First cfaed Open Topic Professorship Appointed: Congratulations to Professor Markus Krötzsch

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On 1 July 2016, Dr. Markus Krötzsch commenced his position as Chair of Knowledge-Based Systems at the Cluster of Excellence cfaed / TU Dresden. This Chair is the first of cfaed’s Open Topic Professorships, which are intended to keep rising stars in Dresden or to win international talents. Krötzsch had received attractive offers from all over the world but accepted the offer of TU Dresden and cfaed to stay at the Faculty of Computer Science which he joined in 2013 as Emmy Noether research group leader. His expertise and excellence is already internationally recognized, proven recently by having been awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize for young scientists by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

After completing his PhD ‘summa cum laude’ at the renowned Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2010, Krötzsch gained international research experience at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, UK. Having secured the prestigious Emmy Noether scholarship, he returned to his native Saxony to establish a research group at the Institute of Theoretical Computer Science. Last year, Krötzsch was awarded the Young Investigator status of TU Dresden, giving him the opportunity to teach and supervise PhD students independently.

At the young age of 35 years, he now has the chance to build up his Chair with the support of cfaed through which he also has access to a wide variety of research areas, including, e.g., hardware and system design, computer networks, and cell biology. In turn, Krötzsch will support and enhance the scientific excellence of the Cluster. Teaching responsibilities include the support of the international Master program in Computational Logic.

The challenging, future-oriented research program of Prof. Krötzsch will include the following topics:

  • Foundations and applications of Knowledge Graphs and Semantic Web technology
  • Knowledge representation and reasoning in lightweight and rule-based ontology languages
  • Research and development of community-based knowledge management platforms, such as Wikidata, of which Krötzsch is a co-founder
  • Analysis and optimization of recursive database queries and advanced data analytics methods

Within cfaed, the Chair’s research will be integrated into the system-oriented Research Paths including the CRC912 HAEC (Highly Adaptive Energy-Efficient Computing).

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