RWTH receives funding for its first researcher alumni conference in Tokyo in 2017

Once again, the fundraising and alumni division of the RWTH Aachen University was able to score with its research alumni strategie: In the competition of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the promotion of international alumni work and an alumni researcher conference abroad, the RWTH was chosen as one of seven German universities among 35 competitors. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the "Research in Germany" initiative, the first Alumni Science Conference will take place in Tokyo/Japan in October 2017. Its title "The Fine Line Between Humans and Machines" announces a conference program with innovative lectures from the fields of robotics and ethics. "This topic is central given the development of robotic systems in the immediate vicinity of people, new models of automation in the industrial environment, and a massive breakthrough of artificial intelligence in all areas of life," explains Sabina Jeschke, RWTH professor for information management in mechanical engineering, the program. "The discussion lines resulting from the lectures will provide relevant insights for new research cooperations and a joint transfer of knowledge between Germany and Japan." The Human Technology Center at the RWTH with new interdisciplinary research areas, the RWTH Institute of Textile Technology, the University of Tokyo, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the DAAD will also participate and address the topic from their perspectives. For this knowledge transfer, science alumni from the RWTH, who live and perform research in Japan, can build interdisciplinary networks. They are important multipliers for the RWTH, which keep the tie to Germany as a research location and strengthen the links between RWTH and Japan. The conference builds on 60 years of intensive interaction between the RWTH and universities and research institutes in Japan.

Your contact at RWTH is Christin Wannagat M.A., coordinator for alumni activities. Interested RWTH Research Alumni, who are located in Japan, can register for participation with the keyword "Researchers Alumni Conference" by e-mail.