Dr. Otthein Herzog

AI Research Professor
Universitaet Bremen
Professor of AI
Tongji University
Affiliate Research Professor
George Mason University
Adjunct Professor
Jacobs University
FB3 - Mathematics/ Informatics
Bibliothekstrasse 5
28359 Bremen, Germany
Wenyuan Bldg, R206
1239, Siping Road
Shanghai, PRC
Machine Learning and Inference Lab
Peterson Hall
Fairfax 22030, VA, USA
Diversity Focus
Campusring 1
28759 Bremen, Germany
oherzog[at]uni-bremen[dot]de oherzog[at]gmu[dot]edu o.herzog[at]jacobs-university[dot]de
+49-421 218 64003 +86-132 6229 8836 +49-421 200 3404


 1966-1967:  General Studies at the Leibniz Kolleg, Universitaet Tuebingen
 1967-1969:  Studies of Electrical Engineering at Universitaet Stuttgart
 1969-1970:  Studies of Informatics at Universitaet Karlsruhe
 1970-1972:  Studies of Informatics and Mathematics at Universitaet Bonn, Diploma (MSc) in Applied Mathematics and Informatics
 1972-1977:  Researcher at the Computer Science Department, Universitaet Dortmund, research stays at the Technion, Haifa, and the CS Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
 1976:  Dr. rer. nat. from the Computer Science Department, Universitaet Dortmund

Professional Experience

 1977-1993:  with IBM Germany, technical and managerial positions in international software product development, Software Engeneering, and AI research. Projects included mainframe operating systems, quality assurance (DOS/VSE and Unix), communications software, full-text information retrieval systems (IBM SearchManager), CIM repository systems, and a system for environmental impact analysis
 1985-1991:  Head of the IBM Institute for Knowledge-based Systems in the Scientific Center of IBM Germany, numerous AI research projects, the most important one was LILOG - Natural Language Processing and Text Understanding.
 1993-2009:  Chaired professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Universitaet Bremen heading the Artificial Intelligence Research Group.
 1995-2009:  Founder and Director of the TZI - Center for Information and Communication Technologies at Universitaet Bremen (except 2000-2002).
 1997-1998:  Sabbatical year: Research professor at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
 since 1998:  Affiliate Research Professor at George Mason University, Machine Learning and Inference Laboratory, formerly directed by the late Dr. Ryszard Michalski, and now by Dr. Janusz Wojtusiak.
 2000-2002:  CTO at Lenze AG, responsible for production automation hardware and software development: from gear boxes to automation software.
 2004-2009:  PI of the EU FRP4 Integrated Project WearIT@Work with 42 European partners on wearable technologies for production, maintenance, healthcare, and emergencies
 2004-2015:  PI (together with Prof. Scholz-Reiter) of the DFG Collaborative Research Center "Cooperating Autonomous Logistics Systems" at University of Bremen.
 2004-2010:  Founder and Director of the MTRC - Mobile Technologies Research Center at University of Bremen.
 2004-2009:  Founder, CEO and CTO of Mobile Solutions GmbH, Bremen
 since 2009:  Research Professor at Universitaet Bremen supervising many PhD students, directing research projects, and acquiring new projects at Universitaet Bremen.
 2010-2016:  Founder, CEO and CTO of InnovationsKontor Bremen GmbH.
 2010-2019:  Wisdom Professor (since 2020: Adjunct Professor) of Visual Information Technologies at Jacobs University Bremen, Social Sciences and Humanities, Diversity Focus, founding member of the Research Center “VisComX - Visual Communication and Expertise”.
 since 2015:  Summit Professor at the CIUC - China Intelligent Urbanization Co-Creation Center for High Density Region (CIUC), Tongji University, Shanghai.

Publications are listed here

Current Activities

Current research interests at TZI/Universitaet Bremen:

At the Universitaet Bremen, Dr. Herzog contributes to the interdisciplinary activities of

Current research interests at the CIUC - Tongji University:

Dr. Herzog is a Fellow of acatech – the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, where he served as Coordinator/Vice Coordinator of the acatech Topical Network “Information and Communication Technology”. From 2011-2013 he was a member of the acatech Executive Committee with the portfolio “International Relations”.

Dr. Herzog is a Fellow of the GI - Gesellschaft für Informatik, and member of the AAAI, DAGM and the ACM.

Dr. Herzog was elected by an independent jury as one of the ten most influential minds of Artificial Intelligence in Germany.

He also serves as