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  • At many banks, insurance companies and online retailers, self-learning computer algorithms are used to make decisions that have major consequences for customers. However, just how algorithms in artificial intelligence (AI) represent and process their input data internally is largely unknown. Researchers at the Pattern Recognition Lab and the Cognitive Computational Neuroscience Group at FAU and the Neuroscience Laboratory at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, the Aix-Marseille Université in Marseille, France, and York University in Toronto, Canada, examined the problem of ‘black boxes’ in artificial intelligence and developed a method that makes these processes visible.

  • Until 13 June, students will once more be able to evaluate their studies at FAU. All participants will be entered in a prize draw with the chance to win one of 20 vouchers for the FAU shop worth 25 euros each.

  • The latest findings of an FAU research team will revolutionise the entire chemistry of magnesium. The research team have discovered magnesium, which usually has a double positive charge in chemical compounds, in the elemental zero-oxidation state.

  • Jona Kayser, FAU researcher and junior group leader in the Biological Optomechanics Division at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, came out on top in a selection process run by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The organisation will fund his research on the evolution of tumours with around 1.9 million euros in the coming years.

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