July 17, 2023

Politicians interested in AI from Sankt Augustin

Last week, several political representatives visited the DLR site in Sankt Augustin: Us, the DLR Institute for AI Safety and Security, and the DLR Institute for the Protection of Terrestrial Infrastructures. Accompanied by DLR Executive Board member Klaus Hamacher and Site Manager West Dr. Melanie von der Wiesche, we gave Reinhard Houben, Sascha Lienesch MdL and Dr. Norbert Röttgen an insight into our work and discussed the relevance of AI safety and security in its political, economic and social dimensions. In addition to our special focus on AI in the sense of safety and security and the corresponding research priorities, Prof. Dr Frank Köster, Dr Thomas Krüger and Dr Arne Peter Raulf presented the current progress of our Living Lab. In the associated AI in the Loop project, we are working on improving the interaction between humans and artificial intelligence, which is highly relevant for dealing with robots in industry, in care, but also in aviation or in automated driving. Our Living Lab in Sankt Augustin is characterised by the fact that it enables the scientists to carry out the training loop, including the adaptation of the AI algorithms, directly in real environments - specifically in the corridors of the institute - with the self-driving and learning robots. In addition to interaction, the topic of data protection and data infrastructure is also highly relevant when dealing with the sensor-equipped robots, i.e. collecting, processing and storing data while guaranteeing quality, availability and data sovereignty. Accordingly, we are researching e.g. encryption and privacy enhancing technologies.
We thank you for the great interest. The direct exchange with federal and state parliamentarians is also valuable for us every time. Together we can advance future-oriented AI research and development.