Fakultät Mathematik und Physik

Mathematics & Physics Summer Festivity 2021

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

This year’s mathematics & physics summer festivity will take place on Friday, July 16, 2021 starting 16:00.

Invited are all members, alumni and friends of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.


Link for the Lounge



Lecture by Helmut Linde (Merck Group / Data Science):
The brain and the future of artificial intelligence

Presentation of the Lecturers' Prizes by the Mathematics and Physics Departments

Presentation of the physics awards for graduates of the Master of Science program

Small quiz round - change to the platform


Lecture by Helmut Linde (Merck Group / Data Science)
Lecture by Helmut Linde (Merck Group / Data Science)

The brain and the future of artificial intelligence [DE]
Lecture by Helmut Linde (Merck Group / Data Science)

What will the next stage of Artificial Intelligence look like? What comes after Deep Learning? A key difference between today's algorithms and biological intelligence is that the brain is much better at forming abstract concepts: A child learns a new type of object even if he has seen only a few examples. We recognize a piece of music no matter what instrument it is played on and in what key. And we understand a story regardless of whether we see, hear, or read it. Even the most advanced algorithms, on the other hand, are still far from these capabilities.

But there is hope that we can learn tricks from nature: Despite all the complexity of the brain, there is increasing evidence that many seemingly different brain functions are based on a common basic principle. Can we succeed in decoding this "canonical algorithm" and why do we need the methods of mathematics and physics to do so?

Helmut Linde, Merck Group / Data Science
As Global Head of Data Science at science and technology company Merck, Helmut Linde is responsible for making innovations from machine learning and artificial intelligence usable in business. Previously, Linde worked for around ten years at the software group SAP, where he built up a consulting business around data science projects, among other things, until he took on his current position in 2017. He began his academic education in 1999 with a double degree in mathematics and physics at the University of Stuttgart.

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