In its March 2024 edition, Bulletin, the magazine for TU Wien alumni, features a two-page article about my work on reinforcement learning and calculating optimal medical treatments in the case of sepsis.
I was invited to give a talk on how large language models such as ChatGPT and Gemini work at the symposium Automization of Work – Chances and Risks of Usage of Artificial Intelligence in Companies (Automatisierung der Arbeit – Chancen und Risiken des Einsatzes Künstlicher Intelligenz im Betrieb) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business on 29 Feb 2024.
Congratulations to my PhD student Laurenz Ruzicka! He won the Best Poster Award at the 17th International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing (BIOSIGNALS 2024) for his paper Centrality of the Fingerprint Core Location.
I am already getting messages asking about my course on reinforcement learning in summer. Thanks for your interest; I will teach it as usual in the summer semester. Since LLM such as ChatGPT and Gemini rely on reinforcement learning in their last and crucial training step, the importance of reinforcement learning is greater than ever. The course has been entered in TISS as 194.163 and 101.789 and will be visible to students later on.
Another article, How AI Improves Medical Diagnoses and Therapies („Wie KI die medizinische Diagnose und Therapie verbessert“), by Jochen Stadler goes into more depth and includes my comments on recent developments at the beginning.
A third article, What Has Already Become Daily Routine in Many Labs and Clinics („Was in vielen Labors und Kliniken schon Alltag ist“), also by Jochen Stadler, includes a detailed description of my work in reinforcement learning and the development of a decision-support system for medication against sepsis, the leading cause of death in intensive-care units.
On 31 Jan 2024 I gave a talk on Reinforcement Learning and its Application in Medicine and Large Language Models as part of OFAI’s 2023 Fall Lecture Series. OFAI is the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence and has been active in AI research for more than 35 years.
The Austrian Medical Association (österreichische Ärztekammer) dedicated the first track of its fourteenth annual symposium to AI in medicine and had invited me to give a talk about AI in intensive care. I would like to thank the about three dozen presidents and vice-presidents of Austrian and German federal and state medical associations for the inspiring discussions and insights.
On 20 December 2023, Ö1 sent the continuation of the reporting by Maria Harmer from AI Health Vienna 2023, this time in their series Radiodoktor – das Ö1 Gesundheitsmagazin. You can find the 15-minute segment here.
Doktor Digital – Einsatzmöglichkeiten Künstlicher Intelligenz in der Medizin
20. Dezember 2023, 16:40
Die Ideen zum Einsatz Künstlicher Intelligenz in der Medizin sind vielfältig: Computerbasierte Methoden und Maschinelles Lernen sollen Ärztinnen und Ärzte etwa dabei unterstützen, Röntgenbefunde noch treffsicherer zu machen. Als App für das Smartphone sollen sie dazu beitragen, bösartige Veränderungen von Muttermalen früher zu erkennen und so die Entstehung von Hautkrebs verhindern. Aber auch im Bereich des Krankenhausmanagements, etwa bei der Bettenbelegung oder der OP-Planung, sollen KI-Anwendung zukünftig eine wichtige Rolle spielen. Maria Harmer beschäftigt sich in dieser Ausgabe des Ö1-Gesundheitsmagazins mit vielversprechenden Einsatzmöglichkeiten Künstlicher Intelligenz in der Medizin, adressiert aber auch offene Fragen rund um diese Anwendung wie Datensicherheit oder rechtliche Leitlinien.
Moderation und Redaktion: Marlene Nowotny
Quoting from Ö1 Journal Panorama:
Algorithmus statt Arzt? Künstliche Intelligenz in der Medizin
Zusammenfassung eines hochkarätig besetzten zweitägigen Symposiums in Wien
28. November 2023, 18:25
Das Erkennen bösartiger Hautveränderungen, die Befundung eines Röntgenbildes, aber auch die Logistik für die Belegung der Krankenbetten und das Schreiben von Arztbriefen: Die Palette der Einsatzmöglichkeiten künstlicher Intelligenz auch im Gesundheitsbereich ist vielfältig, das Potential groß. In einigen Bereichen wird KI bereits angewandt, unzählige weitere Einsatzoptionen im Behandlungszimmer, im OP und in der Intensivmedizin sowie in der Verwaltung werden aktuell erforscht und stetig weiterentwickelt.
Die Chancen und das Potential scheinen unendlich. Doch auch die Liste der offenen Fragen ist lang: Was heißt das für die Patient:innen? Wie sicher sind ihre persönlichen Gesundheitsdaten? Wer haftet bei Schäden, die auf die künstliche Intelligenz zurückzuführen sind? Und was heißt das für Ärztinnen und Ärzte? Werden sie in Zukunft durch nimmer-müde fehlerfreie Maschinen ersetzt, oder ist KI eine sinnvolle Ergänzung und lässt mehr Zeit für andere Aufgabenbereiche?
I was invited to give a talk about machine learning in the context of legal questions regarding applications in medicine in the seminar series on identity and medicine at the Medical University of Vienna.
Thanks to the more than 100 participants and their interest in the keynote, the four blocks of talks (introduction and showcases, big data, science talks, and legals issue and road blocks), the public lecture, and the panel discussion.
We also appreciate the video messages by
(in alphabetical order).
Photo credit: MedUni Wien / Marko Kovic.
Thanks to the editors for their initiative!
kma Online has published the article Wie Blutvergiftungen mit künstlicher Intelligenz geheilt werden könnten about our work on reinforcement learning for sepsis treatments. kma is short for Klinik Management aktuell and the leading magazine for decision-makers in clinics in the D-A-CH area. It publishes news about clinic management, health care, health-care policy, and medical technology.
We have been nominated for the futurezone Award 2023 in the category Health Tech, thus being among the three finalists.
I was happy to give the keynote on Tuesday at the 30th Austrian Fundraising Congress, talking about the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence.
News, Austria’s largest weekly news magazine, published a 6-page article about artificial intelligence in medicine titled Doktor Digital, featuring our work on reinforcement learning for treating sepsis in intensive-care units.
On Friday, 4 October 2023, I took part in a panel discussion about the state of AI research with
At the Science Talk on 25 September 2023, I discussed the topic AI – What Can We Still Trust? with
The Department of Informatics (Computer Science) at TU Wien is ranked #1 in Austria, #4 in the D-A-CH area, #23 in Europe, and #74 worldwide according to the QS University Ranking 2022. I am happy and proud to join the department starting in August, contributing to machine-learning research and focusing on TUW CAIML (Center for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning).
I comment on the paper Large Language Models Encode Clinical Knowledge (by Google Research, the National Library of Medicine, and DeepMind) in Ö1 Wissen aktuell (science radio program by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF) on Friday, 14 July 2023. An accompanying article was published online at science.orf.at on Thursday, 13 July 2023.
A long two-part interview (in German) about our work on reinforcement learning in intensive-care units and about ethical questions was published by medinlive, the medical information and news website of the Viennese medical association.
Mayrs Magazin, the science show by ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) on Fridays at 18:30, brought a segment on generative AI and the current research race with comments by myself on Friday, 16 June 2023.
Generative AI will be the most significant disruption of our lifetimes. It is our obligation as scientists to guide the application and further development of this technology in such a way that it benefits us all.
We are pleased to announce that we have just launched the Became AI platform in collaboration with CAIML at TU Wien and its newly established special interest group (SIG) Generative AI. One of its initiatives is the Became AI Forge, which provides a guided three-months program offering hands-on mentorship and sponsored resources such as API access and cloud GPUs for exploring generative AI.
Besides that, there will be the Became AI Lab bridging science and businesses, where you will be able to apply your learnings from the Became AI Forge to real-world projects with real-world data.
Our big vision is to build an initiative that has an impact beyond individual projects. We want to drive the adoption of generative AI in Austria and also create our own large language model (LLM) in order to become independent from big-tech companies.
As TU Wien is going to offer classes on generative AI starting this fall, there will be the option to have your practical work recognized there.
If you want to join our first batch of the Became AI Forge, please register on our website https://became.ai/ till 15 June 2023 at 23:59. If you have any further questions, please email us at mailto:email@example.com.
In a panel discussion moderated by Eva Stanzl, Olga Grjasnowa, Georg Psota, and myself discussed Generative AI, ChatGPT, and their ramifications for our future.
We made the headline of Kurier, one of Austria’s leading newspapers, on 5 June 2023: Artificial Intelligence as Life-Saver.
A press release by TU Wien features our collaboration with Medical University Vienna. We worked on reinforcement learning to learn optimal sepsis treatments in intensive care. See my publications here and here, also available from my list of publications ([84, 85]).
My latest research project Reliable Reinforcement Learning for Sustainable Energy Systems (RELY), funded by FFG’s AI for Green initiative, will start in September 2023.
The article “Warum ChatGPT so schnell kein Job-Killer ist” with quotes by myself was published by well-known Austrian newspaper Kurier and online magazine Future Zone.
Puls4, one of Austria’s leading private TV stations, focuses on ChatGPT in Austria’s most popular breakfast TV show Café Puls (5:30–12:00) from Monday, 6 March, to Friday, 10 March 2023, including some statements by myself about how ChatGPT works and possible ramifications.
News, Austria’s largest weekly news magazine, chose artificial intelligence as the cover story of its 3 March 2023 issue (no. 9/2023).
For this issue, I was interviewed about ChatGPT. You can find the interview on page 48.
For more information, see here.
I am happy to congratulate my former PhD students Amirreza Khodadadian and Leila Taghizadeh on their successes in the latest FWF (Austrian Science Fund) founding round. In 2023, both will head their first research projects as PIs. Amir’s project is called Using Single Atom Catalysts as Nanozymes in Field-Effect Transistor Sensors, and Leila’s is called Computational Uncertainty Quantification in Nanotechnology.
I am happy to announce that my course on reinforcement learning has been accepted as an AIDA course, being open to all AIDA students online. Registration will start in February 2023, and the course will start beginning of March 2023.
Der Falter, an Austrian weekly newspaper, published an article by Tessa Szyszkowitz about deepfakes (issue 2022/28 dated 12 July 2022).
The opening of the TUW Center for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (CAIML) took place on Thursday, Dec 2, 2021 with a keynote by Turing Award winner Leslie Valiant and a panel discussion with Gerhard Friedrich, James Larus, Helga, Nowotny, and Paul Timmers. The announcement and details can be found here. Slides, photos, and the video can be found here. The CAIML website is caiml.org.
The 15th ÖGOR Workshop Mathematische Ökonomie und Optimierung in der Energiewirtschaft will take place on September 23 and 24, 2021 at Webster Vienna Private University. You can find the announcement here. Focus areas are optimization, statistical learning, machine learning, AI, open data and open-source tools, and the effects of the corona pandemic on energy modeling.
The MSCA COFUND doctoral program Engineering for Life Sciences (ENROL) with a total volume of 3.25 M€, cofunded by the European Commission, will start in October 2021 and run till September 2026. You can apply for a PhD position here.
A double-degree program between the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and TU Wien has been signed. It allows selected students to obtain a double PhD degree in applied mathematics and/or information and communication technologies.
The Hannspeter Winter Prize is the annual prize for the best PhD thesis by a female student at TU Wien. Each of the eight departments may nominate at most one candidate, resulting in an interdisciplinary competition.
Congratulations to Leila!
Since her PhD defense in October 2019, Leila is a postdoc in my group Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification at the Institute of Analysis and Scientific Computing at TU Wien. Her work focuses on mathematical modeling, analysis, and simulation of stochastic PDE systems with applications in biology, medicine, and physics. Currently she is also working on uncertainty quantification in epidemiological models (applied to COVID-19).
I was kindly asked to serve as a Distinguished International Member on the Academic Board of the PhD Program in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at the Department of Engineering Enzo Ferrari of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
The lecture Reinforcement Learning (lecture with tutorial, 101.789 VU Reinforcement Learning, 4h, 6 ECTS) taught by Daniel Pasterk and myself, is now officially part of the curriculum for the MSc degree in Data Science in the module MLS/EX Machine Learning and Statistics – Extension.
Gemeinsam mit Ronald Hochreiter (Webster University), Daniel Huppmann (IIASA), Gerold Petritsch (EVN, ÖGOR) und Leopold Sögner (IHS) organisiere ich den 15. ÖGOR Workshop über Mathematische Ökonomie und Optimierung in der Energiewirtschaft vom 25. bis 26.6.2020 an der Webster University Wien. Offizielle Ankündigung.
I am organizing the minisymposium on Optimization and Model-Free Learning at the SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Data Science (MDS20).
We will organize five workshops at the Erwin Schrödinger Institute (ESI) in Vienna within the thematic program Computational Uncertainty Quantification: Mathematical Foundations, Methodology and Data in spring 2020:
The homepage of the thematic program at ESI is here.
I gave the faculty talk entitled Nanoscale Sensors for Biomolecule Detection and DNA/RNA Sequencing: Theory and Applications at the VICEM Diploma Thesis Award Ceremony.
Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema Wie funktioniert Wissenschaft heute? Der Science Talk blickt “hinter die Kulissen” mit:
Danach Überreichung der Auszeichnung Wissenschaftsbuch des Jahres durch Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner, Vizekanzler und Bundesminister für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft.
Datum: 20. Februar 2017
Ort: Aula der Wissenschaften, Wollzeile 27a, 1010 Wien
From left to right: Gudmund Pammer, Amirreza Khodadadian, Caroline Geiersbach, Leila Taghizadeh, Benjamin Stadlbauer, Gerhard Tulzer, Clemens Heitzinger. (Not shown: Andreas Buttinger-Kreuzhuber, Gregor Mitscha-Eibl.)
TU Wien celebrated its 200th anniversary on November 6, 2015. To mark the occasion, the exhibition Wunderkammer 2015 was open to the public in TU Wien’s main building in November 2015. Its topic was What’s Next?, bringing together science, technology, and art and familiarizing the general public with new developments. About 100 submissions were received by the organizers of Wunderkammer 2015, and about 30 were selected by a jury of experts. My group presented an overview of our work.
In addition to actual nanowire gas sensors and posters, we showed this presentation (in German). Special thanks to Benjamin Stadlbauer for preparing the presentation with nice animations and many explanations.
The presentation can be viewed here as a movie file. You can view it full-screen by clicking on the “enlarge” button; the movie file is 1920×1080.
ORF, Austria’s largest TV station, reported about the opening of the exhibition. Visitors in front of our booth are shown here.
In May 2015, I was interviewed about my work at TU Wien and the topic of the START Prize: Mathematik für die Nanotechnologie.
In December 2013, I was interviewed about my work and the START Prize: Math researcher earns prestigious START Prize.