Prof. Dr. Frank Hutter and his team at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Freiburg have been awarded a Proof of Concept Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), which they plan to use for further developing their automated machine-learning (AutoML) prototype. Through AutoML, a machine can automatically determine which machine learning processes work with what settings. The researchers want to use their prototype to make it easier for non-experts to use and afford ML methods.

Paolo Samorì, director of the nanochemistry laboratory at the Institut de science et d’ingénierie supramoléculaires (ISIS) of the Université de Strasbourg receives the grant for his research project  “Graphene and related materials membranes for efficient removal of toxic cations from water ”.
For the GRAPHEME project, membranes based on graphene and related materials are developed for efficient water purification. This removes toxic pollutants such as ions, particles and microorganisms.

Andrey Klymchenko does research at the laboratory for bioimaging and pathologies at the University  of Strasbourg. He was awarded with the grant for the project “Ultrabright probes in fluorescence – in-situ hybridization for cancer diagnosis”.
The AmpliFISH project aims to develop ultra-bright fluorescent nanoparticles to reveal target nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) in cells with sensitivity at the level of the individual molecule. The developed technology will be used for the simple and rapid detection of tumor markers in order to improve early cancer detection.

Proof of Concept is a supplement to the ERC research grants. It is addressed exclusively to scientists who already have an ERC grant and want to evaluate the commercial potential of their work from a current or a past project. The grant is endowed with € 150,000 for 18 months.

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