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Scientific Curriculum Vitae

1978Diploma (roughly equivalent to Masters) in Mathematics (Univ. of Saarbrücken)
1981Doctor's degree in Computer Science (Univ. of Saarbrücken)
1989"Habilitation degree" (Univ. of Saarbrücken)
1979-1989Research Assistant at the Computer Science Department
of the University of Saarbrücken
1984-1987Scholarship for Work on Multiprocessor Scheduling
payed by the Siemens AG
intermediate stays at different institutes in the USA
stay at the Siemens Research Center in Munich, 1986
87/88Temporary Professor Position at the Univ. of Darmstadt
89Temporary Professor Position at the Univ. of Dortmund
89Temporary Professor Position at the Univ. of Saarbrücken
1990-1997Professor (tenured) at the Univ. of Dortmund
since 1997Professor (tenured) at the Ruhr-University-Bochum

Further Activities

  • From January 1991 until June 1995: common research project with the University in Munich, Siemens AG in Munich, and the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR) about Neural Control; funded by the Bundesministerium für Forschung und Technologie (BMFT).
  • From September 1992 until March 1993: Sabbatical at the University of Graz.
  • From January 1995 until December 1997: common research project with the University of Milano about relations between online learning, batch learning and combinatorial optimization; funded by the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD).
  • From January 1995 until December 1998: research project about Computational Learning; funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
  • Spring 1997: Sabbatical at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the Technion in Haifa.
  • Chairman of the Steering Committee of the 3rd European Conference on Computational Learning Theory (EuroCOLT 1997).
  • From January 1997 until December 2000: common research project with the University in Bonn, Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Technion in Haifa about supervised and unsupervised learning; funded by the German-Israeli Foundation (GIF).
  • 1998-2005: member of the DAAD-Committee which evaluates applications for research scholarships and selects the scholars (Auswahlkommission für DAAD-Stipendiaten bzw. Lektoren).
  • 1998-2005: member of the DAAD-Committee which selects projects that are funded by the Vigoni-programme.
  • Co-Chair of the Program Committee and Organization (together with Prof. Dr. Paul Fischer) of the 4th European Conference on Computational Learning Theory (EuroCOLT 1999).
  • Member of "Endrundenjury des 17., 19., 21., and 24. Bundeswettbewerbs Informatik" in the years 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2006.
  • From May 2000 until July 2003: research project about Design of New Rules for On-line Learning, Derivation of Relative Loss Bounds, and Study of Applications; funded by the Deutsche Forschnungsgemeinsachaft.
  • From October 2000 until September 2006: Member of the academic staff in the PhD-program (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg) "Mathematical and Engineering Science Methods for Secure Data Transmission".
  • From November 2002 until February 2005: research project about "Application of methods from Statistical Learning Theory to selected problems from Statistical Natural Language Processing"; funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
  • From 2003 until 2009 Member of the advising board of the Institute of Neuroinformatik at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
  • From January 2004 until February 2009: Site Manager of the "IST Programme of the European Community under the PASCAL Network of Excellence".
  • From August 2004 until June 2006: Member of the Board of Directors in the "Association for Computational Learning".
  • Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 16'th International Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory (ALT 2005) together with Prof. Etsuji Tomita.
  • Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 19'th International Conference on Computational Learning Theory (COLT 2006) together with Prof. Gabor Lugosi.
  • Summer 2006: Sabbatical at the University of Waterloo (Ontario) and at the University of Helsinki.
  • Invited Speaker at the 17'th International Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory (ALT 2006).
  • From August 2007 until September 2010: research project about Algebraic Methods as a Tool in Algorithmic Learning Theory; funded by the Deutsche Forschnungsgemeinsachaft.
  • 3.-7. September 2007: invited speaker (together with Nicolo Cesa-Bianchi, Gabor Lugosi, and Afra Zomorodian) at the summer school ADFOCS 2007, Max-Planck-Institut, Saarbrücken
  • From October 2007 until September 2009: Dean of the Department of Mathematics
  • From October 2009 until September 2011 and from March until September 2012: Vice-Dean of the Department of Mathematics
  • From January 2011 until December 2012: research project about Distribution-dependent and Distribution-independent Learnability; funded by the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) and by the corresponding institution in Hungary (MÖB).
  • From July 2014 until March 2016: Member of the Board of Directors of the Service Center Mathematics and Applications (SZMA).
  • July 2015: Best Paper Award at the Conference on Learning Theory (COLT 2015).
  • Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 27'th International Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory (ALT 2016) together with Prof. Ronald Ortner.
  • From October 2015 until October 2016 member of the Steering Committee of the Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory.
  • Since July 2012: Member of the academic staff in the PhD-program (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg) "Cryptography in Ubiquitous Computing".
  • Member of Program Committees of international conferences (EuroCOLT 1993, ALT 1995, EuroCOLT 1995, EuroCOLT 1997, COLT 1999, EuroCOLT 1999, STACS 2003, ALT 2005, COLT 2005, ALT 2006, COLT 2006, ICALP 2006, COLT 2007, COCOON 2009, ALT 2009, ALT 2011, COLT 2012, COCOA 2012, ALT 2012, COLT 2013, COLT 2014, ISAIM 2014,
    ICML 2015, ALT 2015, COLT 2017,CSCML 2017).
  • Referee for international journals and for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
  • Occasionally member of the Peer Review Panel in connection with Priority Programmes funded by the DFG or DFG Research Units.
  • Reviewer for the "Mathematical Reviews" of the American Mathematical Society.
  • Organisor of some international research seminars about Machine Learning in Dagstuhl.
  • Invited Speaker on different international research seminars in Oberwolfach and Dagstuhl.
  • Member of the Horst Görtz Institute for Security in Information Technology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
  • Member of different organizations of computer professionals like Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI), European Association of Theoretical Computer Scientists (EATCS), and the Association for Computing Machinery.