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Course Catalog 2017/2018

The Course Catalog for the summer term 2018 can be downloaded here:
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SMARTSTART students’ success at Interdisciplinary College 2018

Many SMARTSTART Students and Faculty in interdisciplinary Spring School "Me, myself, and I”. Best Poster Award for Nicolas Berberich.

SMARTSTART students participated successfully at the Spring School IC 18 "Me, myself, and I". For the past 20 years, the internationally well-established one-week spring school focuses on artificial intelligence. It attracts young scientists, who are working in cross-disciplinary fields. SMARTSTART students‘ participation rose up to a record 40 % of the current year.

Three SMARTSTART students, Steffen Schneider, Jan Kirchner and Nicolas Berberich presented posters of their research. Nicolas Berberich won the Best Poster Award with his poster on „VirtuousAI: An apprenticeship learning approach for building moral machines” (

In addition, Kirchner and Schneider offered so-called "/ik/hacks", program points in their own right, which are offered aside of the summer school’s program. Their topics were

  • Exponential First Passage Time Approximations of Neuron Model with Conductance-Based Dynamics (Jan Kirchner)
  • Introduction to Unsupervised Machine Learning (Steffen Schneider)

The SMARTSTART Faculty also participated actively. Julijana Gjorgjieva (Max-Planck Institute for Brain Science, Frankfurt und Technical University Munich TUM) gave a course „Computation in Neural Circuits” and Jutta Kretzberg (University of Oldenburg) offered another ik/hack on careers in science. Both are active mentors of the program and their courses were met with great enthusiasm and well attended by SMARTSTART  students,  naturally.

Jan Kirchner and Dominic Gonschorek were so-called “sunshines” of the spring school, i.e. they were active volunteers, who assisted lecturers by preparing the room and technical equipment.

Photo: Nicolas Berberich (fourth left) winner of the Best Poster Award, Julijana Gjorgijeva (fifth right) and Jutta  Kretzberg (fourth right)


Schneider, Steffen: “Don’t classify, generate: Dreaming up EEG Sequences for domain adaptation and data-efficient learning”.

Kirchner, Jan: “Exponential First Passage Time Approximations of Neuron Model with Conductance-Based Dynamics”.