Principal Investigators

The 18 "Principal Investigators," renowned, internationally acclaimed scientists from the fields of Computer Science, Computational Linguistics and Phonetics at Saarland University, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence as well as the newly founded Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, were able to demonstrate their team spirit in jointly preparing the applications for funding. "We agonized for weeks together on how to formulate each sentence, and prepared ourselves meticulously for the presentation to the German Research Foundation," reminisces Professor Kurt Mehlhorn, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics.

Prof. Dr. Michael Backes

Prof. Dr. Michael Backes

Prof. Dr. Michael Backes is the chairman and founding director of the CISPA Helmholtz Center i.G.. He is moreover a professor of  Saarland University, the director of the  CISPA-Stanford Center, jointly with Prof. John Mitchell, the speaker of the collaborative research center (Sonderforschungsbereich) on Methods and Tools for Understanding and Controlling Privacy, and a Principal Investigator and Vice-coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI).

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Fon: +49 681 302 3249

Prof. Dr. Matthew Crocker

Prof. Dr. Matthew Crocker

Matthew Crocker is Professor of Psycholinguistics in the Department of Computational Linguistics at Saarland University. Prior to taking up this position, he was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. His research has contributed broadly to better understanding how people comprehend written and spoken language, both through experimental investigation and computational modeling. 

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Fon: +49 681 302 6555

Prof. Dr. Peter Druschel

Prof. Dr. Peter Druschel

Peter Druschel is the founding director of the MPI for Software Systems, where he heads the Distributed Systems group. He is also a professor at Saarland University. Druschel’s group has done pioneering work in the areas of high-performance communication, scalable Internet server design, design and applications of peer-to-peer systems, accountability, compliance, anonymity, and mobile privacy. His former students hold academic positions at Princeton, Purdue, Northeastern, and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as research positions at Bell Labs, Google, NEC Labs, and others.

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Fon: +49 681 930 39101

Prof.  Anja Feldmann, PhD

Prof. Anja Feldmann, PhD

Anja Feldmann is a scientific director at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, where she leads the Internet Architecture Group. Her group has done pioneering work in the area of network management, software defined networking, and Internet measurements. 

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Fon: +49 681 9325 3501

Prof. Dr. Matthias Hein

Prof. Dr. Matthias Hein

Matthias Hein is currently Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Saarland University and head of the Machine Learning Group. His research interests are in machine learning, statistics and optimization and the application of machine learning to problems in bioinformatics, computer vision and other fields in computer science and the natural sciences.

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Fon: +49 681 302 57328

Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger

Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger

Antonio Krüger holds the Globus endowed chair for “Artifical Intelligence in Retail” at Saarland University and is the scientific director of the Innovative Retail Laboratory at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). His main research areas are intelligent user interfaces and mobile and ubiquitous context-aware systems. 

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Fon: +49 681 857 755 075

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer

Thomas Lengauer has studied both mathematics (Ph.D., Berlin, Germany 1976) and computer science (Ph.D, Stanford 1979). In the seventies he performed research on theoretical computer science, in the eighties on design methods for integrated circuits. He has been engaged in research in computational biology since the beginning of the 90s. His major focus of research is bioinformatics for understanding and curing diseases. 

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Fon: +49 681 932 53000

Prof. Dr. Kurt Mehlhorn

Prof. Dr. Kurt Mehlhorn

Kurt Mehlhorn heads the Algorithms and Complexity group at the MPI for Informatics. He has co-authored more than 300 publications, published six books, and is one of the people behind the LEDA software library. He is also one of the founders of the CGAL project. He has graduated more than 80 students, many of whom now have faculty positions, and hosted about the same number of postdocs. He has received several prizes and five honorary degrees for his work.

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Fon: +49 681 932 51000

Prof. Dr. Manfred Pinkal

Prof. Dr. Manfred Pinkal

Manfred Pinkal is Professor of Computational Linguistics at Saarland University. His group has contributed to international scientific progress in several fields of computational linguistics and language technology, including efficient techniques for deep semantic processing, automatic acquisition of lexical-semantic information, flexible and adaptive dialogue systems, as well as unsupervised and minimally supervised methods in lexical semantics and discourse.

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Fon: +49 681 302-4344

Prof. Dr. Bernt  Schiele

Prof. Dr. Bernt Schiele

Bernt Schiele heads the Computer Vision and Multimodal Computing group at the MPI for Informatics. Schiele’s group has made fundamental contributions both to computer vision (e.g. to the recognition of objects, and the detection and tracking of people in arbitrary scenes) as well as to ubiquitous computing (e.g. to the recognition of human activities at multiple scales and time durations).

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Fon: +49 681 9325 2000

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Seidel

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Seidel

Hans-Peter Seidel is a scientific director at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, where he leads the Computer Graphics Group. His group has done pioneering work in the newly emerging area of 3D image analysis and synthesis, on the intersection between computer graphics and computer vision, considering the whole pipeline from data acquisition to rendering. His contributions on level-of-detail and multi-resolution modeling with special emphasis on the development of powerful new editing metaphors have shaped the field and have triggered considerable follow-up work.For his research Seidel has been awarded the DFG Leibniz Prize (2003), the Eurographics Distinguished Career Award (2012), and an ACM Solid Modeling Pioneer Distinction (2016).

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Fon: +49 681 9325-4001

Prof. Dr. Raimund Seidel

Prof. Dr. Raimund Seidel

Raimund Seidel is Professor of Theoretical Computer Science at Saarland University. He has worked extensively in the design and analysis of algorithms and data structures, in particular for problems of a geometric/combinatorial nature. He has developed some fundamental methods in this field that appear in many textbooks. Seidel has co-authored about 90 publications.

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Fon: +49 681 302-4513

Prof. Dr. Philipp Slusallek

Prof. Dr. Philipp Slusallek

Philipp Slusallek is Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), where he leads the research area “Agents and Simulated Reality”. He is also Director for Research at the Intel Visual Computing Institute, a central research institute of Saarland University co-funded by Intel and established in 2009. At Saarland University he has been a full Professor of Computer Graphics since 1999. Before coming to Saarland University, he was a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University, USA. He studied physics in Frankfurt and Tübingen (Diploma/MSc) and got his PhD in Computer Science from Erlangen University.

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Fon: +49 681 302-3830

Prof. Dr. phil. Elke Teich

Prof. Dr. phil. Elke Teich

Elke Teich received her MA and PhD degrees from Saarland University in Saarbrücken (Major: English Linguistics, Minors: Slavic Languages, Informatics, Machine Translation). She worked for a number of different companies and research institutes, including Siemens (Munich) and Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung (GMD, now FhG), where she worked in the area of automatic text and speech generation.

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Fon: +49 681 302 70071

Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit

Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit

Hans Uszkoreit is Scientific Director and head of the Language Technology Division at DFKI. His lab has performed research in information extraction, crosslingual IR, question answering, parsing, and machine translation, and it has gained international recognition for research and development in deep linguistic processing.

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Fon: +49 681 302-4115

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster

Wolfgang Wahlster is the Director and CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and a Professor of Computer Science and Computational Linguistics at Saarland University. He has published more than 220 technical papers and 16 books on language technology, intelligent user interfaces, and the internet of things and services. He has pioneered the research areas of user modeling, multimodal dialog systems, speech-to-speech translation, the semantic web, and most recently Industrie 4.0. His current research includes massively multimodal user interfaces, human-environment interaction, and cyber-physical production assistance.

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Fon: +49 681 302-2363 or -4162

Prof. Dr. Joachim Weickert

Prof. Dr. Joachim Weickert

Joachim Weickert is Full Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Saarland University where he heads the Mathematical Image Analysis Group. He performs research in image processing, computer vision and scientific computing, focusing on techniques based on partial differential equations and variational methods. He has developed models and efficient algorithms for image restoration, enhancement, segmentation, compression, motion computation, stereo reconstruction, and shape from shading, as well as processing methods for tensor fields.

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Fon: +49 681 302-57340

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Weikum

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Weikum

Gerhard Weikum is a scientific director at the MPI for Informatics and a professor at Saarland University. He has made major contributions on transactional and distributed systems, self-tuning database systems, data & text integration, and automatic knowledge harvesting from Web sources.

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Fon: +49 681 9325-5000