May 14, 2019

Fraunhofer HHI presents AI demo on board the MS Wissenschaft

May 14, 2019

Artificial Intelligence (AI) - What is that exactly? How do people learn and how do machines learn? Where does AI offer advantages and what are the risks? Participatory exhibits directly from current research provide insights into the development and application of AI in the exhibition at the MS Wissenschaft 2019. Here, numerous different exhibits from science and research invite visitors to discover, test and participate. On May 16, 2019, the MS Wissenschaft will start its tour in Berlin and visit 27 cities in Germany until the beginning of October, after which it will travel on to Austria. On board the floating science center, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI is presenting its demo "Visual Question Answering - A look into the black box of neural networks".

AI often refrains from revealing why it comes to a certain conclusion. For us, their decision-making processes take place invisibly in neural networks. Researchers at Fraunhofer HHI now want to open this black box in order to make the decisions of AI more comprehensible. In the image evaluation procedure used, the AI highlights the areas in the image that were decisive for its decision. Furthermore, it indicates how certain or likely it considers its answer to be. This method can be used in many areas, such as medicine and autonomous vehicles. “What we refer to as explainable AI does not only have many practical advantages, but furthermore allows an easier exposure of AI cheating strategies ”, explains Wojciech Samek, head of Machine Learning Group in the Video Coding and Analytics Department at Fraunhofer HHI.

The MS Wissenschaft is a converted inland cargo ship that used to travel on European waterways with coal and containers. Starting in 2002, the exhibition ship travels across Germany every summer as a floating science center as part of the Science Year program. This year's exhibition on board the MS Wissenschaft is a central part of the “Wissenschaftsjahr 2019 – Künstliche Intelligenz” (Science Year 2019 - Artificial Intelligence), initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and “Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD)”. The exhibition demonstrates, for example, how image and speech recognition operate.

The exhibition is conceived and sent on tour by WiD on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The exhibits are provided by institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association and the Max Planck Society as well as by DFG-funded projects, university institutes and other partners. It is aimed particularly at schools, young people and families and is recommended from the age of 12. The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free. In addition to the exhibition, film evenings, workshops and discussion events will take place on deck.