Presenting our Approach to Explainable Reinforcement Learning at LOD 2022 Conference

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As previously announced, last week I had the pleasure to present our joint work with our partners from Ruhr-University Bochum on explainable reinforcement learning at the 8th Annual Conference on machine Learning, Optimization and Data science (LOD). The presentation sparked interesting questions and lead to inspiring discussions in the enchanting ambiance of the medieval monastery...

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Dataninja Retreat 2022

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The second edition of the annual Dataninja-Retreat took place this September in Tecklenburg. The different Dataninja projects presented their proceedings, we had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Prof. Xiaoyi Jiang, and fresh PhD graduates of the KI-Starter-project kindly shared experiences and some tips from their recently concluded PhD-journey. Last but not least it...

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Researchers from TH Köln present at international conference LOD 2022

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We are pleased to announce that we will present our research on explainable reinforcement learning at the 8th Annual Conference on machine Learning, Optimization and Data science (LOD). Starting with its first edition in 2015, the LOD is an established international and interdisciplinary forum for research and discussion of Deep Learning, Optimization, Big Data, and...

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Presenting our Work at KI 2021

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In September 2021, shortly after the Dataninja retreat, we participated at the KI 2021 – 44th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Alongside fellow members of the Dataninja research training group we, Raphael Engelhardt and Wolfgang Konen from TH Köln together with Laurenz Wiskott and Moritz Lange from RUB Bochum, presented our work on rule extraction...

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Dataninja Retreat 2021

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Between the third and fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were in September 2021 lucky enough to hold in presence the annual retreat of the Dataninja research group, which was at the same time the group's first ever in-person meeting. The rich and balanced program included presentations of the different Dataninja projects by the...

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More Transparency in Artificial Intelligence

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(Image: Christoph J Kellner)   For the research project (RL)^3, which is lead by Laurenz Wiskott (RUB) and Wolfgang Konen (TH Köln) and that is illustrated in the figure above, there is now a press release TH Köln available:  https://www.th-koeln.de/hochschule/mehr-transparenz-bei-kuenstlicher-intelligenz_84905.php (sorry, in German only!). (RL)^3 is part of the graduate school Dataninja (Trustworthy AI for Seamless...

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Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning at BIOMA'2020

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We are happy to announce that the CIOP group of TH Köln participated with two papers and two talks at the 9th International Conference BIOMA'2020 (Bioinspired Optimization Methods and Applications), which took place November 2020, 19th-20th, and was this year a completely online event: "Reinforcement Learning for N-Player Games: The Importance of Final Adaptation" by...

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TH Köln takes part in AI Graduate College Data-NInJA

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The State of North Rhine-Westphalia provides a grant for the AI Graduate College Data-NInJA („Trustworthy AI for Seamless Problem Solving: Next Generation Intelligence Joins Robust Data Analysis“), coordinated by Prof. Barbara Hammer, University Bielefeld. The grant consists of seven PhD tandems, which were selected out of 37 applications for this grant by an expert jury. TH...

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First Fully-Online PhD-Colloquium at Leiden University

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I am very happy to announce that on Wednesday, April 8th 2020, the PhD-colloquium of Samineh Bagheri, which I had the honor to supervise at TH Köln, successfully took place. Her thesis “Self-Adjusting Surrogate-Assisted Optimization Techniques for Expensive Constrained Black Box Problems” deals with state-of-the art optimization algorithms supported by RBF surrogate models.  In normal...

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Stifterverband Fellowship for Prof. Wolfgang Konen

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The GroupLearn proposal of Prof. Konen is one of the three proposals from TH Köln that wins a Stifterverband Fellowship in 2020.  This year only 10 of the 87 submitted Senior Fellowship proposals were selected for funding by Stifterverband. These fellowships were awarded with 50.000 Euro funding. Stifterverband NRW awards Fellowships for Innovations in Digital...

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