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ACM Symposium 2018: Michael Strube speaks about „the dark side of NLP“

The German Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) turns 50 this year and celebrates its anniversary with a Symposium in Heidelberg. The Symposium takes place 20-21 September 2018 under the motto “Being Human with Algorithms”. Experts from all over the world discuss effects of the digital transformation to modern society – including all its side effects. The talks range from topics of digitalization, artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, over big data to blockchain, and more.

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“Astroinformatics” Conference 2018 in Heidelberg

The international “Astroinformatics 2018” conference will be held in the Studio Villa Bosch, Heidelberg, from September 3–7, 2018. Scientists from all over the world will meet to exchange views on the newest and most successful methods of machine learning in an effort to advance the exploration of the Universe. The conference is organized by HITS…

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Kerstin Hoppenhaus named “Journalist in Residence” at HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies provides science journalists the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of computer-based, data-driven science through a residence at the institute. Candidates from six continents applied for the position in 2018, and a jury selected Kerstin Hoppenhaus (Berlin, Germany). The award-winning science journalist intends to use her stay to develop new media formats suitable for making the complexity of “big data” accessible to laypeople.

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An Honor and a Farewell

After more than eight years at HITS, Volker Springel, head of the Theoretical Astrophysics group at HITS, has assumed his new role as Director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Garching. As part of his farewell ceremony, he was made an honorary “HITS Fellow.”

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For the Third Time: Award for Teaching Bioinformatics

All good things come in threes: Dr. Alexandros Stamatakis – head of the HITS research group Scientific Computing and a computer science professor at KIT Karlsruhe – is being awarded for his teaching activities at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for the third time. The “hands-on bioinformatics practical” which Dr. Stamatakis conducted together with…

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HITS Annual Report 2017 released!

The HITS Annual Report 2017 has been released. In this report, you will find research highlights from 2017 that range from decoding of the genome of the Axolotl salamander to the most complete simulation of the universe ever performed.

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In memory of Isabel Rojas

On May 11, 2018, Isabel Rojas (1968-2013) would have turned fifty years old. HITS views Isabel Rojas’s fiftieth birthday as an opportunity to commemorate her as a scientist and a wonderful person.

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New planetarium and astronomy visitor centre opened

Today, after three years of construction, the ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre will be inaugurated. The new centre at the European Southern Observatory headquarters in Garching is an endowment from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The state-of-the-art astronomy centre is tailored to convey the fascination and significance of astronomy andastrophysics to the public. The idea for the centre emanated from a cooperation between the ESO and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).

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