Professor Wolfgang Wahlster was born on February 2, 1953 in Saarbrücken, Germany. He received his diploma and doctoral degree (1981) in Computer Science from the University of Hamburg and is now Professor of Computer Science at Saarland University in Saarbrücken. Since 1988 he has been the Director and CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) in Saarbrücken, Kaiserslautern, Bremen und Berlin, worldwide the largest research institute in this area with more than 700 scientists.
He has been appointed member of the Research Union "Business - Science" as chief advisor for Information and Communication Technologies by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), organizing among others the future project "Industry 4.0". His research on human-machine interaction has been awarded with several prices, i.e. the German Future Prize of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany which is the highest innovation prize, and the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
He was the first German computer scientist elected Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. He is also an elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, of acatech, of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and of the German Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. Besides, he is a member of the Excecutive Steering Board of the EIT ICT Labs of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the Software-Cluster. On a voluntary basis, he works as spokesman of the Saarland Ambassadors and the Feldafing Circle, an association for promoting joint internet research by academic and industrial partners.
He is a member of the Münchner Kreis and the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the International Computer Science Institute at the University of Berkeley, California. He is honored as pioneer of computer scicence in the worldwide largest computer museum HNF and represented with an exhibit in the Hall of Fame for Future Technologies of the German Museum in Munich.
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