Keynote Speakers

Michael Backes

Michael Backes is a full professor at the Computer Science Department of Saarland University and a Max Planck Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, where he has the chair for Information Security and Cryptography. He is the Director of the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA), and a Principal Investigator and Vice-coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI). Moreover, he is the speaker of the collaborative research center on Methods and Tools for Understanding and Controlling Privacy. More...


Roger Wattenhofer

Roger Wattenhofer is a full professor at the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Department, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He received his doctorate in Computer Science in 1998 from ETH Zurich. From 1999 to 2001 he was in the USA, first at Brown University in Providence, RI, then at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. He then returned to ETH Zurich, originally as an assistant professor at the Computer Science Department. More...


Matthias Seeger

Matthias Seeger is a Principal Applied Scientist at Amazon. After his PhD (2003 at Edinburgh University), he worked at the University of California in Berkeley until 2005, and at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen until 2008. He headed an independent research group within the DFG Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction at Saarland University and the MPI for Informatics in Saarbrücken until 2010. He was then an assistant professor at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences (EPFL), and from 2014 to 2016 a Senior Machine Learning Scientist at Amazon. More...


Nora Szech

Since 2013, Nora Szech is a Professor for Political Economics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Before she joined, she was a Professor for Industrial Economics at the University of Bamberg. She did her PhD under the supervision of Benny Moldovanu at the Bonn Graduate School of Economics. After her PhD, she held a PostDoc Position (Akademischer Rat) at the Chair of Benny Moldovanu (Economic Theory) at the University of Bonn. Apart from the calls from KIT and Bamberg, Nora Szech has received calls to chairs from the Universities of Bonn, Konstanz, and Passau. More...