I am a Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Mathemtatics at the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany and the Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence. I have been excited about all flavors of machine learning for a long time. In particular, I am passionate about bridging the gap between algorithmics and the human. I strongly believe that algorithms should be designed in a way that tightly integrates the user and her mental models of her material world, and the (immaterial) data collected to describe it; Artificial intelligences should be able to explain their reasoning and basis of decision-making to end users — in a way that relates to their physical reality and that they can understand. In consequence, my research is characterised by interdisciplinarity and a broad range of application areas. My core research interests are explainable and user-centric AI, natural language processing, and machine learning.

I hold a Ph.D. from the Technical University Graz, Austria (Thesis Topic: Visually Supported Supervised Machine Learning) and a diploma (equiv. M.Sc.) in computer science from the Technical University Chemnitz, Germany.


current Full Professor, Artificial Intelligence, University of Marburg & Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence
  Guest Associate Professor, Data Science Group, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
2020 – 2023 Full Professor, Medical Data Science in Oncology, Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany
2018 – 2020 Assistant Professor, Data Science Group, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
05 – 07/2019 Visiting Researcher, Georgia Institute of Technology, hosted by Ling Liu, Distributed Data Intensive Systems Lab, Atlanta, GA, U.S.
  Visiting Researcher, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), hosted by David W. Aha, Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence, Washington, DC, U.S.
10/2017 – 02/2018 Full Professor of Complex and Intelligent Systems Engineering (Interim), University of Passau, Germany
04 – 09/2016 Guest Professor, Faculty of Computer Science, Technical University Dresden, Germany
2012 – 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher and Assistant Professor, Chair of Data Science, University of Passau, Germany. EU FP7 Projects EEXCESS and CODE
2012 Ph.D. (Dr. techn.), Institute for Knowledge Management, Technical University Graz, Austria
2007 – 2012 Research Associate, Technical University Graz and Know-Center Graz, Austria. FIT-IT Projekt DYONIPOS, EU FP7 Project Aposdle
2004 – 2007 Research and Project Assistant, Joanneum Research, Graz, Austria. EU FP6 Projects MACS and MOBVIS