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Long-time FBKI member Ute Schmid receives Rainer Markgraf Award 2020

Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid receives the Rainer Markgraf Prize 2020, which honors outstanding achievements in education, science and research in the regions of Upper Franconia and Upper Palatinate. The Rainer Markgraf Foundation honors Schmid for her commitment to the transfer of knowledge between university, research and educational work. The Rainer Markgraf Foundation justifies the award by saying that Schmid, as a pioneer in research, takes away people's often prevailing skepticism about artificial intelligence. The award ceremony will take place in mid-November 2020.

After studying computer science and psychology, Ute Schmid habilitated in computer science at the TU Berlin in 2001. Since 2004, she has been teaching and conducting research as a professor of applied computer science at the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg. In her scientific work in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive modeling, she combines the discipline of computer science with psychological insights. Her focus is on inductive programming, interpretable and human-level machine learning, and the generation of explanations for classifiers.

In addition, Ute Schmid is intensively involved in promoting women in computer science and has been giving computer science workshops for children and young people since 2005. She also holds continuing education courses on computer science for preschool and elementary school and is active in the GI Artificial Intelligence Department.

GI President Prof. Dr. Hannes Federrath: "The Gesellschaft für Informatik congratulates its member warmly on this well-deserved award. Ute Schmid has rendered outstanding services to artificial intelligence as well as in its age-appropriate communication. We are grateful for Professor Schmid's years of dedication to computer science, for her contribution to the advancement of women in the field, and for her activity in our GI Artificial Intelligence Division."

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