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Poster Prize for WWU IS researchers at Pharmaceutical History Biennale

24. November 2021 - 13:03

At the poster exhibition of this year's Pharmaceutical History Biennial of the German Society for the History of Pharmacy, which took place in Detmold from 08 to 10 October 2021, Patrick Troglauer (University of Münster), Dr. Meral Avci (RWTH Aachen University), Dr. Kerstin Grothusheitkamp (Philipps University of Marburg), and Dr. Stefan Schellhammer (University of Münster) presented their poster entitled "The Role of the Poor in the Formation of Germany's Health System" and were awarded the poster prize. In their poster, which was developed as part of the joint research project "From artifact to infra structura - The drug prescription as intellectual and material vantage point to the design of societal infrastructure", which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Reference number: 01UO1834C), the four scientists investigate the role of the poor as incubators for innovations that can still be found as milestones in today's German health system.


Award for the poster ""The Role of the Poor in the Formation of Germany's Health System"
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22. November 2021 - 9:23

Corruption undermines the democratic institutions and forbids citizens to have access to their rights, increasing social inequalities and punishing especially the most vulnerable ones. How can civil society take concrete measures to fight corruption and how public data can be an essential tool for this battle? That is the topic of Data Talks #5 “Public data against corruption”, with M.A. Juliana Sakai (Chief Operating Officer - Transparência Brasil), Dr. Bianca Vaz Mondo (Hertie School of Governance) and M.Sc. Mara Mendes (IfPol-WWU).

Watch it live on 23.11.2021, 09:30 (BRT) / 13:30 (CET) at https://youtu.be/7VBYV2iJ4lM.

We also invite you to watch the previous episodes of the Data Talks or listen to them in podcast format and learn more about the Data Talks project at our project’s website: https://lnkd.in/eT_FucdT .

What is Data Talks?

Data Talks is a series of talks between experts from Brazil and Germany who will discuss the use of public data in today’s society. Data Talks is an initiative from Jessica Voigt, German Chancellor Fellow by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, supported by the Brazil Centre from the University of Münster in the framework of the strategic partnership project wwu.usp, funded by the DAAD.

#PublicDataAgainstCorruption #DataTalks #CorruptionFighting #SDG16 #CivicHacker #CivicInnovation #OpenData #Brazil #Germany #wwuusp #strategicpartnership #Episode5

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Podcast "Im Hier und Morgen" addresses research at the department

18. November 2021 - 18:57

In the current episode of the podcast "Im Hier und Morgen", Kai Gondlach talks (in German) with Prof. Dr. Benedikt Berger about the deployment and use of AI-based systems in companies. The occasion arose through the soon to be published book "Arbeitswelt und KI 2030", which Kai Gondlach is editing together with Inka Knappertsbusch. For this book, Prof. Dr. Benedikt Berger, together with Dr. Alexander Rühr and Prof. Dr. Thomas Hess from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, has written a chapter entitled "Intelligente IT-Systeme im Unternehmen: Kontrolle und Transparenz als Mittel zur Vertrauensbildung". The podcast episode is now available both here and in all popular podcast players.

Prof. Dr. Benedikt Berger talks to Kai Gondlach about intelligent IT systems in companies
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Open position as research assistant (TV-L E13, 100%)

9. November 2021 - 16:15

The Junior Professorship for Digital Transformation and Society (Prof. Dr. Benedikt Berger) is looking for a research assistant at earliest convenience, but no later than April 1, 2022. The position is associated with the opportunity to pursue a PhD project. Applications can be submitted until November 28, 2021. Further information on the job description and the requirements is available in the job advertisement (in German). Proficiency in German is required to be eligible for the job. In case of additional questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Benedikt Berger or Michaela Meinert.

Full-time job offer for a PhD student at the Junior Professorship for Digital Transformation and Society
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Münsterhack 2021

13. Oktober 2021 - 22:34

The Münsterhack 2021 took place on September 25 and 26. Within these 36 hours, the tech scene in Münster came together and developed ideas and prototypes to make Münster even more liveable. Armin Stein and Nina Herrmann were on site as mentors and supported the participants both technically and as advisors.

Meanwhile, a project seminar of our institute took part in the Hackathon this year. Unlike a “traditional” project seminar in which the project idea usually comes from a partner company, in this special seminar, our students could generate and implement their own creative ideas. They developed a blood donation app for the University Hospital Münster (German: Das Universitätsklinikum Münster, UKM), which enables blood donors to book appointments online. Previously, it was only possible to make donation appointments by phone. Due to the Covid-19, there was a severe blood shortage and it was difficult for UKM to find more donors. Therefore, the project group came up with the idea of an app that facilitates donations through the internet.

Within 36 hours’ Hackathon, the project group implemented and pitched their idea at the final event. They won second place from the public and third place from the jury. Congratulations!

The project idea will be continuously developed and implemented during the winter semester.


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18th international conference MPLR 2021 in Münster - also as hybrid conference a complete success

7. Oktober 2021 - 8:40

The 18th International ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Managed Programming Languages & Runtimes (MPLR'21) was held as a hybrid event at the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Haus in Münster on 29.09.2021 and 30.09.2021. One third of the participants attended in person, while the rest were connected online via Zoom. The complex technical equipment required for this was set up and operated by Matthias and Jonathan Neugebauer. The event was organized by Prof. Herbert Kuchen as General Chair and his team. The program committee was headed by Jeremy Singer from the University of Glasgow. In addition to invited talks by Filipo Pizlo, Apple, USA, and Paul Harvey, Rakuten, Japan, 12 papers were presented that had been successful in peer review. The event concluded with a panel on the challenges and opportunities of managed programming languages.


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Project HybriD funded: Real-time Detection of Hybrid Disinformation Campaigns in Online Media

6. Oktober 2021 - 9:33

Aspects of disinformation have been in the focus of research and public discussion for quite some time. Incidents such as the manipulation of journalistic forums during the Ukraine conflict, the suspected influence of disinformation in the Brexit referendum, or the use of automated communication in the 2016 U.S. election have been discussed in public and by politicians. This leads to the central question: How do the disinformation campaigns behind all these incidents work?


Since the aforementioned events, research has increasingly focused on automated communication, fake news and hate speech, and how to detect them. Many citizens face these phenomena on a daily basis. The intensive study of disinformation strategies as a whole has revealed that, in addition to automated communication, there are sometimes covert aspects and actors that make a disinformation campaign powerful in the first place. In order to identify, analyze, and combat coordinated disinformation campaigns, it is also necessary to take into account human actors, content, and temporal patterns.

The aim of the collaborative project "Real-Time Detection of Hybrid Disinformation Campaigns in Online Media (HybriD)" is to develop a software-based analysis tool that helps experts to better assess disinformation campaigns. The researchers are combining artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques with human expertise to identify disinformation campaigns. The analysis tool will make it possible to evaluate large volumes of data from online media and social networks in real time and to record temporal patterns. Using this database, experts can comprehensively assess disinformation campaigns and their impact. These findings are then fed back into the tool, enabling new patterns to be learned. Iteratively, general statements about disinformation patterns can be made and so-called "archetypes" of disinformation can be identified. This is intended to answer the question given at the outset about the emergence and spread of disinformation as well as the possibilities for action.


The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds this project with 2.24 Mio Euro. The University of Münster (Information Systems/ERCIS and Communication Science) leads the consortium and collaborates with the HAW Hamburg, the complexium GmbH, and many associated media partners. The project is associated with the Topical Program “Algorithmization and Social Interaction” (www.algorithmization.org) of the University of Münster and the Competence Center “Social Media Analytics” of the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS).


Further information (in German, BMBF):


Successful application in the Agile Research Call of the BMBF
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A very warm welcome to Prof. Dr. Benedikt Berger!

5. Oktober 2021 - 15:45

On 01.10.2021, Prof. Dr. Benedikt Berger took up the newly created junior professorship "Information Systems with a focus on Digital Transformation and Society" - Welcome!

After his Bachelor's and Master's studies in Berlin and Mannheim, Benedikt Bergener completed his doctorate at the LMU Munich. His research focuses on the interfaces between information systems and artificial intelligence as well as media management. More information will follow shortly here (https://www.wi.uni-muenster.de/de/institut/dtg)

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