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„Complex views and new clues to the universe” are the research goals set by the group led by the astrophysicist Klaus Dolag. With the help of cosmological simulations, they will test their theories on the formation and development of galaxies and galaxy clusters in detail and on very small length scales. „Words to numbers“ is the title of the group led by the economist Florian Englmaier. The Research Group will apply computer linguistic methods to distill complex concepts such as “trust” from high-dimensional unstructured texts and to make them quantifiable. „The sound of theatre“ is the focus of the Research Group led by David Roesner from theatre studies. What is heard in the theatre, and how it sounds, is of the greatest importance and has an enormous effect – for theater performers and for the audience. The goal is hence to work on a more comprehensive aesthetic concept of “sound” in theatre. more

Three LMU postdocs will be working in the winter semester at CAS. The German philologist Margit Dirscherl has invited the visiting fellow Patrick McGuinness (Oxford) to cooperate with her in examining the railway station as a stage for literary history. The political scientist Markus Hinterleitner will investigate „public policies“ as a factor in the diffusion of social conflicts. Jinyeop Lee from the field of mathematics will conduct research on the simultaneous midfield and semi-classical boundary to the Vlasov system from a many-body quantum system. He has invited Li Chen (Mannheim) to accompany this work. more

Two fundamental trends are currently identifiable in AI research: on the one hand, the newest methods are being adapted and applied to a range of different areas, while on the other hand, researchers are attempting to solve the methodical and theoretical problems arising from this work in order to develop the next generation of artificial intelligence. The lecture series discusses the significance of AI research and future scenarios for the various different academic fields: astrophysics, political science, linguistics, biology and medicine. more