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Up To 30 Professorships in Artificial Intelligence to Be Awarded

Up to 30 additional Alexander von Humboldt Professorships in the field of Artificial Intelligence are to be filled in the years up to 2024. Through these professorships, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation intends to contribute to the German Government’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy which targets the establishment of new AI chairs in Germany.

The computer scientist, Professor Dr Daniel Rückert (left), and the neuroscientist, Professor Dr Peter Dayan receive the first two Alexander von Humboldt Professorships for Artificial Intelligence. (Photos: TUM, Thomas Farnetti)

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 Alexander von Humboldt Professorships are financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The award comes with €5 million in funding for individuals conducting experimental research and €3.5 million for researchers working in theoretical fields. The award brings top international researchers from abroad to German universities and offers them long-term prospects for conducting research in Germany. The Humboldt Professorship enables German universities to offer top international researchers competitive conditions for research and to raise their own international profiles in the global research market at the same time. To date, it has been possible to award up to ten Humboldt Professorships every year. Now, six additional Humboldt Professors specifically for the field of Artificial Intelligence can be recruited to come to Germany annually. Nominations are being accepted with immediate effect.

“The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship will help to thoroughly explore and utilise the opportunities AI offers for our future. And it will also serve to reinforce Germany as an internationally attractive and influential location in this important area,” said Hans-Christian Pape, President of the Humboldt Foundation. Not only researchers in technical disciplines but also those who address the socio-economic, ethical and legal aspects of artificial intelligence are eligible to be nominated. As in the past, up to ten professorships will continue to be open to candidates from any discipline.

published in Humboldt Kosmos 111/2020

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