Upper-Rhine Artificial Intelligence Symposium 2021

Artificial Intelligence - Application in life sciences and beyond

The international Upper-Rhine Artificial Intelligence Symposium organised by the TriRhenaTech alliance in cooperation with Hochschule Kaiserslautern supposed to be held on Wednesday, 27th October, 2021 in Kaiserslautern, Germany focuses on AI research and its application in industry, medicine and mobility. The conference motto in 2021 is „Artificial Intelligence: application in life sciences and beyond“.

Although the symposium focus will be on life science applications, we encourage also submit additional topics, such as image processing, robotics, machine learning or social impact.

Topics include, but are not limited to: artificial intelligence • robotics • image and scene understanding • natural language processing • machine learning • data mining • reasoning, constraints and uncertainty • affective computing • architectures for AI • evaluation of AI systems • applications of AI in various fields, esp. life sciences • AI education • philosophical foundations • social impact and ethics



This year's special partner will be the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) Kaiserslautern


Proceedings published

The Proceedings of the Upper-Rhine Artificial Intelligence Symposium 2021 - Artificial Intelligence - Application in life sciences and beyond are published with open access under https://arxiv.org/abs/2112.05657


In the morning, following items are scheduled: two keynote speeches from political representatives, two keynote speeches from university  and industry representatives, and a panel discussion on ‘Artificial Intelligence – application in life sciences and beyond’. Papers on AI applications in industry, medicine and mobility as well as a lecture on quantum computing outlining future developments of artificial intelligence will take place in the afternoon.

The conference will be accompanied by a posters and an exhibition detailing various AI projects from France, Germany, Switzerland, and other countries which aim to encourage an exchange of perspectives. We cordially invite you to discover the expertise and opportunities of artificial intelligence and discuss its possibilities and potential risks.

The conference language is for the most part English, with some parts being held in French and German.

9:00Registration opening
10:15Short Keynotes

AI vs. IA: From Artificial Intelligence To Intelligence Amplification in Life Sciences
Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Andreas Dengel
Managing Director German German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Invited Paper with Discussion


Challenges and Solutions using Machine Learning in Histopathology and Bioinformatics
Prof. Dr. Christian Herta
Professor for data science at HTW Berlin - University of Applied Sciences

Invited Paper with Discussion

12:10General Information
12:15Poster session 1 and lunch break

2 parallel sessions with 6 presentations

Session 1: Life Sciences

Session 2: Other and general topics

15:30Poster session and coffee break

Restlessness: A principle of natural intelligence
Prof. Dr. Matthias Kaschube
Professor for neurosciences at Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)

Invited Paper with Discussion

16:45Closing Words
Clemens Hoch, Minister for Science and Health
17:00End of symposium

The symposium is free of charge. Due to limited number of participants registration is required. Requests will be served on a first-come first-served basis.

Note: Photo and film recordings

University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern will take photographs and make films during the event. These recordings will be used in analog and digital form for public relations and documentation. The documentation of the event is a legitimate interest of University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern. Please contact a representative if you do not wish to be photographed.


The URAI takes place as an attendance event. Registration for participation is required.

All participants must present

  • proof of vaccination,
  • proof of recovery or
  • a current negativ rapid antigen test

on the day of the event.

Masks are compulsory during the event (FFP2 or medical mask).

To avoid group formation, visitors will be divided into groups for the poster sessions and for the lunch break. Details will be provided on the day of the event.



Conference Location

UR-AI 2021 will be held at

Hochschule Kaiserslautern
University of Applied Sciences
Schoenstr. 11
67659 Kaiserslautern

Details an "Campus Kammgarn" and how to get there

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Conference Room "Aula"


67659 Kaiserslautern



Parking possibility "Gartenschau"
(with costs)


67659 Kaiserslautern



Parking possibility "Meuthestraße"
(with costs)


67659 Kaiserslautern


Bus Stop "Mühlstraße"


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Conference Chairs

  • Karl-Herbert Schäfer, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences
  • Franz Quint, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

Program Committee

  • Andreas Christ, Offenburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Thomas Lampert, Télécom Physique Strasbourg
  • Jörg Lohscheller, Trier University of Applied Sciences
  • Enkelejda Miho, Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
  • Ulrich Mescheder, Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences
  • Christoph Reich,  Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences
  • Karl-Herbert Schäfer, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences
  • Franz Quint, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

Organising Committee

  • Matthias Bächle, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences
  • Anna Dister, TriRhenaTech
  • Susanne Schohl, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences
  • Jessica Weyer, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences







The TriRhenaTech alliance is a network of universities in the Upper-Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region. Its members are the German universities of applied sciences in Furtwangen, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Trier  and Offenburg, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) Loerrach, the French university network Alsace Tech (comprised of 14 'grandes écoles' in the fields of engineering, architecture and management) and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). The alliance's joint goal is to strengthen the transfer of knowledge, research, and technology, as well as encouraging the cross-border mobility of students in the Upper-Rhine region.

The organisation at Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences is supported by the Offene Digitalisierungsallianz Pfalz

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