Gesellschaft für Informatik wants more sustainability in IT

Under the motto “Computer Science & Sustainability”, the Gesellschaft für Informatik e. V. (GI) held its annual virtual INFORMATIK conference from September 27 to October 1, mainly to promote the topic of sustainability in information technology. More than 150 lectures and debates as well as more than 50 workshops were broadcast from a Berlin broadcasting studio. In parallel, the international conference on environmental information and communication technologies EnviroInfo 2021, the 44th edition of the conference on artificial intelligence KI2021 and the student conference GI SKILL 2021 took place.

A central topic at INFORMATIK 2021 was sustainability, which was mainly about reducing CO2 consumption in general. According to GI Managing Director Daniel Krupka, the focus is on the area of ​​cryptocurrencies – to be more precise, on how digital currencies can be produced without consuming a lot of energy. Wherever useful, predictive maintenance should also be carried out, for example to replace machine spare parts before a fault occurs, in order to avoid failure of the whole machine. There were also methods for more efficient code and methods that used less data.

The concept of “Sustainability by Design” aims to ensure that sustainability is “intrinsically involved in the creation process” and is therefore already taken into account when designing the software. In order to be able to implement this sustainability, socially sustainable IT needs diverse development teams.

In an international comparison, Germany scores badly in the area of ​​digital learning, but that’s not all: Companies, researchers and politicians repeatedly call for computer lessons in schools. In countries like Estonia and Lithuania, according to Krupka, much more is being done for digitization in schools and daycares.

In Germany there are those supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, among others the House of Little Scientists Foundation, which is currently developing advanced training for teachers on the topic of research-based learning. to help integrate digital learning opportunities into the classroom. Still, more could be done. The corona crisis in particular has highlighted shortcomings in the field of digital education. How to teach children AI logic in a fun way remains an important topic for Krupka.

In the future, more and more tasks will be replaced by machines. In some use cases, AIs may perform better than humans, such as in autonomous driving. Professor Kristian Kersting argues in his lecture for a third wave of artificial intelligence: people should no longer be afraid of new technologies, because AI systems are just tools that execute rules programmed by humans or generalize data sets.

With the Konrad Zuse Medal, awarded every two years, Professor Dr. Gerhard Weikum rewards his contributions to computing. Chairman of the IM, Prof. Dr. Hannes Federrath: “He has developed scalable query systems and efficient ranking of query results for the intelligent organization and search of information, especially in Big Data, which is available in structured databases. as well as to a large extent. semi-structured or unstructured. Gerhard Weikum has made important contributions to building knowledge bases that already serve as the foundation for AI-based search engines. “

As part of the event this year, the IM honored four individuals who “have made outstanding contributions to IT”. Dr. Oliver Deussen, Dr. Constanze Kurz, Prof. Dr. Mathias Weske and Prof. Dr. Heidi Schelhowe have been appointed fellows. The rewards were made virtually. “With Prof. Dr. Oliver Deussen, GI honors one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of visualization. A particular emphasis of his work is the representation of plants, landscapes and ecosystems. Oliver Deussen attaches great importance to understandable and popular scientific communication of his research topics. “

The GI appoints IT talents with extraordinary ideas and accomplishments as Junior Fellows. Matthias Marx (University of Hamburg), Dr.-Ing. Fereshta Yazdani (Lufthansa Industry Solutions) and Michael Schaub (RWTH Aachen University) were honored at INFORMATIK 2021. As part of the Junior Fellowship, the winners, who have proven themselves very early in the fields of IT security, big data and network research, receive technical and financial support from IM for the implementation of the ideas.

The Austrian receives the thesis prize awarded jointly by the GI, the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) and the Swiss Computer Science Society (SI) Dr. Daniela Kaufmann for her doctoral thesis on the verification of multipliers at the gate level . The research work was submitted to Johannes Kepler University in Linz and focuses on the formal verification of arithmetic circuits using algebraic proof techniques. Since digital circuits must work properly to avoid errors, Dr. Kaufmann developed a verification tool during his PhD that can be used to automatically verify multipliers.


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