The opening event of the Competence Center Machine Learning Rhine-Ruhr (ML2R) took place on 23 January 2019 at the Logistics Campus in Dortmund. Katrin Berkler from Fraunhofer IAIS moderated the event.

Right at the front: (from left) Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas (BMBF), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ursula Gather (TU Dortmund), Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (NRW Ministry of Culture and Science), Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik (TU Dortmund), Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel (Fraunhofer IAIS and Bonn University) and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael ten Hompel (Fraunhofer IML).

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ursula Gather, Rector of the Technical University of Dortmund, welcomes the guests.

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, at her welcoming address at the opening of the event.

A greeting message also comes from Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik, Professor of Computer Science at the Technical University of Dortmund, is spokeswoman for ML2R and gives an insight into one of her main research areas: machine learning with limited resources.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bonn and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS. Together with Prof. Morik, he is the spokesman of the ML2R.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael ten Hompel, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, will host the kick-off event.

Smile for the press photo: (from left) Michael ten Hompel, Ursula Gather, Stefan Wrobel and Katharina Morik.

Innovation show in the foyer: Companies from the region present solutions for machine learning.

The innovation show provided an opportunity for questions and the exchange of ideas.

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen in conversation with Michael ten Hompel and Stefan Wrobel.

Press photo: (from left) Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Bauckhage, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael ten Hompel, Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik, Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel, Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Urusla Gather and Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas

In conversation with Christian Bauckhage (r.), Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bonn and Lead Scientist for Machine Learning at Fraunhofer IAIS.

Dr. Dirk Hecker (r.), Deputy Director of Fraunhofer IAIS, visits the Innovation Show.

Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas takes the opportunity to talk to Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik.

Fraunhofer IML scientists guide through the innovation laboratory.

A swarm of drones rises in the innovation laboratory of the Fraunhofer IML.

The researchers present applications of machine learning in which drones are used.

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Joachims at his lecture "Learning from and for Interventions". He is a former student at the TU Dortmund and today professor at Cornell University in the USA.

Prof. Dr. Michèle Sebag came from France for a scientific guest lecture. She does research at the Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique, Université Paris-Sud.

Christian Bauckhage moderated the impulse lectures in which companies presented successfully implemented projects of machine learning.

Dr. Christian Bockermann, Douglas Informatik & Service GmbH, gives an example for the use of Big Data for the analysis of customer needs.

Prof. Dr. Nicole Krautkrämer-Merkt, EmotionsRadar GmbH, explains how machine learning helps to analyse emotions in social media contributions.

Dr. Dominic Siedhoff, T-Systems International GmbH, uses Machine Learning and Big Data to make train forecasts more reliable for Deutsche Bahn.

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Dr. Fabian Hüger, Volkswagen AG, talks about the interaction of autonomous vehicles with pedestrians.

Dr. Simon Fischer, Zalando Payments GmbH, explains how the analysis of payment preferences helps to better respond to customer needs.

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Loitz, PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH, explains how auditors use machine learning for benchmarking.

Thank you very much for visiting the ML2R kick-off event!

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