation supports the establishment of a new research center for artificial intelligence at the University of Mainz” (Oct. 2, 2019);
https://www.uni-mainz.de/presse/aktuell/7571_ENG_HTML.php – press release “New RMU project in the field of artificial intelligence and deep learning” (February 12, 2019)


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