Interview with Dr. Matthias Kampmann, IT-Sicherheitscluster e.V.

Dr. Matthias Kampmann is head of the research and development department and manager of the “ISIS12” project at the IT Security and Safety Cluster.

The IT Security and Safety Cluster supports the further development and research of data protection, IT security and information security. For this purpose, companies from the IT industry have joined forces with users, research and education institutions as well as lawyers. The cluster sees itself as a multiplier in these fields and contributes to them through numerous events, working groups, and education.

Furthermore, the IT Security and Safety Cluster is part of the AIR initiative (Artificial Intelligence Regensburg). This initiative brings together partners from the economy, the University and OTH Regensburg as well as the City of Regensburg. The AIR initiative is coordinated by the City of Regensburg and has set itself the goal of developing Regensburg and its surrounding areas into a hotspot for the development and application of Artificial Intelligence by bundling and strengthening activities related to AI and Data Science.

The AIR initiative is currently looking for partners! If you are interested, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Kampmann.

IT Security and Safety Cluster, Head of R&D, Project Management ISIS12
Acquisition of subsidies, project management of the ISMS ISIS12
Among other things, I work in the committees of AIR – Applied Intelligence Regensburg. There I represent the interests of our association members in the areas of cybersecurity, ethics and law (data protection; privacy). I also help to organize the core team and help to put the ideas, we develop, into practice.
Gladly on call. Prof. Dr. Pernul is also a board member. And there are further contacts through AIR and others, such as spin-offs from the university. We also use agencies run by Business Administration students who, for example, carry out surveys for us. There is also a wide range of references to AIR.
As NGO, we benefit from networking in all respects. This applies to contacts, but also very practically to the open reception that we experience when we approach the university.
Every student has AI in his/her pocket and communicates through it via text, images and spoken language. To paraphrase James Bridle (New Dark Age): It is not enough if we work with AI in everyday life as a tool – let us navigate, speak texts into the memory of our smartphones, which then appear in written language, use suggestion systems to inform us about the political situation etc. – we also have to understand that there are interests behind this. We must also be able to define for ourselves which limits we want to give the systems. We have to learn an AI ethic based on democracy and humanism. This affects all students, not just the computer scientists who ultimately build the systems.
We are currently working on applications for the funding of various topics. This involves the development of maturity models for secure software development or the development of an information security management system for companies involved in operational technology.
No, in the first quarter of 2021 I will use AIR to find out what needs our members from IT security have in order to then plan a specific project.
Mostly in self-study. As a specialist in computer art and science fiction – I am an art historian and studied literature and philosophy as minor subjects – I have always had a particular interest in the questions of AI. Less on the level of programming, I haven’t learned that, but more on the social level.
It is a challenge insofar as the penetration of our everyday life with AI products makes it difficult to draw precise boundaries as to when damage with consequences can occur. Science fiction lets literary or cinematic settings appear that are simpler: there, consciousness machines operate, which show the so-called strong AI the way. But that may never be the case. In addition, the term “intelligence” in AI is misleading, but also placed irreversibly. What is intelligent about ML or deep learning?
In terms of programming, these procedures are new paradigms. When technology is a dispositive that not only forms and transforms discourses, noticeably and imperceptibly, but also specifically mutates societies, it arouses my interest and commitment. Since I’m more technology-friendly, I’m interested in what comes on the market and is being researched…
AI is a cross-sectional technology, just like information security – the center of my work – is also located in the cross-section. Both challenges society. I could imagine a new “Studium Generale” in which socially relevant technologies are also taught. Either in postgraduate courses or as a preparatory course in advance.
Perfect. I looked around the website. This is a mixed bag, but I think that you should continue like this. We also need these topics locally for a smart city. Regensburg is really worth living in, so it makes sense for the university to get involved in the latest technologies in order to bind knowledge in the city. It would therefore be very gratifying if the project simply approached AIR proactively. Your President is very attached to us. He gave one of the keynotes for two key events. More of that. Don’t hesitate to contact me!
Everything is fine.

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