Professional Service (Selection)

1982 Program Chair of the 6th German Conference on AI, GWAI-82, Bad Honnef
1984 – 1985 Department Chair, Department of Computer Science, Saarland, Saarbrücken
1986 – 1988 Chair of the German AI Association (GI/KI)
1991 – 1993 Chair of the Board of Trustees of IJCAII, International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence
1991 Chair of the Association of German AI Institutions
1992 General Chair of IJCAI-93, Chambery, France
1996 Program Chair of the European Conference on AI, ECAI-96, Budapest
1996 – 2000 Chair of ECCAI, the European Coordination Committee for Artificial Intelligence
1997 Program Co-Chair of the ACL/EACL Conference, Madrid
2000 President of the Association for Computational Linguistics
2002 – present Trustee of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI); Berkeley, USA
2003 Program Co-Chair of the Fifth International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI), Vancouver
2003 – 2009 Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Alberta Ingenuity Center for Machine Learning at the Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
2003 – 2010 German Representative of the Highest Advisory Panel for Computer Science/IT Funding Programs, the ISTAG Information Society Technologies Advisory Group of the European Commission
2003 – 2011 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trento-Haifa Collaboration between the Caesarea Rothschild Institute and ITC-irst, Haifa, Israel
2004 – 2014 Member of the International ICT Research Advisory Board of Alberta (IRAC), Canada
2004 – 2014 Member of the Advisory Board of the International ACM Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI)
2005 Program Co-Chair of the International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment (INTETAIN), Madonna di Campiligio
2006 – present Germany’s Chief Academic Advisor for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Research Union of the German Government under Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel
2007 – present Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo, Japan
2007 Chair of the Jury for the European ICT Prize of the European Commission
2007 – 2011 Member of the Supervisory Board of the T-Labs Research Center at Ben-Gurion University, Ber Sheva, Israel
2008 – 2011 Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), SIMTech, Singapore
2008 – 2014 Member of the SAP Next Business & Technology Advisory Board
2008 – 2020 Member of the University Council of the University of Hamburg
2008 – 2012 Chair of the Technology and Innovation Council (TIR) of the Berlin Senate
2009 – 2011 Chair of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Security Research (CASED), Darmstadt, Germany
2009 – present Member of the Governance Board of the Intel Visual Computing Institute
2009 – present Member of the Executive Steering Board of EIT Digital in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
2011 – 2014 Member of the Scientific Committee of Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento, Italy
2012 – present Chair of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership of European Commission
2013 – present Member of the Feigenbaum Prize Committee of AAAI
2014 – present Chair of the International Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Tokyo, Japan
2015 Member of the Peer Review Committee for Informatics Departments at all Dutch Universities
2015 Member of the International Advisory Board of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Design at the Kyoto University Design School, Kyoto, Japan
2015 Member of the International Advisory Group for Recruiting a New Director at Fondazione Bruno Kessler for ICT in Trento, Italy
2015 Chair of the Search Committee for a new Chair of the EIT Digital KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Brussels, Belgium
2015 – present Chair of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo, Japan
2016 – 2020 Member of the University Council of TU Darmstadt
2016 – 2020 Member of the International Advisory Board of the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics, and Cybernetics, Prague, Czech Republic
2016 – present Member of the Digitalization Advisory Board of the Prime Minister of the Saarland
2016 – 2020 Member of the Advisory Board of the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) Europe
2016 – 2019 Member of the Board of Advisors of the Brightland Business Intelligence and Smart Service Institute (BISS) in Heerlen, the Netherlands.
2017 – 2018 President of the Society of German Natural Scientists and Physicians (GDNÄ), founded in 1822.