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AI DIT student completes internship at CERN

European Organization for Nuclear Research: DIT AI student completes internship at CERN

24.5.2023 | DIT Public Relations

Maximilian von Hohenbühel has been studying Artificial Intelligence at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) since 2020. For his practical semester, he was looking for a very special place. Now the student from Deggendorf is working for a year at CERN, an internationally renowned large-scale research facility near Geneva.

Since September 2022, von Hohenbühel has been completing his practical semester at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or CERN for short. This is located partly in France and partly in Switzerland. Basic research in physics is carried out there. In particular, the structure of matter is researched with the help of large particle accelerators. The most important one at present is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which went into operation in 2008. Von Hohenbühel works there on the development of software for the CERN Control Centre, from which the particle accelerators are monitored and controlled. "The size of CERN," says the 21-year-old, "is impressive. I can actively contribute here and the software I developed is used directly here." Since the previous internship went very well, he was able to extend it. He is now writing his Bachelor's thesis on an AI topic in this environment at CERN.

Von Hohenbühel became aware of the possibility of an internship at CERN through DIT Professor Dr. Patrick Glauner. The former CERN employee sums up his experience there positively: "For me, my three years at CERN were very enriching from a professional and personal perspective." In addition, he says, the time there was a real career accelerator. After taking up his professorship three years ago, Glauner therefore set himself the goal of "establishing a cooperation between the Deggendorf Institute of Technology and CERN". The AI scientist is pleased that these efforts are now bearing real fruit thanks to what is now the second intern. Further cooperation for the next twelve months has only recently been agreed, according to Prof. Glauner.

Bild (DIT): Prof. Dr. Patrick Glauner with Maximilian von Hohenbühel at the CERN Control Centre.