(September 2023)

Dear CAIRO friends,

Welcome to the 2nd edition of the CAIRO Newsletter!

We are excited to share the latest news and developments from the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIRO). Whether you are an AI enthusiast, a robotics professional, or simply curious about innovations in technology, the CAIRO Newsletter is your source for insights, inspiration, and community engagement. Join us on this journey as we will regularly provide a brief review of past events, research outputs, ongoing projects, as well as a preview of upcoming events.

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CAIRO Invited Speakers Series 2023

Exciting Keynotes from research and industry in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

What it is all about:
During the winter semester 2023/24, the CAIRO Invited Speakers Series will take place for the second time.

Every second Thursday, starting from 12 October onwards, invited international experts will talk about their research and their experiences in applying artificial intelligence and robotics in their business.

The lecture series is a public event (registration required), all interested persons from research and industry are warmly welcome to join.

When and where:

The detailed schedule with all speakers and keynote topics can be found on the event website.

The talks will take place in our CAIRO building at Franz-Horn-Str. 2, 97082 Würzburg (Zellerau).


The event is organised by the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in cooperation with the Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems at the Technical University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (THWS).

We look forward to meeting you at this year's CAIRO Invited Speakers Series!

More News

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New Open Positions

We are currently looking to fill W2-Professorships in the field of:

  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning

Please spread the news within your network.

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Research Outcomes and Paper Publications

Social Media's Influence on Cryptocurrency Prices

In the field of cryptocurrency analysis, CAIRO research professor, Prof Dr Ivan Yamshchikov, has published a new paper together with Vladyslav Koltun from the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, University of Lisbon, showing the impact of social media on the daily price prediction of cryptocurrencies.

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Static+adaptive subspace information fusion

The latest research from Maximilian Münch, Manuel Röder, Prof Dr Frank-Michael Schleif, et. al. on combining multiple modalities from heterogenous sources for AI models was published in the Neurocomputing journal with the title: "Static and adaptive subspace information fusion for indefinite heterogeneous proximity data".

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Narrative Understanding in NLP

Prof Dr Ivan Yamshchikov, has published a position paper on narrative understanding and generation in the field of NLP. The paper, titled "What is Wrong with Language Models that Can Not Tell a Story?" is published in the Proceedings of the Workshop for Narrative Understanding, which is co-located with ACL conference.

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Data-Driven Rehabilitation of Homeless Individuals

CAIRO research professor, Prof Dr Ivan Yamshchikov, together with Anna Bykova and Nikolay Filippov, published a pioneering paper at this year's AAAI conference that sheds new light on the rehabilitation of homeless people.

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End-To-End Trainable Architecture for Grasping

CAIRO research professor, Prof Dr Pascal Meißner, and Valerija Holomjova were present at this year’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2023) with a peer-reviewed paper in the technical programme. Full title of the paper: "GSMR-CNN: An End-To-End Trainable Architecture for Grasping Target Objects from Multi-Object Scenes".

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More Papers:

  • Diffusion-based Visual Counterfactual Explanations - Towards Systematic Quantitative Evaluation (Väth, et. al.)
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  • Vector-Quantized Graph Auto-Encoder (Boget,  Gregorova, Kalousis)
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  • SIMUL: synchronised IMU dataset of people walking at six body locations (Kastner, et. al.)
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Where To Meet Us Next:

ECML-PKDD, Turin/Italy

(18 - 22 September 2023)

Manuel Röder will present his paper: "Efficient Cross-Domain Federated Learning by MixStyle Approximation"
in the workshop: Adapting to Change: Reliable Multimodal Learning Across Domains
Philipp Väth will present his paper: "Diffusion-based Visual Counterfactual Explanations - Towards Systematic Quantitative Evaluation" in the workshop: XKDD
Also available at ECML-PKDD: Prof Dr Magda Gregorová and David Benavente.

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IPIN, Nuremberg

(25 - 28 September 2023)

Our Indoor Localisation experts, Steffen Kastner and Markus Ebner will be at IPIN 2023 in Nuremberg, presenting their dataset Paper "SIMUL - Synchronized IMU Dataset of Walking People at Six Body Locations", which contains a large collection of movement data mainly gathered for indoor localization uses.
They further take part in the IPIN's Indoor Localization Competition, where multiple research teams compete online and offline with their localization systems in a large museum building.

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IROS, Detroit/USA

(01 - 05 October 2023)

Research professor Prof Dr Pascal Meißner will attend this year's IROS conference to further increase the visibility of CAIRO within the international Robotics research community and, of course, to keep track of the numerous scientific novelties at this premier research conference.

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ESANN, Bruges/Belgium

(04 - 06 October 2023)

Prof Dr Frank-Michael Schleif will co-organize a special issue as a follow up to ESANN 2022.
Also available at ESANN: Manuel Röder

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CIKM, Birmingham/UK

(21 - 25 October 2023)

At CIKM, Prof Dr Frank-Michael Schleif will present the latest work of his research group on proximity based learning.

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COBOTS4YOU, Würzburg

(24 October 2023)

Research professor Prof Dr Pascal Meißner will be part of this year's "COBOTS4YOU" event at the Vogel Convention Center (VCC) in Würzburg. The event brings together entrepreneurs, researchers, students and anyone interested in robotics and digitalisation.

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News From The Master's Degree Programme Artificial Intelligence

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Applied Project Work and Student Conferences

The MAI project module extends over two semesters in which the students work in small groups on selected topics from academia and industry. Some of the projects and papers from our 2nd semester students were so outstanding that they got accepted at various student conferences. Three groups travelled to Sibiu, Romania in May and another group will participate in the SCORES conference in Koper, Slovenia in October.

If you as welll have a project idea and would like to collaborate, please feel free to contact us!

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MAI Students Win Prize at KickStart Event

Three students of the international master’s programme Artificial Intelligence (MAI), won the WERK:RAUM KickStart event held in Schweinfurt. Their project, "Skinia, captured the attention of the audience and judges and the group won the top prize of 7,500 Euros.

This financial reward will enable the group to create an early prototype of a skin-care app empowered by a computer vision algorithm.