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AN IMPORTANT COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM  

The University of Wrocław commenced a close scientific cooperation with Helmholtz Center, one of the most important scientific research networks in Germany. The University of Wrocław as a Research University will work together with German colleagues on the scientific research on the use of artificial intelligence in autonomous vehicles.

On the grounds of the successful cooperation with w Görlitz Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS), Scientific Director of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Prof. Sebastian M. Schmidt and the Rector of the University of Wrocław, Prof. Przemysław Wiszewski, have just signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It aims to deepen and develop the cooperation in the future. Both institutions want to strengthen the Central European Research Area and relationship between Saxony and Poland. The University of Wrocław will support the CASUS, owing to its extensive experience in autonomous driving and machine learning.

By signing the agreement, the Helmholtz Center and the University of Wrocław lay the foundation for further close cooperation, not only within the framework of the Polish-German research institute (CASUS), but also in other strategic areas of scientific research:

“Science and research have always had an incredible potential to push the boundaries,” said Prof. Sebastian M. Schmidt, the head of HZDR. “Thanks to beneficial positioning at the border of these three countries, our Center can form strong scientific relations with the neighbouring regions. The example of the CASUS shows the how successful international cooperation is. Therefore, we are extremely delighted that now we can extend our partnership with the University of Wrocław”.

The institutions want to strengthen the relations, for instance, through the joint recruitment of researchers, organisation of workshops and exchange programs and also the transmission of scientific information, especially in the field of machine learning. The last point plays a key role for the CASUS.

“Thanks to our research, we can support the Center in Görlitz in pursuing the scientific objectives in areas such as systems biology, research on modern materials or autonomous vehicles” said the Rector of the University of Wrocław, Prof. Przemysław Wiszewski. “In result, not only the University of Wrocław and HZDR will benefit from this cooperation, but also the whole society of Poland, Germany and any other country in the world.”

The German State Minister of Science, Sebastian Gemkow, also shares this view. Last year, together with the Scientific Director of HZDR, he could familiarize himself with the ongoing plans during his visit at the University of Wrocław. “By deepening this cooperation, we are making a strong commitment to the scientific exchange, while at the same time staying in good relations with our Polish neighbours” said Minister Gemkow. Such cross-border cooperation is crucial to ensure the successful structural changes in the region. Saxony offers a wide range of opportunities to start cooperating with foreign partners. We are very much committed to joint projects and in this way, building bridges with our Central European partners.

The University of Wrocław, with approximately 23 500 students, is one of the largest universities in Poland. At the Institute of Information Technology, the Computational Intelligence Research Group develops algorithms and systems to interpret and predict the behaviour of various road users, which is one of the biggest challenges in autonomous driving. Within the “Aleph One” project, the university runs a research base where you can test autonomous vehicles under real conditions and collect relevant data.

“The matters that seek validation in contemporary science are also the biggest challenges of humanity,” said Prof. Schmidt. “These are global questions that concern us all and we need large international teams of experts to solve them. Here, at the border of three countries, we have a natural chance of creating such teams. I am extremely proud that we could partner with the University of Wrocław. This cooperation will be a huge opportunity for young people, in organising exchange programs, carrying out joint research and large projects.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) is conducting research within the field of energy, health and materials sciences. The German researchers pose questions: How can we use energy and resources efficiently, safely and sustainably? How can cancer be visualised, characterised and treated more effectively? How does the matter and materials behave in micro and macro scale, as well as under the influence of e.g. magnetic fields? The HZDR works with large partners and enables other researcher centers an access to their measurement laboratories. The HZDR is a member of the Helmholtz Association, has six research centers (Dresden, Freiberg, Görlitz, Grenoble, Leipzig, Schenefeld near Hamburg) and employs almost 1400 people, approximately 500 of them are scientists, including 170 PhD students.

tłum: Justyna Szpytko Instytut Filologii Angielskiej.

Published by: Małgorzata Jurkiewicz

22 Apr 2021

last modification: 5 May 2021