The ”Digital Transformation Lab" is one of seven labs in total in the FORTHEM-project framework carrying out international and interdisciplinary work on socially relevant topics. Head of the unit Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler is the coordinator of JGU’s lab which focuses on “Artificial Intelligence and Society” and thus ties in with the existing research group KI@JGU. Central to the lab-activities are questions about the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in society and its implications, whereby according to the diverse professional specialisations of its participants, very different areas of social life are covered. More concretely, the lab deals with societal implications of digital transformation (like the societal value change or its impact on political discourses), ethical aspects of AI (e. g. regarding the use of AI in medical technology or psycho-somatics), changes in the occupational field of Journalism as influenced by digital technologies or the impact of AI on aesthetic perception; to name only a few of the research areas, which are bundled under the roof of the “Digital Transformation Lab".
The FORTHEM-Alliance is one of 17 European higher education networks, which in June 2019 were selected by the European Commission in order to rethink the vision and idea of European Higher Education Area and bring it to life. It aims to improve the exchange and cooperation of students and lecturers, researchers and science support staff within the alliance. Cooperating in the network with JGU are the Université de Bourgogne in France, the Uniwersytet Opolski in Poland, the Universitat de València in Spain, the Università degli Studi di Palermo in Italy, the Latvijas Universitāte in Latvia and the Jyväskylän yliopisto in Finland.
A planned Summer School for students had to be postponed to 2021 due to the Corona-pandemic.
|Coordination of the "Digital Transformation Lab"||José Carlos Pedrosa López
(Universitat de València)
|Sponsor||European Commission via the program
|JGU Project Lead||Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler|
|Researcher||Dr. Martin Neumann