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  • Microplastics in the river

    Forschungsgruppe am Fachgebiet Abwassertechnik. Bild: Katrin Binner

    Research in the joint project EmiStop

    More and more plastic particles are polluting the environment. In the fields of wastewater technology and wastewater management, research teams are investigating the extent to which industry is involved in microplastic pollution.

  • Combating hunger with artificial intelligence

    Prof. Dr. Kristian Kersting / Fachbereich Informatik. Bild: Katrin Binner

    Computer scientists want to improve the world food conditions

    In order to improve world food conditions, a team around computer science professor Kristian Kersting was inspired by the technology behind Google News.

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  • 2019/02/15

    Internationally renowned personalities honoured

    TU awards Robert Piloty Prize to computer scientist and mathematician

    Prof. Dr. Klara Nahrstedt and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dahmen have been awarded the Robert Piloty Prize 2018 of the TU Darmstadt for their many years of outstanding research and development work. The internationally renowned personalities each received a representative Robert Piloty medal and prize money of 5,000 euros.

  • 2019/02/07

    Developing a moral compass from human texts

    Können Maschinen einen Moral-Kompass entwickeln? Bild: Patrick Bal – © Patrick Bal

    Centre for Cognitive Science presents study about Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) translates documents, suggests treatments for patients, makes purchasing decisions and optimises workflows. But where is its moral compass? A study by the Centre for Cognitive Science at TU Darmstadt shows that AI machines can indeed learn a moral compass from humans. The results of the study have been presented at this year’s ACM/AAAI Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society (AIES).

  • 2019/01/31

    New RMU project in the field of AI and deep learning

    Die beiden Sprecher des neuen Netzwerks DeCoDeML: Prof. Dr. Kristian Kersting, TU Darmstadt und Prof. Dr. Stefan Kramer, JGU. Bild: Zahra Ahmadi – © Zahra Ahmadi

    RMU Initiative Funding for Research supports the innovative DeCoDeML network

    A new innovative cross-university project in the field of computer science designed to further develop deep learning, the current engine of artificial intelligence, has won out in the third round of the Rhine-Main Universities (RMU) Initiative Funding for Research. The RMU Network for Deep Continuous Discrete Machine Learning (DeCoDeML) will combine the machine learning expertise of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), TU Darmstadt, and Goethe University Frankfurt, enabling them to tackle important unresolved issues in deep learning.

  • 2019/01/22

    The eyes have a plan

    Das Auge weiß: Manchmal ist der kompliziertere Weg der bessere. Bild: Patrick Bal – © Patrick Bal

    Centre for Cognitive Science extends understanding of the brain’s information processing

    A team of researchers led by Constantin Rothkopf at the Centre for Cognitive Science at the Technische Universität Darmstadt has shown that humans unconsciously plan ahead where they look. The study published in „Scientific Reports“ compared where humans direct their gaze to algorithms for planning from artificial intelligence. The results are relevant for the understanding of the brain’s information processing ability.

  • 2019/01/09

    Storing light with water

    Im Labor: Dr. Bernhard Kaiser begutachtet einen Prozessierungsschritt zur Herstellung dünner Katalysatorschichten. – © Katrin Binner

    TU researchers investigate third-generation solar cells

    In association with Professor Wolfram Jaegermann and Dr. Bernhard Kaiser, materials scientists are exploring the basis for an amazingly simple way to store energy: water splitting.

  • 2019/01/07

    Blockchains in real-time

    Professor Sebastian Faust, Experte für Kryptografieverfahren. – © Katrin Binner

    Professor Sebastian Faust is researching safe blockchain technologies

    Blockchains promise widescale open Internet applications that are organised decentrally. This comes at the price of slow performance for every transaction processed by the system. Cryptography researchers around Professor Sebastian Faust have achieved global awareness with their approach to facilitating real-time transactions using blockchains such as Ethereum.

  • 2018/12/19

    The virtual cancer patient

    Bild: Prof. Heinz Koeppl (li.) und Jascha Diemer im Labor. Bild: Katrin Binner – © Katrin Binner

    Research in biomedical engineering

    At the interface between biology and algorithms: Professor Heinz Koeppl and his team develop computer models for personalised medicine.

  • 2018/12/19

    Veganism and Masculinities

    Professorin Tanja Paulitz und Martin Winter schauen in die Kamera. Bild: Katrin Binner – © Katrin Binner

    Images of Masculinity in the Vegan Era

    Meat has long been thought to guarantee masculinity. How gender is defined by diet during the “veggie boom” is explained by Professor of Sociology, Tanja Paulitz, and her research associate, Martin Winter.

  • 2018/11/26

    Research Fellows of the Humboldt Foundation at TU Darmstadt

    Dr. Michele Campopiano. Photo: Claus Völker

    Introducing: Dr. Michele Campopiano

    Dr. Michele Campopiano is researching the management of water resources in the Po and Rhine River areas, focusing in particular on the period between the consolidation of urban autonomies and local authorities and the rise of dynastic states from the end of the 13th to the mid-16th centuries. He is a guest of Professor Dr. Gerrit Jasper Schenk at the Department of History and Social Sciences.

  • 2018/11/23

    Paving the way: an accelerator on a microchip

    Klein und vielseitig einsetzbar – Der Beschleunigerchip und eine Elektronenmikroskopie des Chips. Bild: Hagen Schmidt / Andrew Ceballos

    Electrical engineers at the TU developed design as part of international collaboration

    Electrical engineers in the accelerator physics group at TU Darmstadt have developed a design for a laser-driven electron accelerator so small it could be produced on a silicon chip. It would be inexpensive and with multiple applications. The design, which has been published in Physical Review Letters, is now being realised as part of an international collaboration.

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