Siming Bayer

Siming Bayer, Dr. -Ing

Researcher

Department of Computer Science
Chair of Computer Science 5 (Pattern Recognition)

Room: Room 10.134
Martensstr. 3
91058 Erlangen

Fr. 9:00 -15:00

Each week Fr, 09:00 - 17:00, Room 10.134,

Academic CV

  • Since 11/2019:
    Researcher at Pattern Recognition Lab, Department of Computer Science, Friedrich-Alexander University
  • 01/2015 to 10/2019:
    Researcher at Pattern Recognition Lab, Department of Computer Science, Friedrich-Alexander University in collaboration with Siemens Healthineers AG
  • 09/2016 to 12/2016:
    Researcher at Molecular Imaging Lab, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Peking University
  • 10/2009 t0 09/2015:
    Student at Friedrich-Alexander University (B.Sc and M.Sc Biomedical Engineering)

Projects

2023

  • Artificial Intelligent as a Market Participant – Implications for Antitrust Law


    (FAU Funds)
    Term: January 15, 2023 - January 14, 2024

    Introduction: Antitrust laws (also known ascompetition laws) are designed to encourage strong competition and are designedto protect consumers from predatory commercial practices. The primary goals ofantitrust law are to ensure the functioning of the markets and to ensure faircompetition. A prominent example of an antitrust violation is illegal pricefixing. By definition, it is an agreement between competitors that fixes pricesor other competitive conditions, and thus violates the principle of the pricingmechanism through free market forces. A typical feature of illegal price fixingis verifiable communication (written or verbal) between human marketparticipants. However, in the age of artificial intelligence and e-commerce,the definition and the detection of this illegal practice faces new challengesas collusive behaviors that violate antitrust laws, such as the pricingmechanism, can be partially or fully automated [1]. Furthermore, thecommunications between market participants can be both overt and covert. Finally,market participants can be artificial agents which might affected by perverseinstantiation [2]. In other words, new technological possibilities areavailable to disguise illegal pricing policies and business practices.

    Recent research, mainly from theeconomic and jurisprudence point of view, concludes the intensive applicationof AI algorithms in E-commerce will increase the extend of known forms ofanticompetitive behaviors [3][4]. However, the questions regarding whether andto which extent collusive behaviors will emerge by AI itself (which is anunknown form of anticompetitive behaviors) are rarely understood. Feasibilitystudies and comprehensive analysis comprising the implementation of AI methods andvalidation of the derived hypothesis has not been conducted so far. Therefore,the main goals of this project are to investigate the possibilities of collusivebehaviors stimulated and/or emerged by AI algorithms on digital marketplace andderive consequences on the antitrust law as well as competition policies. Tothe best of our knowledge, this is the first time that a research project inthe field of Antitrust and AI (AAI) is focusing on the mathematical andalgorithmic perspective of the question to which extend the utilization of AImethods is facilitating the collusive behaviors in the era of digital economy.

    Objectives: In order to validate the hypothesesthat AI algorithms is able to develop and communicate collusive behaviors ondigital marketplaces both in overt and covert fashion, comprehensive emulatorsof online marketplaces in different setups will be implemented.  Furthermore, different communication channels(both overt and covert) of digital marketplaces will be discovered and understood,as it is highly relevant to the detection of collusive practices. Finally, differentonline trading scenarios utilizing AI algorithms will be established and theimpact on antitrust law and competition polices will be derived. In total, the mainaspects in the intended DFG-application can be summarized as follows:

    1.      Asthe research topic belongs to a highly interdisciplinary field, a comprehensiveliterature review is necessary to define the problem space of the research andis of great importance to conduct the subsequent experiments successfully.Therefore, a comprehensive literature review on the aspects of antitrust law, gametheory, artificial intelligence and cyber security will be conducted.

    2.      Firststep of the implementation is the holistic emulation of the digitalmarketplace. The market emulator should have the capability to emulate the digitalmarket following various rules (e.g., Cournot vs. collusive competition) indifferent size (i.e., with different amount of market participants). Moreover,state-of-the-art algorithms for dynamic pricing should be replicated andintegrated into the market emulator as well.

    3.      Afurther aspect of this project is the communication mechanism in the era of E-commerceand AI. The know form of collusions mostly utilize overt communications.However, covert communication channels (i.e., communication channels that are notoriginally designed for the communication purpose, therefore hardly to bedetected [5][6]) poses further vulnerabilities of online marketplaces. The mechanismsand capacities of covert channels facilitating the collusive behaviors (e.g.,illegal price fixing) as should be investigated with the implemented marketemulator.

    4.      Finally,artificial agents for price definition of different products should be proposedand implemented following different competition models as well as marketcomplexities, aiming at understanding the central research questions of thisresearch project, i.e., capabilities and conditions of emerging collusivebehaviors of artificial agents by themselves. This particular step can beachieved by using reinforcement learning techniques. Technical opportunitiesand challenges for the discrimination of collusive and non-collusive behaviorsthat are potentially emerged by the artificial agents should be explored aswell.

    The entire project will besupervised by experts from three disciplines. Prof. Jochen Hoffmann (chair of Private Business Law) will support this research project with his knowledges and expertiseon antitrust law, Prof. Felix Feilling (chair of Cyber Security) will advise onthe aspects that are related to covert communication and cyber security, andProf. Andreas Maier (pattern recognition lab) will mentor this project from theAI point of view.

    [1] KünstlicheIntelligenz als Marktteilnehmer – Technische Möglichkeiten, Maier A., Bayer S.,Mohr Verlag. Submitted, unpublished.

    [2] BostromN. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. Minds & Machines 25, Seite 285–289 (2015).

    [3] Petit, N. Antitrust andartificial intelligence: A research agenda. In: Journal of European CompetitionLaw and Practice. Vol. 8, Issue 6, pp. 361–362. Oxford University Press.(2017)

    [4] Beneke, F., Mackenrodt, M.,Remedies for algorithmic tacit collusion, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement,Volume 9, Issue 1, Pages 152–176 (2021).

    [5]Hans-Georg Eßer, Felix C. Freiling. Kapazitätsmessung eines verdecktenZeitkanals über HTTP, Univ. Mannheim,Technischer Bericht TR-2005-10, November 2005. (2005)

    [6] Freiling F.C., Schinzel S.Detecting Hidden Storage Side Channel Vulnerabilities in NetworkedApplications. In: Camenisch J., Fischer-Hübner S., Murayama Y., Portmann A.,Rieder C. (eds) Future Challenges in Security and Privacy for Academia andIndustry. SEC 2011. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology,vol 354. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. (2011)

2021

  • UtilityTwin


    (Third Party Funds Group – Overall project)
    Term: September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2024
    Funding source: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie (StMWi) (seit 2018)

    In the UtilityTwin research project, an intelligent digital twin for any energy or water supply network is to be researched and developed on the basis of adaptive high-resolution sensor data (down to the sub-second range) and machine learning techniques. Overall, the technology concepts BigData and AI are to be combined in an innovative way in this research project in order to make positive contributions to the implementation of the energy transition and to counteract climate change.

2016

  • Intraoperative brain shift compensation and point-based vascular registration


    (Non-FAU Project)
    Term: May 1, 2016 - October 31, 2019

Publications

2022

Conference Contributions

Miscellaneous

2021

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2020

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2019

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2018

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2017

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Lectures

Exercise (UE)

  • Pattern Recognition Exercises

    Information regarding the online teaching will be provided in the studon course.

    • 1 SWS; Expected participants: 500; ECTS studies (ECTS credits: 1,25)
    • Date:
      • Tue 16:15-17:45, Room 02.134-113 (exclude vac) ICS

Lecture (VORL)

  • Pattern Recognition

    This class will be given purely on fau.tv. Short videos will be posted on a regular schedule (not necessary the in-person time mentioned here at UnivIs)

    • 3 SWS; Expected participants: 500; Certificate; ECTS studies (ECTS credits: 3,75), Lecture's language English
    • Date:
      • Mon 14:15-15:45, Room H4 (exclude vac) ICS
      • Tue 08:15-09:45, Room H4 (exclude vac) ICS

Open Positions

Student Assistant / HiWi –  Antitrust and Artificial Intelligence

 

In the research project “Artificial Intelligent as a Market Participant – Implications for Antitrust Law” at Pattern Recognition Lab of the Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, we would like to investigate the impacts and implications for Antitrust Law derived from the continuous progress and extensive use of Artificial Intelligence.

You are interested in working on the intersection of artificial intelligence, antitrust law, cyber security and economy?

Then have a look at our offer!

Your tasks are:

  • Primarily, support us to search and collect the state-of-the-art publications related to the research topic considering the antitrust law, artificial intelligence, cyber security and game theory aspects, establishing a database of the publications
  • Support us to select the most relevant publications and analyze and categorize them
  • Extract the scope, methods and key finding of the selected publications
  • Update and maintain the publication database
  • Support us to implement a preliminary market simulator

What you bring to the table:

  • You are currently enrolled as a student at Friedrich-Alexander University, preferably studying computer science, law, economy, business informatics/mathematics or in related fields.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding in at least one of the following areas: artificial intelligence, antitrust law, cyber security and economy
  • Combined with basic knowledge and understanding in at least one of the following areas: artificial intelligence, antitrust law, cyber security and economy
  • Theoretical and hands-on programming skills
  • Curiosity and pro-active mindset

What you can expect from us:

  • An exciting interdisciplinary new field of research with contribution for Legal AI
  • Extensive scientific support from Pattern Recognition Lab and Chair of Commercial Private Law
  • Flexible way of working
  • Friendly and open environment at the Pattern Recognition Lab.