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Mission Statement

What we do, how and why

The interdisciplinary research area From Prediction to Agile Interventions in the Social Sciences (FAIR) brings together researchers from the data sciences, statistics, education sciences, psychology, rehabilitation studies, and sociology. FAIR researchers from these different disciplines focus on the development and application of innovative research methods from the data sciences and use them to address societal challenges in highly relevant areas such as education, health, and societal inclusiveness and participation.

Increasingly larger and more complex data have become available in the social sciences that can contribute to more precise prediction models (e.g., for such outcomes as academic success, health, and well-being) and aid our understanding of cause-effect relationships. An important objective of FAIR is the development of a framework for “Agile Intervention Research” that allows for individualized, data-driven, and need-based adaptations of interventions in authentic contexts. FAIR's researchers will use “big” (large data sets) and “small” (small case numbers) data to optimize prognostic models in the social sciences and maximize the impact of available interventions in these fields by allowing for individualized adaptations. 

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The TU building surrounded by blooming cherry blossoms. © Nikolas Golsch​/​TU Dortmund

Location & approach

The campus of the TU Dortmund University is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus.  The university is signposted at both exits. All FAIR PIs have offices on the North Campus. FAIR's main offices will be located a bit off the North Campus on Martin-Schmeisser-Weg 17 (parking behind the building).

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 15 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Verkehrsverbundes Rhein-Ruhr, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund main station and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.