Executive Director DFKI Kaiserslautern & Head of Research Department Smart Data & Knowledge Services

Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Andreas Dengel

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    Trippstadter Straße 122
    D-67663 Kaiserslautern

Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Andreas Dengel


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Short Biography

Andreas Dengel is Executive Director DFKI Kaiserslautern and head of the research area Smart Data & Knowledge Services at DFKI and the DFKI Deep Learning Competence Center. His research focuses on machine learning, pattern recognition, quantified learning, data mining, semantic technologies and document analysis.

He studied computer science at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern with economics as a minor until 1986. He received his doctorate in computer science from the University of Stuttgart in 1989. After working for IBM, Siemens and a research stay at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, he became Scientific Director in 1993, heading a research department at DFKI, now called “Smart Data & Knowledge Services”. At the same time, Andreas Dengel was appointed to the chair of Knowledge-based Systems at the Technical University. Since 2009, he is also a lecturer and examiner at Osaka Prefecture University and holds a professorship (kyakuin) at the Department of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems. At this university, he was also appointed “Distinguished Honorary Professor” (tokubetu eiyo kyoju) in March 2018, a distinction that only five researchers have received in 135 years.

Andreas Dengel has chaired numerous international conferences and serves on the editorial boards of international journals and book series. He has written or edited 14 books and is the author of more than 500 scientific publications, 15 of which have received the Best Paper Award. To date, he has supervised more than 450 doctoral, master's and bachelor's theses.

In addition, he is the founder, initiator and mentor of many successful start-up companies, three of which have received the “Pioneer Spirit Award”, first prize in the “1,2,3 GO” start-up competition and the “Cebit Innovation Award”. In 2015, he was honoured for his contributions with the ”Gründungsförderer des Jahres” award. Andreas Dengel is Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) and Chairman of the Flexible Factory Partner Alliance (FFPA). He advises academic institutions, research programs and ministries at Germany and abroad. For his scientific achievements, he has received one of the most prestigious personal scientific awards in Germany, the Alcatel/SEL Award on Technical Communication. He is also the founder and director of the Deep Learning Competence Center at DFKI, which was the only one in Germany (one of eight worldwide) to be recognized by NVIDIA in 2016 through the NVAIL Excellence Program. In 2019, Andreas Dengel was selected by a jury commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as one of the most influential scientists in 50 years of AI history in Germany for his research in the field of document analysis. In the same year he also received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Int'l Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR) in Sydney, Australia.


Academic Education and University Career

  • 2013 Named W3 Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Kaiserslautern
  • 1997 Named C4 Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Kaiserslautern
  • 1993 Named C3 Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Kaiserslautern
  • 1989 Promotion to Doctor of Science (Dr. rer. nat.) in Computer Science, University of Stuttgart
  • 1986 Degree in Computer Science with Minor in Economics from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Professional background

  • since 2020 Executive Director DFKI Kaiserslautern
  • 2013-2016 Managing partner of digipen technologies GmbH
  • since 2008 Head of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) Kaiserslautern
  • since 2004 Member of the DFKI Executive Board
  • 2003-2005 Lecturer in the Joint Executive MBA Program at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, the University of Texas in Austin and Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China
  • since2002 Freelance consultant in technology strategy and knowledge management
  • 1999-2001 Managing partner of Insiders Information Management GmbH (renamed Insiders Technologies GmbH in 2001)
  • 1998-1999 Managing Partner of Insiders Wissensbasierte Systeme GmbH
  • since1993 Scientific Director at DFKI
  • 1992-1993 Head of the DFKI Research Department "Office Automation"
  • 1991 Guest Scientist at Xerox Parc in Palo Alto, California
  • 1990-1991 Project manager at DFKI
  • 1989-1990 Assistant to the Managing Director, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH
  • 1988-1989 Lecturer at the Berufsakademie Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Economics Department
  • 1987-1989 Research Associate, Institute of Computer Science Faculty of Mathematics, University of Stuttgart
  • 1986-1987 Freelance employee at SIEMENS AG, Research and Development divisions, Munich-Perlach
  • 1981-1986 Working student jobs at IBM Germany, branch Mainz, Quality Assurance Department


  • 2019 ICDAR Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 2019 Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (Japan): Award for FFPA
  • 2018 NVIDIA Pioneer Award, 2018 Int’l Computer Vision and pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR 2018), Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • 2018 Distinguished Honorary Professor of the Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan
  • 2015 “Gründungsförderer des Jahres”, Award of Diemersteiner Kreises
  • 2015 Cebit Innovation Award for the product digisign
  • 2014 “Talking Places” becomes selected landmark in Land der Ideen 2014, awarded by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2013 ICDAR Outstanding Service Award, Washington D.C., USA
  • 2012 Distinguished Service Award OF IAPR, Tsukuba, Japan
  • 2009 honorary professor (Prof. h.c.) at the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
  • 2008 Nakano Award, Nara, Japan
  • 2008 “Virtuelles Büro der Zukunft” becomes selected landmark in Land der Ideen 2008, awarded by the German President
  • 2005 Pioniergeist 2005, Concept and Founder Award of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz
  • 2004 Multimediapreis “Media in Motion” of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz
  • 2004 IAPR-Fellow, International Association for Pattern Recognition, Cambridge University, UK
  • 2002 DAS Achievement Award, Princeton University, NJ, USA
  • 1999 Multimediapreis of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate
  • 1997 Research Award Technical Communication of the Alcatel/SEL Foundation for Communication Research
  • 1997 ICDAR Young Investigator Award
  • 1996 Innovation Award of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate



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Portrait Prof. Dengel vor Spiegel
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