TU Wien CAIML

iCAIML Doctoral College

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the new iCAIML Doctoral College “Innovative Combinations and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)”.

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Picture: Amélie Chapalain / TU Wien Informatics

The Center of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (CAIML) is proud to announce the launch of its new Doctoral College! This innovative DC wants to harness the power of symbolic AI (ML) and sub-symbolic AI (knowledge representation and reasoning, KRR). The focus of the DC will lie on investigating the combination of symbolic and sub-symbolic AI and how these combinations can be used to develop new applications for a wide range of domains. With this, the DC is also in synch with the recently awarded Cluster of Excellence for Bilateral AI (BILAI), which aims at developing a Broad AI by leveraging the synergies of symbolic and sub-symbolic AI.

At the heart of iCAIML’s mission are two key principles: first, the exploration of novel combinations of AI methods to investigate less explored application areas; and second, how the requirements for these new applications can guide and instruct basic research in AI. The new DC provides research training committed to excellence in the field of AI and ML, and the goal of the DC is to educate students to effectively tackle complex research problems in the realm of AI. In line with the Digital Humanism Initiative, responsiveness and reflexivity about the impact of the research conducted at iCAIML will be part and parcel of the training and education of doctoral students.

It’s however not just excellence in research that the new DC strives for: it is also dedicated to a sustainable exchange of know-how between university and industrial partners. For this reason, we are delighted that industry leaders FREQUENTIS and MCP will be sponsoring 1 full fellowship at the iCAIML Doctoral College, which further strengthens our relationship and collaborative ties with industry partners. iCAIML will be headed by Stefan Woltran, together with Sabine Andergassen, who will be serving as deputy for the DC.

“At iCAIML, we want to push the boundaries of AI research and find new ways of combining different AI approaches. We want to strengthen existing foundational research, but we also want to focus on new applications. When you think about AI research and possible applications, it’s also very important to think about the explainability of AI and think about the ethical questions that come with it. At iCAIML, we try to put all those things together, and we train and educate young scientists to excel in their research as well as to think about the impact that their work has on society.”, says Stefan Woltran, head of iCAIML.