Work Positions

1978 – 1982 Postdoctoral Research Associate in the project HAM-RPM at the University of Hamburg (Principal Investigator: Prof. W. v.Hahn)
1982 – 1993 Project Leader and Principal Investigator of the project HAM-ANS at the University of Hamburg
1982 Tenured Associate Professor of Computer Science at Saarland University, Saarbrücken
1984 – present Tenured Full Professor of Computer Science at Saarland University, Chair of Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrücken
1984 Full Professorship at the University of Karlsruhe offered, declined
1985 Full Professorship at the University of Hamburg offered, declined
1985 – 1995 Member of the Executive Board of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 314) “Artificial Intelligence Knowledge-based Systems” of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
1987 Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley and first visitor of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley
1988 – present Scientific Director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) in Saarbrücken
1992 – 2000 Member of the Executive Board of the Post-Graduate College on Cognitive Science of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
1993 – 2000 Scientific Director and Principal Investigator of the Verbmobil Project on speech-to-speech translation
1996 – present Director and CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) in Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern
1996 – 2007 Member of the Executive Board of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 378) “Resource-adaptive Cognitive Processes” of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
1999 – 2003 Scientific Director and Principal Investigator of the SmartKom Project Consortium on intelligent multimodal dialog systems
2000 – present Joint Appointment as a Professor in the Department of Computational Linguistics at Saarland University, Saarbrücken
2001 – 2007 Member of the Executive Board of the International Post-Graduate College in Language Technology and Cognitive Systems as a cooperation between Saarland University (Departments of Computational Linguistics, Phonetics, and Computer Science) and the University of Edinburgh (School of Informatics) of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2004 – present Scientific Director of the SmartWeb Consortium on mobile multimodal access to semantic web services
2007 – present Member of the Board of the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction, Saarbrücken, Germany
2009 – present German Academic Representative on the Executive Steering Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) ICT Labs, Brussels, Belgium
2009 – present Member of the Strategy Board of the Leading-Edge Cluster Software Innovations for Digital Enterprises