HIDA Lecture@HDS-LEE: Michael I. Jordan

(C) University of California, Berkeley

Michael I. Jordan, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Professor of Statistics at UC Berkeley will talk about "On Learning-Aware Mechanism Design" in the HIDA Lecture@HDS-LEE. Abstract: Statistical decisions are often given meaning in the context of other decisions, particularly when there are scarce resources to be shared.  Managing such sharing is one of the classical goals of microeconomics, and it is given new relevance in the modern setting of large, human-focused datasets, and in data-analytic contexts such as classifiers and recommendation systems. He willl discuss several recent projects that aim to explore the interface between machine learning and microeconomics, including leader/follower dynamics in strategic classification, a Lyapunov theory for matching markets with transfers, and the use of contract theory as a way to design mechanisms that perform statistical inference. Click here to watch the video.

Mourning for Astrid Kiendler-Scharr

HDS-LEE is mourning the loss of Prof. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr. The internationally renowned atmospheric and climate researcher died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of just 49 on 6 February 2023.

She lead the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Troposphere (IEK-8) at Forschungszentrum Jülich as director and taught experimental physics at the University of Cologne. She was part of HDS-LEE since the founding in 2019. She was a highly valued colleague and greatly advanced her research field of chemistry of aerosols in the Earth's lower atmosphere and the interactions between atmospheric pollutants and climate change.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with her family and the colleagues of her institute.

Anyone wishing to express their grief at the passing of Astrid Kiendler-Scharr can leave an entry in Forschungszentrum Jülich’s electronic book of condolence


Retreat 2022 in Monschau

Our first on-site retreat took place in Monschau. The doctoral researchers had three days of intensive exchange on their projects and on Data Science applications and methods. In the morning there were lectures and in the afternoon team building activities and a hike organized by the doctoral researchers. See here for more information.

New cooperation partner: University Hospital Aachen

HDS-LEE has grown and extends the list of cooperation partners with the University Hospital Aachen. Contact person Prof. Andreas Schuppert is an important partner and has gained particular recognition in recent years for his predictions on intensive care bed occupancy in the Corona Pandemic. Thus, HDS-LEE increases its expertise in the field of Computational Biomedicine.

Poster Event in Aachen

After two years of pandemic, the HDS-LEE doctoral researchers finally met in person at the Super C at RWTH Aachen. The event was created to enable knowledge exchange and to build cooperation between the doctoral researchers. One highlight was the awarding and celebration of one of our first graduates in HDS-LEE: Dr. Hu Zhao. Please see here for more information.

HIDA Imagefilm

Watch the  HIDA image film and learn more about HIDA and the six Helmholtz Information & Data Science Schools and their programs and services. You will get insights into exciting Helmholtz research projects at the interface between Domain Research and Data Science.

Congratulations to Prof. Grohe

Prof. Martin Grohe, HDS-LEE PI and head of the Chair of Computer Science 7 (Logic and Theory of Discrete Systems), was awarded with the ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant where he gets up to 2.5 million euros for his research. The goal of his ERC project is to develop an overarching theory of graph similarity and to demonstrate its applicability to practical problems. Please read more here

Lost in translation

(Photo: Pieter Bruegel – The Tower of Babel)

English is becoming the de-facto standard for an educated life. As a non-native speaker, you may be subsidizing this development. But will new technology thwart the rise of English? Read more about Danimir Doncevic's blog post here

HIDA Trainee Network - Explore other fascinating research fields

The HIDA Trainee Network’s third call for application is open. Once again, it offers doctoral researchers and postdocs the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary experience in an exchange with another Helmholtz center. In this way, the Trainee Network provides new impulses for collaboration between the centers and builds a vibrant community of data scientists. You can find more information about this exchange program here.

Internal Retreat 2021

This year the annual internal retreat took place online via Zoom. Eight doctoral researchers present their PhD projects and current results. Generally the internal retreat is designed as a platform where doctoral researchers inform each other about their latest
research results and open issues. It is a forum for knowledge transfer and information exchange. It follows a Docs‐for‐ Docs concept, where they select content and conference style. As a follow-up to the retreat, a workshop for the doctoral researchers will be held in July, offering opportunities for exchange and networking. Please have a look here to find out more about the talks.

Projects linked to HDS-LEE

Our HDS-LEE PIs acquired several third party funded project that are or will be closely linked to HDS-LEE. You can find an overview of this projects here.

HIDA Trainee Network – Applications is now OPEN!

Apply to the HIDA Trainee Network now! The HIDA Trainee Network is a Helmholtz-wide exchange program for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers whose research has a strong connection to (applied) information or data sciences. The Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA) financially supports up to three-month long research stays at another Helmholtz Center. Our goal is to spark collaborations between the centers and build an interdisciplinary community of data scientists. You can find more information about this summer exchange program here.


HDS-LEE at HIDA summer exchange program with BGU

Christian Gerloff will participate in the HIDA summer exchange program with the Data Science Research Center at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (DSRC@BGU) in Be’er Sheva Israel. He will work on a six-week-long project together with data scientists at BGU. In his project, an interdisciplinary team from HDS-LEE and DSRC@BGU examines geometric deep learning on large MRI datasets to enhance the classification of brain networks for potential future biomarkers. You can find more information about this summer exchange program here.

HDS-LEE doctoral researchers at HIDA Trainee Network

Anna Simson, Hu Zhao, Lisa Beumer, and Leonardo Rydin Gorjao have successfully applied to the HIDA trainee network and will be sponsored for a research stay at another Helmholtz Center for up to three month. During their research stay, they will gain interdisciplinary experience, learn new skills and expand their research portfolio as part of their doctorate. HIDA trainee network was established to spark collaborations between the centers and build an interdisciplinary community of data scientists. For more information about the funded projects that our doctoral candidates will perform during their research stay, please have a look here.

German website for the prediction of the R-value

The expertise of our doctoral researcher Laura Helleckes and her colleague Michael Osthege from IBG-1 enables them not only to evaluate microbial growth, but also to predict epidemiological data, more precisely the reproduction number of the Covid-19 spread. On their website, they now provide daily analyses of the German R-value. This website is based on the predictions already made on the US website, where both also contributed their experience in workflow automation. Read the full interview with the two Jülich PhD researchers here.

What hurricanes and nasal breathing have in common

Many patients who have nasal surgery do so in the hope of being able to breathe better. But the results are often disappointing due to a lack of knowledge about how air flows through the nose. At HDS-LEE, Mario Rüttgers is now applying data science methods to reveal the small hurricanes that occur in the nose when we inhale. He wants to use these insights to help make future nasal surgeries more successful.

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Where the neurons are firing

Christian Gerloff completed his degree in electrical engineering. Now, he’s tracking down signals from one of the most mysterious and complex systems in existence. As a doctoral candidate at our graduate school, Gerloff conducts research that unravels more hidden secrets of the human brain—thanks to data science methods.

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“The Magic of Data”

HIDA visualized data to allow people to experience data science with their senses. The goal was to use the images to create access to modern, data-driven research. The artworks shown here were created by the designer Michael Schmitz based on actual data sets provided by PhD researchers at the six Helmholtz Data Science Schools. On our website, we use many of the images that resulted from this project.