Honors and Awards (Selection)

1972 – 1977 Scholarship of the German National Merit Foundation, that is granted to 0.25% of the German student population
1991 Fritz Winter Award for seminal technical contributions to natural language dialog systems
1993 AAAI Fellow, elected for pioneering work in the development of dialog systems, and outstanding service to the artificial intelligence community
1995 Information Technology European Award for “WIP a plan-based generation system for adaptive multimedia presentations”
1998 Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Institute of Technology at Linkoeping University, Sweden
1999 ECCAI Fellow, elected for significant and sustained contributions to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe
2000 Karl Heinz Beckurts Award for pioneering and sustained scientific contributions to language technology and intelligent user interfaces and for the transfer of these results into industrial applications”
2001 Second Honorary Doctorate from Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany
2001 2001 German Future Prize – German’s highest scientific prize -, presented by the President of Germany, Dr. Johannes Rau for outstanding innovations in language technology and intelligent user interfaces
2002 Second German Computer Scientist elected Full Member of the German Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz
2003 First German computer scientist elected Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm
2004 Appointed Saarland Ambassador by Prime Minister Peter Müller
2004 Elected Full Member of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina
2004 Elected Full Member of Acatech, the Council for Engineering Sciences at the Union of the German Academies of Science and Humanities
2004 Inclusion on the “Wall of Fame for Pioneers of Computer Technology” at HNF, the world’s largest computer museum, one of the four AI scientists featured on the electronic wall
2004 GI Fellow (German Informatics Association) elected for “outstanding interdisciplinary contributions to computer science, linguistics, and psychology”
2005 Appointed as Spokesman of the Saarland Ambassadors
2005 Elected Member of the Wall of Fame: Pioneers of IT, Computer Museum HNF, Paderborn
2006 Recipient of the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class, the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by President of Germany
2007 Elected Honorary Member of the Institute for Information Technology OFFIS, Oldenburg
2008 Elected Full Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Leibniz Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Berlin
2010 Elected Honorary Member of the GFFT for Outstanding Achievements in Research Transfer, Darmstadt, Germany
2012 Eagle of Saint Venceslao Award, the highest recognition given by the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy for his research on intelligent user interfaces and more than 15 years of scientific consulting services to the IRST research institute in Trento, Italy
2013 Recipient of the Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award of the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence for his substantial contributions, as well as his extensive service to the field of Artificial Intelligence throughout his career
2014 Elected in the Hall of Fame of “the Leading Personalities in IT” of the magazine Computerwoche
2015 Third Honorary Doctorate from Maastricht University, The Netherlands
2016 Recipient of the ICMI Sustained Accomplishment Award of the ACM
2017 Recipient of the Saarland Order of Merit
2017 Recipient of a Endowed Professorship by the Johannes Gutenberg Foundation
2017 Entry in the Golden Books of the City of Mainz and the University of Mainz