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Academic Handover Symposium for Prof. Wahlster´s AI Chair and DFKI CEO position

Festive event and a symposium on the occasion of the academic handover of Prof. Wahlster's chair of the DFKI management and the AI chair at Saarland University to his successor Prof. Dr. Jana Koehler.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster accompanied and headed the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence for more than 30 years. During this period, the DFKI has developed into Germany's leading business-oriented research institute. A scientific ceremony for the handover of office with international contributions from the DFKI environment will take place on 25 February 2019 in Saarbrücken.

Academic Handover Ceremony of DFKI Management Board

Date: 25 February 2019, 15:00 - 19:00 h
Location: Hotz Lecture Hall (Günter-Hotz-Hörsaal), Saarland Informatics Campus E2 2, 66123 Saarbrücken


"Artificial Intelligence: Past and Future"
Academic Handover Symposium for Prof. Wahlster´s AI Chair and DFKI CEO position

15:00: Admission
15:30 - 15:40: Welcome
15:40 - 16:10: 30 Years of DFKI Research, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, DFKI Executive Advisor
16:10 - 16:30: Transition Ceremony with Short Speeches

  • Tobias Hans, Minister President of Saarland
  • Charlotte Britz, Lord Mayor of Saarbrücken
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Schmitt, President of Saarland University
  • Prof. Dr. Raimund Seidel, Department of Computer Science, Saarland University
  • Dr. Walter Olthoff, CFO DFKI

16:30 - 17:00: Look-ahead: The Next 10 Years of AI Research at DFKI, Prof. Dr. Jana Koehler, DFKI CEO

Grand Challenges for Artificial Intelligence
17:00 - 17:20: The Future of AI: A Canadian Perspective, Prof. Dr. Randy Goebel, Chair of Computing Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton

17:20 - 17:40: The Future of AI: A Chinese Perspective, Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit, Scientific Director, Artificial Intelligence Technology Center (AITC), Beijing

17:40 - 18:00: The Future of AI: A European Perspective, Prof. Dr. Oliviero Stock, Head of AI Research, Center for ICT, Trento

18:00 - 19:00 Flying Buffet

Please note that a registration is required for this event.


About Prof. Koehler
Prof. Dr. Jana Koehler was Professor of Computer Science at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland. Methods of artificial intelligence and the topic of business process management were her focal points in teaching and research. From 1990 to 1996 she was a research assistant at DFKI in Saarbrücken, Germany. She completed research stays at the universities of Linköping (S), Maryland (USA), Berkeley (USA) and Freiburg (D). Further professional stations were the Schindler company and the IBM research laboratory in Rüschlikon/Switzerland. She is co-author of one of the most important standards in the field of Business Process Management that was adopted in 2011 (BPMN 2.0). Her current research focuses on AI for industry 4.0 and architectures of intelligent planning and scheduling systems.