Holger Hoos to join RWTH with an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship


In January 2022, the RWTH AI ecosystem will be increased by expertise in automated machine learning (AutoML).

  Portrait Holger Hoos Copyright: © Elodie Burrillon

Holger-Hendrik Hoos currently holds a chair in AI at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), the department of computer science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. After having been selected for an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, he will transition to RWTH in January. The research prize, awarded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is given to world-renowned scientists and comes with funding of 5 million euros, making it the most highly endowed research funding in Germany. Hoos, who is German-Canadian, is a pioneer in the area of automated configuration, selection, and performance prediction of algorithms for challenging AI problems. He is a Fellow of the renowned Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI), and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). His machine learning research has won numerous prestigious awards. In 2018, he was one of the three co-founders of the CLAIRE initiative which seeks to strengthen European excellence in AI research and innovation. At RWTH, Holger Hoos will join the Department of Computer Science. Professor Hoos will furthermore join the board of directors of the AI Center, where he will not only contribute his expertise, but also his international network.

The entire press release can be found on the RWTH homepage.