Perspicuous Computing

— An Interactive Session of the DATE 2021 Special Initiative on Autonomous Systems Design —

Friday, 5 February 2021 – 15:00-15:55

From autonomous vehicles to Industry 4.0, from smart homes to smart cities – cyber-physical technology increasingly participates in actions and decisions that affect humans. However, our understanding of how these applications interact and what is the cause of a specific automated decision is lagging far behind. This comes with a gradual loss in understanding.

The root cause of this problem is that contemporary systems do not have any built-in concepts to explicate their behaviour. They calculate and propagate outcomes of computations, but are not designed to provide explanations. They are not perspicuous.

The key to enable comprehension in a cyber-physical world is a science of perspicuous computing. This session will discuss the foundational, the industrial and the societal dimensions of the perspicuous computing challenge. It is organized by the Center for Perspicuous Computing – TRR 248 – a Collaborative Research Center funded by the German Research Foundation DFG.

perspicuous /pəˈspɪkjʊəs/
adjective formal
clearly expressed and easily understood; lucid.
able to give an account or express an idea clearly.

Introduction: “Enabling comprehension in a cyber-physical world with the human in the loop”

Holger Hermanns, Universität des Saarlandes

Panel: “Is industry or society in need for perspicuous computing? Both? Or neither?”


Prof. Bernd Finkbeiner, Ph.D.

CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security

Prof. Christof Fetzer, Ph.D.

Technische Universität Dresden

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Dachselt

Technische Universität Dresden

Prof. Rupak Majumdar, Ph.D.

Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

JProf. Dr. Lena Kästner, Ph.D.

Universität des Saarlandes, representing EIS

Panel Moderator: Christel Baier, Technische Universität Dresden

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