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Guest Lecturers

Prof. Dr. Peter Fettke

Dr. Peter Fettke is a Professor of Business Informatics at Saarland University and Principal Researcher, Research Fellow and Research Group Leader at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken. In his research, Peter, together with his research group of about 30 people, is particularly concerned with the intersection between the topics of process management and artificial intelligence (AI), e.g. possible applications of AI technologies such as deep learning and process mining in operational processes. Peter is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. His work is among the most cited articles in leading international journals on business informatics and he is one of the top 10 most cited scientists at DFKI. He is also a sought-after reviewer for renowned conferences, journals, and research organisations. Since 2017 he has headed the Competence Center "Tax Technology" which he founded at DFKI.

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Forsting

Michael Forsting is Medical Chairman of Central IT at the University Hospital Essen and Chairman of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology at the University Hospital Essen. His scientific work focuses on experimental and clinical research on stroke, MR imaging of cerebral disorder and brain tumors and endovascular therapy of intracranial vascular malformations. He is Vice Dean (Research) of the Medical Faculty of the University Hospital Essen and Member of the Leopoldina (National Academy of Sciences). He has published more than 500 original papers.

Prof. Dr. Milica Gašić

Milica Gašić is a Professor of Dialogue Systems and Machine Learning at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Prior to her current position she was a Lecturer in Spoken Dialog Systems at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge where she was leading the Dialogue Systems Group. She completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Steve Young and the topic of her thesis was Statistical Dialogue Modelling. She holds an MPhil degree in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology from the University of Cambridge and a Diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Belgrade. She is a member of ACL, a member of ELLIS and a senior member of IEEE.

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Loitz

Rüdiger Loitz is partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Germany/Düsseldorf. He is member of the Aussrance Leadership Team and responsible for Capital Markets & Accounting Advisory Services with around 300 employees and 15 partners. Additionally, he is responsible for Technology & Innovations for PwC Assurance Germany. His focus is on technology in all respects, he works for 5 years together with the German Fraunhofer institute with AI/Deep learning projects and the German Research Center for AI. 

Prof. Dr. Isabel Valera

Isabel Valera is a full Professor at the Department of Computer Science of Saarland University, Saarbrücken (Germany) and an independent research group leader at the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen (Germany). Prior to this, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the MPI for Software Systems (Germany) and at the University of Cambridge (UK), and obtained her PhD and MSc degrees from the University Carlos III in Madrid (Spain).  She has held a German Humboldt Post-Doctoral Fellowship, and a “Minerva fast track” fellowship from the Max Planck Society.  She is regularly Area Chair for the main conferences on machine learning (NeurIPS, ICML, AISTAST, AAAI and ICLR) and has been Program Co-Chair of ECML-PKDD 2020. 

Prof. Dr. Claes de Vreese

Claes H. de Vreese is Faculty Professor of AI, Data and Democracy in The Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR , University of Amsterdam (UvA). He (co-)directs the UvA Research Priority Areas Communication and Personalised Communication, and Human(e) AI. He is the founding Director of the Center for Politics and Communication. He is the President of the International Communication Association ICA.  Finally, he is Affiliated Professor of Political Science and Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark. His research interests include AI and democracy, comparative journalism research, the effects of news, public opinion and European integration.

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