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Research Meeting 08444

EUSJA Workshop: Information and Communication Technology in Europe

( Oct 30 – Oct 31, 2008 )

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Press Room

Press Reviews


Of the 32 billion euros of the FP7 Co-operation program of the European Commission (EC), 9 billions alone are dedicated to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This is by far the highest budget dedicated to a single research field in Europe: 30 percent above health, 2.5 time more than for nano-technology and 4.5 times more than for food and biotechnology together.

However, the coverage in the media and the journalistic monitoring, even critical, seem to lack behind the financial efforts and the scientific prominence Europe gives to ICT.

Thus Rüdiger Maier had the idea to bring together European science journalists working on ICT topics using the EUSJA network. Maier is member of the Austrian Club of Literacy and Science Journalists (Österreichischer Klub der Bildungs- und Wissenschaftsjournalisten) and editor-in-chief of the Austrian information technology magazine "Monitor" (, German only),

To have a start, Maier organised a study trip for EUSJA members which will provide an overview of Europe's latest ICT efforts.


Wednesday 29 October

from 13:00 Lunch buffet in the foyer of the DFKI (see below);
cf. also map of Saarland University
until 14:00 Arrival of participants at German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), University Campus, Building D 3.2 (Stuhlsatzenhausweg) in Saarbrücken/Germany.
How to get there
14:00-14:20 Overview: Computer Science Research in Saarbrücken
Prof. Dr. Philipp Slusallek, Speaker of Competence Center of Computer Science at Saarland University
14:20-15:00 Semantic Product Memories: From the SmartFactory to the Intelligent Retail Store
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Wahlster, Director of German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
15:00-15:15 Coffee Break
15:15-16:15 Demo sessions of different research groups of DFKI

Bubble Tunes - Talk to your iPod
Dr. Norbert Pfleger, Jochen Steigner

A.I. Poker at a Virtual Casino
Christoph Endres, Dr. Marc Schröder

Surfing through Virtual Worlds on a Wii-TM Balance Board
Simon Bergweiler, Matthieu Deru
16:15-16:30 Walk to Computer Graphics Lab, Building E 1.3, ground floor
16:30-17:30 Intelligent Simulated Reality: At the Convergence of Computer Graphics and Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Dr. Philipp Slusallek, Scientific Director of German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and Professor for Computer Graphics at Saarland University
18:00 Check-in Hotel am Triller, Transfer to Restaurant "Haus Brück"
from 19:00 Dinner at the restaurant Haus Brück together with scientists by invitation of Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction"
later Overnight stay in the Saarbrücken Hotel am Triller

Thursday 30 October

09:00 Venue at Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science,
Max-Planck-Institute for Software Systems
Building E 1.4, Campus
09:00-9:30 Introduction
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Seidel, Managing Director of Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science and Speaker of Cluster of Excellence “Multimodal Computing and Interaction” of Saarland University
9:30-10:00 Beethoven, Bach, and Billions of Bytes - New Alliances between Music and Computer Science
Dr. Meinard Müller, Senior Researcher and Head of the independent research group "Multimedia Information Retrieval and Music Processing" within the Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction"
10:00-10:30 Camera Motion Estimation and 3D Reconstruction from Video
Dr. Thorsten Thormählen, Senior Researcher and head of the independent research group "Closed-Loop Structure-and-Motion" within the Max Planck Center for "Visual Computing and Communication"
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Tempest in a teapot -- compromising reflections
Prof. Dr. Michael Backes, Professor for Information Security and Cryptography at Saarland University; Max Planck Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
11:30-12:00 Geometry and Statistics - Applications ranging from Reverse Engineering to 3D Movie Production
Dr. Michael Wand, Head of the independent research group "Statistical Geometry Processing" within the Max Planck Center for "Visual Computing and Communication"
12:30-14:00 Lunch at "Rotunde", ground floor of building E 1.3
14:00 Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science, building E 1.4, room 023
14:00-14:15 International contacts of Saarland University
Prof. Dr. Manfred Lücke, Vice-President of Saarland University
14:15-15:00 Does my program react in time? Fly, Steer, Brake by Wire, with or without Timing Guarantees
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Wilhelm, Professor for Programming Languages and Compiler Construction at Saarland University
15.00-15:45 Transport for the Future Media Internet
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Herfet, Professor for Telecommunications at Saarland University
16:00 Departure for Schloss Dagstuhl, Leibniz Center for Informatics
17:00-18:00 Guided tour through Schloss Dagstuhl by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Wilhelm, Scientific Director of Schloss Dagstuhl
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Press conference, question and answer session, get together with international scientists of Dagstuhl Seminar 08441 Emerging Uses and Paradigms for Dynamic Binary Translation
20:00 Informal get together, chats and talks, exchanges of views on ICT with scientists during the evening in the wine-celler of Schloss Dagstuhl

Friday 31 October

09:00-10:00 Schloss Dagstuhl, interviews, informal talks
10:00 Departure for Völklinger Hütte
11:00-12:30 Sightseeing of Völkinger Hütte, the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks and the ScienceCenter Ferrodrom. Guided Tour in English and Lunch at the bistro of Völklinger Hütte: Opportunity for informal talks and chats with scientists and exchanges of views on ICT.
13:30 Departure for Saarbrücken Main Station and Saarland University (arrival at 14:00)

Some Information

EUSJA rules apply:

Travel to and from the place at your own costs, members from eastern European countries may apply for travel support from EUSJA (rules see EUSJA web page). Accommodation and transport during the event is free.

Deadline for applications: 26 September 2008.

Applications to be sent to the national delegate. The national delegates propose max. 2 participants per country to Viola Egikova (Honorary Secretary): Participations will be confirmed. 20 places available.

Closest international airports are (with connection to Saarbrücken):

  • Frankfurt (FRA) 200 km (ICE train)
  • Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN) 120 km (bus)
  • Luxembourg (LUX) 90 km (bus)

Train station Saarbrücken:

  • Frankfurt-Paris TGV/ICE line
  • ICE and regional connections from Frankfurt

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