Our Future – Powered by Artificial Intelligence


Artificial Intelligence event series hosted by RWTHextern in collaboration with the RWTH AI Center

  Copyright: © Peter Winandy

Artificial Intelligence is no longer just a staple of science fiction movies, it has become part of our everyday lives. We communicate using voice recognition, put our car in the smallest of spaces with the help of a parking assistant, and have our home cleaning done by a robot vacuum cleaner. All these systems are based on AI, on automated intelligent behavior and machine learning. And the development of these technologies has only just begun.

On the occasion of the presentation of the Aachen Engineering Award to Professor Sebastian Thrun, who will be honored for his visionary work and groundbreaking contributions to artificial intelligence, the RWTHextern Citizens’ Forum and RWTH’s AI Center will host an event series titled “Our Future – Powered by Artificial Intelligence.” This event series aims to provide you with insights into ongoing AI research and to highlight future perspectives – all in a format that is entertaining and invites critical reflection and dialogue. Attendance at all of the events is free of charge, however, participants are asked to register beforehand.

Cancelled: DAVE: Reading and Discussion With Raphaela Edelbauer
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | 6pm, H03, C.A.R.L., Claßenstraße

Raphaela Edelbauer (author) will read from DAVE – a novel about the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence.What does it take to endow a machine with human consciousness? Nothing interests protagonist Syz, a programmer, as much as this question! But when he looks behind the scenes of the laboratory, his unquestioning belief in technology begins to waver. What purpose does DAVE really serve and who will benefit from it? Subsequent to the reading, Edelbauer will discuss some of the ideas presented in the book with Saskia Nagel, who is professor of applied ethics. The event will be moderated by Professor Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten.

Uni at City Hall – AI and Me
Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 7:30 pm, Coronation Hall, Aachen City Hall

Where and how do we already encounter artificial intelligence in our everyday lives? At home, on the street, out shopping? And how will AI influence our everyday lives in the future? For example, in self-driving cars and medical care? And where are the limits? These will be the topics of this panel discussion moderated by WDR journalist Jens Tervooren.


  • Professor Holger H. Hoos, machine learning expert, Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands,
  • Member of Parliament Dr. Anna Christmann, Committee on Education, Research and Technology, Enquete Commission on Artificial Intelligence
  • Professor Bastian Leibe, RWTH Computer Vision Group, Assistive Systems and Robots for Everyday Life
  • Professor Markus Strohmaier, Chair for Methodology and Theory of Computational Social Sciences and Humanities, RWTH Aachen University


AI in Compact Form
Thursday, September 2, 2021, 6pm, Großer Hörsaal, Audimax, partly held in English

The University conducts internationally competitive basic research on AI methods. But there is also a wide range of applied AI research underway at RWTH – in logistics, finance, or medical engineering, just to name a few fields of research. At the event, several speakers will provide entertaining insights into current research projects and technologies such as neuromorphic hardware and process mining.

The University plans to live-stream the events on RWTH’s YouTube channel. We ask for your understanding that the University may be forced to adapt the concept of the event in compliance with the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance in effect at the time of the event.