Wolfgang Wahlster

Wolfgang Wahlster is the director and CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) and a professor of computer science at Saarland University. Wahlster has published more than 200 technical papers and ten books on language technology, multimodal interfaces, and semantic technologies. His current research includes tangible multimodal interfaces, Car2X driving assistants, the internet of things, and semantic service description.

Work Experience

  • Director and CEO, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
  • Professor, Computer Science, Saarland University, Saarbruecken
  • Chief Scientific Advisor for ICT in the Research Union of the German Government
  • Member of the Board of various IT and VC companies in Germany
  • Member of the Executive Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT ICT Labs)
  • Chairman of the Steering Board of Deutsche Telekom Laboratories


  • PhD, Computer Science, University of Hamburg, 1981
  • Diploma degree, Computer Science, University of Hamburg, 1977

Awards, Honors and Significant Achievements

  • International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award
  • President, International Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
  • President, IJCAI Inc.
  • President, European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI)
  • AAAI Fellow, ECCAI Fellow, and GI Fellow
  • European Information Technology European Prize
  • First AI researcher to receive the Beckhurts Prize
  • German Future Prize awarded by the President of Germany
  • Full Member, German Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz
  • Full Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Halle
  • Foreign Member, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm
  • Full Member, Leibniz Academy BBAW, Berlin
  • Full Member, German Academy of Engineering, Berlin
  • Honorary Doctorates from Linkoeping University and Darmstadt University
  • Federal Cross of Merit, First Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany

Professor Wahlster's DFKI web page