PhD for Alexander Hagg

Friday 28 January 2022
Are computers creative? No, but they can quickly produce a multitude of possible solutions, says Dr Alexander Hagg. A human then decides how suitable these are. In his recently completed doctorate, Hagg dealt with co-creative processes between humans and machines.
Dr. Alexander Hagg
Dr. Alexander Hagg

In his dissertation, Alexander Hagg attempts to enable divergent thinking, intuition and reflection with the help of artificial intelligence. In co-creative processes, a machine proposes solutions for engineering optimisation problems. The human selects and feeds the machine with new, resulting ideas. In this way, the machine learns the preferences of the human. The dissertation titled "Hierarchical Surrogate Modeling for Illumination Algorithms" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Alexander Asteroth. The cooperating university was the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands (Prof. Dr. Thomas Bäck). Alexander Hagg received a scholarship of the department of computer science for his doctoral studies in 2017. 

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
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So what's next?  Currently, Alexander Hagg is still employed at H-BRS. He is now working in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Technical Journalism in a post-doctoral position, continuing in his field of research, finding broader applications and passing on his knowledge to students in courses and lectures.

Doktorand Alexander Hagg und Pressesprecherin Eva Tritschler im Tonstudio bei der Aufnahme des Podcasts auf blauem Podcastbanner
Alexander Hagg interviewed by Eva Tritschler (German)

In the podcast "Abenteuer Promotion" with Eva Tritschler, Alexander Hagg, who originally comes from the Netherlands, tells us more about his personal career, but also about co-creative processes beyond engineering, e.g. in art. Interested? Click here to listen to the podcast (German language).