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Prof. Dr. Peinl new Head of the Institute for Information Systems (iisys)

After three years of successful work at iisys, the now newly elected Vice President for Research and Development at Hof University of Applied Sciences – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk – handed over the scientific leadership to Prof. Dr. René Peinl and Prof. Dr. Jörg Scheidt during a ceremony. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann, President of Hof University of Applied Sciences, symbolically handed over the key of the iisys today: “We do not need to hide. We as a university of applied sciences are building bridges to research”.

I would like to remove the stones for the colleagues!

Prof. Dr. René Peinl

He thanked the outgoing scientific director Prof. Dr. Plenk and praised his excellent work: “The university needs committed people like you”. Currently, he said, the university is benefiting not only from the high-tech agenda of the Bavarian state, but also from increasing third-party funding from research colleagues: This involves money raised for projects by the federal government, the Bavarian state or other donors.

from left to right: University President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann, District Administrator Dr. Oliver Bär, Prof. Dr. René Peinl, Member of the State Parliament Klaus Adelt, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk and Hof’s Mayor Eva Döhla. (Photo: Denise Bohrisch)

The new scientific director, Prof. Dr. Peinl, wants to be a moderator between the university management, the faculties and researching colleagues: “For the colleagues, I want to remove the obstacles so that they can do research,” says Peinl. He himself would like to push the topic of artificial intelligence further: “We will still perceive AI as having a formative influence on society in twenty years’ time.” In his estimation, this is not the usual rapid hype as with other IT topics.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk will remain with iisys as research group leader.

Rainer Krauß
Anne-Christine Habbel

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