“In Germany, we're very sensitive when it comes to big data”

Professor Dr. Steffen Augsberg is looking ‘with cautious optimism’ towards the digital future. The Professor of Public Law at Justus Liebig University Giessen, and Chairman task group „Big Data“ within German Ethics Council, explains his reasons in an interview with Simone Harr. On June 1, 2018, at the invitation of Professor Dr. Martin Gersch, Professor Augsberg gave a lecture at the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF). 

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Three new professors at the ECDF

The Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) is pleased to announce another stage in its growth: three more professors have been appointed to positions at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin. And, in addition, the ECDF Coordinating Office has a new head.




July 20 - 21, 2018
Institute for Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin

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Jochen Rabe shows his work at IfA annual exhibition

Professor Jochen Rabe holds the ECDF Professorship Urban Resilience and Digitalisation. "For us, urban resilience is an affirmative concept aiming to strengthen the ability of cities and neighborhoods to evolve in the face of ever faster and greater change, without loosing their unique identities. We believe, that the digitalization of our cities will allow to understand its complexities in far greater detail with often minimal latency."

Technische Universität Berlin, Institute for Architecture, Straße des 17. Juni 152, Berlin, Groundfloor
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The Einstein Center Digital Future is an inter-university nucleus for research on the digitalization of our society. Its aim is to foster innovative, cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, and to provide outstanding training for talented young scholars. The Einstein Center Digital Future is a public-private partnership, initiating around 50 new professorships, and bringing together universities, non-university research institutes, and industrial enterprises, as well as regional and federal ministries. The scale of this alliance between public entities, sponsors and supporters is unique in Berlin’s history as a center of academic endeavor.


ECDF Principal Investigators


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Prof. Dr. Odej Kao

Speaker, Einstein Center Digital Future

Technische Universität Berlin

Prof. Johann-Christoph Freytag, Ph.D.

Speaker, Digital Infrastructure, Methods and Algorithms

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost

Speaker, Digital Humanities and Society 

Berlin University of the Arts

Prof. Dr. Axel Radlach Pries

Speaker, Digital Health
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Schiller

Speaker, Digital Industries and Services 

Freie Universität Berlin



Professor Kristina Höök

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Einstein Center Digital Future

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden

Professor Wolfgang Wahlster

Co-Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Einstein Center Digital Future

Saarland University, Germany, CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Professor Peter Apers

University of Twente, Netherlands

Professor Søren Brunak

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Joel Dudley, PhD, Associate Professor

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA

Professor Hans Hansen

Mälardalen University, Sweden

Professor Sabina Jeschke

RWTH Aachen University, Germany and Member of the Management Board for Digitalization and Technology, Deutsche Bahn AG



Berlin becomes a hotspot of digital research 

The digital future starts in Berlin. 50 new professorships will be established in the areas Digital Humanities and Society, Digital Industry and Services, Digital Health, as well as Digital Infrastructure, Methods and Algorithms. All four universities of Berlin and the Charité - University Hospital are participating. The Beuth University of Applied Sciences and the HTW University of Applied Sciences will also establish professorships. In close cooperation with extra-university research institutions, industry and politics the Einstein Center Digital Future will be established in Berlin. It will promote the German capital as a hotspot of digital research and development. 



Helmholtz Einstein International Research School in Data Science

The Helmholtz Einstein International Research School in Data Science (HEIBRiDS) is a cooperation project with the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF), Berlin’s universities and the six Helmholtz Centres in the capital region. In the future, HEIBRiDS will be training young data experts in the application of a new model. Highly talented graduates are given the opportunity to acquire special expertise in information technologies and in a further scientific domain.