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Ideas are "like a house with individual rooms and floors"

New professor at the Faculty of Computer Science tackles problems in a creative way

Her positive mindset is infectious: we are talking about Dagmar Schuller, who has been at Landshut University of Applied Sciences since the winter semester 2023/24. She teaches and researches as a professor of business informatics in the field of digital entrepreneurship, business modeling and artificial intelligence (AI). Schuller wants to teach her students to think critically and creatively - they should question problems without becoming negative. Staying positive is her motto.

Team spirit turns an idea into reality

Together with her colleagues from the Faculty of Computer Science, she now wants to realize her plans for an AI competence campus at Landshut University of Applied Sciences. This should also stand for positive possibilities and opportunities for AI beyond the region and be a magnet for talent and best practices from all faculties and projects with companies. With joy, enthusiasm and team spirit, she brainstorms with the other professors: "We push the topic together," she explains. "The important thing is to have the imagination to come up with ideas and a common project, then implementation is no problem!" She takes a very structured approach to creativity: plan, come together, manifest. "Ideas are like a house with individual rooms and floors - imagine everything in detail! See it in front of you and feel it," says Schuller.

Schuller's passion for science

She chose the scientific career path because she would like to pass on her passion for AI to her students. "Slip into different roles and think outside the box," encourages the professor. And she doesn't remain idle herself: She has found inspiration for her company "audEERING", which deals with AI-based audio analysis, in nature: "Go outside! Experience the environment! There are many similarities between artificial intelligence and nature."

The mother of two has proven herself that this approach to problems works. The Austrian studied computer science, followed by economics with a focus on business informatics in Vienna, international management and data mining in New York. Prof. Schuller has professional experience in the fields of digitalization, AI and disruptive technology innovation. Before founding and successfully building up her own company, she worked internationally as Senior Vice President for an investment by Hubert Burda Media for eight years. She also advised Fortune 100 companies on the implementation of their eBusiness process and product strategies at Ernst & Young and was promoted to the group's youngest manager at the time. Among other things, she is elected Vice President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) for Munich & Upper Bavaria and a jury member for information and communication technologies (ICT) of the successful science transfer funding program EXIST, appointed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK).

University President Prof. Fritz Pörnbacher welcomes the passionate professor to Landshut University of Applied Sciences: "Projects can only be developed successfully with a keen interest. Dagmar Schuller completes a creative team of lecturers working in the Faculty of Computer Science. We can look forward to seeing how things develop in the future!"

Photo: Photographer Dirk Bruniecki