The fifth year of the Women’s STEM Award saw the submission of countless international theses. The favorite topic was clearly artificial intelligence (AI). Once again, the huge potential among young researchers in the STEM field became clear.
STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are enjoying increasing economic and social importance. With this award, Deutsche Telekom honors young female scientists.
The winners not only managed to convince the jury, but also won over the audience at Wednesday’s award ceremony. 114 theses were submitted in total, 43 percent of these by international applicants. Topics ranged from IoT and AI to cyber security and networks of the future. Among the winners were graduates from Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland.
Claudia Nemat is deeply committed to her sponsorship for this competition, as the awards shine a light on women’s achievements that would otherwise go unnoticed. In her laudation, she was full of praise for Karolina Stosio’s bold approach. The overall winner explains in her thesis how AI can recognize a picture with minimal information. More specifically, the graduate analyzed Deep Neural Networks, the AI technology that is currently receiving the most attention. Her findings are an example of what is necessary for AI not to become a black box and for us to better understand new technologies. This innovative approach was awarded a prize of 3,000 euros.
The jury consisted of Anette Bronder, Antje Williams, Dr. Jan Hoffmann and Thomas Tschersich, who were inspired by the winners and their exciting and challenging theses, which dealt with the hottest topics in tangible and application-oriented ways.