IRIXYS Summer School on Transfer Learning

Took place in Passau

A Summer School not only for academia but also open to industry and public players, this was the ambition of the IRIXYS Summer School organised by University of Passau, in cooperation with its partners (in particular Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, BayFrance, Atos, Wordline, Siemens) from 3-6 June, 2019 in Passau and Neuburg-am-Inn. The topic of this Summer School was Transfer learning, a specific aspect of artificial intelligence also related to data science and digital intelligent systems.

International Summer School in Passau (picture source: Passau University and BayFrance)

International guests

With more than half of the 80 participants coming from French and German industries – including SNCF, Michelin, Bertin IT, ZF, BMW, Luminovo, redlink, SCCH, beside Atos, Wordline and Siemens- but also representatives from public bodies -the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art , Paris Région Entreprises, the French Consulate in Bavaria, BayFrance and Invest in Bavaria- this Summer School fully achieved its objective, fulfilling the expectations from the organisers, led by Professor Kosch and his IRIXYS team at Passau University.

Highlighting that “the International Research and Innovation Centre on Digital Intelligent Systems IRIXYS is one of our success-stories”, the President of the University of Passau Carola Jungwirth recalled the 3 pillars on which IRIXYS has built its success: “first, friendship & trust, second, complementarity & synergies, third innovation”. The 4-day Summer School was a perfect illustration of these pillars and effectively supported the implementation in industry of operational solutions coming from innovative Artificial Intelligence techniques and findings.
Together with industry and public players, participating representatives from academia also expressed their high satisfaction with this Summer School's format. This was reflected in the wide participation from high-quality professors, researchers and PhD students coming from universities not only in Germany and France but also in Belgium, Austria and even Japan.

Dr. Bernhard Freudenthaler spoke about Transfer Learning and AI and pointed out the expertise of SCCH in that areas. (picture source: Passau University and BayFrance)

High quality network

"The Summer School gives the opportunity to touch upon a wide range of scientific challenges" highlighted Professor Kosch, "and the high-quality of PhD talks and Scientific Talks taking place here is an important asset. Researchers present and discuss innovations that may bring a decisive contribution to future industry developments".