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Junior Research Group DART

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How can artificial intelligence be used beneficially in the field of control engineering? The new DART junior research group at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of the University of Paderborn is investigating this topic. The group "Data Driven Methods in Control Engineering" (DART) started on July 1, 2020 and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for four years with about 1.6 million Euros.

In "DART", four young scientists intend to develop novel hybrid methods for control engineering problems. The methods will combine elements of control engineering and artificial intelligence. "I find it exciting to have the opportunity to work with my team in a new type of research area in a basic research-oriented manner. In the future, we also want to enable industrial companies to establish artificial intelligence in the field of control engineering," explains Dr.-Ing. Julia Timmermann. The 36-year-old heads the junior research group, which also includes M.Sc. Michael Hesse, M.Sc. Ricarda Götte and M.Sc. Annika Junker.

The junior research group DART works on fundamental research topics. The control engineering application of the Koopman operator, the use of Bayesian optimization during commissioning and hybrid modeling concepts, also in the context of observer design, are the main points of this work.