Tubingen to Host One of Four New Competence Centers.

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Tubingen is to receive a competence center for artificial intelligence and machine learning. This will make it one of four locations at which Germany's Ministry of Education and Research plans to pool scientific projects in artificial intelligence. The Tubingen AI Center will provide research groups at the University and at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems with a place to develop learning systems. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research will sponsor the center with some 6.6 million euros for an initial four years, starting in October. Three other AI centers are to be set up in Berlin, Dortmund and Munich. The centers are to play a key role in the German government's artificial intelligence development strategy.

"We are delighted with the sponsorship for the Tubingen AI center; we see a major opportunity to shape the future of artificial intelligence", says coordinator Matthias Bethge, Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Machine Learning at the University of Tubingen. Researchers at the center will work on new concepts and principles to create more robust learning systems. Learning algorithms must be able to deal with external and unexpected influences. At the same time, their reactions must be predictable and transparent.

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