Connecting Minds and Machines:

a Foundation Model Approach to Learning

July 8th, 2024  |  Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, Munich, Germany

With the rise of foundation models, machine learning systems are able to accomplish more than ever before. However, it is still important to incorporate human-centric viewpoints towards understanding them. With this workshop, we aim to bring together the cognitive and technical sides of machine learning, towards a holistic understanding of the systems we work with.

Our workshop will consider research on approaches to machine learning and human-centric design and analysis of these models. Topics of interest will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Computer vision
  • Natural language processing
  • Causality
  • Human-inspired AI
  • Foundation models as models of human cognition

Program and Venue

Registration Link


The workshop will contain keynote talks from known researchers in the field, invited talks from Helmholtz AI research groups located in Munich, and posters. See below if you would like to submit a poster.

9:20-9:30Welcome, Eric Schulz
9:30-10:30Spotlight Keynote: Rich Shiffrin
10:30-11:00Break (coffee will be provided)
11:00-11:30Keynote 2: Rahaf Aljundi
11:30-11:45Short Talk 1: Vincent Fortuin
11:45-12:00Short Talk 2: Niki Kilbertus
12:00-13:15Lunch (food will be provided)
13:15-13:30Short Talk 3: Steffen Schneider
13:30-14:00Keynote 3: Zeynep Akata
14:00-14:30Break (coffee will be provided)
14:30-14:45Short Talk 4: Luca Eyring
14:45-15:00Short Talk 5: Yashas Annadani
15:00-15:15Short Talk 6: Marcel Binz
15:15-15:30Farewell and Transition to Posters


The workshop will take place at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus in Munich, 8th July 2024. HPC is located in the Neuherberg Campus of Helmholtz Munich, at Ingolstaedter Landstrasse 1, Oberschleissheim. Helmholtz is a closed campus, so if you are an external participant, you will need to be registered in order to be allowed to enter the campus. All registered guests may enter by checking in at security. HPC is marked as building 3630 on the campus map.


There is no registration fee, however the venue has limited capacity. If you are interested in attending, we recommend registering ASAP. Anyone who wants to attend the talks should register. Registration is available here. If you realize after registering that you cannot attend, please contact us via the form here, so that we may free up the slot for other participants. Once all spots are filled, the registration form will no longer accept submissions. If you are able to submit a registration, please consider this confirmation of your registration. Registration will close on July 5.

Poster Submission

Poster submission applications are open to anyone working on projects related to the themes of this workshop. Anyone interested should submit an abstract for consideration. Submission has been closed as of June 24, and accepted posters will be notified by July 1. All posters will be presented in-person on the day of the event, during the poster sessions from 15:15 - 17:00.


Do you have any questions? Please fill out the form here and we will reply to you as soon as we can.

Keynote Speakers

Rahaf Rahaf Aljundi

Toyota Motor Europe

Richard Richard Shiffrin

Indiana University Bloomington

Zeynep Zeynep Akata

Helmholtz Munich, TUM

Helmholtz AI Speakers


Zeynep Zeynep Akata

Helmholtz Munich

Eric Eric Schulz

Helmholtz Munich

Stefan Stefan Bauer

Helmholtz Munich

Jessica Jessica Bader

Helmholtz Munich

Milena Milena Rmus

Helmholtz Munich

Viktoria Viktoria Schweiberger

Helmholtz Munich

Workshop funded by
Helmholtz AI