Workshop collaboration

ZOOM, May 15, 2023

Epistemological potentials: AI, robots and sensors

Workshop of the Working Group Data and Networks of the German Media Studies Association (in German)

Update: Due to strike-related limited public transport on May 15, the workshop was held online via Zoom.

„Edge AI“ is the name of a technical approach that is currently trending across domains: Implementing AI, more precisely: data-driven and adaptive systems, in a decentralised manner, for example in robots and sensors, independent of a continuous connection to a cloud.

Indeed, it cannot be ignored that the epistemic context of robots, sensors and AI is becoming increasingly important for thinking about the socio-technical conditions of digital cultures in the 21st century. Accordingly, it represents an extraordinary challenge for media studies of science and technology – not only for a history of the present as a media-historical and media-theoretical project, but for transdisciplinary efforts to reflect on its methodological and empirical complexity in general.

The workshop is a cooperation of the HiAICS research group, the Institute of Media Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum, and the Collaborative Research Centre „Virtual Living Environments“ (SFB 1567).

More information on the event and schedule


Deutschlandfunk Kultur, May 4, 2023

As part of a radio feature on the uses of artificial intelligence in the sciences, Andreas Sudmann gave an interview to German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

The full feature under the title „Wissenschaft – KI hilft Forschenden, Theorien zu entwickeln“ („Science – AI helps scientists to develop theories“) can be found online.

Listen to the radio feature on Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s website

Online workshop

ZOOM, April 24, 2023

Second online workshop of the ai\research\explorations workshop series on the topic of „Sequence Models and the Scientific Field“.

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Bochum, February 15, 2023

Andreas Sudmann presented the HiAICS research project with a special focus on the media studies working group during a colloquium at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum.

The event on CAIS‘ website


Paris, February 8, 2023

Andreas Sudmann presented the research project at LOCEAN (Sorbonne U, Paris) – with a special focus on the project’s AI-based tool for media summarization, and how a media-ethnographic approach can contribute to examine the transformations of the sciences through AI.

The Laboratoire d’Océanographie et du Climat: Expérimentations et Approches Numériques (LOCEAN) is a joint research unit under the auspices of four supervisory bodies: Sorbonne University as main supervisory and hosting institution, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN).

More information on LOCEAN’s website


Berlin, January 24, 2023

Andreas Sudmann gave a lecture for Oracle employees in Berlin on the research project’s key questions as part of the company’s 30th „Inspirational Day“.

Workshop participation

Kharagpur, January 18, 2023

Jens Schröter held a lecture on „Artificial Intelligence and the Media Culture of Capitalism“ during the online workshop „Theorizing Artificial Intelligence: from Digital Automatism to Planetary Autonomy“ by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Online workshop

ZOOM, December 19, 2022

First online workshop of the ai\research\explorations workshop series on the topic of „AI & the digital transformation“.

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Conference participation

Medellín, November 25, 2022

Jens Schröter held a keynote at the 2do Simposio Internacional en Historia y Teoría de los Medios: Inmersión – Artificialidad – Remoto at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia.

He presented this research project in the context of his keynote „Künstliche Intelligenz als Medium der Wissenschaft. Ein Forschungsprojekt.“.

More Information on the conference: Universidad de Antioquia

Opening Conference

Paris, October 21-23, 2022

Opening conference of the project „How is Artificial Intelligence Changing Science?“ in cooperation with Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) at Sorbonne University, Paris.

More information on the conference, programme and speakers

Conference participation

Hannover, October 12-14, 2022

The research group members participated in the „AI and the Future of Societies“ conference, held by the Volkswagen Foundation in Hannover. The conference was linked to the funding initiative „Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future“ through which „How is Artificial Intelligence Changing Science?“ is being funded. 

Find more Information on the „AI and the Future of Societies“ conference on the Volkswagen Foundation website.


Braunschweig, October 9, 2022

Jens Schröter held a lecture on „ AI, Automation, Creativity, Cognitive Labor“ during the conference „Artificial Intelligence – Intelligent Art? Human-Machine Interaction and Creative Practice“ at the TU Braunschweig.

Find the video of the lecture here.

Symposium participation

Seoul, September 29-30, 2022

Alex Waibel held the keynotes „Intelligent Systems and a Language Transparent World“ and „How to Create Successful Technology Disruption“ at the symposium Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Age Implications for the Future of Society by the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) and Leopoldina.

Find more Information on the symposium on the Leopoldina website.

Conference participation

Orlando, September , 2022

Alex Waibel held the keynote „Removing the Language Divide“ at The 15th Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA).

Find more Information on the conference on the AMTA website.

Project update 

August 1, 2022

Following up on the successful planning period, the research group has officially commenced its work on the project „How is Artificial Intelligence Changing Science?“.

Workshop participation

Zoom, February 21, 2022

Anna Echterhölter participated in the workshop Towards Global Histories of Surveying Cultures: Administrative Knowledge Production and Statistics 17th – 21st Century leading to a successful application for a DFG-network the history of data collections in colonial contexts.

Main initiators of the DFG-scientific network: Martin Herrnstadt (Konstanz), Amadou Dramé (Université Cheikh Anta Diop), Léa Renard (Centre Marc Bloch).

Conference participation

Dubai, February 6-10, 2022

Andreas Sudmann participated in the second international conference on Humanities and the Rise of AI giving a lecture on AI as a quasi-analog information technology. The conference took place in the Luxembourg pavilion at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, organized by the Faculty of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences at the University of Luxembourg.

Further information about the conference is available on the website of ‚The Ends of the Humanities‘, an international network for the scientific analysis of technological change.

Watch the full lecture on video:

Project update 

December 2021

The research group „How is Artificial Intelligence Changing Science?“ can continue its successful work. The project has just been funded by the VW Foundation with 1.4 million EUR.

More Information: Volkswagen Foundation | University of Bonn

Feedback Workshop

August 6-8, 2021

Discussing Methods and Media of AI Meta-research with two external experts:
S. Krämer (Leuphana U) and T. Matzner (U of Paderborn)

Focus Workshop

June 7, 2021

Explorations. Critical Perspectives on AI as a Method for the Production of New Knowledge

International Workshop

April 22-23, 2021

Methodological Approaches and Empirical Challenges in the Digital Age. Ethnography Meets Artificial Intelligence

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Kick-off Workshop

June 12, 2020

The first internal workshop of the research group „How is AI Changing Science“. The aim is to discuss first concepts of how to critically examine AI as a method in a trans- or interdisciplinary way. Under corona conditions this workshop will unfortunately only take place as a video conference via zoom. We hope for better times.