State of North Rhine-Westphalia Funds RWTH Researcher


Dr. Leonardo Galli has been successful in the third round of the "KI-Starter" artificial intelligence funding program.


In this funding program, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia provides funding for early-career researchers in forward-looking projects that focus on AI applications. In the third round of the program, a jury of experts has now recommended two more early-career researchers to receive funding, including Dr. Leonardo Galli from the Chair for Mathematics of Information Processing at RWTH.

Galli will receive funding for the project "Robustness and Generalization in Training Deep Neural Networks". The aim of this project is to develop new algorithm variants for training artificial neural networks. The goal here is to enable faster and more error-resilient training, as well as to prove rigorous mathematical guarantees for the success of these algorithms. Overall, this should enable easier, faster, and more energy-efficient application of artificial intelligence.

The funding program is part of the "Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning" funding line and is targeted at young postdocs. The state will provide a total of around two million euros for the program from 2020 to 2024, with up to ten scientists funded in several funding rounds.