13 – 14 September 2021

DIREC seminar

Purpose

The purpose is to give the participants in DIREC the opportunity to get to know each other, both professionally and personally / socially and thus create new networks across the universities and the Alexandra Institute.

We hope this will lead to the identification of new research issues, including grand challenges for digital technologies, collaboration across workstreams, and new projects with companies and the public sector.

Target group

Workstream managers, participants from other universities in DIREC workstreams, DIREC project participants including PhDs and postdocs, as well as others who are professionally interested in participating in a DIREC workstream.

Monday 13 September

09.30

Arrival, croissants and coffee

10.00

Parallel workshops with a lunch break from 12.00-13.00

Location: Sal G

20-minute-talks with 5 minutes Q&A of younger researchers from the participating universities

 

10.00 Introduction Mads Nielsen, KU

 

10.05 Mathias, SDU: Adaptive neural control for legged robots

 

10.30 Kasra Arnavaz, DTU: Topology-aware Segmentation of Pancreatic Tubes

 

10.55 Biobreak

 

11.05 Mostafa Ghazi:, KU Disease modelling via RNN

 

11.30 Laura Alessandretti, DTU: Modelling individual mobility behavior

 

11.55 Lunch

 

13.00 Alessandro Tibo, AAU: Learning and Interpreting Multi-Multi-Instance Learning Networks

 

13.25 Morten Hannemose, DTU: TBD

 

13.50 Biobreak

 

14.00 Nikolaj Theodor Thams, KU: Invariant Reinforcement Learning: Generalization through causality

 

14.25 Joakim Bruslund Haurum, AAU: Automated Sewer Defect Classification

 

Organiser: Mads Nielsen, University of Copenhagen

Location: Sal A

 

10.00 Introduction (brief round of introductions)

 

10.10 Overview of WS3-related research at RUC, Hua Lu

 

10.30 Overview of research in the DASYA lab at ITU, Pinar Tözün

 

10.55 Break

 

11.10 Overview of research at Daisy, AAU, Christian S. Jensen

 

11.40 TipTap: Approximate Mining of Frequent k-Subgraph Patterns in Evolving Graphs, Cigdem Aslay

 

12.00 Lunch

 

13.00 Time-Constrained Indoor Keyword-aware Routing, Harry Kai-Ho Chan

 

13.25 Data-intensive solutions for vehicular transportation, Kristian Torp

 

13.45 Break

 

14.00 Semantic (Big) Data Exploration, Matteo Lissandrini

 

14.20 Data management in event-based systems, Yongluan Zhou

 

14.40 Privacy-preserving analysis of web data streams, Daniele Dell’Aglio

 

Organiser: Christian S. Jensen, Aalborg University

Location: Sal C

 

See program here

 

Organiser: Rasmus Pagh, University of Copenhagen

Location: Salon 20

 

10.00-10.30 Who is who and introduction to the day

 

10.30-11.30 Privacy and ethics (Louise Barkhuus)*

 

11.30-12.30 Participation and data (Henrik Korsgaard)*

 

13-00-14.00 CSCW and global software/remote collaboration (Pernille Bjørn)*

 

14.00-15.00 Group discussions

 

*= Presentation and discussion

 

Organisers: Susanne Bødker, Aarhus University and Louise Barkhuus, IT University of Copenhagen

Location: Salon 21

 

This workshop aims to obtain a common understanding of the area of cyber-physical system among the DIREC partners – who we are, what we do and the challenges ahead. The outcome will be a joint profile and a plan for future collaboration.


Agenda

 

10:00  Introduction to WS6, aim of the day 

 

10:15  Who is who?

  • Partner presentations covering; scientific focus, application domains, people, key projects

12:00  Presentation of current WS6 DIREC projects (inspiration for new projects)

  • Edge AI (SDU, DTU and ITU) 

12:30  Lunch


13:00 
The CPS ecosystem — next step, meeting, event, etc. 


13:45  Identifying the Grand Challenges of CPS
 


14:45  Conclusions of the day


Organiser: Jan Madsen, Technical University of Denmark

Location: Salon 22

 

Program

 

This workshop aims to obtain a common understanding of the area of Verification and Software Engineering (V&SE) among the DIREC partners – who we are, what we do and the challenges ahead. The outcome will be a joint profile and a plan for future collaboration.


Agenda

 

10:00  Introduction to WS7 (V&SE), aim of the day 

 

10:15  Who is who?

  • Partner presentations covering; scientific focus, application domains, people, key projects.

12:00  Lunch

 

13:00  Presentation of current WS7 DIREC projects (inspiration for new projects)

  • Verifiable and Safe AI for Autonomous Systems (Bridge Project, ITU, AAU)
  • Verifiable and Safe AI (Explore Project) (all)

13:30  The VE&SE ecosystem — next step, meeting, event, etc. 

 

14:00  Identifying the Grand Challenges of V&SE and key interaction points with other WS

 

14:45  Conclusions of the day

 

Organiser: Kim Guldstrand Larsen, Aalborg University

Location: Salon 23

 

See program

 

Organiser: Claudio Orlandi, Aarhus University

Location: Salon 24

 

Generel drøftelse af mål (herunder DIRECs interne KPIer vedr. WS 13) og hvad er det vi skal samarbejde om.

  • Rammer, budget/økonomi og nye projektidéer
  • Drøftelse af konkret projektforslag om entrepreneurship i DIREC – hvordan sætter vi projektet i gang?
  • Digital Tech Summit og DIREC – hvordan udnytter vi eventet i en DIREC sammenhæng
  • Inspirationscases for entreprenuership  - faculty innovation (case fra Open Entrepreneurship) og student innovation (STIBO, tentativt)

Ansvarlig: Mark Riis

15.00

Coffee break

15.30

Overview of group assignment

The purpose of these workshops is to make the participants acquainted with each other, learn what people are interested in, and discuss possibilities for collaboration across workstreams.

The format is as follows:

  • People are divided into groups of 12-14 people
  • A chair is nominated for each workshop – the job of the chair is to facilitate the workshop.
  • The chair has free hands to decide on the format, but we recommend the following:

Workshop flow

  • Each group elects a secretary that takes notes in the form of PowerPoint slides summarizing ideas for collaboration.
  • The chair starts by welcoming people and shortly presenting the purpose and program for the workshop
  • Each participant gives a short presentation of him/herself with focus on what he/she is currently working on and possible ideas for collaboration
  • Ideas may include basic research issues/questions, proposals for projects: explore, SciTech and/or Bridge. The ideas do not have to be worked out in detail but can be on a quite early stage.
  • A proposal may also be for a BOF session on Tuesday where there will have more time to discuss the idea.
  • The chair shortly summarizes the workshop with the help of the secretary.

All PowerPoint slides will be uploaded and made available for all participants of the seminar using this link

Location: Salon 24

 

  • Introduction to the aims of the PhD Training Network, Thomas T. Hildebrandt, DIKU
  • Plenum debate: Strengthening PhD education in digital technologies – what national initiatives do we need?

Responsible: Thomas Hildebrandt, University of Copenhagen

17.30

Drinks and get-together / walk to the beach

19.00

Conference dinner

Speakers:

  • Jens Christian Godskesen,
    Chairman of DIREC Board
  • Bjarne Stroustrup,
    Morgan Stanley & Columbia University

Tuesday 14 September

08.00

Breakfast

09.00

Welcome by Thomas Riisgaard Hansen

09.10

A brief look at research trajectory in computer vision and machine learning
– and the new Pioneer Centre

Serge Belongie, Head of the new Pioneer Centre for Artificial Intelligence

digitallead – Danmarks digitaliseringsklynge

Carolina Benjaminsen, CEO DigitalLead

Collaborating with researchers
– a perspective from industry

Esben Hallundbæk Østergaard, REInvest Robotics

From digital research to creating a successful startup

Jakob Bardram, Professor, Technical University of Denmark
Stephen Alstrup, Professor, Copenhagen University

10.30

Coffee break

11.00

Workshops and parallel Birds of a Feather sessions with a lunch break from 12.00-13.00

Location: Salon 23

 

The WS9 workshop focuses on the role of social science and humanities (SSH) research in the context of the DIREC network. The ambition with the workshop is to address the interdependency of technological innovation and uptake of the technologies in relevant contexts. A central discussion is when to include SSH research perspectives in technology innovation research.

 

Agenda
11.00

  • Why address the role of SSH in tech-research? Helle Zinner Henriksen
  • Who is who: presentations covering; scientific focus, application domains, people, key projects
  • How is WS9 involved in present DIREC projects, Helle Zinner Henriksen
  • The central business problem in R&I projects, Ole Lehrmann Madsen

12.00 Lunch

 

13.00 Discussion

  • Is there a problem – and how to address it by the community?
  • Identification of SSH perspectives in future DIREC collaboration

Organiser: Helle Zinner Henriksen, Copenhagen Business School

Location: Salon 25

 

11.00-12.00 – Welcome

by Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard, SDU (5 min)

 

Increasing diversity via teaching

by Claus Brabrand, ITU (20 min)

 

Software infrastructures for teaching at scale

by Ulrik Nyman, AAU and Jakob Andersen, SDU (15 min)

 

Debate: Educating more software specialists – what should DIREC do on a national level?

  • Inspirational talk:
    The digital state of the nation in an educational viewpoint
    Kaj Grønbæk, AU (10 min)
  • Group discussions (10 min)

12.00-13.00 – Lunch break

 

13.00-14.00

Debate: Educating more software specialists – what should DIREC do on a national level?

  • Inspirational talk:
    Building better bridges to the high-schools,
    Martin Dybdal, KU (10 min)
  • Group discussions (10 min)

Debate: Educating more software specialists – what should DIREC do on a national level?

  • Inspirational talk:
    Diversifying computer science,
    Pernille Bjørn, KU (10 min)
  • Group discussions (10 min)

Summary in plenum and next steps (20 min)

 

Organiser: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard, University of Southern Denmark

One or more participants can invite to a session where you can discuss a given topic, which could be:

  • Proposal for a new research area
  • Discussion of a specific research issue
  • Proposal for a joint project
  • Discussion / work with a common paper.
  • Experiences / problems with collaboration with companies and public institutions
  • Things that may come up during the sessions on day

We encourage you to suggest topics before or during the seminar. Suggestions can be uploaded here

Location: Salon 26

 

This BOF will gather researchers interested in increasing impact of their research in Danish society.

 

Based on a short presentation, we will discuss how it researchers can increase impact of their research, by focusing on collaboration with partners in the Danish innovation ecosystem.

 

The initial presentation will outline the Danish innovation ecosystem, and give examples of successful collaboration projects between university it researchers, the Alexandra Institute and private companies.

  • Introduction, Danish Innovations system, v. Martin Møller (7 min)
  • Examples of collaboration projects for inspiration:
    • How blockchains can get real world advantages using MPC, v. Tore Kasper Frederiksen (7 min)
    • Augmented Reality Innovation projects in industry 4.0, v. Allan Hansen  (7 min)
    • Collaboration with the Danish Industry Foundation, v. Gert Læssøe Mikkelsen (7 min)
  • Ideas and discussion among participants (15-30 min)

Location: Salon 27

 

The idea of this BoF is to gather researchers interested in cryptographic protocols, differential privacy, information flow, social networks, privacy and ethics, to identify concrete challenges at the intersections of these areas.

Location: Salon 28

 

In this BoF we will be exploring different ways where computer science can contribute to some of the challenges related to climate change. Computer science plays a big role in most green technologies, but is often regarded as invisible infrastructure and not something that need separate attention.

 

We will share ideas and examples and discuss how we can frame computer science within the green agenda.

Location: Salon 29

 

Not building biases into AI
Green challenges
(American) National Academy of Engineering (NAE) grand challenges.

Location: Salon 24

  • Online planning for a fleet of robots
  • Route planning for micro-droplets on a 2D grid
  • Planning for 6-legged robots

Location: Sofa group next to auditorium

 

Human interaction with verification tools

14.00

Internal management meeting SAL D / end of seminar