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Digitalising administration in Zurich: ZHAW digital awards 9 new fellowships to outstanding researchers

The DIZH Fellowships are awarded to outstanding ZHAW researchers who would like to work in a research cluster on cross-university and interdisciplinary digital transformation projects. In 2020 and 2021, a total of 27 fellows had already started their fellowships. This was the third call.

Automated procedures and constitutional challenges

Automated administrative procedures have to stand up to the constitution. René Wiederkehr from the ZHAW School of Management and Law is investigating various constitutional principles of administrative procedure, such as fairness, transparency, practicability or efficiency, which must be brought into practical concordance with regard to the respective project. Aline Stoll’s project also deals with new approaches to collaboration in digital administrations.

Algorithms and child protection

David Lätsch from the ZHAW School of Social Work uses machine learning to predict the efficacy of child protection interventions in the canton of Zurich. In this new project, he and his team will examine the potential for algorithmic bias in their approach and explore statistical and institutional solutions to the problems detected.

More efficient Deep Learning

Deep Learning is the key building block of most modern AI systems, but its data hunger is a problem, especially from an applied perspective. Lukas Tuggener of the ZHAW School of Engineering wants to enable data efficient practical deep learning by developing novel contrastive learning methods.

A complete list of all current and past DIZH fellows is available on the ZHAW digital website.