Core Team

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster

Wolfgang Wahlster is the Director and CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and a Professor of Computer Science at Saarland University. He has published more than 200 technical papers and 12 books on user modeling, spoken dialog systems, mobile and multimodal user interfaces, the semantic web, as well as the internet of things and services. He is a Fellow of AAAI, ECCAI, and GI. In 2001, the President of Germany presented the German Future Prize to Professor Wahlster for his work on intelligent user interfaces, the highest personal scientific award in Germany. He was elected Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Nobel Prize Academy of Sciences in Stockholm and Full Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina that was founded in 1652. He has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class of Germany. He holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Darmstadt, Linkoeping and Maastricht. He serves on the Executive Boards of the International Computer Science Institute at UC Berkeley and EIT Digital. He is the editor of Springer’s LNAI series and on the editorial board of various top international CS journals. In 2013, Wolfgang Wahlster received the IJCAI Donald E. Walker award for his substantial contributions, as well as his extensive service to the field of Artificial Intelligence throughout his career.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger

Antonio Krüger is a professor for computer science at Saarland University heading the Ubiquitous Media Technology Lab, and the scientific director of the Innovative Retail Laboratory (IRL) at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). His main research interests are Mobile and Ubiquitous Spatial Assistance Systems, combining the research fields of Intelligent User Interfaces, User Modeling, Cognitive Sciences, and Ubiquitous Computing.

Dr. Tim Schwarz

Dr. Tim Schwarz studied Computer Sciences and Computational Linguistics at the Saarland University. He joined DFKI in 2004 as a member of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 378, Resource Adaptive Cognitive Processes, which was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). In 2005, he joined the follow-up project Transfer Unit 53 RENA (Resource Adaptive Navigation), where he built an indoor positioning system based on active RFID tags and infrared beacons. From 2009 to 2012, Tim was a member of the Cluster of Excellence – Multimodal Computing & Interaction at the University of Saarland, and was an associate member of the DFKI automotive group. In 2012 he received his doctoral grade with the thesis „The Always Best Positioned Paradigm for Mobile Indoor Applications“. Since October 2014 Michael Feld and Tim are leading the MADMACS project.

Dr. Michael Feld

Dr. Michael Feld is a senior researcher at the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). He is currently leading the research project MADMACS, as well as co-leading the project HySociaTea. His research focus is on multimodal interaction and dialogue, personalization of human-machine interfaces involving user modelling and user adaptation, and speech technologies such as speech dialogue systems and speech-based classification. He also has a background in pattern classification / machine learning. He received his PhD supervised by Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster in 2011 on the topic “A Speaker Classification Framework for Non-intrusive User Modeling: Speech-based Personalization of In-Car Services“. Further research interests include application architecture design, home automation, parallel programming, and mobile devices.

Dr. Florian Daiber

Florian Daiber is a post-doctoral researcher at the Innovative Retail Laboratory (IRL) at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken, Germany. His main research is in the field of human-computer interaction, human-robot interaction, 3D user interfaces and ubiquitous sports technologies. Florian is currently working on 3D interaction with stereoscopic displays, mobile augmented reality and wearable sports technologies.

Yannick Körber

From 2010 to 2015 Yannick Körber, M.Sc., studied computer science at the Saarland University. His research interests include multimedia streaming and synchronization, HCI and device management in cyber-physical environments. In 2014 he joined the MADMACS group. His tasks in the project include the design and implementation of a communication middleware, which facilitates the integration and communication between devices in a semantic way. Furthermore, he develops an audio framework that synchronizes audio playback on multiple devices, whereby loudspeakers are selected and individually adapted in a context-aware way.

Magdalena Kaiser

Magdalena Kaiser, M.Sc., obtained her Master’s degree in Computer Science at Saarland University. Since July 2017, she is working as a full-time researcher in the Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) group at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Her main research is in the field of multimodal dialogue systems. In particular, she is interested in multimodal references, dialogue management strategies and natural language generation.

Associated Team

Fabio Andres Espinosa Valcarcel

Dr. Gerrit Kahl

Christian Lander

Andreas Luxenburger

Rafael Math

Guillermo Reyes Fuentes

Tanja Schneeberger

Winfried Schuffert

Frederik Wiehr