Helmholtz AI project call 2021 information event

Online (BlueJeans)

Online (BlueJeans)

Meike-Jana Kalb (Helmholtz AI), Karolina Worf (Helmholtz AI)


In the annual Helmholtz AI project call, funded by the Initiative and Networking Fund (INF), we are looking for 'high risk, high gain' cross-field research projects in applied machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). Selected projects can get up to €200k in funding from the INF, which has to be matched by the participating centers with the same amount of money or more (≥€200k). Projects should be completed within a maximum of three years. More details about this year's project call and already funded projects can be found on our website.

For the first time, we are offering these information events where you will have the opportunity to learn about the call and ask live questions to the Helmholtz AI project management team.

Target Audience

All Helmholtz researchers and external partners (e.g. academic, non-profit or companies) interested in the Helmholtz AI project call 2021.

Time & Location

When?     12 October, 10 - 11 am CEST

Where?    Online (the BlueJeans link will be sent to all registered participants)

A second information event will be held on November 02, 2021, from 10 - 11 am. More details can be found here.


Patrick Gilroy
Adviser Strategic Initiatives, Helmholtz Association

Christoph Feest
Head of science management,
Helmholtz AI

Meike-Jana Kalb
Science manager,
Helmholtz AI

Dr. Annika Eichler
Helmholtz Project Leader,

Use Case

Dr. Annika Eichler (DESY) will present the 2019 Helmholtz AI funded project Autonomours Accelerator.

Autonomous Accelerator: Machine learning for autonomous accelerators (DESY + KIT)
Modern particle accelerators offer extraordinary beams for new discoveries in science. Increasing beam requirements make their operation more demanding, and a fully autonomous accelerator seems a long way off. However, this project is taking its first steps towards implementation. It brings reinforcement learning to the linear accelerator operation at DESY and KIT.


The registration period begins on September 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. (CEST) and ends on October 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. (CEST).

    • 10:00 AM 10:10 AM
      Welcome note 10m
      Speaker: Patrick Gilroy (Helmholtz Association)
    • 10:10 AM 10:20 AM
      Helmholtz AI overview 10m
      Speaker: Christoph Feest (Helmholtz AI)
    • 10:20 AM 10:30 AM
      Helmholtz AI project call 2021 10m
      Speaker: Meike-Jana Kalb (Helmholtz AI)
    • 10:30 AM 10:40 AM
      Use case 10m
      Speaker: Annika Eichler (DESY)
    • 10:40 AM 11:00 AM
      Q&A session 20m