Intelligence: Man Meets Technology

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research invites you to its public ZiF Conference

Self-driving cars, robots for patient care, networked refrigerators, smart prosthetics: What the technology of today is already capable of, and what tomorrow will bring is the topic of the 2015 ZiF Conference at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, ZiF) at Bielefeld University. The conference will be held on Tuesday, 24 November from 9:00–17:30 and is open to the public. It is aimed at both researchers and interested members of the public alike. The event will be held in German.

Researchers all around the world are developing artificial intelligence systems that are useful, safe, and enjoyable to operate. These systems are fascinating, but they also raise certain concerns: Are these smart machines really safe? How will they change our our daily lives and work environments? Will these machines become smarter than us? Science fiction books and films have played through scenarios that have influenced our view of intelligent systems. But how far along is this technology in reality? What is possible today? Which issues should be addressed by society, and what is just plain fear mongering? During the 6th ZiF Conference, internationally renowned experts from the areas of artificial intelligence, philosophy, and law will lay out the current state of today’s technology – and afford us a look at our future with artificial intelligence.

The annual ZiF Conference is dedicated to a topic of great societal importance that also poses scientific challenges. The Board of Directors of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research has invited high-ranking experts from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to examine this topic from many different angles.    

Members of the press are welcome to report on the conference.    

More information is available online at:

Contact persons for conference content-related questions:
Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter, Bielefeld University,
Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
Telephone: +49 521 106-12123

Prof. Dr. Marc Ernst, Bielefeld University
Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
Telephone: +49 521 106 5700

Contact person for questions pertaining to event organization:
Trixi Valentin, Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University,
Telephone: +49 521 106-2769