Trustworthy Machine Learning

Machine learning has the potential for tremendous health innovations, but applying it in healthcare poses novel and interesting challenges. Data privacy is paramount, applications require high confidence in model quality, and practitioners demand explainable and comprehensible models. Ultimately, practitioners and patients alike must be able to trust these methods. In our research group on Trustworthy Machine Learning we tackle these challenges, investigating novel approaches to privacy-preserving federated learning, the theoretical foundations of deep learning, and collaborative training of explainable models.

Open Positions

  • Full Ph.D. Position (requires Master’s degree)
  • Scientific Software Developer
  • We offer Master and Bachelor theses

If you are interested, please send an email to Michael Kamp.


  • FAM: Relative Flatness Aware Minimization
    Adilova, L., Abourayya, A., Li, J., Dada, A., Petzka, H., Egger, J., et al.
  • Re-interpreting Rules Interpretability
    Adilova, L., Kamp, M., Andrienko, G., & Andrienko, N.
    International Journal of Data Science and Analytics
  • Federated Learning from Small Datasets
    Kamp, M., Fischer, J., & Vreeken, J.
    In International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR)
  • Open-source skull reconstruction with MONAI
    Li, J., Ferreira, A., Puladi, B., Alves, V., Kamp, M., Kim, M., et al.
    SoftwareX, 23, 101432
  • MedShapeNet – A Large-Scale Dataset of 3D Medical Shapes for Computer Vision
    Li, J., Pepe, A., Gsaxner, C., Luijten, G., Jin, Y., Ambigapathy, N., et al.
  • Nothing but Regrets - Privacy-Preserving Federated Causal Discovery
    Mian, O., Kaltenpoth, D., Kamp, M., & Vreeken, J.
    In International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS)
  • Information-Theoretic Causal Discovery and Intervention Detection over Multiple Environments
    Mian, O., Kamp, M., & Vreeken, J.
    In Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • 2022

  • AIMHI: Protecting Sensitive Data through Federated Co-Training
    Abourayya, A., Kamp, M., Ayday, E., Kleesiek, J., Rao, K., Webb, G. I., & Rao, B.
    In FL-NeurIPS 2022)
  • Open-Source Skull Reconstruction with MONAI
    Li, J., Ferreira, A., Puladi, B., Alves, V., Kamp, M., Kim, M. -S., et al.
    arXiv preprint arXiv:2211.14051
  • Regret-based Federated Causal Discovery
    Mian, O., Kaltenpoth, D., & Kamp, M.
    In The KDD′22 Workshop on Causal Discovery (pp. 61–69) PMLR
  • When, Where and How does it fail? A Spatial-temporal Visual Analytics Approach for Interpretable Object Detection in Autonomous Driving
    Wang, J., Li, Y., Zhou, Z., Wang, C., Hou, Y., Zhang, L., et al.
    IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
  • 2021

  • Artificial Neural Networks Implementation to Predict the Solution of Nonlinear ODE System for the Application to Turbulent Combustion Modeling
    Abourayya, A.
    Master’s thesis, TU Wien
  • FedBN: Federated Learning on Non-IID Features via Local Batch Normalization
    Li, X., Jiang, M., Zhang, X., Kamp, M., & Dou, Q.
    In International Conference on Learning Representations
  • Relative flatness and generalization
    Petzka, H., Kamp, M., Adilova, L., Sminchisescu, C., & Boley, M.
    Advances in neural information processing systems, 34, 18420–18432
  • 2018

  • Unveiling CO adsorption on Cu surfaces: new insights from molecular orbital principles
    Gameel, K. M., Sharafeldin, I. M., Abourayya, A. U., Biby, A. H., & Allam, N. K.
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 20(40), 25892–25900
  • 2017

  • Theoretical and DFT Analysis of the CO Adsorption Mechanism Late Transition Metal Surfaces
    Abourayya, A., Gameel, K. M., Sharafeldin, I. M., Biby, A. H., & Allam, N. K.
    NanoWorld Conference, Bosten, USA

The Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) is a central research unit of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. We aim to understand the fundamental principles through which organisms generate behavior and cognition while linked to their environments through sensory systems and while acting in those environments through effector systems. Inspired by our insights into such natural cognitive systems, we seek new solutions to problems of information processing in artificial cognitive systems. We draw from a variety of disciplines that include experimental approaches from psychology and neurophysiology as well as theoretical approaches from physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and applied computer science, in particular machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision.

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