Rise of the Machines: Is AI Revolutionizing scientists’ work?


Workshop in cooperation with Forschung Austria
part of Technology Talks Austria
12 September 2024, 15:00

This workshop will delve into the implications of artificial intelligence on applied research in the technological sector, focusing on technology readiness levels 4-7.


We argue that AI methods such as machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and reinforcement learning are not only transforming applications but also fundamentally altering the way scientists conduct their work.

Examples of implications

  • Automation: AI streamlines repetitive tasks like data collection, analysis, and processing, thereby saving time and reducing errors
  • Speed: AI processes large volumes of data rapidly and with high accuracy, enhancing research efficiency
  • Insights: AI uncovers patterns and correlations that might not be immediately apparent to human researchers, leading to deeper and more nuanced scientific insights
  • Everyday operations: AI may help in translating texts, improving the readability of texts, provide guidelines when coding, etc.

Topics for discussion

  • Impact on Scientists: What does AI integration mean for the daily work of scientists?
  • Facilitating innovation: (how) can new ideas emerge?
  • Which of the functions of science (such as explainability, experimentation, predictions, testability) are particularly suitable for AI support?
  • Best Practices: Do we need guidelines to ensure the responsible and ethical use of AI tools in scientific research, thereby protecting scientific integrity?

Moderation: Siegfried Reich, Managing Director of Salzburg Research

Siegfried Reich
Managing Director and Head of Research, Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft

Welcome: Gabriele Ambros, President of Forschung Austria and CEO of Verlag Holzhausen

Gabriele Ambros
President of Forschung Austria

The panelists

Univ. -Prof. Dr. Sepp Hochreiter
Head of the Institute of Machine Learning at JKU Linz

Klara Neumayr
PhD student, Department of Chemistry and Physics of Materials, Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg

Dr. Elizabeth Churchill
Dept. Chair and Prof. of Human Computer Interaction at Mohamed bin Zayed University of AI

Dr. Nikolaus Krall
Founder of Allcyte, EVP Precision Medicine Exscientia

How to find us
Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft
Jakob Haringer Straße 5/3
5020 Salzburg, Austria
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