Jörg Siekmann


Jörg Siekmann started out as a carpenter and later graduated in wood engineering in Rosenheim. In 1969 he changed his life and became a student at the well known adult education centre Braunschweig Kolleg, where he obtained his A-level and then studied mathematics and physics at the university of Göttingen. Afterwards he graduated with an M.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Essex, England, where in 1976 he also obtained his Ph.D. in AI, supervised by Patrick Hayes. He then worked as a research assistant  in Karlsruhe and since 1983 as a professor in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he founded in 1989 with colleagues the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and became one of its directors. In 1991 he was appointed as a full professor at the department of computer science at the Saarland University and as a director at the DFKI. His research groups worked on automated reasoning for mathematics, knowledge representation, e-Learning for mathematics, formal methods and multiagent systems.

Jörg Siekmann was influential in establishing AI in Germany: he is one of the founding fathers of the first Sonderforschungsbereich 314 on AI (collaborative research centre of the DFG) and he is the founder and first chairman of the technical committee for AI within the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) and chairman of the Sonderforschungsbereich 378 for Ressource-bounded cognitive Processes in Saarbrücken. He was chairman of the European Network of Excellence COLOG Net and he is the founding editor of the Springer Lecture Notes in AI (LNAI) and other scientific journals and book series in logic and AI. In 1983 he organized in Karlsruhe the first large conference on AI, IJCAI, in Germany and he is one of the initiators of the German conference on AI (former GWAI). He is a fellow of the GI as well as the EurAI.

He was appointed to several international advisory boards of research institutions as well as government committees, including as chairman of the Portuguese advisory board of CENTRIA, the advisory board of the Icelandic AI Institue I3M, reviewer and member of the advisory board of the Carnegie Mellon University (USA), the Advisory Committee of the Australian National University (Canberra), and the Institute for Language, Logic and Computation in Amsterdam. He was an advisor and reviewer for research in Ireland, the OECD, the Fifth Generation Computing Initiative in Japan and further European institutions, in particular the former GDR, Bulgaria and China. He is an adjunct professor at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) and founder and co-president of the International Federation on Computational Logic (IFCoLog).

The scientific work of Jörg Siekmann is represented under the pulldown menu RESEARCH and PUBLICATIONS, political and academic activities under ABOUT on this website.

Currently he is a senior professor at Saarland University. His main research interests include artificial intelligence, automated reasoning, unification theory, e-Learning for mathematics and last but not least “Buddhism and AI”.





Saarland University




Hilbert Bernays Project




Sonderforschungsbereich 378


Department of Computer Science


50 Years AI


Erica Melismelis

Article “MenschMaschineMensch”


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