Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences Fills Endowed Professorship for Applied Artificial Intelligence

Bottrop / Mülheim an der Ruhr, February 16, 2021: Starting March 01, 2021, Dr. Anne Stockem Novo will teach as an endowed professor in the field of Applied Artificial Intelligence at Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences. The endowed professorship was initiated and funded by EASY SOFTWARE AG.

Prior to her professorship at HRW, Dr. Anne Stockem Novo worked for seven years as a postdoc in the field of computer simulations – including four years in Lisbon at the Instituto Superior Técnico, the most renowned engineering university in Portugal. Since 2016, the astroplasma physicist with a PhD worked as an algorithm developer for ZF Automotive AG. There she accompanied a now global project in autonomous driving. Dr. Anne Stockem Novo worked in the area of decision making, where her team used machine learning and AI for scene prediction.

“I am excited about the new challenge at HRW, particularly about working and interacting with young people. From the collaboration with companies in the region, I expect a direct application of cutting-edge research. The cooperation between the HRW and EASY SOFTWARE AG offers interested students the opportunity to specialize in this field and carry out small projects or final theses,” says Dr. Anne Stockem Novo.

What do we mean by ‘Applied Artificial Intelligence’ in 2021?

“AI is a dynamic field of research and can be applied in many different ways. I see potential in diverse application areas – such as image processing for classification and segmentation, natural language processing for interactive processes, exchanges with customers or personalization of processes,” says Dr. Anne Stockem Novo. In research and teaching, the endowed professorship links the fields of computer science and economics – and thus:

  • Methodology (supervised and unsupervised learning of AI with expert knowledge, reinforcement learning as well as the self-organization of the learning system)
  • Learning systems in the analysis of data (for example, for pattern recognition)
  • Prediction and automation of decisions
  • Changes in business models based on AI

“The endowed professorship for Applied Artificial Intelligence underlines the competence of the Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences to align its academic work with the tasks of companies, to occupy future topics and thus to train for the market in line with requirements. We offer our students practical training, excellent contacts to market-leading companies, and thus excellent career opportunities. We are very pleased to cooperate with EASY SOFTWARE, as this is a partnership at eye level with regional relevance,” explains Prof. Dr.-Ing. Susanne Staude, President of the University.

EASY and HRW signed the contract to support the endowed professorship on September 12, 2019, thus strengthening EASY SOFTWARE’s support of young talents and innovative cutting-edge technologies in the Ruhr region. In addition to the initial investment, EASY is calling on other companies in the digital industry to also invest in the potential of Applied Artificial Intelligence at the Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences as part of a “Circle of Friends”. “Ultimately, technological advances and top-class young talent will benefit the entire region and strengthen the digital position of the Ruhr region,” Oliver Krautscheid, Member of the Management Board of EASY SOFTWARE AG, is certain.

EASY SOFTWARE AG, represented by Oliver Krautscheid, endows the professorship for Applied Artificial Intelligence at Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences, represented by Prof. Dr. Susanne Staude (President, on the right). The endowed professorship is assumed by Dr. Anne Stockem Novo.
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