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2023


Shaping the Future: University of Hohenheim's Advisory Board Discusses Integration of AI in Education

On October 16, 2023, our managing director Philipp Jackmuth, gave a talk to the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at the University of Hohenheim. The presentation centered around real-world applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The ensuing discussion expanded to the seamless integration of AI advancements into the curriculum, with all participants unanimously underscoring the critical importance of nurturing critical thinking as an essential component of university education.

dida solution honored as finalist for FAZ AI Innovation Award

On October 10th the FAZ Institute and German AI Association honored German outstanding AI solutions. The AI Innovation Award, recognizes pioneering achievements in the field of Artificial Intelligence. It seeks companies utilizing AI technologies to positively impact their own or other companies, their industry, and society at large. The solution to automatically analyze service charge statements developed for Mieterengel made it into the final round (top three) of the award. It enables tenants to swiftly and efficiently verify the legality of their annual cost bills by simply uploading a photo. Since its usage in 2021, the solution has substantially reduced review times for lawyers by 60%, serving over 10,000 customers. Tenants receive a free initial assessment of their utility bills, empowering them to make informed decisions by offering a cost-effective alternative to traditional legal consultations. Thus, Mieterengel is democratizing access to legal resources, ensuring more tenants can confidently advocate for their rights. We are pleased that the committee recognized the innovative and positive aspects of this solution.

AI Accelerator Institute Berlin 20223

On October 5, the AI Accelerator Institute hosted its Generative AI and Computer Vision Summit at the Waldorf Astoria in Berlin. Technical leaders from amongst others Airbus, AstraZeneca, GSK or Bosch presented aspects of their latest work and findings related to generative and computer vision models. As we regularly attend AI-related conferences and often present our findings ourselves, it was once again an interesting day. Talking to other developers about their projects allows us to learn about the state of the art in the industry and compare our work to theirs. It was good to see that our approach of actively participating in AI research and our internal R&D efforts put us in a good position to help shape future developments in generative AI and computer vision.

Virtual presentation on "AI - hype vs. real value" at OGS World Café

On September 28, David Berscheid (virtually) spoke at the OGS World Café in Koblenz on the topic of "AI - Hype vs. Real Value" and provided insights into text and image-based AI projects that are creating real value in production settings. In addition, he offered dida's perspective on current developments and explained what we believe is and will be relevant for companies faced with plans to develop and implement AI solutions. Hosted by OGS GmbH, a Koblenz-based IT company specializing in ERP software, the OGS World Café put together a program consisting of informative presentations and discussions around the topic of AI in the ERP context, among others. We are pleased to have been able to contribute to this year's World Café and are looking forward to the next one.

Lorenz Richter, CTO of dida, shares his expertise at ICIAM 2023 in Tokyo

こんにちは (Konnichiwa) Lorenz Richter (Co-Founder & CTO of dida) followed the invitation to speak at the ICIAM 2023 in Tokyo. This gathering, known for its significance in uniting professionals in applied mathematics and related fields, provides a platform for insightful discussions and knowledge exchange. In his presentation, Lorenz delved into the intricacies of diffusion-based generative modeling. The talk established a connection between generative modeling based on Stochastic Differential Equations (SDEs) and three foundational pillars of mathematics: stochastic optimal control, Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), and path space measures. We are happy that we could once again contribute to latest research and and demonstrate our commitment to innovation in the field of machine learning. This presentation reflects dida's dedication to pushing the limits of mathematical inquiry, cultivating collaboration among diverse fields of study, and propelling tangible progress. For more information about the talk, you can visit: https://iciam2023.org/registered_data?id=00087#04799

dida at GovTech Meetup in Berlin

On August 31, another GovTech Campus Community Meetup took place in Berlin. This regular series of events aims to connect the federal, state and local governments with the most innovative players in the tech scene, civil society, the open source community and applied research. The aim is to promote Germany as a pioneer in the development and application of digital technologies and solutions for the public sector w.r.t. government technology. As a member of the GovTech Campus dida had the privilege to participate in this event. Our team member Axel Besinger used the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts from industry and the public sector. The highlight was the presentation by Bernd Schlömer, State Secretary for Digitalization at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Digital Affairs of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, as well as the State Government's Commissioner for Information Technology (CIO), on the topic: "Platform capability - What does it mean for the German administration in the future?". It was exciting to hear how agile Bernd Schlömer is in building up his own administration platform in Saxony, with the goal of integrating citizen-relevant product components (whether developed in-house or purchased) into this platform in order to bring Saxony, and thus Germany, one step closer to digitization.

Innovation Day with Vereinigte Volksbank Raiffeisenbank eG

Successful Innovation Day with Vereinigte Volksbank Raiffeisenbank eG! Last Friday, thanks to Christoph Baier, we had the privilege of hosting Vereinigte Volksbank Raiffeisenbank eG (VVRB) at smartextract.ai / dida as part of their Innovation Day program focused on Artificial Intelligence. In an exciting discussion, we explored the diverse application scenarios of information extraction in the financial sector. The team's enthusiasm for innovation and their keen interest in new technologies, led by Mr. Ralf Magerkurth, CEO of Vereinigte Volksbank Raiffeisenbank eG, deeply impressed us and should serve as a role model for others. The entire smartextract.ai team and dida says THANK YOU for the opportunity to present our ideas and solutions and to meet this impressive team. See you again!

dida participates in panel at Google Cloud event

Our ML Scientist & Project Lead, Jakob Scharlau, attended a great event at the Google office in Berlin, hosted by KI Park e.V., Google, and pacemaker® by thyssenkrupp. Under the title "AI Innovation: LLMs, Federated Learning and Slime Mold Algorithms", it focused on advanced methodologies of Artificial Intelligence and their exciting implications for our future. It featured two keynote sessions discussing the complexities of operationalizing Large Language Models and the role of #AI in demand forecasting using federated learning and slime mold algorithms. Overall, it was an insightful and exciting evening dedicated to the future of AI, offering valuable insights and opportunities with industry leaders. We are happy to regularly participate on such events, learn from our colleagues and offer some of our insights in exchange.

dida contributes paper to ICML 2023

We are happy to announce that the paper „Improved sampling via learned diffusions“ has been accepted at the workshop „New Frontiers in Learning, Control, and Dynamical Systems“ which takes place at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) this week in Hawaii. The paper investigates how sampling from specified probability densities can be approached via diffusion processes in which the drift is learned via neural networks. A perspective from measures on path space is proposed which allows to generalize existing concepts such as Schrödinger bridges or diffusion based generative modeling. This new perspective in consequence allows to design more efficient loss functions that can lead to vast improvements in numerical experiments. At dida, we are very happy that we can continue our ambition to conduct cutting edge research and contribute to the machine learning community. We can therefore continue our path to combine practical machine learning with innovative research. It is the company’s philosophy that both worlds strongly benefit from one another.

Kickoff of environmental research project WERTIS-KI

Together with our partners Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, A&B Peine and GE-T, dida started to work on the research project „Wertstoff-Informations-System mit Künstlicher Intelligenz”, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection. Our common goal is to develop an AI-powered mobile guidance application that helps to find the right disposal method for products. Further information can be found on the project website.

dida at hub.berlin conference 2023

Yesterday, we followed the invitation of Bitkom to speak at the hub.berlin conference about the topic of AI co-creation between startups and corporates. In his presentation, David Berscheid spoke about three factors that, in our experience, are important for successful co-creation projects: Setting realistic scopes and expectations, the repeated integration of domain expertise, and a strong focus on cultural and communication aspects between the startup and the corporate. The conference was a real success and focused mainly on the topics of tech and digitalisation. We saw some great speeches such as the opening keynote from Tim Höttges (CEO of Deutsche Telekom) or 'How Generative AI Redefines Business Decision-Making' from Martin Heinig (Head of New Ventures & Technologies at SAP). Perhaps most exciting for us as NLP specialists and daily users of pre-trained transformer models was listening and talking to Jonas Andrulis about Aleph Alpha and his plans to develop safe and explainable large language models for Europe. Also, thanks to David Kregler for our moderation!

KI-Park-Workshop mit Vitesco Technologies

Letzte Woche hatten wir die Gelegenheit, in die Welt der Automobil-Tests einzutauchen und KI-Potenziale mit Leiter*innen der Test-Abteilungen von Vitesco zu diskutieren. Ziel der vom KI Park organisierten Veranstaltung war es, Unternehmen mit KI-Spezialisten zusammenzubringen, sich gegenseitig vorzustellen und erste Expertenmeinungen zu Anwendungsfällen, potenziellen Herausforderungen und aktuellen KI-Entwicklungen zu geben. Für uns war es ein hochinteressanter Austausch, da Testumgebungen in der Automobilindustrie vielversprechende Datenmengen für KI-Automatisierungen bieten, gleichzeitig aber auch viel auf dem Spiel steht, wenn es um fehlerhafte Tests geht. Wir hoffen, dass wir Viteso wertvolle Impulse geben konnten und freuen uns auf deren weitere KI-Entwicklungen sowie auf zukünftige KI-Park-Workshops.

dida co-authors whitepaper on "Co-Creation and Collaboration" with Bitkom e.V.

Led by Bitkom e.V., we teamed up with other Machine Learning / AI experts to highlight ways in which SMEs can successfully deploy algorithmic solutions within their businesses. The whitepaper discusses different forms of collaboration, potentials and challenges, as well as success factors that the co-authored startups have discovered on their journeys. You will also find 8 use cases, where we, as well as other Machine Learning-related companies present concrete examples of successful collaborations with SMEs in the past. We would like to thank Bitkom for coordinating and finalizing the whitepaper! You can find the whitepaper here: https://www.bitkom.org/Bitkom/Publikationen/Co-Creation-and-Collaboration

dida gives speech at corporate content conference in Munich

Last week, David Berscheid gave a speech at the co³ - corporate content conference - in Munich. In his keynote on "Successful application of AI: Best practices from 5 years of AI projects", he presented some of dida's insights on how to identify the right problems and processes within an organization to solve using AI, how to implement solutions most effectively, and the role of corporate culture. The conference was aimed at marketing and communication professionals, who are faced with a rapidly changing environment in their field of expertise. Apart from dida’s best practices, the conference also dealt with ethical and legal aspects arising with the advances of generative AI. Other valuable contributions came from organizations like IBM iX, Technical University of Munich or German Entrepreneurship. We’d like to thank the corporate-content.com team for the invitation and the great organization!

dida at KI Park Summer Event

On May 11th, the KI Park e.V. Summer Event 2023 was held at Marienpark (Berlin, Germany). This event aims to foster connections within the artificial intelligence ecosystems in Germany and Europe. As a member of KI Park e.V. dida had the privilege of participating in this event. Our team members, Augusto Stoffel and Axel Besinger, took the opportunity to engage with industry experts and showcase dida's latest work in Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision. The event was a resounding success, featuring esteemed speakers, panelists from the AI research community and practitioners.

dida talk at the Corporate Content Conference in Munich

On June 14th, David Berscheid will give a talk at the Corporate Content Conference - CO³ - in Munich. The topic of the conference is phrased as “AI - The Future of Corporate Content” and is directed at marketing experts of large corporations. In his talk, David will speak about best practices on how to successfully apply AI, based on the experience of 25+ projects at dida. We’re looking forward to the conference, to lots of interesting talks and panels, as well as meeting many new contacts. Ticket can be bought here.

Impressions of our first dida machine learning conference

Last Friday we hosted our first machine learning conference at B-Part Berlin. It was a full day of talks, workshops, a panel discussion, as well as time to chat and network. We hope that our guests and speakers enjoyed the event as much as we did and we are happy that 150 - 200 people came to celebrate our 5th anniversary - much more than we initially expected. We have attached some impressions of the event for those who could not be there. We are also already working on the video footage, which will be online soon. A big thank you to everyone who has supported us on our way and will continue to do so!

How can administration become future-proof?

How can administration become future-proof? Our managing director, Philipp Jackmuth, attended an event on March 28, 2023, organized by GovMarket and PwC in Berlin, which addressed this interesting topic. In addition to contributions from municipalities, former State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Volker Halsch, and Ekin Deligöz, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), also spoke. Ms. Deligöz emphasized that by improving conditions for child care and elderly care, a workforce potential of up to one million full-time equivalents could be raised. Other speakers focused on the possibilities of increasing digitization and process automation to make administration more future-proof. Everyone agreed that action must now be taken so that after the impending wave of retirements in the coming years, the administration remains functional.

dida publishes paper about Early Crop Classification (Deep Learning in Remote Sensing)

The authors Frank Weilandt, Lorenz Richter, Tiago Sanona, and Jona Welsch from dida published a paper about the early classification of crops using satellite data together with our cooperation partner FERN.Lab, GFZ Potsdam. The classification of crops is a well-known problem in Remote Sensing and is the basis for applications in public and private sector like yield forecasts. The paper presents a deep learning based method. This method allows predictions at arbitrary time points during the year with a single model, as well as the seamless combination (fusion) of different data sources (e.g. optical and radar data). The findings in this paper are based on research from the cooperation project "CropClass" with FERN.Lab.

Google Cloud Sunnyvale startup summit

From February 8-10, we had the pleasure of attending the Google Cloud Sunnyvale startup summit, which Google invited us to attend in Silicon Valley. The workshop offered a lot of interesting talks from high-ranking Google employees, such as the VP Databases, the VP Business Development and Growth, the Lead Cloud Quantum Engineer and the Director of Product Management of Google Brain. There was a balanced mix of technical as well as business related topics - a quite inspiring surrounding from the areas of Big Data and Machine Learning. The historical environment did its part to make the workshop a complete success. We look forward to further exchanges with Google and are happy to be listed as a service partner in the Google Cloud.

dida was invited to Deutsche Bahn mindbox pitch day

Last week, we had a great time at the Deutsche Bahn mindbox pitch day! Proud to have been represented by Moritz Besser and Augusto Stoffel. The event was a perfect platform for brainstorming ideas about digitalization at Deutsche Bahn and getting to know interesting teams from Klarso GmbH and Scriptomat. Excited about future collaborations and opportunities. Thanks a lot for the initial invitation!

dida participates in LEAM.AI Conference 2023 at Allianz Forum

On January 24th the leam.ai conference took place. It's an initiative to promote large european AI models (leam) led by Bundesverband KI, which aims to establish a European AI ecosystem that takes a competitive position in AI development. As dida is a member of Bundesverband KI, our managing director Philipp Jackmuth seized the opportunity to meet with fellow industry experts and to discuss the iniative's status quo. It was a well organized conference with speakers and panelists from the AI research community, practicioners as well as representatives of the legislative body.

dida co-hosts KI Park Meetup

On January 19, dida was co-host of the “KI Park Meetup”. Our ML scientists Angela Maennel and Konrad Mundinger moderated the discussions around the topic of Natural Language Processing. It was a great event and we had many interesting conversations with other ML scientists and engineers. We are already looking forward to the next events of KI Park.

Upcoming Tech Talk: Understanding Customer Needs with NLP

On January 19th 11 am our Machine Learning Scientist Angela Maennel will hold a tech talk explaining how NLP can be used to create user-friendly interfaces. While customers prefer being able to express their needs using free-form text, for processing structured data is often necessary. She will show how this conflict can be resolved using NLP. The talk is based on a project we did together with felmo resolving exactly such a conflict for their website. You can register now for free using the following link: Click here

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dida presentation at Open NLP Meetup: "Ethics in Natural Language Processing"

Our employee Marty gave a talk at the open NLP meetup about "Ethics in Natural Language Processing"! If you wonder what implications large language models have on us as society check it out: https://youtu.be/7Idjl3OR0FY

dida contributed papers to NeurIPS 2022

We are happy to announce that dida has made scientific contributions to this year's Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) in New Orleans. NeurIPS is one of the largest and most important conferences on innovations in machine learning and related topics. After a contribution in terms of an accepted paper in 2020 (as well as ICML papers in 2021 and 2022), dida employees contributed a paper and workshop presentation (“An optimal control perspective on diffusion-based generative modeling”) on diffusion based generative models as well as a paper with oral presentation (“Optimal rates for regularized conditional mean embedding learning”) on nonparametric statistics to NeurIPS this year. We are proud to say that dida is able to maintain a position amongst internationally renowned researchers from leading universities as well tech companies. Out of 9634 submissions 2672 (27.7%) papers got accepted and only 184 (1.9%) received an oral contribution. The paper “An optimal control perspective on diffusion-based generative modeling” establishes a connection between stochastic optimal control and diffusion based generative models. This perspective allows to transfer methods from optimal control theory to generative modeling and e.g. allows to derive evidence lower bound as a direct consequence of the well-known verification theorem from control theory. Further, a novel diffusion-based method for sampling from unnormalized densities is developed - a problem frequently occurring in statistics and computational sciences. The paper “Optimal rates for regularized conditional mean embedding learning” solves two open problems related to a commonly used nonparametric regression model: we prove convergence rates for a setting when the model is misspecified (meaning that the ground truth can not be analytically represented by the model) as well as lower bounds for convergence rates of all learning algorithms solving the general underlying problem. In total, these results give conditions under which the convergence speed of the investigated model can not be beaten by any other model solving the problem.

Project Kickoff: dida is part of the research project "KIOptiPack"

Project Kickoff! We are happy to be part of the research project KIOptiPack, or "AI-Application Hub: Circular Economy for Plastic Wrapping via Artificial Intelligence". Head to our german page to learn more about the project.

dida at the virtual AI-Days of ibi research Institute

dida takes part in the virtual AI-Days of ibi research Institute "Artificial Intelligence in trade and financial services". dida's Machine Learning Project Lead will share real world experiences from AI projects in trade in his talk "Natural Language Processing (NLP) for (un-)structured documents". You can listen to the presentations for free, register under https://ki-tage.de/ (presentations will be in german).

dida presented at the Deep Learning World

Our Machine Learning Scientist Angela presented our Natural Language Processing project for felmo at the Deep Learning World on the 5th of October. In the questions and answer sessions afterwards it was often asked, if and how one can apply our solution to other domains. While one of the main takeaways was that project specific adaptations greatly improve model performance, the general approach can be applied in many different contexts.

dida participated at Google Cloud leaders circle at Next

This week dida participated at the leaders circle which happened as part of the Google Cloud Next conference in Munich. We were happy to connect with many interesting companies which aim to advance internal process via efficient data management and digitalization. It turns out that more and more companies rely on machine learning in order to improve their business processes or to develop novel innovative tools. With their flexible and powerful cloud service, the Google Cloud indeed provides a platform that is highly suitable to approach the related challenges and dida is proud to be an official Google service partner.

dida at the Annual Conference of the German Informatics Society

Our Machine Learning Project Lead Jona Welsch presented our research project CropClass during the workshop "geodata as open data for artificial intelligence" at the Annual Conference of the German Informatics Society in Hamburg on September 27th, 2022. There was a lively exchange in a following panel discussion with presenters from industry and research, especially regarding the usage of freely available satellite data from the ESA Copernicus program.

dida to give talk at the Deep Learning World 2022

We will give a talk at the Deep Learning World conference on the 5th October 2022. In Berlin our ML Scientist Angela Maennel will present our NLP project for felmo, a company offering home vet visits. The goal was to extract symptoms, diseases and requested services from customer requests. This data felmo then can use to improve internal processes. You can learn more about the project in our case-study.

Recording from ICML presentation

In July, dida was participating at this year’s International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2022), which - after two years of online events - was happing on site in Baltimore, USA. It was a pleasure to have presented our work on robust SDE-based PDE solvers, which got accepted as a conference paper. You can find the recording of the presentation here. It was good to get connected with cutting edge machine learning research again in a personal manner and exchange with researches from around the world. We could in fact see that robust machine learning and mathematically rigorous analyses of blackbox algorithms become more prominent - a trend that we expect to continue and that fits well to dida’s philosophy of getting deep into deep learning.

dida on stage at Data Natives conference

dida presents at this year's Data Natives Conference (August 31st - September 2nd). Jona Welsch, Machine Learning Project Lead at dida, presented on the Topic of "Information Extraction - Key learnings from real NLP projects". Information Extraction and Natural Language Processing (NLP) have a large variety of business applications, ranging from the digitalisation of invoices or purchase orders to the automatic interpretation of free-form text. The talk contains key learnings and insights from projects for industry clients and public institutions, which were successfully brought into production. For example, we will talk about the pitfalls when processing PDF-Documents or where to effectively use Graph Neural Networks.

dida's ASMSpotter is now supporting ecological research at the University of Kent

The best feeling is when the work you do is appreciated and used by others. Even better it is if it also helps in a philantropic way. Because of that we are very glad that researchers approached us and asked if they could use our ASMSpotter to see how one can protect the Amazon rainforest better. Here a description of the researcher's work: "Artisanal gold mining is a growing driver of deforestation in the Amazon and the principal driver in Guyana where our research is focused. Assisted forest restoration and natural regeneration are crucial to offset the loss of biomass following such land-uses, however, little is known about the impact of gold mining on natural regeneration compared to traditional forms of deforestation in the Amazon such as agriculture expansion. Some mines show no signs of natural recovery and need assistance, while others regenerate naturally. So we asked, under what conditions do mines recover naturally? More specifically we chose to focus on whether there is a relationship between mine geometry (whether it is long and thin or wide and circular) and the rate of regeneration. We saw that dida have been developing a powerful tool that uses deep learning to generate near real time predictions of mining areas and their shape and size from satellite imagery. We reached out to them for a collaboration and are now using their models to build up a dataset of mines of different shapes and sizes in Guyana which we will use for analysis." - Elmontaserbellah Ammar BSc, MSc candidate, Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

dida contributes paper at ICML 2022

We are happy to announce that a recent paper which dida contributed to has been accepted at this year’s International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML). The ICML is one of the most renowned conferences on machine learning innovations, on which multiple universities, but also companies like Google, Facebook and DeepMind frequently publish their latest findings. This year, 1235 out of 5630 submissions have been accepted, which yields an acceptance rate of 21.9%. At dida, we are very happy that we can continue our ambition to conduct cutting edge research and contribute to the machine learning community. After a paper at NeurIPS 2020 and a paper at ICML 2021, which received one out of five outstanding paper awards, we can therefore continue our path to combine practical machine learning with innovative research. It is the company’s philosophy that both worlds strongly benefit from one another. The current paper can be found here. It proposes and rigorously analyzes more robust and more efficient algorithms for solving linear Kolmogorov type partial differential equations (PDEs). Such PDEs are relevant in multiple applications for instance in finance, physics, reinforcement learning or diffusion based generative modeling. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

dida took part in ESA Living Planet Symposium

Our team of three dida people took part in the ESA Living Planet Symposium in May 2022 in Bonn. dida’s ML Scientist Dr. Frank Weilandt presented our project on "Early crop classification via multi-sensor fusion and temporal attention", a research project with the German Research Centre GFZ Potsdam. We also met our fellow Remote Sensers from around the world to have an exciting exchange about new developments in Earth Observation.

dida to give talk at ESA Living Planet Symposium

We will give a talk at the ESA Living Planet Symposium in May 2022 about classifying crops from satellite data. In Bonn, our ML Scientist Frank Weilandt will present our project on "Early crop classification via multi-sensor fusion and temporal attention". We are developing software which can recognize crops growing on agricultural parcels from satellite data, e.g. wheat or maize. One central goal is the classification during the year of observation. This is joint work together with the GFZ Potsdam (German Research Centre for Geosciences).

dida gives talk at the Geokomm Technologiesalon

This Thursday (24th of March) our ML Consultant Moritz Besser will give a short talk on Machine Learning in real projects at the "Technologiesalon" of the GEOkomm Verband der GeoInformationswirtschaft Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. Participation is free and does not require any registration. The event is held in German. You can attend via the following link.

dida to give talk at AMLD in Lausanne

We’ve been accepted to give a talk at AMLD in Lausanne, Switzerland on the LaserSKI project. Together with a consortium of manufacturing companies we have been working on an approach to automate the process of detecting defects in diode laser wafers using a FasterRCNN object detection model. Our Machine Learning Scientist William Clemens, PhD will be speaking on the AI and manufacturing track and show how AI can be used to optimise quality assurance in manufacturing.

Forbes released article featuring our ASMSpotter project

At the start of the year our ASMSpotter project was featured by the UNESCO. Now the reknowned Forbes magazine wrote an article about the Top 10 list covering our tool. With the help of the ASMSpotter it is possible to detect informal mining sites in the rainforest and is co-developed with our partners from Levin Sources. Currently, it is getting deployed in Guyana. You can learn more about the project here.

Paper on solving parabolic and elliptic PDEs with deep learning

Let us refer to the a new research paper on a machine learning attempt for solving high-dimensional PDEs that has recently appeared on Arxiv and has been done in collaboration with dida. In the paper, we analyze existing algorithms that are based on residual minimizations („physics informed neural networks“) or backward stochastic differential equations („deep BSDE“) and suggest a new method that is based on the novel diffusion loss. Crucially, this method can be interpreted as an interpolation between the two existing methods that, at the same time, offers certain numerical advantages. Those advantages may allow for more efficient and more accurate PDE approximations and are therefore likely to find further applications whenever high-dimensional PDEs have to be solved.

dida will lead a meetup session on "Climate Adaptation & Data" on 10th of February

Together with our friends and partners from Polyteia and K'UP we will organize a Meetup session on the topic of how public sector and private enterprises can use environmental data to make their communities and businesses more resilient against the ever increasing risks posed by the climate crisis. We will be happy for you to join the discussion on the 10th of February so we all can learn from each other through different perspectives! (The first event will be held in German)

dida took part in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s All-Hands-Meeting

We presented our ongoing project LaserSKI on the 10th of January at the All-Hands-Meeting for BMBF funded AI research projects. It was an interesting experience doing a Poster presentation online, but thanks to the good preparation of the host, Munich Center for Machine Learning, a positive one.

dida's ASMSpotter project gets awarded by UNESCO

The UNESCO's International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence awarded our solution ASMSpotter as one out of ten outstanding AI solutions to achieve the SDG 12: "Responsible Consumption and Production" and SDG 15: "Life on Land". Together with our Partners Levin Sources we help detect informal mining sites in the Amazon rainforest to make mining more sustainable. Find out more at our ASMSpotter project page.

dida on stage with our partner idealo at the OOP (Object Oriented Programming) conference

Together with our partner idealo, dida will present a Machine Learning solution to keep a huge product database up to date. Dr. Jan Anderssen (Domain Lead Inventory Business at idealo) and Jona Welsch (Machine Learning Project Lead at dida) will show how state of the art Deep Learning methods (such as Transformers, BERT) were used in connection with smart text matching in order to extract relevant information from free-form text. They also explain how the existing database was leveraged in order to create an automatically labelled training dataset, which reduced the required amount of manual labelling drastically. The developed model enables continuous automatic updates of idealos database.

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Upcoming Webinar on November 25th 2021: "ML for Remote Sensing: Analyse satellite data automatically"

The availability of Remote Sensing data and especially satellite data has seen a strong increase in the last years. With increasing data volumes, manual evaluation of these data becomes less efficient. Machine Learning methods are predestined to bridge this gap between data availability and need for evaluation expertise, making it possible for a larger user group to extract information from satellite data and apply this information in an enterprise context. In the upcoming webinar, Moritz Besser (Machine Learning Consultant) and Jona Welsch (Machine Learning Project Lead) will give an overview of the different types of available satellite data, Machine Learning methods used for their evaluation, as well as practical use cases. Register now!

AIgent3D research project kicks off

Together with our project partners Bond3D and Fraunhofer IPT, dida has kicked off a 2-year research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The goal of the project is to increase the efficiency is additive manufacturing ("3D printing") by applying modern machine learning algorithms to the various data collected from the Fused Decomposition Modelling machines of Bond3D. By interlinking sensory and image recordings of the production process, rich data sets are collected, which are suitable for the application of machine learning algorithms. For example, dida will investigate how these data can be mined to set process parameters and to predict product quality during the production process. We are very much looking forward to the cooperation with our project partners and to delve into this exciting research project.

dida took part in agricultural Innovation Day

On 20th of October dida participated at the Lacos Innovation Day, a fair focussed on bringing together leading tech innovators in the agricultural sector. Though new to this economic field, we were welcomed very well and saw that the potential of AI in agriculture is recognized by the community. We are looking forward to continue the talks with our new contacts to bring machine learning to the world of food production. See here the local television report (German).

Research project KAMI has started

A new research project in agriculture started: in the KAMI project AI technologies help improve animal well being and health while improving yields and reducing the use of animal drugs. Computer vision techniques will be used to measure the breath of diary cows recorded with infrared cameras. Under the lead of the ATB Potsdam the team of dida, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim, the Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Tierzucht und Tierhaltung e.V. and the ITEMA GmbH work together on the project Here you can find further information.

Upcoming Webinar on October 14th 2021: “Real added value from ML projects - our success factors”

The progress made in machine learning (ML) in the last 10-15 years is so impressive that many companies in Germany have now also set up their own departments for this area. We have had the privilege of supporting some of these companies in recent years, for example in the transfer of proof-of-concepts (POCs) to production. In our upcoming webinar, Philipp Jackmuth (Managing Director of dida) and Dr. Petar Tomov (Machine Learning Project Manager) will share their experiences on the decisive factors that distinguish successful from failed ML projects. Sign up here.

In the spotlight: presentation of ASMSpotter at AMLD Africa

Last week, we were honored to be invited to the Applied Machine Learning Days (AMLD) Africa, organized by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne. In contrast to last years AMLD, where our machine learning scientist William Clemens gave a talk, this years edition focussed on machine learning solutions designed to tackle problems on the African continent as well as introducing and connecting innovators from there. Moritz Besser, machine learning consultant at dida, introduced the audience to the ASMSpotter, which detects informal artisanal mining (ASM) sites on satellite imagery using artificial intelligence. As ASM is a rising problem on the continent, the tool may help to formalize new sites and therefore make minerals sourcing ecologically and socially more sustainable.

dida in the 2021 edition of the EuroPython conference

Augusto Stoffel, machine learning scientist at dida, delivered a talk on graph neural networks and their application for information extraction in this year's edition of EuroPython. EuroPython is one of the major Python community conferences, with over 1200 participants. It includes one session dedicated to data science topics. The talk aimed at a mostly technical audience and introduced the basic ideas around graph machine learning. Enriching this conceptual viewpoint, use cases derived from our experience developing ML projects that require table understanding capabilities were also covered. Do you have a potential machine learning application and would like to discuss the possibilites with a specialist? Then book an ML talk with us!

Our ICML paper got awarded as outstanding paper

We are happy to announce that this year’s ICML paper by our CTO Lorenz Richter got awarded as an outstanding paper. Only 5 out of 1184 accepted and 5513 submitted papers (so roughly 0.1%) got this honorable mentioning. The other winning papers can be found here. We are happy that dida can continue to contribute to cutting-edge machine learning research which is also highly relevant for practical applications. The paper suggests an efficient numerical solver for high-dimensional parabolic partial differential equations, which are relevant for example in engineering, physics and finance. It relies on the tensor train format and contrasts this approach to deep neural networks as an alternative method. You can find the paper here and the video presentation here.

dida on stage at Machine Learning Week Europe 2021

dida was part of an expert round at this year's Machine Learning Week Europe from June 14 - June 16th 2021. Jona Welsch, Machine Learning Project Lead at dida, presented on the Topic of "Information Extraction - Key learnings from real NLP projects". In interesting panel with other industry experts he afterwards also discussed important aspects of productionising NLP models. Information Extraction and Natural Language Processing (NLP) have a large variety of business applications, ranging from the digitalisation of invoices or purchase orders to the automatic interpretation of free-form text. The talk contained key learnings and insights from projects for industry clients and public institutions, which were successfully brought into production. For example, we talked about the pitfalls when processing PDF-Documents or where to effectively use Graph Neural Networks.

Webinar on neural language models in the enterprise on 29.06.2021

Live webinar: "NLP trend: profitably integrating neural language models into business practice". Neural language models, such as Google's BERT, are large neural networks that have been trained using large collections of text and have thus learned semantic and structural relationships between terms in a language. Neural language models are currently the dominant development in the NLP field with many practical applications, from neural search and question answering to information extraction. There are a number of freely available pre-trained models. In order to use them effectivelyy in one's own business practice, some things have to be taken into account. Which ones exactly and how to do that, we will show in our webinar after an overview of how neural language models work and examples of their possible applications. How do neural language models work? Application examples from the areas of search and question answering How can a neural language model be optimized for my business/application area? How does the integration with my data and applications work?

dida at GEOkomm technology brunch

At the virtual technology brunch of GEOkomm e. V. (the association for geoinformation economy in Berlin/Brandenburg) on 4 June 2021, Jona Welsch, Machine Learning Project Lead and Robert Heesen, Director Product were invited to share dida’s experiences under the topic “Information Extraction with AI - tips from expert for a successful implementation”. Information Extraction and Natural Language Processing (NLP) have a large variety of business applications, ranging from the digitalisation of invoices or purchase orders to the automatic interpretation of free-form text. The talk contained key learnings and insights from projects for industry clients and public institutions, which were successfully brought into production. For example, we talked about the pitfalls when processing PDF-Documents or where to effectively use Graph Neural Networks.

dida contributes paper and long presentation to ICML

We are happy to announce that dida will contribute a paper and a long presentation to this year’s International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), which is one of the most popular conferences on artificial intelligence worldwide. Out of 5513 submissions only 166 (i.e. roughly 3%) got offered this opportunity. Our paper suggests an efficient numerical solver for high-dimensional parabolic partial differential equations, which are relevant for example in engineering, physics and finance. It relies on the tensor train format and contrasts this approach to deep neural networks as an alternative method. You can find a preprint version here. After a paper at last year’s NeurIPS conference, for which you can find a short video presentation, we are pleased that we can continue to foster our ambition to combine practical machine learning with cutting edge research. It is the company’s philosophy that both worlds can strongly benefit from one another. If you have any questions regarding the papers or other topics, please do not hesitate to contact us.

"PreTrainAppEO" - a joint BMWI research project of dida and TU München LMF

Since May 2021 dida works together with the Remote Sensing Methodology Chair (LMF) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) on a project "PreTrainAppEO" funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI). The project is granted with an amount of 199k EUR and is designed for a period of two years. The name "PreTrainAppEO" stands for Pre-Training Applicability in Earth Observation. Earth observation and remote sensing have become an important part of, for example, transportation and utility sectors, as well as earth sciences and meteorology, due to technological advances in space and imaging technologies and sensors. At the same time, the use of machine learning (ML) methods in the analysis and interpretation of image and sensor data is becoming increasingly important. This is also very evident from some of our projects: ASMSpotter, CropClass, Estimation of solar roof capacity, 4D Urban Insights, DWD Clouds. Although ML approaches are characterized by very high performance and accuracy, their performance is limited to the specific use case and training dataset. As a result, the training effort and the acquisition of large datasets must be repeated for each new use case, leading to high costs in application development. Unfortunately - in contrast to already established pre-trained AI models such as ResNet or VGG, which are based on the generic image dataset ImageNet - there are currently no pre-trained AI models available for satellite data or Earth observation applications. All the more we are happy to be a part of "PreTrainAppEO". The goal of this project is to make the use of AI in the field of Earth observation and remote sensing more attractive and efficient by developing a methodology that uses the approach of pre-trained AI models to achieve generalizability to different standard applications in this field.

dida presents "PreTrainAppEO" at the 3rd Symposium on Applied Satellite Earth Observation

Ewelina Fiebig and Konrad Schultka, Machine Learning Scientists at dida, will present one of our new projects - "PreTrainAppEO" - at the 3rd Symposium on Applied Satellite Earth Observation "New Perspectives in Earth Observation" organized by DLR. The goal of the project is to develop a new methodology using the approach of pre-trained AI models to achieve generalizability to various standard applications in Earth observation and remote sensing. The project is realized in cooperation with the Remote Sensing Methodology Chair of the TU Munich. The presentation will take place on June 16 at 13:10 in Session 7: AI - New Methods.

dida presenting "CropClass" project at agraSpace network event

At the virtual network meeting of the ZIM network "agrASpace" entitled "Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture" on 4 March 2021, Robert Heesen, Director Product and Jona Welsch, Machine Learning Scientist at dida presented the project "CropClass". The project titled " CropClass- Infra-annual Crop Classification with Remote Sensing Data and Machine Learning" aims to reliably determine crop types on agricultural land as early as possible in the year based on publicly available satellite data such as Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data and to make them accessible via an user interface. The project is being carried out jointly with fern.lab, the remote sensing department of GFZ Potsdam, and will run until June 2022. Potential users of the software are ministries of agriculture for the control of EU agricultural subsidies, sellers of seeds and fertilisers and sprays as well as traders of agricultural goods. For more information, please see the presentation.

dida on stage in Copernicus Forum 2021 hosted by DLR

dida is represented three times at the DLR Copernicus Forum, which takes place virtually this year from 23-24 March. Our Managing Director Philipp Jackmuth will participate in the panel discussion "Artificial Intelligence - Key to the Copernicus Data Treasure?" together with representatives of DLR (German Aerospace Center), DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence), ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure on 23 March at 2.40 pm. In addition, Moritz Besser, Machine Learning Consultant at dida, will present the project "ASMSpotter - Identification of small-scale mining based on satellite imagery" in the technical session "Energy and Natural Resources" hosted by BGR on 24 March from 2.30 pm. In addition, Robert Heesen, Director Product, and Moritz Besser will be available for questions in a virtual booth. We are looking forward to this year's Copernicus Forum and to dida presenting its projects to an expert remote sensing audience.

dida included in appliedAI's yearly AI startup landscape 2021

dida is again listed in the "AI Startup Landscape 2021" of the appliedAI initiative as one of 278 promising startups with an AI focus in the category "Professional, scientific and technical activities". For this, a "longlist" of AI startups was compiled from public sources such as Crunchbase and LinkedIn. The selection of the startups was done in personal interviews by the appliedAI team to verify their focus on artificial intelligence. In addition, the startups were evaluated by a jury consisting of well-known AI companies and investors such as Google, NVIDIA, HV Ventures and Lakestar. The clustering of startups was based on Shivon Zilis' "landscape of machine intelligence". We are pleased to be represented again this year in the AI Startup Landscape by our very esteemed colleagues from appliedAI.

dida and RWTH Aachen MRE launch joint BMBF research project "AuBeSa"

On 4 January 2021, dida started work on the research project "AuBeSa" within the framework of the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) funding programme "KMU-innovativ" with a total project volume of EUR 800k. "AuBeSa" is the acronym for "Automatic detection, measurement and mineralogical classification of tailings heaps and ponds with satellite remote sensing". Waste rock piles are wastes from mining operations that occur during the extraction of raw materials and ores and are usually accumulated near the open pit. Depending on the processing, valuable raw materials are stored, especially in older tailings piles of abandoned opencast mines, for which there was no use at the time. Today, these tailings are becoming the focus of mining companies due to high exploration costs of new economic (primary) deposits and improved processing methods. If exploitable material is found in a tailings by exploration companies, so-called secondary deposits are established and new open pits are built to extract the raw materials. The difficulty in the exploration of secondary deposits, however, is to be able to estimate the economic viability without an on-site study. As high costs are associated with an on-site study, the automatic analysis of remote sensing data can contribute to the assessment of economic viability. In "AuBeSa", an AI algorithm is trained to automatically locate tailings based on a database of known tailings locations. In order to estimate the economic usability, the volume of the tailings is calculated and the mineralogical composition is determined on the basis of satellite data. In addition to dida's AI expertise, geological expertise is therefore necessary for the implementation of the project. We are happy to have the Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering (MRE) at RWTH Aachen University as a strong partner and look forward to continuing the successful cooperation from the ASMSpotter project.

2020


Start of the leading AI conference NeurIPS - dida contributes one accepted paper

Next Sunday, December 6th, the internationally leading AI conference NeurIPS, which will take place virtually this year, will begin. A total of 9,450 scientific papers were submitted this year, of which 1,900 papers were accepted, an increase of almost 200% compared to 2017. According to an analysis by Criteo, American technology companies and universities dominate the list of conference papers this year as well. In terms of countries, the USA leads by far the list of the strongest AI countries in research with more than 1,186 accepted contributions, followed by China (259) and Great Britain (205). Germany follows in 6th place (70), just behind Switzerland (90). In total, Europe including Great Britain and Switzerland provides 520 expert contributions. A breakdown by institution shows that, in addition to US universities such as Stanford (104), MIT (100) and UC Berkeley (89), it is the American technology companies and their research departments that are leading in AI research. First and foremost Google. Including its London-based subsidiary DeepMind, the US company contributes 237 , followed by Microsoft (95) and Facebook (58). However, the analysis by dida of the German contributions also reveals some glimmers of hope for Germany as an AI location. After all, Germany can also boast top-level AI research. Measured by the number of accepted contributions, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (13) based in Tübingen is the leader, ahead of the Technical University of Munich (10), the University of Tübingen (8) and the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science (8) based in Saarbrücken. However, companies such as Robert Bosch GmbH (6) also carry out top-class AI research. Viewed on a map, the south or southwest of Germany is a leader in AI research, with a focus on the university city of Tübingen (22), Munich (13) and Saarbrücken (12). Germany is also well represented at the event itself. Besides Prof. Dr. Ulrike von Luxburg (University of Tübingen) on the board of directors, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen) is also represented on the advisory board of the NeurIPS organisation. In addition to Zalando, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is also acting as sponsor this year. dida also contributes a technical paper at the NeurIPS this year. An article in which dida founder and CTO Lorenz Richter participated was accepted. Lorenz Richter: "We at dida see ourselves as a company at the interface between research and application. For this reason, we at dida are looking for mathematicians and physicists who have many years of experience in research. In this way, we want to contribute to ensuring that AI researchers do not migrate abroad and at the same time are able to apply the results of their research. At the same time, we want to enable our employees to continue doing top-class AI research in order to further advance the development of AI in Germany and not to rely solely on the development of new AI methods by American technology companies and universities". You'll find Lorenz paper here.

dida included in European AI Startup Landscape

At the Sweden Innovation Days on November 17th, the European Landscape of AI startups was presented, including more than 500 startups from Sweden, France and Germany. The initiative was supported by the German Entrepreneurship and the German Accelerator program as well as Vinnova, Sweden's Innovation Agency - appliedAI (Germany), Ignite Sweden, AI Sweden, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (Sweden) as well as Hub France IA (France). The purpose of the European Landscape of AI startups is to give companies interested in implementing AI solutions guidance which AI companies might be contractors experienced in their application domain. All startups were tested and interviewed in order to investigate their focus on AI technologies and to categorize them into one out of 25 categories. As being part of the landscape, dida is also awarded the "Trusted AI Startup" badge. We are honoured to be part of the landscape and be in the club with other fellow AI startups and hope that more European AI initiatives join the effort to create a pan-European map of AI Startups and to improve transparency in the AI market. You can find dida in the European AI Landscape here: https://www.ai-startups-europe.eu/

NLP Webinar on November 24th: Recurrent Neural Networks

Applications of Natural Language Processing such as semantic search (Google), automated text translation (e.g. DeepL) or text classification (e.g. email spam filter) have become an integral part of our everyday life. In many areas of NLP, decisive progress is based on the development and research of a class of artificial neural networks that are particularly well adapted to the sequential structure of natural languages: recurrent neural networks, in short: RNNs. The webinar will give an introduction to the functioning of RNNs and illustrate their use in an example project from the field of legal tech. It will conclude with an outlook on the future importance of RNNs amidst alternative approaches such as BERT and Convolutional Neural Networks. This webinar takes place on November 24th 2020. Sign up here

Webinar on 27th October: Automated answering of questions with neural networks: BERT

In this webinar we will present a method based on the BERT model for automated answering of questions. The potential applications are manifold: the ideas of this approach can be used for example in chatbots, information extraction from texts and Q&A sections of websites. As a concrete example, we discuss the extraction of information from biomedical research using the open CORD-19 data set for COVID-19 research. More information here.

"AI for good" - dida wins international "Microsoft AI for Earth" award for regulation of informal gold mining

dida has won the internationally renowned "Microsoft AI for Earth" prize worth USD 100,000 (link). In the competition, in which solutions for regulating informal small-scale mining were awarded prizes by the American organization Conservation X Labs, dida prevailed with its ASMSpotter software against more than 100 companies from 40 different countries. Informal small-scale mining provides the livelihood for more than 100 million people and is of great importance for the global supply of raw materials. Due to the lack of opportunities for large-scale monitoring and effective controls, however, informal mining often goes hand in hand with major damages to nature and the population. This is where ASMSpotter comes in. ASMSpotter uses AI algorithms to analyze satellite images from the European satellite Sentinel-2 of the European Space Agency ESA from the Copernicus program and from Planet, a commercial provider of satellite images, and automatically identifies informal mining sites and makes changes to the last satellite image visible. The software was developed in the context of a grant from the European Space Agency. In the course of the project, Levin Sources, a UK partner, was acquired to help governments implement programs to formalize small-scale mining so that the solution is not misused and is implemented effectively. Robert Heesen, Director Product at dida: "We feel very honored to be recognized by such an outstanding jury and by Microsoft. With ASMSpotter we want to show that AI can make a positive contribution to the big problems of mankind. ASMSpotter helps to minimize environmental destruction and improve the working conditions of the local population. Until now local authorities lack solutions for automatic, large-scale monitoring of mining activities. Governments using our solution can regulate the sector much better because you can detect changes and act early. Together with our partner Levin Sources, we ensure that the solution is not misused and can develop its full potential. According to Heesen, the next steps will be the introduction of the solution in Ghana, together with the Ministry of Mining in Ghana and the partner Levin Sources. In addition, dida would also like to make the solution available for other raw materials such as cobalt or building materials such as gravel. Heesen: "Technically speaking, the AI solution is well scalable to other countries and raw materials. Now we are looking for partners who will work with us to ensure that the solution is used responsibly and effectively". About dida: dida is an AI company specializing in the development of computer vision applications, i.e. the automatic analysis of image files. dida is headquartered in Berlin and has twenty employees, fifteen of whom work in the development of AI applications. Contact person: Robert Heesen robert.heesen@dida.do +49 151 65266677

Webinar: BERT for Semantic Search on 24th September 2020

Webinar: BERT for Semantic Search | September 24rd from 11-12 o'clock (CEST) During the course of the webinar, we will answer these questions: What is Semantic Search and which problems can I solve with it? What is BERT and how can I use it for Semantic Search? (including a real example) What data do I need for that? Here you can sign up for the webinar.

dida starts project on crop classification together with GFZ Potsdam

Together with GFZ Potsdam, the national research centre for geosciences, dida has been awarded a 2-year contract by the Federal Ministry of Economics. The aim of the project is the early classification of crop types on agricultural parcels based on satellite data from the European Satellite system Sentinel using Machine Learning algorithms. The earliest possible classification of the crop type and its availability in an online service will enable a number of additional applications, for example price determination in commodity futures exchanges or the prediction of harvest amounts by crop types. We are looking forward to the cooperation with GFZ Potsdam and an exciting project over the next two years!

Nvidia Inception Summit: New Titan RTX for dida

In February 2020 dida was selected to present ASMSpotter at the Nvidia Inception Summit / GTC (see Presentation Gallery > Computer Vision / Intelligent Video Analytics / Video & Image Processing). ASMSpotter is an ESA-project developed by dida and the Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering (MRE) at RWTH Aachen. The goal of the project is to automatically locate artesanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sites in the Amazonian rainforest of Suriname. dida was chosen with seven other companies to present their work. Nvidia decided to award our presentation with a Titan RTX GPU by Nvidia. We are very happy to announce that as of today we received the GPU and, of course, in no time upgraded our on-premise machinery. Our gratitude goes out to Alexander Martynau and Nvidia!

NLP Webinar 2/3: Labeling Tools

-- Thank you for participating in the first webinars! You can download the slides from the first webinar here and the slides from the second one you can find here. -- In a series of 3 webinars dida's Ewelina Fiebig explains in detail the most important steps leading to the successful implementation of an NLP project. Webinar 1: Text recognition (OCR) | April 23rd from 11-12 o'clock (CEST) Link to the recording in German language. Webinar 2: NLP Labeling Tools | May 28th from 11-12 o'clock (CEST) Link to the recording in German language. We will address the following aspects: What does labeling mean and what can be labeled? Why is labeling necessary at all? Challenges in choosing a suitable tool. Our tips on what is important to consider before and during the selection of a tool. Short presentation of selected tools. Other tools worth mentioning. Webinar 3: NLP Case Study - Entity Recognition in Documents | June 18th from 11-12 o'clock (CEST)

dida at Virtual Deep Learning World on May 12th

dida's Dr. Petar Tomov and Philipp Jackmuth had been invited to speak at this year's Deep Learning World (DLW) on May 12th. DLW is a conference with a focus on commercial deployment of deep learning. In the talk Petar and Philipp shared learnings with the audience from a recent project done for the European Space Agency (ESA). The project's goal was to detect illegal mines in developing countries from satellite data. We want to particularly thank the audience for the big interest in the topic and many insightful questions. We are already looking forward to being part of the next edition of the conference.

Project finalisation of ESA project "ASMSpotter"

dida successfully completed the ESA project "ASMSpotter". The project investigated the feasibility of automatically identifying artisanal gold mining sites (ASGM) on satellite images using machine learning. In the implementation, dida has worked with both PlanetScope and Sentinel-2 satellite images and, together with the Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering (MRE) from RWTH Aachen University, generated a training data set of more than 10,000 annotated images for model training. For the test area in the Northeast Surinam a classification accuracy of over 80% was achieved. Furthermore it could be proven that the ML model can be applied to areas of similar topography. Due to the positive assessment by ESA, the project will be continued with an ASGM partner in the future. The software will be implemented in a ASGM project in Ghana to identify illegal mining activities at an early stage. We would like to thank ESA and the MRE of RWTH Aachen University for the trustful cooperation!

NLP Webinar 1/3: Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

-- Thank you for participating in the first webinars! You can download the slides from the first webinar here and the slides from the second one you can find here. -- In a series of 3 webinars dida's Ewelina Fiebig explains in detail the most important steps leading to the successful implementation of an NLP project. Webinar 1: Text recognition (OCR) | April 23rd from 11-12 o'clock (CEST) In this talk we will deal with the topic of text recognition and introduce you to: What does OCR mean? Example of use Why is OCR needed? What OCR tools are available? How are these tools used? Which tool fits to which problem? Here you can find the recording in German language. Webinar 2: NLP Labeling Tools | May 28th from 11-12 o'clock (CEST) We will address the following aspects: What does labeling mean and what can be labeled? Why is labeling necessary at all? Challenges in choosing a suitable tool. Our tips on what is important to consider before and during the selection of a tool. Short presentation of selected tools. Other tools worth mentioning. Here you can find the recording in German language. Webinar 3: NLP Case Study - Entity Recognition in Documents | June 18th from 11-12 o'clock (CEST)

Official start of BMBF Project LaserSKI

With dida as project lead Leibniz Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, eagleyard Photonics, Coherent DILAS and Innolume have started the research project LaserSKI on April 1st 2020, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The goal of the undertaking is to develop a machine learning algorithm for detecting defects at different stages of laser diodes production. Also, a defect classification reference frame will be worked out and made available to the entire Photonics industry. The overall project volume is almost EUR 2m. Among more than 400 submitted proposals LaserSKI is one of 21 successful projects, that were selected in the call for proposals "Artificial Intelligence methods applied". dida is looking forward to an exciting project in a high-tech industry with established companies and research institutes as partners!

COVID-19: Michael Borinsky contributed to a joint venture by RKI & HU Berlin

Mathematical models cannot cure COVID-19, but they can help us to understand how the virus spreads and to take the appropriate actions to contain the pandemic. dida's external advisor Michael Borinsky contributed to a joint project by Robert Koch Institute and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin which, amongst other things, provides country-specific predictions of COVID-19 case count numbers for the next 6 days. Please take the predictions with a grain of salt: even scientifically sound predictive models can fail (consider the weather forecast).

dida at Digital State 2020

dida's Philipp Jackmuth participated in the 2-day conference Digital State, which brought together innovators, modernizers and trendsetters for intensive discussions from March 2nd to 3rd in Berlin. A central topic was the ongoing implementation of the Online Access Act (OZG), which is currently giving a great deal of momentum to administrative digitisation.In this context, the question of what should happen after the implementation of the OZG in order to successfully develop the way into the digital future of administration was discussed. Patron and opening speaker of the congress was once again the Minister of State for Digitisation Dorothee Bär.

Exciting GovTech challenge in Denmark

It was an exciting day at Copenhagen where Lorenz Richter, CTO at dida, and Wolf Winkler, Senior Consultant at dida, presented the results of a 5-weeks GovTech challenge to the Danish Safety Technology Authority (DSTA). The proposed solution automates significant parts of the workflow of product inspectors based on the AI technologies computer vision (CV), image recognition and natural language processing (NLP). The goal is to free inspectors from administrative work and thus allow them to increase the number of product inspections. The challenge owner's feedback to our proposals was overwhelmingly positive. We thank DSTA and our partners from PUBLIC for the organisation of the challenge and for the warm and welcoming atmosphere. We very much look forward to following up on this. Especially as it will very likely involve visiting beautiful places in Denmark and cooperating with the leading digital public sector and government in Europe.

dida among the AI startups in the appliedAI Startup Landscape

dida has been listed as one of Germany's AI Startups by the applied AI inititative by the TU Munich. The AI German Startup Landscape poster published on a yearly basis and creates an overview of AI companies active in different industries. In 2020, 247 startups were listed and dida can be found at "Industries" and then "Other". We are proud to be among the startups creating productive AI solutions to our partners and share the appliedAI goal to make AI accesible to the German industry.

AI in Earth Observation at DLR Bonn

On February 27th, an expert discussion on artificial intelligence in earth observation took place at Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum (DLR) in Bonn. From the private sector, companies such as Eftas, GAF AG and Live-EO participated. dida was represented by its managing director, Philipp Jackmuth. Together with representatives from science and the public sector, the participants discussed which conditions can be created to facilitate the use of AI procedures in earth observation. The participants agreed that in addition to a user-friendly data infrastructure, the provision of annotated training data would also be advantageous. Furthermore, successful applications of AI procedures should be made available to other market participants through showcases and an increased exchange of knowledge.

dida is chosen to pitch at Nvidia Inception Summit

In February 2020 dida was selected to present ASMSpotter at the (Nvidia Inception Summit)[https://events.nvidia.com/inception-summit] on March 6th. ASMSpotter is an ESA-project developed by dida and the (Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering (MRE))[http://mre.rwth-aachen.de/en/] at RWTH Aachen. The goal of the project is to automatically locate artesanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sites in the Amazonian rainforest of Suriname. dida was chosen with seven other companies to present their work.

agraSpace ZIM Event

Agriculture is probably one of the industries with the most potential to apply Computer Vision, as the vegetation progress, vermins and leaf diseases can be observed from satellites, UAV or drones. dida is engaged in the ZIM innovation network agraSpace to exchange ideas on the applications of Computer Vision in agriculture. At Februar 27th, a network meeting was held at Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB) where network partners met to discuss potential projects and search for potential partners for joint funding proposals. Among the partners are research institutions like Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) and private companies like Vereinigte Hagelversicherung, 365FarmNet and dida. Topics of the event included the new funding guidelines of the ZIM program, a presentation of research proposals from Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik (IHP), a presentation from the agricultural practice from Mr. Meise from agrafrisch, a agricultural company from Eastern Brandenburg and a presentation on a project from the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg on a BMWI funded project on structural change in the Lausitz region.

dida is chosen for ESA kickstart project "4D Urban Insights"

dida is proud to be chosen for the ESA kickstart activity "4D Urban Insights" in the call for applications that create a social impact. With 4D Urban Insights, dida wants to create an automatic tool to detect urban sprawl and built-up to give urban planners and insurance companies a tool to track city growth in rapidly growing cities. In 2050, 68% of world population will live in cities, up from 30% seventy years ago. 90% of urban population growth will come from Asia and Africa. In Africa, the urban growth is fueled by population growth and migration to urban areas. Due to this, the ten fastest growing cities in next fifteen years will be in Africa. That's why the feasibility study focuses on five African cities located in the Golf of Guinea: Lagos, Abidjan, Luanda, Accra and Douala. We are looking forward to another interesting project together with ESA.

Applied Machine Learning Days 2020 in Lausanne

With a group of four dida visited the Applied Machine Learning Days at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne. We contributed to the event through a talk by William Clemens and presented our services on the exhbition floor. Will shared some insights about detecting patterns in geostationary satellite data with convolutional neural networks. We were happy to see so much interest in our use cases and are thankful for many interesting discussions with colleagues from the industry as well as from academia. We will definitely return in 2021!

dida at Deutsche Bahn Selection Day

dida took part in the accelerator program from Deutsche Bahn, called DB mindbox. dida has been selected to be among the three companies, presenting their solution to a challenge to extract information from train documentation to be transmitted to an internal working handbook to maintain trains. On January 28th, Deutsche Bahn invited all teams to their office in Frankfurt to discuss the details of the project and to have workshops with all teams and to give the teams the chance to ask questions to the challenge owners. At the end, all startups presented their approach to solving the problem and were judged by a jury of the DB unit.

2019


dida presents ESA Kickstarter projects at DLR Bonn

Johan Dettmar, Machine Learning Scientist at dida, was invited to present at the yearly event "National Program for Space travel and Innovation" which is hosted by DLR Raumfahrtmanagement in Bonn, Germany. dida was awarded with two ESA Kickstarter projects earlier this year, namely "ASMSpotter", a Machine Learning (ML) based software tool for detecting Artisanal Mining sites in Northeastern Surinam as well as "4D Urban Insights", an ML software tool for monitoring urban development of 5 West African cities. The two projects were presented to various members of ESA and DLR, as well as their academic- and industry partners.

A primer on Natural Language Processing

Together with AI Spektrum we have created a poster about Natural Language Processing (NLP). It describes techniques and methods for pattern recognition in natural language. The goal is a direct communication between humans and computers based on natural language. The poster informs about approaches, functions and fields of application. You can download the poster in high resolution here (registration required). Have fun reading!

dida presents ASMSpotter at ESA Mining workshop

Robert Heesen, Director Product at dida, will present the ESA kickstart activity "ASMSpotter" at November 28th at the European Space Agency's (ESA) premises in Harwell, UK. The workshop "Space-Enabled Applications for the Mining Sector", hosted by ESA, Satellite Applications Catapult and the United Nations Crime Institute (UNICRI), will address topics such as monitoring and improving mining operations, facilitating social engagement in mining, Environmental Monitoring and funding opportunities for mining activities. Moreover, presentation of case studies from the mining and law enforcement sector and showcases of space-enabled projects and feasibility studies will be presented.

dida presents DWD project at DLR

Will Clemens, Machine Learning Scientist at dida, will present one of our recently completed projects for Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) at this year's symposium for earth observation in Cologne, hosted by the DLR Raumfahrtmanagement. Under the title, "Machine Learning based detection of thunderclouds from METEOSAT satellite imagery" Will will present a project to improve weather monitoring at airports. The presentation will take place 13th of November at 4 p.m. in session 6a "AI applications".

dida at ZIM yearly meeting "AI for the German Mittelstand"

dida is involved in two ZIM networks, agraSpace and CopServ and will therefore attend the yearly meeting of ZIM networks in Berlin September 24th. This year's topic "AI for the German Mittelstand - together with ZIM networks towards the digital future" is highly relevant to dida as AI will play a major role for the German Mittelstand in the future and ZIM networks provide a good way to cooperate with potential end users and detect use cases from different industries. Recently, ZIM funding has rarely been provided to AI software projects so that the topic of this conference might suggest that for the new ZIM funding cycle starting next year, significant changes can be expected for AI software companies like dida.

dida visits Intergeo

As dida has implemented several Remote Sensing applications for clients such as ENPAL and DWD in the past few months, Robert from dida will visit Intergeo, the leading geospatial trade fair in Europe and yearly meeting point for the geospatial community. The Intergeo takes place at the Stuttgart trade fair center from September 17th to 19th. Highlight topics of this years' Intergeo are Smart Cities and Digitalisation of public services, exhibitors include large companies and institutions such as Airbus and the European Commission and lots of SMEs and startups.

dida at BMS conference "Mathematics of Deep Learning"

The dida machine learning scientists Lorenz Richter and Konrad Schultka participated in the conference Mathematics of Deep Learning, on the mathematical foundations of deep neural networks and their growing applications. Among others it featured talks on equivariant generalizations of convolutional neural networks (Taco Cohen), on connections to the theory of ordinary and partial differential equations (Eldad Haber), on the non-convex loss landscape of deep neural networks (René Vidal), on alternative learning strategies based on Langevin dynamics (Ben Leimkuhler) and on application to inverse problems and parametric partial differential equations (Gitta Kutyniok).

dida at agrASpace innovation network meeting

dida is part of agrASpace, an innovation network by GEOKOMM and is taking part in its network event at September 5th in Berlin. The network event will be held at the Forum Digitale Technologien at the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut. The goal of the event is to network among the 30 partners of the ZIM network and to discuss innovative projects in agriculture that can be realized with satellite and in-situ data. Through its project experience in building Computer Vision applications with satellite data for ENPAL and DWD, dida has plenty of experience in this field and is excited to work in the Remote Sensing sector for the coming years.

dida at Google Machine Learning Bootcamp

On the 27th and 28th of August 2019 dida data scientists Johan Dettmar and Matthias Werner attended the “Train the Trainers: Machine Learning Bootcamp“ at the Google for Startups Campus in Warsaw. The workshop was all about tips and tricks for Google Partners to organize and run Machine Learning Bootcamps for potential and current customers. The aim of the ML Bootcamps is to introduce customers to the world of Machine Learning and Data Science, while presenting useful tools and infrastructure available on the Google Cloud Platform.

dida is a GCP Surge Partner

dida has been promoted to the "Surge" partner status in the Google Cloud Partner Program. We want to thank Google for their ongoing support and commitment to the partnership. Google Cloud's overall infrastructure, its data and API solutions as well as its computational power give dida the opportunity to build cutting edge machine learning applications.

Interview with #AI_Berlin

The platform #AI_Berlin reflects the AI scene in Berlin and serves as a networking hub for the national and international AI community. It illustrates current and future developments, networks, initiatives and experts. They approached our CTO Lorenz Richter and our Managing Director Philipp Jackmuth to comment on use cases for machine vision applications and on the general state of AI in Germany (-> find here the full interview). The aim of AI_Berlin is to connect technology companies, start-ups, research labs and talents on one platform, put Berlin on the map and further strengthen the city as a hub for AI.

dida at University of Mainz - School of Medicine

Each year the University of Mainz - School of Medicine hosts the DICOM-Conference for radiologists. Next to image data management, the focus was put on the topics of artificial intelligence and data security. dida was invited to give a talk on current research topics in the field of machine learning and pattern recognition in medical images. We were happy about the chance to discuss with radiologists and medical engineers the needs and expectations for process automation and decision support systems in radiology.

dida at BDLI Network Meeting

dida is going to the first BDLI Network Meeting in Berlin at FABRIK 23 at the 14th of June. The topic of the network meeting is "We are one- together towards the future- How can New Space and Classic Space work together?". As dida works a lot with space data and that more and more applications are run with the help of Machine Learning Algorithms, we are looking forward to interesting discussions and presentations. If you want to meet Robert from the dida team, feel free to reach out!

dida joins Space2Agriculture innovation network

We are happy to announce that dida has become a member of the state-funded innovation network Space2Agriculture which was initiated by the DLR. Other partners of the network include various institutes from Fraunhofer and DLR, Deutscher Bauernverband, John Deere or KWS Saat. We share the DLR's vision that agriculture will be one of the first sectors that will capitalize on space data with various applications in crop classification, agricultural EU subsidy control, crop growth modelling and precision farming. Moreover, drones will deliver increasing amounts of visual data to be interpreted by Machine Learning algorithms. As dida has ample experience in pattern recognition and image segmentation of satellite images, we believe that agriculture is a promising industry with various interesting problems to solve with Machine Learning and Computer Vision software.

dida at Deep Learning World in Munich on May 6th

In our afternoon session on may 6th we presented learnings from a recent legal-tech NLP project. In 2018 we were asked to develop a software, that is able judge the legal validity of certain paragraphs within rental contracts. After exposing lawyers to an early prototype, we realised that we needed to give detailed explanations about how the neural net derives its decision. As a consequence, we decided to split up the problem into different modules which helped much in creating a better transparency. A key module employs a recurrent neural net (RNN) in the form of a bidirectional LSTM. Now that the software is in production we wanted to share our learnings and also discuss the quality of the predictions. The Deep Learning World was held together in Munich with the Predictive Analytics World conference, attracting hundreds of data scientists from all over Europe. If you could not attend our session, however, are interested in a live demo of our machine learning application, please feel free to contact us.

Meet us at IT-Vergabetag in Berlin on May 15th

As dida becomes more active in the public sector, we will join a workshop on public tendering for IT businesses. The event is organized by "Deutsches Vergabenetzwerk" and supported by the European Central Bank and the federal ministry for the environment and nature conservation. We are already looking forward to an interesting exchange with all the different stakeholders involved in the field of public procurement.

dida joins CopServ Network

We are happy to be part of the state-funded cooperation network CopServ. Together with internationally renowned partners and research institutions such as Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Eftas or Exasol, CopServ aims at fostering innovation and growth through promoting the use of data from the European satellite program Copernicus. The main economic areas of application are in renewable energies, forestry, agriculture and mining. As dida has succesfully completed multiple projects in the field of pattern recognition from satellite sensor data in the last years, we are fully aware of the potential progess to be achieved by a stronger market uptake of Copernicus remote sensing data. Hence, we agree with CopServ's agenda and decided to join their efforts.

Meet us at 'Copernicus meets Galileo' in Bochum on May 8th

dida representatives joined the "Copernicus meets Galileo" conference 8th of May. Host was the Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola in Bochum, participants were Copernicus users from all over Germany. Presentations were given from institutions like the DLR, T-Systems and RWTH Aachen on the use of Copernicus and Galileo data and on applications built with Copernicus data. The event closed with a space show at the Planetarium Bochum to Pink Floyd music.

dida at Digital Future Science Match in Berlin on May 14th

dida representatives wil join the 5th digital future science match organized by Hasso Plattner Institute, Zuse Institute Berlin and the newspaper Tagesspiegel. The conference is organized around the question 'What's next in Artificial Intelligence?' and features prominent speakers such as Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Christoph Schütte, President of the Zuse Institute Berlin. Please contact us to schedule a meeting, if you want to find out more what dida can do for your organization or to discuss best practises on AI projects in general.

2018


dida ML meetup at Mindspace Berlin on Nov 1st

Thanks so much to almost 100 customers and friends who joined our machine learning meetup at Mindspace Berlin. We had decided to split the event into 2 sessions: 1) Teaching the computer to see: deep learning and image segmentation, 2) From 2d to 3d: post processing and projective geometry. Below you may find yourself starring in our latest image video which was produced from the material filmed at the meetup.

Our talk at Deep Learning World in Berlin on November 12th

We very much enjoyed the opportunity to deliver a talk on the inner workings of convolutional neural nets (CNNs) at the Deep Learning World conference in Berlin. In 2015, CNNs first won against humans in the yearly ImageNet challenge on image classification. This marked a turning point in object recognition within visual data. Since then, further major advances has been made on the algorithmic and hardware side. It has never been easier to setup and run a CNN. dida made use of these technological advancements in various projects. The presentation provided the audience with insights into how object recognition projects are planned and what services are used to technically set up the project. Also major obstacles and solutions were discussed. Thanks to the audience for your active participation in the Q&A session!

Meet us at Copernicus Forum in Berlin

We were invited to present a poster on 27th - 29th of November at the National Forum for Remote Sensing and Copernicus 2018 from a recent remote sensing project. A key part of the project involved an image segmentation, for which we had decided to use a convolutional neural net developed by the University of Freiburg (-> U-Net). The conference is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Berlin. With over 450 participants and many experienced speakers, the Copernicus Forum is one of the most distinguished events in the field of remote sensing in Europe. We want to thank DLR (German Aerospace Center) for the invitation and all the participants for the interesting exchange. We hope to see you again at the next Forum!

Team event at Pydata Berlin on July 6th/7th

This year we decided to jointly participate in the PyData conference in Berlin with all team members. Thanks so much to the organizers, the speakers and sponsors such as Anaconda or Rasa! For us it was an interesting event with diverse talks ranging from parsing time expressions in documents over generalized additive models to modern approaches to bayesian learning. As always, one of the most enjoyable things at PyData is the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If you are interested, most of the talks were videotaped - you can find them here.

Our talk at PAW Industry 4.0 in Munich on June 13th

At this year's Predictive Analytics World Industry 4.0 conference, we were asked to present a case study on how we used deep learning in a business application. We decided to showcase a recently developed software program that is able to predict from image data the number of solar panels which can be fit on a specific house. This application needs to be fed with address data as input and delivers within seconds accurate estimates of the roof area and the number of solar panels. We started out with a live- demonstration of the application and then moved on to explain the inner workings, especially the image segmentation part where we used deep learning. Thanks so much to our customer Enpal for taking the time to co-present the application.

dida lightning talk at Pydata Berlin Meetup on January 17th

After having worked on mostly machine vision applications lately, we have decided to share some of our results with the python community. Pydata Berlin will give us the opportunity to give a lightning talk on January 17th in front of an audience of up to 200 folks. We are already looking very much forward to this and hope to see many familiar faces! Also a big thanks to Celera One for providing food, drinks & the location.