Mathematics at the Interface of Science and Technology

Project abstract:

Data science, artificial Intelligence, and robotics are major forces to change our societies. For example, deep neural networks and machine learning have by now massively changed many application fields from science to industry. It is obvious that these methods will continue to strongly influence all of us and potentially pave our way to reach the UN social development goals.

Science has an obligation to shape this development by providing the necessary basic research, its application as well as by teaching and training young scholars of these fields. As artificial intelligence poses many questions in terms of privacy, ethics and social impact, we also need to critically engage in discussions about how to balance (perceived) dangers with (potential) benefits. HeKKSaGOn is a network of six research universities from Japan and Germany, which are committed to collaborate on these subjects. HeKKSaGOn has a track record in these topics through its working groups: Data Science, Robotics and Mathematics. While working on specific domain topics, we see the need to broaden our activities through a joint initiative. Thus, we propose the organization and implementation of two actions focused on the topic: “The Digital World: Data science, artificial Intelligence, and robotics” which are:

  • In 2021 International Summer School paired with an on-line conference and
  • In 2022 International Summer School paired with a life conference.
  • Webinar series which enhance collaboration opportunity and extend outreach.
Lead coordinator:

Name: Prof. Ramin Yahyapour
Position: Managing Director Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen
Institution: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Department, Faculty: Computer Science Institute

Other coordinator:

Name: Prof. Shinji Shimojo
Position: Director
Institution: Osaka University
Department, Faculty: Cybermedia Center