From 05.02 to 14.02 the Popup Laboratory Baden-Württemberg will take place at the DHBW in Bad Mergentheim.
On 9 days, entrepreneurs, employees, students and trainees get the opportunity to participate in various workshops from different fields.
In this regard, I, Dennis, visited two of the workshops where the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) was discussed. The first workshop had the topic “Artificial Intelligence and Prototyping – we chase (logistic) swarms through the castle” and took place in the morning at the DHBW in Bad Mergentheim. The workshop first explained in general terms what artificial intelligence is all about and what opportunities and threats we will have in the coming years.
Among the possible dangers are the ethical but also the safety aspects which would be considered when using artificial intelligence. As possibilities for AI in this workshop mainly the use of swarm intelligence was discussed. It was explained in detail what swarm intelligence is and how a logistics centre could be optimised with swarm intelligence. Also shown were software programmed by students, in which swarm intelligence was discussed. Since the workshop leader was also my lecturer in the last year of my studies, the programs seemed very familiar to me. 😉
The second workshop with the topic “Artificial Intelligence and Prototyping – Getting to know AI playfully” took place in the afternoon. The workshop leader and his team came to Bad Mergentheim from the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart especially for this workshop. This workshop was held rather from a business perspective. At the beginning, each participant had to briefly explain what AI is from his or her own perspective. The rest of the time we were split into small teams and had the task to work out possible areas of application of AI in a prototype. The tasks ranged from brainstorming on the topic, to concept development, to prototypical implementation with Lego or other materials. The technical implementation of the AI in the prototypes was only carried out on a limited level by the workshop team, however.
On this day I learned a lot of new and interesting things about artificial intelligence and partly worked on it myself. As I might want to work on a topic in this direction in my bachelor thesis, I am glad that I got the opportunity to attend the two workshops.