Research
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Projects

  • ERC Starting Grant: Interactive and Explainable Human-Centered AutoML
    Trust and interactivity are key factors in the future development and use of automated machine learning (AutoML), supporting developers and researchers in determining powerful task-specific machine learning pipelines, including pre-processing, predictive algorithm, their hyperparameters and--if applicable--the architecture design of deep neural networks. Although AutoML is ready for its prime time after it achieved impressive results in several machine learning (ML) applications and its efficiency improved by several orders of magnitudes in recent years, democratization of machine learning via AutoML is still not achieved. In contrast to previously purely automation-centered approaches, ixAutoML is designed with human users at its heart in several stages. First of all, the foundation of trustful use of AutoML will be based on explanations of its results and processes. Therefore, we aim for: (i) Explaining static effects of design decisions in ML pipelines optimized by state-of-the-art AutoML systems. (ii) Explaining dynamic AutoML policies for temporal aspects of dynamically adapted hyperparameters while ML models are trained. These explanations will be the base for allowing interactions, bringing the best of two worlds together: human intuition and generalization capabilities for complex systems, and efficiency of systematic optimization approaches for AutoML. Concretely, we aim for: (iii) Enabling interactions between humans and AutoML by taking human's latent knowledge into account and learning when to interact. (iv) Building first ixAutoML prototypes and showing its efficiency in the context of Industry 4.0. Perfectly aligned with the EU's AI strategy and recent efforts on interpretability in the ML community, we strongly believe that this timely human-centered ixAutoML will have a substantial impact on the democratization of machine learning.
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Marius Lindauer
    Year: 2022
    Funding: EU
    Duration: 2022-2027
  • ERC Starting Grant: Interactive and Explainable Human-Centered AutoML
    Trust and interactivity are key factors in the future development and use of automated machine learning (AutoML), supporting developers and researchers in determining powerful task-specific machine learning pipelines, including pre-processing, predictive algorithm, their hyperparameters and--if applicable--the architecture design of deep neural networks. Although AutoML is ready for its prime time after it achieved impressive results in several machine learning (ML) applications and its efficiency improved by several orders of magnitudes in recent years, democratization of machine learning via AutoML is still not achieved. In contrast to previously purely automation-centered approaches, ixAutoML is designed with human users at its heart in several stages. First of all, the foundation of trustful use of AutoML will be based on explanations of its results and processes. Therefore, we aim for: (i) Explaining static effects of design decisions in ML pipelines optimized by state-of-the-art AutoML systems. (ii) Explaining dynamic AutoML policies for temporal aspects of dynamically adapted hyperparameters while ML models are trained. These explanations will be the base for allowing interactions, bringing the best of two worlds together: human intuition and generalization capabilities for complex systems, and efficiency of systematic optimization approaches for AutoML. Concretely, we aim for: (iii) Enabling interactions between humans and AutoML by taking human's latent knowledge into account and learning when to interact. (iv) Building first ixAutoML prototypes and showing its efficiency in the context of Industry 4.0. Perfectly aligned with the EU's AI strategy and recent efforts on interpretability in the ML community, we strongly believe that this timely human-centered ixAutoML will have a substantial impact on the democratization of machine learning.
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Marius Lindauer
    Team: AutoML
    Year: 2022
    Funding: EU
    Duration: 2022-2027
  • KISSKI: AI Service Center
    The central approach for the KISSKI project is the research on AI methods and their provision with the goal of enabling a highly available AI service center for critical and sensitive infrastructures with a focus on the fields of medicine and energy. Due to their relevance to society as a whole, medicine and the energy industry are among the future fields of application-oriented AI research in Germany. Beyond the technological developments, artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to make a significant contribution to social progress. This is particularly true in areas where digitization processes are increasingly gaining ground and complexity is high. For both medicine and the energy industry, the pressure to innovate, but also the potential, is immense due to the availability of more and more distributed information based on a multitude of new sensors and actuators. The increasing complexity of the tasks as well as the availability of very large data sets offer a high potential for the application of AI methods in both topics.
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Marius Lindauer
    Team: AutoML
    Year: 2022
    Funding: BMBF
    Duration: 2022-2025
  • CoyPu: Cognitive economy intelligence platform for the resillience of economic ecosystems
    Natural disasters, pandemics, financial- & political crises, supply shortages or demand shocks propagate through hidden and intermediate linkages across the global economic system. This is a consequence of the continuous international division of business and labor which is at the heart of globalisation. The aim of the project is to provide a platform that expounds the complex supply chains and reveal the linkages, compounded risks and provide companies with predictions regarding their exposure in various granularities.
    Led by: Prof. Marius Lindauer and Prof. Maria Esther-Vidal (L3S/LUH)
    Team: InfAI, DATEV eg., eccenca GmbH, Implisense GmbH, Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Leibniz Informationszentrum Technik und Naturwissenschaften, Hamburger Informatik Technologie-Center e.V., Selbstregulierung Informationswirtschaft e.V., Infineo
    Year: 2021
    Funding: Innovationswettbewerb Künstliche Intelligenz (BMWK)
    Duration: 2021-2024
  • Leibniz AI Academy
    The Leibniz AI Academy aims to develop and establish a trans-curricular and interdisciplinary micro-degree program at the Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), in which students from different courses of study acquire competencies in the field of Artificial Intelligence
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Marius Lindauer, Prof. Dr. Ralph Ewert, Prof. Dr. Johannes Krugel
    Year: 2021
    Funding: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
    Duration: 2021 - 2024
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  • Dynamic Algorithm Configuration
    As configurations should be chosen during runtime depending on the current algorithm state, it can be viewed as a reinforcement learning (RL) problem where at each timestep an agent selects the configuration to use based on the performance in the last step and the current state of the algorithm. This enables us to use powerful RL methods on one hand; on the other, RL also brings a set of challenges like instability, noise and sample inefficiency that need to be addressed in applications such as DAC. Therefore research on DAC also includes research on reliable, interpretable, general and fast reinforcement learning.
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Marius Lindauer
    Year: 2019
    Funding: DFG
    Duration: 2019-2023