Core members


Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Adams

Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

  • Modeling of transitional & turbulent flows
  • Unsteady aerodynamics & flow-structure interaction
  • Microfluidics & multi-phase flows
  • Vehicle/aircraft aerodynamics & high-speed aerodynamics
  • Numerical methods

Prof. Donna Ankerst, PhD


  • Clinical risk prediction
  • Deep learning algorithms
  • Models for climate change impacts on forest & health

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bauer

Appied and Computational Topology

  • Connectivity of data on multiple scales
  • Algorithmical topology & geometry
  • Topological data analysis
  • Persistent homology
  • Discrete Morse theory
  • Geometric complexes

Prof. Dr. Pramod Bhatotia

Decentralized Systems Engineering

  • Software systems
  • Distributed systems
  • Compilers 
  • Data analytics systems

Prof. Dr. Martin Boeker

Medical Informatics

  • Digitalisation in health care
  • Medical information models & semantic data integration
  • Medical terminologies & ontologies
  • Machine processing of clinical texts & information retrieval

Prof. Dr. André Borrmann

Computational Modeling and Simulation

  • 3D/4D building information -modeling & processing
  • Building infrastructure modeling
  • Construction process simulation & optimization
  • Computer-aided life cycle management
  • Simulation of construction processes & pedestrian flows

Prof. Dr. Nora Brambilla

Theoretical Particle and Nuclear Physics

  • Development & application of effective quantum field theories
  • Renormalization techniques
  • Confinement of quarks & gluons in hadrons
  • Non-perturbative calculations
  • Computational quantum field theory
  • Lattice quantum chromodynamics

Prof. Dr. Allen Caldwell

Experimental Particles, MPP

  • Fundamental building blocks of matter
  • Particle accelerator technologies based on plasma wakefields
  • Fundamental properties of neutrinos
  • Data analysis techniques
  • Monte Carlo methods

Prof. Dr. Angela Casini

Medicinal and Bioinorganic Chemistry

  • Role of metal ions in biological systems
  • Metal-based drugs
  • Supramolecular coordination complexes
  • Metal compounds

Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers

Image Processing and Artificial Intelligence

  • Mathematical image processing & pattern recognition
  • Machine learning & deep networks
  • Autonomous systems & self-driving cars
  • Partial differential equations
  • Statistical inference
  • Convex & combinatorial optimization

Prof. Claudia Czado, PhD

Applied Mathematical Statistics

  • Construction of high-dimensional multivariate distributions
  • Computer-aided methods for complex data structures
  • Generalized linear models
  • Statistical models for spatial discrete regression data
  • Markov Chain & Monte Carlo methods
  • Nonparametric bioequivalence


Prof. Dr. Angela Dai

Machine Learning of 3D Scene Geometry

  • 3D reconstruction
  • Acquisition of 3D scenes
  • 3D-deep learning methods

Prof Dr. Kathrin Dörfler

Digital Fabrication

  • Robotics on digital design & construction processes
  • Architectural implications of mobile robotics
  • Augmented reality technologies
  • Additive manufacturing in construction

Prof. Dr. Mathias Drton

Mathematical Statistics

  • Graphical models
  • Analysis of complex multivariate data
  • Algebraic statistics
  • Model selection
  • Causal inference

Prof. Dr. Massimo Fornasier

Angewandte Numerische Analysis

  • Image & signal processing
  • Adaptive numerical solutions of partial differential equations
  • High-dimensional optimization problems
  • Nonlinear & numerical analysis
  • Thin structures, sparsity & compression

Prof. Dr. David Franklin

Neuromuscular Diagnostics

  • Neuromuscular control
  • sensorimotor adaptation
  • computational neuroscience
  • human-robot interaction

Prof. Dr Alessio Gagliardi

Simulation of Nanosystems for Energy Conversion

  • Organic semiconductors
  • Electrochemical systems
  • Deep learning in materials science
  • Kinetic Monte Carlo
  • Atomistic modeling & quantum transport
  • Thermodynamics at the nanoscale

Prof. Dr. Julien Gagneur

Computational Molecular Medicine

  • Gene regulation
  • Genetic disorders
  • Statistical algorithms & machine learning
  • Transcriptomics & proteomics

Prof. Dr. Debarghya Ghoshdastidar

Theoretical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

  • Statistical learning theory
  • Network science
  • Machine learning for graphs
  • Non-parametric methods for learning

Prof. Dr. Jana Giceva

Database systems

  • Data management & computer systems
  • Efficient use of modern & future hardware
  • Data processing layer
  • Operating systems
  • Hardware accelerators for data processing

Prof. Dr. Stephan Günnemann

Data Analytics and Machine Learning

  • Reliability of machine learning methods
  • Analysis of temporal & dynamic data
  • Robust & adversarial machine learning
  • Uncertainty estimation
  • Graph neural networks


Prof. Dr. Reinhard Heckel

Machine Learning

  • Basics of deep learning
  • Inverse problems & deep learning
  • DNA data storage
  • Active learning

Prof. Dr. Simon Hegelich

Political Data Science

  • Political relevance of digitalization
  • Machine learning in political science
  • Data mining in political science
  • Computer vision in political science
  • Simulations in political science

Prof. Dr. Lukas Heinrich

Data Science in Physics

  • Simulation-based Inference
  • Differentiable & Probabilistic Programming
  • Machine Learning for Science
  • Large-Scale Statistical Modelling

Prof. Dr. Andreas Herkersdorf

Integrated Systems

  • Application-specific multi-core processors
  • Prototype development on FPGA platforms
  • Platform-based multi-processor system on chip (MPSoC) architectures
  • Design & prototype development of innovative hardware IP building blocks
  • High-level SoC design space exploration & autonomic computing
  • Fault tolerance & energy efficiency at system level

Prof. Dr. Hanna Hottenrott

Economics of Innovation

  • Innovation & science policy
  • Economic effects of technological change
  • Industrial economics
  • Applied econometrics

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Karampinos

Experimental Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Robustness & efficiency of quantitative MRI biomarkers
  • Image reconstruction & signal modeling
  • Disease pathophysiology in musculoskeletal disorders / metabolic diseases / body oncology

Prof. Dr. Enkelejda Kasneci

Human-Centered Technologies for Learning

  • Human-Centered Technologies
  • AI for Education
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human-Centered AI

Prof. Dr. Gjergji Kasneci

Responsible Data Science

  • Transparency, robustness & fairness in machine learning algorithms
  • Responsible use of artificial intelligence & data science 
  • Explainable, robust & scalable AI applications

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Klug


  • Cancer epidemiology & molecular epidemiology
  • Secondary data analyses
  • Epidemiological & statistical methods
  • Health services research
  • Prevention of chronic diseases
  • Infections with human papillomaviruses (HPV)
  • Global health & global surgery

Prof. Dr. Thomas H. Kolbe                         


  • Virtual 3D city & landscape models
  • Urban system modeling
  • Smart cities
  • 3D geodatabases & 3D-GIS
  • GIS & simulation
  • Indoor navigation

Prof. Phaedon-Stelios Koutsourelakis, PhD

Data-driven Materials Modeling

  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Stochastic aspects in mechanics systems
  • Multiscale phenomena

Prof. Dr. Felix Krahmer

Optimization and Data Analysis

  • Mathematical fundamentals of signal & image processing
  • Randomized measurement methods
  • Dimension reduction
  • Compressed sensing
  • Analog-to-digital conversion

Prof. Christian Kühn, PhD

Multiscale and Stochastic Dynamics

  • Differential equations
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Multiscale problems
  • Model uncertainties
  • Adaptive networks
  • Pattern formation, bifurcations & scaling laws
  • Dynamical systems

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Küster

Proteomics and Bioanalytics

  • Precision medicine
  • Molecular mechanisms in cancer
  • Effects of therapeutic drugs


Prof. Dr. Stefan Leutenegger

Machine Learning for Robotics

  • Mobile robotics
  • Robot navigation in potentially unknown environments
  • Processing of sensor data
  • Machine learning & deep learning

Prof. Dr. Daniel Link

Performance Analysis and Sports Informatics

  • Performance analysis, data analytics & big data in sports
  • Analysis of continuous-time position data (esp. in soccer)
  • Conditional & technical-tactical performance metrics
  • Software engineering in sports
  • Methodology of practice interventions in game analysis
  • Evaluation of systems for position detection
  • Systematics of training science

Prof. Dr. Marcus Makowski


  • Quantitative molecular imaging & AI methods in radiology
  • ECM & Immuno-imaging
  • Quantitative biomarkers in radiology

Prof. Dr. Liqiu Meng

Cartography and Visual Analytics

  • Visual analytics & cartography
  • Geodata integration
  • Spatial cognition
  • Mixed reality
  • Visual data mining
  • Map-based multimodal navigation services
  • Open portal for geospatial events

Prof. Dr. Stefan Minner

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

  • Data-driven optimization of global logistics networks
  • Inventory management
  • Transportation & urban logistics
  • Strategic logistics planning

Prof. Dr. Rolf Moeckel

Travel Behavior

  • Models for the simulation of land use
  • Interactions between transportation & land use
  • Analysis of travel behavior

Prof. Dr. Nassir Navab

Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality

  • Surgical workflow, robot-guided surgery & computer-aided interventions
  • Medical imaging & image analysis including reconstruction
  • Medical & industrial augmented reality
  • Machine learning & computer vision for medical applications
  • Biomedical crowdsourcing

Prof. Dr. Matthias Niessner

Visual Computing

  • 3D vision & 3D reconstruction
  • Machine learning & artificial intelligence
  • Understanding 3D environments
  • Neural rendering & neural scene representations



Prof. Dr. Frank Petzold

Architectural informatics

  • Information technology support in the architectural design process
  • Requirements for digital tools
  • Spatial planning & landscape architecture
  • Digital building & planning

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pfeffer

Computational Social Science and Big Data

  • Dynamic socio-technical systems
  • Negative dynamics from social media
  • Political & economic systems

Prof. Dr. Franz Pfeiffer

Biomedical Physics

  • X-ray physics & applications
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Computed tomography
  • X-Ray & neutron optics
  • Microscopy
  • Synchrontron instrumentation

Prof. Dr. Daniel Pittich

Technology didactics

  • Competency modeling & diagnostics
  • Evidence-based design & implementation of technical teaching & learning
  • Didactic development of digitalization & production learning factories
  • Vocational-technical teacher education

Prof. Dr. Oleksandra Poquet

Learning Analytics

  • Educational technology
  • Analysis of data from educational environments
  • Artificial intelligence in education

Prof. Dr. Elisa Resconi

Experimental Physics with Cosmic Particles

  • Cosmic neutrinos
  • Oscillation experiments
  • Neutrino mass ordering
  • Atmospheric neutrino modeling
  • Data analysis & statistical methods
  • Combination of astronomical data
  • Calibration sensors development

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rigoll


  • Speech processing
  • Audiovisual information processing
  • Handwriting, gesture & emotion recognition
  • Face detection & recognition
  • Object tracking
  • Interactive graphical systems

Prof. Dr. Daniel Rückert

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Medicine

  • Innovative algorithms for image acquisition, image analysis & image interpretation
  • Registration, reconstruction, tracking
  • Segmentation & modeling
  • Computer aided diagnosis & prognosis

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Schiffer

Business Analytics & Intelligent Systems

  • Transport & logistics
  • Electrification of logistics fleets
  • Control of autonomous systems
  • Production planning
  • Data science

Prof. Dr. Chris-Carolin Schön

Plant Breeding

  • Breding process optimization
  • Molecular markers in crop breeding
  • Native biodiversity

Prof. Dr. Peter Schüffler

Computational Pathology

  • Machine learning for detection, segmentation & reporting of cancer in pathology images
  • Determination of new prognostic markers
  • Efficient visualization of digital sections
  • Automated quality assurance
  • Ergonomic systems for pathologists
  • Integration of digital systems in clinic, research & education

Prof. Dr. Helge Stein

Digital Catalysis

  • Materials for catalysis & secondary batteries
  • Material acceleration platform development
  • Automated / autonomous workflows
  • Machine learning in material design

Apl. Prof. Dr. Christian Stemmer

Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

  • Transition in hypersonic boundary-layer flows
  • Numerical simulation
  • Supercritical flows
  • Research data management
  • Simulations in rocket combustors


Prof Dr. Fabian Theis

Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems

  • Machine learning & statistical learning theory
  • Dynamical systems
  • Single-cell analysis & cell-mapping & multi-omics integration
  • Biostatistics & stochastic modeling
  • Quantitative imaging
  • Computational systems biology

Prof. Dr. Yannis Theocharis

Digital Governance

  • Political behavior
  • Influence of digital media on political communication & governance
  • Uncivilized behavior in the online world
  • New forms of political participation


Prof. Dr. Christoph Ungemach


  • Choice architecture in consumer choice
  • Choice under risk & uncertainty
  • Process models of decision making


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Utschick

Methods of Signal Processing

  • Machine learning and statistical signal processing
  • Signal processing for wireless communications
  • Automotive safety and automated driving
  • Generative modelling for biomedical applications

Prof. Dr. Birgit Vogel-Heuser

Automation and Information Systems

  • Systems & Software Engineering
  • Modeling of distributed & reliable embedded systems
  • Hybrid processes
  • Heterogeneously distributed intelligent systems with reference to human-machine interaction

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wall

Computational Mechanics

  • Fluid & structural dynamics
  • Coupled multi-field & multi-scale problems
  • High-performance computing
  • Quantification of uncertainties
  • Machine learning & inverse problems

Prof. Dr. Jingui Xie                         

Business Analytics 

  • Healthcare data analytics
  • Prediction & optimization
  • Machine learning in business analytics

Prof. Dr. Julija Zavadlav

Multiscale Modeling of Fluid Materials

  • Molecular dynamics simulation
  • Machine learning in material science
  • Simulation of multi-scale phenomena

Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu

Data Science in Earth Observation

  • Geoinformation extraction from satellite data
  • Remote sensing & earth observation
  • Artificial intelligence & machine learning
  • Global urban mapping

Former members

Prof. Dr. Richard Bamler                         

Remote Sensing Technology 

  • Geoinformation
  • Remote sensing
  • Signal & systems theory
  • Synthetic aperture radar (SAR)
  • High-resolution image sequences
  • Earth observation satellites

Prof. Dr. Blanka Horvath         

Oxford Mathematical Institute

  • Asymptotics
  • Numerics of financial mathematical models
  • Deep neural networks

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kellerer                  

Communication Networks

  • Future internet
  • Network (function) virtualization
  • Software defined networking (SDN)
  • Wireless network resource management
  • Wireless communication and networking

Prof. Dr. Laura Leal-Taixé                         

Dynamic Vision and Learning 

  • Computer vision
  • Machine learning
  • Video analysis
  • Object tracking
  • Motion analysis
  • Semantic segmentation

Prof. Dr. Uwe Stilla

Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

  • Image analysis in photogrammetry & remote sensing
  • Automatic image processing & pattern recognition
  • Urban structures & traffic
  • Vegetation, water, glaciers
  • Medical image analysis, tomography, radiology