Education and Work

1. Education and Work Experience

1.1 University Career

 July 2006- Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Galway.
 October 2005-June 2006Acting Executive Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Since October 2003

Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway (leading a group of 10 PostDocs, PhD Students and master students).
April  2003-July 2005Research Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.
July 2002-July 2005
Computer Scientist, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute, Los Angeles, USA.
July 1999-July 2002
Postdoc and Research Associate at the Computer Science Department, Stanford University, USA.
October 1995-July 1999 Ph.D. studies at University of Karlsruhe, Faculty of Economic Science. Title of the Ph.D. thesis: "Semantic Web Methods for Knowledge Management", process completed Feb. 2002, passed with distinction (summa cum laude).
Committee: Prof. Dr. Peter Knauth, Prof Dr. Gio Wiederhold, and Prof. Dr. Rudi Studer
1988-1995Study of Computer Science at the University of Kaiserslautern, Diplom (Masters Degree) passed with distinction (summa cum laude) (best possible result, best 2% of all students). Focus of my studies was AI (especially Automated Theorem Proving, Expert Systems, Logic Programming and Deductive Databases) and Mathematics (here especially Finite Model Theory).

1.2 Secondary Education and Military Service

1987 - 1988Military Service, Wuppertal and Duelmen
1978 - 1987Secondary School, Gymnasium Georgianum Vreden, final grade 1.6 (best 5%)