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IUB-Vortrag Prof. Wahlster 060522 Biografie
Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster
German Research Center for AI,
D-66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
+49 681 302 5252 or 5251
Fax: +49 681 302 5383 or 5341
Assistant: Sabine Burgard
Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster
Computer Science Department
Universität des Saarlandes, FR 6.2
Postfach 15 11 50
D-66041 Saarbrücken, Germany
Voice: +49 681 302 2363 or 4162
Fax: +49 681 302 4136
Wolfgang Wahlster is the Director and CEO of the German Research Center for
Artificial Intelligence and a Professor of Computer Science at Saarland University
(Saarbrücken, Germany). In 2000, he was coopted as a Professor of Computational
Linguistics at the same university. In addition, he is the Head of the Intelligent User
Interfaces Lab at DFKI.
He received his diploma and doctoral degree (1981) in Computer Science from the
University of Hamburg, Germany. Since 1975 he has been working in the field as a
principal investigator in more than 60 projects on intelligent user interfaces.
He was the Scientific Director of the VERBMOBIL consortium on spontaneous
speech translation (1993-2000) as well as the SmartKom consortium on multimodal
dialog systems (1999-2003) and currently serves as the Scientific Director of the
SmartWeb consortium on mobile multimodal access to semantic web services (20042008).
He has published more than 170 technical papers and 7 books on language
technology and intelligent user interfaces. His current research includes multimodal
and perceptive user interfaces, user modeling, ambient intelligence, embodied
conversational agents, smart navigation systems, semantic web services, and
resource-adaptive cognitive technologies. He is the editor of the book "Verbmobil:
Foundations of Speech-to-Speech Translation" and the Co-Editor of the Readings in
Intelligent User Interfaces.
Dr. Wahlster is on the Executive Board of the Collaborative Research Center
'Resource-adaptive Cognitive Processes' (SFB 378) and the International PostGraduate College in Language Technology and Cognitive Systems with the
University of Edinburgh (School of Informatics), both funded by the German
Professor Wahlster is a member of the Supervisory Board of various IT and VC
companies including xtramind, Celct, DACOS, net-linx, and SWG.
Prof. Wahlster was the Conference Chair for IJCAI-93 in Chambery, the Chair of the
Board of Trustees of IJCAII from 1991-1993, a Trustee of IJCAII from 1989-1999, the
ECAI-96 Programme Chair and the Programme Co-Chair of ACL/EACL-97.
He has served as the Chair of ECCAI, the European Coordinating Committee for
Artificial Intelligence, from 1996-2000. In 2000, he was the President of the
Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).
He has been and is serving on a number of international advisory boards, including
the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the International Computer
Science Institute (ICSI Berkeley, USA), the iCORE Research Advisory Committee
(IRAC, Calgary, Canada), the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning (AICML,
Edmonton, Canada), the Information Society Technologies Advisory Board (ISTAG)
of the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium), the French National Institute for
Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA, Paris, France), the Japanese
Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI, Tokyo, Japan), the Steering
Committee of the German-Japanese Forum on Information Technology, the Scientific
Advisory Committee of the Swedish Information Technology Institute (SITI,
Stockholm, Sweden), the International Advisory Board of the Nijmegen Institute for
Cognition and Information (NICI, Nijmegen, the Netherlands), the Scientific Council of
IRST (Trento, Italy), the THCU Advisory Board at the Caesarea Rothschild Institute
(Haifa, Israel), the Advisory Board of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial
Mathematics (ITWM, Kaiserslautern, Germany), the Scientific Board of Volkswagen
AG's corporate university AutoUni (Wolfsburg, Germany), the Scientific Advisory
Committee of the OFFIS Institute (Chair, Oldenburg, Germany), the International
Research Forum of SAP (Darmstadt, Germany), and the Advisory Board of Deutsche
Telekom Laboratories (Berlin, Germany).
Professor Wahlster has received numerous honors and awards for his research
contributions. He is an AAAI Fellow (elected in 1993), an ECCAI Fellow (since 1999),
and a GI Fellow (since 2004). In 1991, he received the Fritz Winter Award, and in
1995, an IST Prize (European Information Society Technologies Prize) for his
research on cooperative user interfaces.
In 1998, he has been awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Institute of
Technology at Linkoeping University, Sweden. In 2001, he received a second
Honorary Doctorate from Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany.
In 2000, he was the first AI researcher to receive the Beckurts Award, one of
Germany's most prestigious awards for scientific and technological innovations.
In 2001, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Johannes Rau,
presented the German Future Prize to Professor Wahlster for his work on language
technology and intelligent user interfaces. He was the first computer scientist to
receive Germany's highest scientific prize that is awarded each year for outstanding
innovations in technology, engineering, or the natural sciences.
He has been elected to four international academies and learned societies. In 2002,
he was the second German computer scientist elected Full Member of the German
Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz. He was the first German computer
scientist elected Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,
Stockholm 2003. In 2004, he was elected Full Member of the German Academy of
Natural Scientists Leopoldina, that was founded in 1652, and of acatech, the Council
for Engineering Sciences at the Union of the German Academies of Science and
Since 2001 he serves as the scientific spokesman of the Feldafing Circle, an
association for promoting joint internet research by academic and industrial partners
in Germany. In 2004 he was elected to the Münchner Kreis, a supra-national
association dedicated to communications research.
In 2004, he was appointed Saarland Ambassador and in 2005 he became the
spokesman of the Saarland Ambassadors.
In 2005, he has been appointed Chairman of the prize committee for the HERMES
Award, one of the most valuable technology prizes worldwide. He is also on the prize
committees of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and for the innovation prize
of the Saarland State Bank.
Prof. Wahlster is on the Editorial Board or Advisory Board of the following journals:
Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence
Applied Artificial Intelligence
Electronic Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (ETAI, Scientific Editor-inChief)
Gehirn & Geist
Informatik - Forschung und Entwicklung
User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction
In addition, he is on the editorial board of the following book series:
Artificial Intelligence, Springer
Cognitive Technologies, Springer
DISKI, Dissertations in Artificial Intelligence, IOS
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