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Train Your Engineering Network


  • Die Vortragsreihe “Train your engineering network” zu vielfältigen Themen des Machine Learnings wendet sich in erster Linie an die wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter der TUHH sowie allgemein in der Region Hamburg und zielt darauf ab, den Informationsaustausch zwischen diesen Personen sowie deren Vernetzung in lockerer Atmosphäre zu fördern. Dadurch sollen die Machine-Learning-Aktivitäten innerhalb der TUHH sowie in deren Umfeld sichtbarer gemacht, Kooperationen gefördert und auch interessierten Studierenden ein Einblick ermöglicht werden.


Ort und Zeit:

  • Die Vorträge finden aktuell im Sommersemester 2021 online montags ab 17:00 und je nach Ankündigung (siehe Vortragstitel) in deutscher oder englischer Sprache statt.

Inhalte und Vortragende im aktuellen Semester:

219.04.21Hidde Lekanne DeprezEnhancing simulation images with GANs
403.05.21Merten StenderPhysics-Informed Learning (Video)
517.05.21Daniel HöcheTowards predictive maintenance (Video)
631.05.21Amir KotobiDynamic structure investigation of biomolecules with pattern recognition algorithms and X-ray experiments (Video)
814.06.21Nihat AyInformation Geometry for Deep Learning
(Prof. Date)Mirko SkiborowskiAutomatic model development for the prediction of solvent flux and solute rejection in organic solvent nanofiltration
921.06.21Benedikt KriegesmannEfficient uncertainty quantification using surrogate models: application to fiber composite structures
(Prof. Date)Matthias MnichReinforcement Learning for Integer Programming
1028.06.21Frederic E. BockData-driven Machine Learning Corrections of Physics-Based Analytical Model Predictions towards High-Fidelity Simulation Solutions – a Hybrid Modelling Approach
1212.07.21Falko KählerAnomalie-Detektion zur Defekterkennung während der Oberflächeninspektion von Luftfahrtkomponenten


  1. Hidde Lekanne Deprez: Enhancing simulation images with GANs
    In the Standard Platform League, certain types of annotations such as semantic segmentations, depth maps and object localization are difficult to obtain from real world recordings. The use of synthetic data could circumvent this problem as obtaining these annotations within a simulation is trivial. However, there is a catch, the reality gap makes algorithms trained on the synthetic images perform much worse in actual applications. Researchers can painstakingly implement more features to the simulation to close this gap. However, there are alternatives such as the neural networks presented here. The CycleGan and MUNIT architectures are able to make a domain translation, maintaining semantic information but changing the style, without any labels or matchings. This could mean that a translation between simulation and real images is possible as long as we have images of both domains. For my bachelor thesis I experimented with using these two neural networks to make this translation and my insights are presented in this talk.

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  3. Merten Stender: Physics-Informed Learning
    Machine Learning and Deep Learning have brought disruptive innovations to many fields since 2012. Today the application of those data-driven, and mostly black-box type models, can be regarded state-of-the-art in many scientific disciplines. However, the question of knowledge conservation arises: how to bring prior knowledge from generations of research and experience into the modeling process? This talk summarizes recent advances, lines of research and perspectives on “Physics-Informed Learning”, which is an umbrella term for blending first principles into evidence-based and data-driven models. Particular focus is put on engineering vibrations and spatio-temporal dynamics, e.g. water waves.

  4. Daniel Höche: Towards predictive maintenance
    Sustainable engineering requires reliable and plannable material behaviour in critical working environments like offshore. The extension of digital-twins towards virtual engineering assisted circular economy therefore needs computational models that enable the calculation of maintenance intervals or even the material condition at the end of its service life. The talk outlines how the combination of AI tools, data based models and physics based models facilitate predictive maintenance for metallic engineering materials exposed to severe conditions in-service. Aspects related to uncertainty, data availability or validation will be discussed.

  5. Amir Kotobi: Dynamic structure investigation of biomolecules with pattern recognition algorithms and X-ray experiments
    The biological functions of macromolecular systems, such as peptides and proteins, are largely defined by their spatial and electronic structures and thus it is of great importance to have high resolution view over these structures. Dynamic structure investigation of biomolecules with advanced molecular dynamic simulations and machine learning approaches on the basis of free energy calculations can give valuable opportunity in analysing the trajectories.

  6. Prof. Date: Nihat Ay: Information Geometry for Deep Learning
    In the first part of my presentation I will highlight the importance of the geometric perspective when dealing with learning systems. Information geometry offers a general framework for the identification of natural geometric structures for learning. The impact of this approach has been demonstrated in terms of the natural gradient method, one of the most prominent information-geometric methods within the field of machine learning. It was proposed by Amari in 1998 and uses the Fisher-Rao metric as a Riemannian metric for the definition of a gradient within optimisation tasks. Since then it proved to be extremely efficient in the context of neural networks, reinforcement learning, and robotics. However, training deep neural networks with this method remains a difficult task. I will present recent results that allow us to greatly simplify the natural gradient for deep learning. I will conclude my talk with an outline of further applications and extensions of information geometry that are particularly important for mathematical data science.

    Prof. Date: Mirko Skiborowski: Automatic model development for the prediction of solvent flux and solute rejection in organic solvent nanofiltration
    Affinity-based membrane separations offer a high potential for improving the energy efficiency of classical thermal separation processes. This is particularly true for pressure-driven membrane processes like organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN). However, OSN is rarely considered during conceptual process design, due to the absence of reliable models for quantitative predictions of the separation performance in different chemical systems. Commonly, a suitable membrane is first screened from a number of candidates in a series of initial experiments while a performance model of the most promising membrane is further derived for the specific application building on lab experiments and parameter regression for classical solution-diffusion or pore-flow models. Hence, the evaluation of OSN is usually requiring tedious experimental studies. In order to allow for an appropriate model-based assessment membrane-specific predictive models can be developed by means of an optimization-based data-driven approach. For this purpose a combination of genetic programming with deterministic global optimization for parameter regression and identifiability analysis is proposed, which automatically identifies suitable model structures and parametrization. For flux and rejection models for OSN, different descriptors that account for physical and chemical properties of the solutes and the solvents are correlated to experimentally measured data of different solutes and solvents. The resulting models allow for a quantitative analysis of the main performance metrics of the specific membrane for a certain chemical system as well as the most interesting application ranges on the basis of the decisive molecular descriptors that show a significant impact according to the derived model.

  7. Prof. Date: Benedikt Kriegesmann: Efficient uncertainty quantification using surrogate models: application to fiber composite structures
    Uncertainty quantification in engineering sciences takes into account the uncertainties that may exist and affect a certain physical system in an a priori unknown manner. If the input parameters of a system or model are subject to stochastic scatter, then also the output parameters (i.e. objective values) scatter randomly. The stochastic distribution of an objective value can be determined with uncertainty quantification methods such as Monte Carlo simulations. This requires a multitude of evaluations of the underlying model (up to 103, 106). Hence, this approach is infeasible for computationally demanding models. For such applications, surrogate models, like artificial neural networks, Kriging and polynomial chaos expansions, can be first trained with a small amount of model evaluations and then used as a proxy instead of the expensive model.
    In the current talk, this procedure is demonstrated by the example of fiber composite structures. Here, the random objective functions are the strength and the stiffness of a component. Random input parameters are (amongst others) material properties, geometric deviations and manufacturing defects. Some random input parameters can only be modelled on a smaller scale than the whole component. Therefore, surrogate-boosted Monte Carlo simulations are performed on different scales and the results in each case are propagated to the higher scale. Strength however can hardly be approximated with standard surrogate models. Here, hierarchical surrogate models are used, which link models of different fidelity, to still allow for an efficient and accurate prediction of the stochastic distribution of strength properties.

    Prof. Date: Matthias Mnich: Reinforcement Learning for Integer Programming
    The integer programming problem is one of the most fundamental problems in combinatorial optimization, where one seeks an optimal solution among a finite, but usually extremely large set of discrete alternatives. Integer programs are ubiquitous in engineering and industrial applications, as they can model a large variety of highly complex tasks by means of discrete variables which are tight together through constraints. Powerful commercial solvers exists, which can solve large-scale instances with thousands of variables generally quite fast, but there are still several important integer programming models which cannot be solved at all. Theoretical and design and analysis of integer programming algorithms usually fails to explain both the successes, and the failures, of industrial solvers, as worst-case run times of those algorithms are often super-exponential in the number of variables. We discuss novel approaches based on methods of reinforcement learning to attack some of the most prominent integer programming models for which classical methods suffer from expensive time and memory usage, talking about their advantages and limitations.

  8. Frederic E. Bock: Data-driven Machine Learning Corrections of Physics-Based Analytical Model Predictions towards High-Fidelity Simulation Solutions – a Hybrid Modelling Approach

Vergangene Semester:

HULKs@TUHH - RoboCup SPL Team


We are a team of students from the Hamburg University of Technology. Since the foundation of our team in the year 2013, we are participating anually in the Standard Platform League of the RoboCup competition. The RoboCup is an international initiative with the goal of advancing research in humanoid robotics and artificial intelligence. Our team consists mostly of students who work on this project in their free time. Furthermore, we are one of the few teams that developed their entire framework from scratch.


Since 2014, we are anually hosting the Robotic Hamburg Open Workshop (RoHOW).

The RoHOW is an event hosted by the Hamburg University of Technology that serves the purpose of education and networking. Over 100 scientists and students from all over the world who are researching in the field of humanoid robotics participate in this event.

The goal of this event is the exchange of information between RoboCup teams from different universities and research institutes. Participants have the opportunity to visit lectures and workshops, challenge other teams in competitions, and get in direct contact with each other.

Here you find more information on RoHOW.

HULKs@TUHH - RoboCup SPL Team

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