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Upper-Rhine Artificial Intelligence Symposium 2021

Artificial Intelligence - Application in life sciences and beyond

The international Upper-Rhine Artificial Intelligence Symposium organised by the TriRhenaTech alliance in cooperation with Hochschule Kaiserslautern supposed to be held on Wednesday, 27th October, 2021 in Kaiserslautern, Germany focuses on AI research and its application in industry, medicine and mobility. The conference motto in 2021 is „Artificial Intelligence: application in life sciences and beyond“.

Although the symposium focus will be on life science applications, we encourage also submit additional topics, such as image processing, robotics, machine learning or social impact.

Topics include, but are not limited to: artificial intelligence • robotics • image and scene understanding • natural language processing • machine learning • data mining • reasoning, constraints and uncertainty • affective computing • architectures for AI • evaluation of AI systems • applications of AI in various fields, esp. life sciences • AI education • philosophical foundations • social impact and ethics



This year's special partner will be the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) Kaiserslautern


Call for papers (closed)

Call for paper is closed. Deadline for submission of the extended abstract was 19th May, 2021. Acceptance notifications will be sent out by in 19th July, 2021 (postponed!) To contribute to the conference full papers, posters or exhibit/live demonstration could have been submitted. Contributions from industry are especially encouraged.

For accepted papers: Camera-ready papers should not exceed 10 pages, references included. Papers are to be submitted in PDF format based on our LaTeX or Word UR-AI template (based on LNCS – Lecture Notes in Computer Science) and without page numbering. The program committee reserves its discretion to reject papers not complying with the guidelines. Camera-ready papers are due by 31th August, 2021 (postponed! new date!). A publication of the papers will be issued both electronically and printed under a CC BY 4.0 license. Extended abstracts and camera-ready papers are to be submitted via the conference management systems EasyChair.



In the morning, following items are scheduled: two keynote speeches from political representatives, two keynote speeches from university  and industry representatives, and a panel discussion on ‘Artificial Intelligence – application in life sciences and beyond’. Papers on AI applications in industry, medicine and mobility as well as a lecture on quantum computing outlining future developments of artificial intelligence will take place in the afternoon.

The conference will be accompanied by a posters and an exhibition detailing various AI projects from France, Germany, Switzerland, and other countries which aim to encourage an exchange of perspectives. We cordially invite you to discover the expertise and opportunities of artificial intelligence and discuss its possibilities and potential risks.

The conference language is for the most part English, with some parts being held in French and German.

10:15Short Keynotes

AI vs. IA: From Artificial Intelligence To Intelligence Amplification in Life Sciences
Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Andreas Dengel
Managing Director German German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Invited Paper with Discussion


Challenges and Solutions using Machine Learning in Histopathology and Bioinformatics
Prof. Dr. Christian Herta
Professor for data science at HTW Berlin - University of Applied Sciences

Invited Paper with Discussion

12:10General Information
12:15Poster session 1 and lunch break

2 parallel sessions with 6 presentations

Session 1: Life Sciences

Session 2: Other and general topics

15:30Poster session and coffee break

Restlessness: A principle of natural intelligence
Prof. Dr. Matthias Kaschube
Professor for neurosciences at Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)

Invited Paper with Discussion

16:45Closing Words
Clemens Hoch, Minister for Science and Health
17:00End of symposium

The symposium is free of charge. Due to limited number of participants registration is required. Requests will be served on a first-come first-served basis.


If possible, UR-AI 2021 will be held as attendance event in Kaiserslautern. Valid regulations will be followed on-site.

We will keep you updated about relevant regulations (required negative test, vaccination) 

If an attendence event cannot be held, an online event will take place instead.


Conference Location

UR-AI 2021 will be held at

Hochschule Kaiserslautern
University of Applied Sciences
Schoenstr. 11
67659 Kaiserslautern

Details an "Campus Kammgarn" and how to get there


Conference Chairs

  • Karl-Herbert Schäfer, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences
  • Franz Quint, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

Program Committee

  • Andreas Christ, Offenburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Thomas Lampert, Télécom Physique Strasbourg
  • Jörg Lohscheller, Trier University of Applied Sciences
  • Enkelejda Miho, Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
  • Ulrich Mescheder, Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences
  • Christoph Reich,  Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences
  • Karl-Herbert Schäfer, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences
  • Franz Quint, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

Organising Committee

  • Matthias Bächle, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences
  • Anna Dister, TriRhenaTech
  • Susanne Schohl, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences
  • Jessica Weyer, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences







The TriRhenaTech alliance is a network of universities in the Upper-Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region. Its members are the German universities of applied sciences in Furtwangen, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Trier  and Offenburg, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) Loerrach, the French university network Alsace Tech (comprised of 14 'grandes écoles' in the fields of engineering, architecture and management) and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). The alliance's joint goal is to strengthen the transfer of knowledge, research, and technology, as well as encouraging the cross-border mobility of students in the Upper-Rhine region.


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