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First Professorship Filled at the Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security

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Portrait photo of Professor Daniel Neider © Oliver Dietze
As a theoretical computer scientist, Prof. Neider combines deductive methods of mathematical logic and inductive methods of machine learning in an innovative way.

On 1 November, Prof. Daniel Neider took over the new professorship “Verification and Formal Guarantees of Machine Learning“. The professorship is the first to be filled at the new “Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security” of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr). It is allocated to the Department of Computer Science at TU Dortmund University.

Founded in 2021, the Research Center is still in the start-up phase. Together with three other centers and a college, it forms the Research Alliance Ruhr, in which the three partners of the UA Ruhr bundle their cutting-edge research. In the coming years, TU Dortmund University, Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen will establish up to 50 new professorships, twelve of them in the Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security.

The research center focuses on the trustworthiness of intelligent systems in security-critical applications. The goal is to make artificial intelligence (AI) secure, reliable and at the same time transparent for users. After all, AI has long since become an integral part of everyday life, but suffers from numerous bugs - just like classic hardware and software. Beyond this, the way AI works is often difficult for humans to understand. To address these fundamental problems in a human-centered approach, collaboration between different disciplines is required - from computer science and statistics to sociology and psychology.

Pioneer in combining logic and learning

The first professorship now filled contributes efficient techniques to tackle these problems: As a theoretical computer scientist, Prof. Neider combines deductive methods of mathematical logic and inductive methods of machine learning in an innovative way. He has been doing pioneering work in this area for more than ten years and is strongly driving international research forward. Although the combination of these approaches is in high demand, it is hardly being practiced in Germany. “With Prof. Neider, we can expand our expertise in the field of trustworthy artificial intelligence at TU Dortmund University and work on new interdisciplinary research topics in the Research Alliance Ruhr,” says Prof. Manfred Bayer, President of TU Dortmund University. “With this professorship, we are building a new interdisciplinary working environment in the field of AI and far beyond. So we are pleased to welcome the first of twelve interdisciplinary bridging professorships in Dortmund,” says Prof. Emmanuel Müller, founding director of the Research Center.

Prof. Daniel Neider received his PhD from RWTH Aachen University in 2014 and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the USA until 2016, where he worked in the research project “ExCAPE - Expeditions in Computer-Augmented Program Engineering”. From 2017 to 2022, he led the research group “Logic and Learning” at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems with a focus on formal methods for intelligent systems, while also teaching at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. From February 2022, he was professor for “Security and Explainability of Learning Systems” at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg before being appointed to Dortmund.

Research Alliance Ruhr

The Research Alliance Ruhr was initiated by the Ruhr Conference of the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia in order to expand the top international research of TU Dortmund University, Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen who closely cooperate in the UA Ruhr. Founded in 2021, the Research Alliance comprises four cross-university research centers with the titles One Health Ruhr, Chemical Sciences and Sustainability, Trustworthy Data Science and Security, and Future Energy Materials and Systems. In addition, a College for Social Sciences and Humanities has been established. The State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia is supporting the start-up phase with 75 million euros until 2024.

Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security

Prof. Daniel Neider


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To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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