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Falling Walls Circle – Plenary Table: Applied Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Falling Walls Foundation, Sartorius AG, Helmholtz Munich | John Jumper, Wolfgang Brück, Julia Schnabel, Fabian Theis, Dagmar Schuller

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly becoming a fundamental part of modern medical research and practises, while the overall standards to regulate the use of AI are still being defined. This session will discuss the benefits of AI for research and healthcare, e.g., diagnostic accuracy, alongside the risks and obstacles related to its application, e.g., data security.

Preparation of the event is supported by Helmholtz-Zentrum Munich and Sartorius AG.

This event will be accessible for our digital audience by livestream free of charge.


Falling Walls Circle Tables gives the spotlight to world-leading scientists and science strategists, along with policy-makers from academia, business and politics to shape the agenda of the future of science.

About the Venue
Radialsystem – Lecture Hall
Holzmarktstraße 33
Berlin, 10243 Germany

John Jumper received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Chicago, where he developed machine learning methods to simulate protein dynamics. Prior to that, he worked at D.E. Shaw Research on molecular dynamics simulations of protein dynamics and supercooled liquids. He also holds an MPhil in Physics from the University of Cambridge and a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University. At DeepMind, John is leading the development of new methods to apply machine learning to protein biology.

Wolfgang Brück is Chairman of the Executive Board of the University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany and Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Göttingen. Wolfgang Brück has been Professor of Neuropathology at the Charité in Berlin and from 2002 to 2019 Director of the Department of Neuropathology at the University Medical Centre Göttingen. He received his medical degree from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, and attained his habilitation and venia legendi for neuropathology from University of Göttingen.

Julia A. Schnabel (PhD FIEEE FELLIS FMICCAI) is Professor for Computational Imaging and AI in Medicine at TU Munich (TUM Liesel Beckmann Distinguished Professorship), jointly with Helmholtz Munich (Helmholtz Distinguished Professorship). She studied informatics at TU Berlin (1993) and did a PhD in computer science at University College London (1998). After becoming Professor of Engineering Science at University of Oxford (2014), she became Chair in Computational Imaging at King’s College London (2015). Her research focuses on artificial intelligence methods for medical imaging applications.

Fabian Theis is Director of Helmholtz Munich Computational Health Center and Scientific Director of HelmholtzAI. He is Full Professor at TU Munich & Associate Faculty at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institut. Theis founded the network SingleCellOmics Germany (SCOG), coordinates the Munich School for Data Science (MUDS) and is co-directing the ELLIS Munich Unit. He is co-chair of the Bavarian AI Council, member of EMBO and the Board of Directors of Human Cell Atlas, Inc.

Fabian Theis received numerous honors, including one of the prestigious Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC).

As Co-Founder and CEO of audEERING, Dagmar Schuller is responsible for the corporate strategy, business development and operations of the AI innovation leader. She is an expert in digital strategy and innovation. For more than 10 years she has been working with (emotional) artificial intelligence, machine learning and Big Data.Dagmar Schuller worked as a management consultant for Ernst & Young in Vienna and New York and as Senior Vice President for an international investment of Hubert Burda Media. She studied economics with a focus on business informatics and international management as well as law with a focus on IT law.

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