SPP2037 - Scalable Data Management for Future Hardware

The goals of the DFG priority program on Scalable Data Management for Future Hardware (SPP2037) are based on the observation that data management architectures will undergo a radical shift in the next years. This is driven by the fact that on the one hand, the range of applications requiring to handle large sets of data has significantly broadened, and on the other hand, new trends in hardware as well as at operating system level offer great opportunities for rethinking current system architectures. The priority program is coordinated by Kai-Uwe Sattler (TU Ilmenau), Alfons Kemper, Thomas Neumann (TU Munich), and Jens Teubner (TU Dortmund).

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Hybrid Transactional/Analytical Graph Processing in Modern Memory Hierarchies

Funding: DFG as part of SPP 2037

Today’s enterprise computing architectures are characterized by a complex memory hierarchy: the different application requirements in terms of latency, bandwidth, persistence, and access pattern as well as the characteristics of available memory and storage technology require combining different technologies.

Building highly efficient data management and analytics solutions which meet the challenges of modern applications requires to utilize this memory hierarchy, e.g. by caching strategies, taking the specific characteristics of a given technology into account, and keeping data objects in the optimal level. In this project, we plan to exploit modern memory hierarchies to support Hybrid transactional/analytical processing (HTAP) on graph data.

Learning Products – Machine Learning Strategies for Intelligent Products in Medical Technology

Funding: Thüringer Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Digitale Gesellschaft

In the project "Learning Products" the TU Ilmenau and the FSU Jena are developing methods for intelligent suggestion and decision systems that support and monitor the operation of medical technology devices and the evaluation of their measurement results. LearningProducts is a joint project of the Software Engineering for Safety-Critical Systems Group, the Biomedical Engineering Group, and the Databases and Information Systems Group of the TU Ilmenau as well as the Computer Vision Group of the FSU Jena.

For the integration of machine learning methods into medical technology products, the project focuses on the following tasks:

  • Development and evaluation of centralized and distributed training and inference topologies
  • Development of an evaluation approach for training data and annotations
  • Development of methods and systems for secure and efficient transfer, storage and management of machine learning artifacts (datasets, models, and metadata)
  • Investigation of compatibility of machine learning with development and privacy requirements
  • Development of methods for the explainability of classification results
  • Prototypical implementation and studies with Thuringian companies

MemWerk - Memristive Materials for Neuromorphic Electronics

Funding: Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung

The MemWerk project is an interdisciplinary project in partnership with other research groups of TU Ilmenau. It aims at comprehensively investigating memristive materials for neuromorphic electronics, i.e., electronics inspired by biology, which are highly energy-efficient. Our goal is the management and analysis of complex material science data from the MemWerk project as graph data. We first develop a material atlas for collecting material and process parameters. Further, we model and manage the data as graph data and carry out graph analytics to gain insights into the material and process parameters concerning the characteristics and performance parameters of memristive devices and neuromorphic circuits. Thus, we can explore and extract information with regards to the material or process parameter(s) that will likely influence certain neuromorphic properties, the interplay that can be inferred between process components and measurements, the extent to which components are densely/loosely connected in a process, the parameters that are most central or important in certain processes, the parameters that play similar roles in the processes, the outlier measurements of parameters and/or neuromorphic properties etc. Ultimately, this would enable the realization of materials that are well-suited for neuromorphic systems.

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Deciphering the “pandemic public sphere”: Government communication, (social) media discourses on and citizens’ responses to Covid-19 in Europe and the USA

"Deciphering the pandemic public sphere" is a multi-disciplinary research project. It follows three key research questions:
1. What explanations and messages about Covid-19 as well as related protective actions did governments and health institutions in Europe and the USA provide to the public and media?
2. How did legacy media across the aforementioned countries cover and frame risk messages about Covid-19 disseminated by governments and health institutions?
3. How did citizens in these countries perceive and respond to the pandemic and risk messages about Covid-19 disseminated by governments, health institutions, and legacy media?

Countries included: Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, UK, USA

Methods: Qualitative Interview, Computational Methods, Online Survey, Secondary Data Analysis, Content Analysis