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Upcoming events

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 3 May 2024

DiSCourse Seminar with Katharina Walter at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: Sustainable Use of AI in Translation: A Linguist's Perspective

DiSCus­sion - 5 June 2024

The next DiSCussion will take the form of a hands-on workshop to experiment with AI tools. Registration required. Details tba. As usual, it takes place in the Innsbruck city library, starting at 18:00 CEST. The event will be in German. Save the date!

Past events

DiSCus­sion - 21 March 2024

The next DiSCussion will be dedicated to the use and misuse of AI. Professor of Information Systems Andreas Eckhardt and philosopher Assoc. Prof. Marie-Luisa Frick will tackle the question "What is AI capable of?". It starts at 18:00 CET and takes place in the Innsbruck city library. The event will be in German.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 19 Jan­uary 2024

DiSCourse Seminar with Andreas Eckhardt at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Visual Audience Gatekeeping on Social Media Platforms: A Critical Investigation on Visual Information Diffusion Before and During the Russo–Ukrainian War

DiSCus­sion - 11 Jan­uary 2024

The next DiSCussion with lawyer Prof. Matthias C. Kettemann and philosopher Prof. Anne Siegetsleitner will be concerned with legal and ethical aspects of AI. It starts at 18:00 CET and takes place in the Innsbruck city library. The event will be in German.

Col­lo­quium - 24 Novem­ber 2023

Colloquium Trinitarian Anthropology of Technology, Friday, 24 November – Saturday, 25 November 2023, Dekanatssitzungssaal of the Faculty of Theology.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 17 Novem­ber 2023

DiSCourse Seminar with Alexander Ostermann at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Scientific Computing at the University of Innsbruck.

DiSCus­sion - 13 Novem­ber 2023

A new edition of our events series DiSCussion with computer scientist Prof. Justus Piater and literary scholar Ass.-Prof. Brigitte Rath on the technical foundations of AI technologies such as ChatGPT. It starts at 18:00 CET and takes place in the Innsbruck city library. The event will be in German.

Licht-Spiel-Haus - 31 Octo­ber 2023

Game demonstration and discussion of Until Dawn in the context of the event series Licht-Spiel-Haus at 20:00 (CET), organized by the Research Group Game Studies. Halloween special!

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 20 Octo­ber 2023

DiSCourse Seminar with Edoardo Mandolini at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: Microbial Interaction in Snow-covered Habitats.

DiSC Award Cer­e­mony - 03 Octo­ber 2023

Ceremony for the Award of Digitalization Research 2023. Start: 16:00 (CEST). Venue: Aula of the Main University Building. Registration required!

Licht-Spiel-Haus - 22 June 2023

Game demonstration and discussion of Immortality in the context of the event series Licht-Spiel-Haus at 20:00 (CEST), organized by the Research Group Game Studies.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 12 May 2023

DiSCourse Seminar with Adam Jatowt at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: Estimating Information Expiry Date of Text.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 05 May 2023

DiSCourse Seminar with Francesca Finotello at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: Charting Tissue Complexity Through Transcriptomics Deconvolution.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 21 April 2023

DiSCourse Seminar with Samuele Tosatto at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: Training Symbolic Machines with Reinforcement Learning.

Licht-Spiel-Haus - 28 March 2023

Game demonstration and discussion of The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe in the context of the event series Licht-Spiel-Haus at 20:15 (CEST), organized by the Research Group Game Studies.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 17 March 2023

DiSCourse Seminar with Yu Suzuki, Gifu University, at 12:00 (CET). Topic: High-quality Social Media Analysis using Crowdsourcing and Machine Learning.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 03 March 2023

DiSCourse Seminar with Galina Andreeva, University of Edinburgh Business School, at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Algorithmic Bias in Credit Scoring: Lessons Learned and Unresolved Problems.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 27 Jan­uary 2023

DiSCourse Seminar with Marica Valente at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Quantifying Informal Employment From Irregular Migration Shocks.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 24 Jan­uary 2023

DiSCourse Seminar with Johannes Hoff at 13:00 (CET). Topic: Embodied Cognition and Transindividuation: The Anthropological Challenge of the Digital Transformation.

Inau­gu­ral Lec­ture - 17 Jan­uary 2023

Inaugural Lecture by Adam Jatowt at 17:00 (CET). Topic: Computer, Text & Time: Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval Technologies for Accessing and Understanding Temporal Information.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 12 Jan­uary 2023

DiSCourse Seminar with Leonhard Dobusch at 13:15 (CET). Topic: Openness as Organizing Principle: Dilemmas across Domains.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 04 Novem­ber 2022

DiSCourse Seminar with Alexander Kupfer at 12:00 (CET). Topic: “What A Great Deal” – Why Decomposing Textual Aspects of Online Customer Reviews Can Be Useful.

Licht-Spiel-Haus - 03 Novem­ber 2022

Game demonstration and discussion (in German) of What Remains of Edith Finch in the context of the event series Licht-Spiel-Haus at 20:15 (CET), organized by the Research Group Game Studies.

2 Mil­lion Min­utes of DiSC - 20 Octo­ber 2022

Postponed inaugural ceremony and anniversary party for DiSC combined in one event. Start: 16:00 (CEST). Venue: Ursulinensaal.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 07 Octo­ber 2022

DiSCourse Seminar with Felix Holzmeister at 12:00 (CET). Topic: The Variability of Scientific Results: Analytical and Design Heterogeneity.

DiSC Award Cer­e­mony - 27 Septem­ber 2022

Ceremony for the Award of Digitalization Research 2022. Start: 16:00 (CEST). Venue: Claudiana. For invited guests only!

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 23 Septem­ber 2022

DiSCourse Seminar with Michael Färber, KIT, at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: Knowledge Graph-based Recommendation for AI-Powered Research.

Guest Lec­ture - 28 June 2022

Guest Lecture by Dr. Roland Vogl, Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, at 18:00 (CEST). Topic: Robolawyers, Computational Law, and Legal AI.

Fes­ti­val of Diver­sity - 25 June 2022

The DiSC has a booth titled "Science and You! Breaking Stereotypes in the Digital Sciences" at this year's Festival of Diversity (Fest der Vielfalt). Visit us!

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 24 June 2022

DiSCourse Seminar with Gerald Hiebel at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: Knowledge Graphs and Maps for Mediaeval Mining Documents.

Stu­dent Infor­ma­tion Event - 09 June 2022

Would you like to kickstart your career with the Minor Digital Science or the Supplementary Program Computer Science? Then join us for this virtual information event on 9 June 2022, 16:00 (CEST)!

Long Night of Research - 20 May 2022

The DiSC has a booth titled "Where are digital methods being used?" at this year's Long Night of Research. Visit us!

Pint of Science - 11 May 2022

Session by Justus Piater at 19:00 (CEST) at this year's pint of science event. Topic: Robots that learn like humans?

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 06 May 2022

DiSCourse Seminar with Matthias C. Kettemann at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: US Elections, the World's Virus and Russia's War: Conflicts as Drivers of Change in Online Speech Governance.

DiSCus­sion - 06 April 2022

DiSCussion with Prof. Dr. Dr. Rafaela Hillerbrand, Professor for Ethics of Technology and Philosophy of Science at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), at 18:00 CEST. The talk is in German. Topic: Alles Fake? Vom Umgang mit Risiken und Unsicherheiten der Wissenschaften am Beispiel der Energiewende.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 25 March 2022

DiSCourse Seminar with Gabriel Rojas at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Fault Detection in Buildings Using Data-Driven Models.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 11 March 2022

DiSCourse Seminar with Rainer Böhme at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Watching and Policing Decentralized Finance.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 18 Febru­ary 2022

DiSCourse Seminar with Anna Wallerman Ghavanini at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Understanding Law through Empirical Methods and Digital Tools.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 14 Jan­uary 2022

DiSCourse Seminar with Daniel Woods at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Privacy Preference Signals: Past, Present and Future.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 19 Novem­ber 2021

DiSCourse Seminar with Lorenzo Vignali at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Abstract and Concrete Semantic Representations.

IEEE/RSJ 2021 - 27 Septem­ber 2021

DiSC member Matteo Saveriano co-organizes a workshop at IEEE/RSJ 2021 and gives a talk on: Hierarchical action decomposition and motion learning for the execution of manipulation tasks.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 02 July 2021

DiSCourse Seminar with Miguel Rodríguez-Rojas at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: How can you live together? Using environmental genomics to understand how microbes form communities.

Stu­dent Infor­ma­tion Event - 27 May 2021

Would you like to kickstart your career? Then join us for this virtual information event at 16:00 on Twitch and learn about two options and how you can flexibly incorporate them in your major!

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 16 April 2021

DiSCourse Seminar with Catie Welsh at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: Detection of Mitochondrial DNA Variants from Next-generation Sequencing Data.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 26 Febru­ary 2021

DiSCourse Seminar with Matthias Schurz at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Separating the Neural Building Blocks of Social Cognition.

Aus­trian Cul­tural Forum Ottawa - 28 Jan­uary 2021

DiSC member Matteo Saveriano gives a talk for the Austrian Cultural Forum Ottawa. Topic: Making robots to learn from human observation.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 22 Jan­uary 2021

DiSCourse Seminar with Clara Rauchegger at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Illegal content on social media: A legal perspective on the responsibilities of platform providers.

DiSCus­sion - 18 Jan­uary 2021

DiSCussion with Ingrid Brodnig, journalist, book author and Digital Champion of Austria in the EU Commission at 18:00 (CET). The talk is in German. Topic: Alles Fake? Über neue Formen der Manipulation in digitalen Zeiten - Von Falschmeldungen, über Bots, bis hin zu Wahltricksereien.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 30 Octo­ber 2020

DiSCourse Seminar with Barry Smith at 13:00 (CET). Topic: The Impossibility of Digital Immortality.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 26 June 2020

DiSCourse Seminar with Mark Alfano at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: Technologically Scaffolded Atypical Cognition: The Case of YouTube’s Recommender System.

Stu­dent Infor­ma­tion Event - 09 June 2020

Would you like to kickstart your career? Then join us for this virtual information event at 14:00 on Twitch and learn how you can turbocharge your digital skills!

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 08 May 2020

DiSCourse Seminar with Joseph Wang-Kathrein at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: Learn from Wittgenstein’s Error: Why Certain Forms of AI Cannot Work.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 21 Febru­ary 2020

DiSCourse Seminar with Kohei Watanabe at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Measuring Geopolitical Threat over 150 Years through the New York Times: Technology and Methodology for Analysis of Ultra-sparse Data.

Primer for Pre­docs - 29 Jan­uary 2020

Head of DiSC Justus Piater gives a talk on Digital Science at Heidelberg University.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 20 Jan­uary 2020

DiSCourse Seminar with Kenneth Benoit at 14:00 (CET). Topic: More than Unigrams Can Say: Detecting Meaningful Multi-word Expressions from Political Texts.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 08 Jan­uary 2020

DiSCourse Seminar with Simon Olsson at 16:00 (CET). Topic: Machine Learning in the Biomolecular Sciences.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 29 Novem­ber 2019

DiSCourse Seminar with Reto Stauffer at 12:00 (CET). Topic: Hourly Probabilistic Snow Forecasts for Tyrol: A Hybrid Statistical Ensemble Postprocessing Approach.

Inday Stu­dents - 26 Novem­ber 2019

The Digital Science Center presents itself at this year's inday students at the Department of Compter Science.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 11 Octo­ber 2019

DiSCourse Seminar with Katherine Dormandy at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: Digital Whiplash, and the Importance of Analytic Philosophy.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 17 July 2019

DiSCourse Seminar with Matteo Saveriano at 12:00 (CEST). Topic: From Intuitive Skill Transfer to Large-Scale Robotic Knowledge Bases.

DiSCourse Sem­i­nar - 10 July 2019

DiSCourse Seminar with Sébastien Court at 11:00 (CEST). Topic: Designing Mathematical Tools with Machine/Deep Learning Techniques.

Recurring events at DiSC:

DiSCourse Seminar

The DiSCourse Seminar was conceived to give our researchers at DiSC, their PhD students, the researchers that are associated with DiSC, and our guests the opportunity to present their research and discuss it. The talks' target audience is academics working in an interdisciplinary context, but they are open to anyone interested. The talks are held in English.


DiSCussion stands for the dialog between science and society. To facilitate this dialog, the Digital Science Center (DiSC) invites proven experts from within and outside of academia to share their insights on ongoing trends and up-to-date topics related to digitalization with an interested general audience. The speakers may be renowend researchers or well-known people from the private sector or politics, but they may also be media representatives or book authors. The talks are held in German.

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