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Leibniz Universität Hannover is five times successful in the programme "Digitisation Professorships for Lower Saxony"!

The demand for specialists and managers with information science and technical skills on the labour market is high. Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) is helping to meet this demand: After economics and law, computer science is the most sought-after subject at LUH. In addition, skills in handling digital data and media are an integral part of other subjects. In order to further improve the quality of teaching and thus to sustainably increase the success of studies, but also to expand research in the field of digitization, LUH is now receiving support from the State of Lower Saxony: The State of Lower Saxony is funding the establishment of five permanent professorships at Leibniz Universität Hannover via the "Digitization Professorships for Lower Saxony" program.

Competencies for digital transformation become internationally visible

LUH already pooled its research on digital transformation at the L3S Research Centre in 2001. The L3S researches the effects of digital change in order to derive options, recommendations and innovation strategies for the economy, politics and society from the findings. Artificial intelligence, security and responsible systems are the focus of attention; important interdisciplinary application areas are mobility, health, production and education.

"The digital transformation is changing living, working and learning worlds with high dynamics. For this reason, in addition to setting up structures such as the L3S Research Centre, Leibniz Universität Hannover has in recent years made targeted staffing increases and expanded cooperation", says University President Prof. Dr. Volker Epping and emphasises: "We have been able to attract leading scientists and high potentials from Germany and abroad. With the future digitization professorships, we will be able to further expand the existing research strength in an internationally visible manner".

Professorships strengthen research and teaching

LUH is pursuing three main objectives with the digitization professorships it has acquired: On the one hand, LUH's research profile in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science as well as Data Security and Protection will be sharpened, thereby increasing its competitiveness to attract large collaborative research projects and to position itself in the next round of the Excellence Strategy. A catalytic effect is expected, which will also drive the necessary integration of artificial intelligence and security into other LUH research priorities, in particular production engineering and biomedical engineering. On the other hand, the computer science courses can be expanded and further developed: More study places and improved teaching quality should attract national and international students. And thirdly, an excellent research environment will increase LUH's attractiveness for international professors and guest scientists.

Computer science and law are being networked

Four of the approved professorships are located at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Two computer science professorships, which strengthen the area of Artificial Intelligence, are the Professorships of Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition and Probabilistic Graphical Models. Two further professorships in Computer Science complement the area of Security: Reliable and Scalable Software Systems and Privacy-Friendly Software Systems. Both areas - Artificial Intelligence and Security - are flanked by a professorship of Technology and Privacy Law at the Faculty of Law.

The new professorships will increase the number of study places in the computer science courses. The quality of the courses offered will also be improved through the increased use of digitally supported teaching-learning methods and practical work in supervised small groups. In law, internationally relevant areas such as IT law will be supported in research and teaching. All in all, LUH is strengthening the networking of law and IT through the digitization professorships: because in IT law in particular, the answer to legal questions depends on technical details - and conversely, IT development and research must take account of numerous legal framework conditions, particularly with regard to data protection and IT security law.