Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid receives the 2020 Rainer Markgraf Award

Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid
Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid is a pioneer of research on artificial intelligence in the regions of Oberpfalz und Oberfranken. Photo: University of Bamberg

The Bamberg professor and fortiss research fellow is being recognized for her dedication to the transfer of knowledge between university, research and training/education activities. By bestowing the 2020 Rainer Markgraf Award on Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid, the foundation is honoring her engagement while noting her approach which couples research in the field of artificial intelligence with psychological insights.

With degrees in computer science and psychology, Prof. Ute Schmid combines both fields in her work. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive modeling. Her work focuses on inductive programming, comprehensible and human-level machine learning, as well as the generation of classification explanations. Ute Schmid dedicates a significant amount of her time to measures supporting women in computer science and has been offering computer science workshops to children and teenagers since 2005.

As the women’s representative at the University of Bamberg School of Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences, she is well-connected and involved in a wide range of projects at the university and in the city of Bamberg. She teaches artificial intelligence using an age-based approach and is actively involved in projects with various cooperation partners, such as with the research group “Elementary Computer Science”, which she founded.

According to the Rainer Markgraf Foundation, Ute Schmid is viewed as a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence research in the region, not only bringing her know-how as a computer scientist, but also illuminating her scientific work from a psychological perspective.

Owing to the corona pandemic, the awards ceremony will take place in mid-November on a small scale only. The foundation advisory council and board members will be on hand to personally congratulate Prof. Schmid and present her with the award sculpture, certificate and of course the award money.


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The Rainer Markgraf Foundation promotes training and education, science and research in Germany’s Upper Palatinate and Upper Franconia regions (Bavaria). The foundation supports universities, colleges and training/education organizations and fosters the vocational education of young people and the professional qualification of young adults. Recipients of the Rainer Markgraf Award, which is endowed annually, receive 20,000 euros.



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