Five new professors at the Einstein Center Digital Future

New impulse for digitalization research: Berlin's universities have started the new winter semester with five additional professorships at the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF). With topics such as water supply in large cities, the effects of chats and blogs on learning processes, the interpretability of algorithms and the energy consumption of electric vehicles, the ECDF is expanding its interdisciplinary portfolio.

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Mayweg has been appointed at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Three new scientists have started their work at the Technische Universität Berlin: Prof. Dr. Andrea Cominola, Prof. Sangyoung Park, PhD and Prof. Dr. Tilo Schwalger. Prof. Dr. Felix Biessmann has the "Data Science" professorship at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin.


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January 21, 2019
15 - 18 p.m.

Einstein Center Digital Future


The digital transformation affects all levels of society. This can only be shaped jointly by science, business and politics. One of the main issues in this context is “the last mile”. It concerns delivery services as well as public transport, network expansion or school classes. In the ECDF INDUSTRY FORUM on January 21st, 2019, we would like to elaborate new digital ways and possibilities to overcome the last mile. Please note that registration is required. For further details, click here.


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The Einstein Center Digital Future is an inter-university nucleus for research on the digitalization of our society. Its aim is to foster innovative, cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, and to provide outstanding training for talented young scholars. The Einstein Center Digital Future is a public-private partnership, initiating around 50 new professorships, and bringing together universities, non-university research institutes, and industrial enterprises, as well as regional and federal ministries. The scale of this alliance between public entities, sponsors and supporters is unique in Berlin’s history as a center of academic endeavor.


ECDF Principal Investigators


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Berlin is seeking the top minds in the field of digitalization.


Prof. Dr. Odej Kao

Speaker, Einstein Center Digital Future

Technische Universität Berlin

Prof. Johann-Christoph Freytag, Ph.D.

Speaker, Digital Infrastructure, Methods and Algorithms

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost

Speaker, Digital Humanities and Society 

Berlin University of the Arts

Prof. Dr. Axel Radlach Pries

Speaker, Digital Health
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Schiller

Speaker, Digital Industries and Services 

Freie Universität Berlin



Professor Kristina Höök

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Einstein Center Digital Future

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden

Professor Wolfgang Wahlster

Co-Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Einstein Center Digital Future

Saarland University, Germany, CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Professor Peter Apers

University of Twente, Netherlands

Professor Søren Brunak

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Joel Dudley, PhD, Associate Professor

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA

Professor Hans Hanson

Mälardalen University, Sweden

Professor Sabina Jeschke

RWTH Aachen University, Germany and Member of the Management Board for Digitalization and Technology, Deutsche Bahn AG



Berlin becomes a hotspot of digital research 

The digital future starts in Berlin. 50 new professorships will be established in the areas Digital Humanities and Society, Digital Industry and Services, Digital Health, as well as Digital Infrastructure, Methods and Algorithms. All four universities of Berlin and the Charité - University Hospital are participating. The Beuth University of Applied Sciences and the HTW University of Applied Sciences will also establish professorships. In close cooperation with extra-university research institutions, industry and politics the Einstein Center Digital Future will be established in Berlin. It will promote the German capital as a hotspot of digital research and development. 



Helmholtz Einstein International Research School in Data Science

The Helmholtz Einstein International Research School in Data Science (HEIBRiDS) is a cooperation project with the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF), Berlin’s universities and the six Helmholtz Centres in the capital region. In the future, HEIBRiDS will be training young data experts in the application of a new model. Highly talented graduates are given the opportunity to acquire special expertise in information technologies and in a further scientific domain.