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Shailza Jolly is AI Newcomer 2021!

DFKI doctoral student Shailza Jolly is the award winner in the computer science category at the KI Camp 2021 organized by GI and BMBF.

In the project KI-Camp of the German Informatics Society e.V. (GI) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), 28 outstanding young AI researchers, artists and professionals from 5 different disciplines were up for election as AI Newcomer* this year. Shailza Jolly, PhD student at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and DFKI, was chosen as the winner in the category of computer science.

Doctoral supervisor Andreas Dengel, Head of the Smart Data & Knowledge Services Research Department at DFKI and professor of Computer Science at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern: "How reliable language-processing systems are depends, among other things, on how well they are trained. Accordingly, research into efficient training methods is extremely relevant for the versatile use of AI assistance systems. We are very pleased with Shailza to receive the AI Newcomer award and the associated recognition and visibility for her research in this important field."

AI Camp 2021 – robust systems with minimal training

In the Research Department Smart Data & Knowledge Services, she is investigating the extent to which it is possible to have human-like conversations with chatbots if they are trained with only a handful of examples. Behind this is, among others, the relevant question of whether small companies and startups can build robust and interpretable NLP systems without extensive computational infrastructure and large data sets.

AI Camp 2021 - Outstanding Talents and Innovative Ideas

The award is intended to recognize outstanding talent from universities, research institutions, associations, as well as foundations and companies that are already driving the development of AI in Germany with their innovative ideas. In doing so, the various facets of AI research are to be made accessible to a broad public and incorporated into social discourse. 

After a public voting process, the candidates were evaluated by a jury. The final 10 AI Newcomers 2021 were awarded at the AI Camp.


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