Prof. em. Dr. Otthein Herzog


Tel: –49 -421 218 64003
Fax: –49 -421 218 64047
Room: TAB 2.82
Mail: herzog(at)tzi[dot]de


1966-1967: General Studies at the Leibniz Kolleg, Universitaet Tuebingen

1967-1969: Studies of Electrical Engineering at the Universitaet Stuttgart

1969-1970: Studies of Informatics at the Universitaet Karlsruhe

1970-1972: Studies of Informatics and Mathematics at the Universitaet Bonn, Diploma (MSc) in Applied Mathematics and Informatics

1972-1977: Researcher at the Computer Science Department, Universitaet Dortmund

1976: Dr. rer. nat. from the Computer Science Department, Universitaet Dortmund

1977-1993: with IBM in several technical and managerial positions in international software product development and research. His projects included mainframe operating systems, quality assurance (DOS/VSE and Unix), communications software, full-text information retrieval systems (IBM SearchManager), CIM repository systems, and a system for environmental impact analysis for the EXPO 2000 at Hanover, Germany.

1985-1991: Head of the IBM Institute for Knowledge-based Systems in the Scientific Center of IBM Germany, numerous AI research projects, the most important one being LILOG - Natural Language Processing and Text Understanding.

2000-2002: CTO at Lenze AG, responsible for hardware and software development from gear boxes, electrical motors, electronic drives and servos to automation software.

1993-2009: Chaired Professor for Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Universitaet Bremen heading the Artificial Intelligence Research Group. Founder and Director of the TZI - Center for Computing and Communication Technologies,with 160 full-time researchers in 2009.

since 1998: Affiliate professor at the George Mason University, Machine Learning and Inference Laboratory, formerly directed by the late Dr. Ryszard Michalski, and now by Dr. Janusz Wojtusiak.

since 2009: supervising PhD students, directing research projects, and acquiring new projects at Universitaet Bremen

since 2010: “Wisdom Professor of Visual Information Technologies” at Jacobs University Bremen, where he is also a founding member of the Research Center “VisComX - Visual Communication and Expertise”.

since 2015: Professor at the CIUC, Tongji University, Shanghai, PR China


His current research interests at TZI/Universitaet Bremen include:

  • Multi-agent systems for modelling, simulating and optimizing autonomous processes and integration of heterogeneous data sources, e.g., for production and logistics networks,
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery techniques with applications in, e.g., network security, and dynamic knowledge management in autonomous processes.
  • Mobile, wearable and ubiquitous computing for AAL
  • Automatic content analysis and annotation of still images, videos and sound for content-driven multimedia archiving, retrieval, and video abstracting.

Within the Universitaet Bremen, Dr. Herzog continues to contribute to the interdisciplinary activities of the

  • LogDynamics - Bremen Research Cluster for Dynamics in Logistics,
  • the International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics,
  • the TZI, and
  • the International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology.

His research interests at Jacobs University Bremen as a faculty member of the Diversity Focus, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences include:

  • Automated semantic analysis of videos in cooperation with Prof. Peter Ludes, Mass Communications
  • Informatics for the Humanities,
  • Human-oriented Ambient Assisted Living.

His current research interests at the CIUC - Tongji University include:

  • Big Data Decision Support Systems for Urban Planning, together with Prof. WU Zhiqiang
  • Multiagent Simulation Systems supporting strategic Urban Planning, together with Prof. CAO Buyang

Since 2006, Dr. Herzog is elected Fellow of acatech – the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, where he was a member of the Executive Committee with the portfolio “International Relations” from 2011-2013. He was the Coordinator of the acatech Topical Network “Information and Communication Technology” from 2007 - 2011, and its Past Coordinator from 2011-2016. He chaired the acatech working group on Industry 4.0 together with Prof. Abramovici (Bochum) and was a member of the Big Data Working Group of Leopoldina and acatech. Since 2019, he chairs the acatech Working Group on “AI and Production” and is a member of the acatech Project Group “Advanced System Engineering”.

Dr. Herzog is also a Fellow of the German GI - Gesellschaft für Informatik, and member of the DAGM and the ACM.

In 2019, Dr. Herzog was elected by an independent jury as one of the ten most influential minds of Artificial Intelligence in Germany.

He also serves as

  • Member of the Governing Board and the Advisory Committee of the UNESCO International Knowledge Center for Engineering Sciences and Technology (IKCEST) in Beijing, China,
  • Member of the Shanghai Municipal Artificial Intelligence Strategy Advisory Expert Committee in Shanghai, China,
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Sino-German Institute for Intelligent Systems, Sino-German Ecopark, Qingdao, China,
  • Trustee and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT), Birlinghoven,
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the former BMBF Leading Edge Cluster, now the Technology Network ITS OWL - Intelligent Technical Systems Ostwestfalen-Lippe,
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of InES -Institute for Enterprise Systems, an interdisciplinary Research Institute for Enterprise Systems at the University of Mannheim,
  • Advisor to the Liuzhou Intelligent Construction and Safety Technology Research Institute of Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Member of the IFIP Board of the GI - Gesellschaft für Informatik.