Christian Igel is a professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen (DIKU). He studied Computer Science at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. In 2002, he received his Doctoral degree from the Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University, Germany, and in 2010 his Habilitation degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Sciences, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. From 2003 to 2010, he was a Juniorprofessor for Optimization of Adaptive Systems at the Institut für Neuroinformatik, Ruhr-University Bochum. In October 2010, he was appointed professor with special duties in machine learning at DIKU. Since December 2014 he is a full professor at DIKU.
Christian is constituent CEO of the new SCIENCE AI Centre, an umbrella organization that fosters collaboration within the faculty of science at the University of Copenhagen in research areas related to AI and data science.
Currently, Christian’s main research interests are support vector machines, evolution strategies for multi-objective optimization and reinforcement learning, PAC-Bayesian analysis of ensemble methods, and deep neural networks as well as applications of these methods.
Among others, Christian serves as an Editor of the German Journal on Artificial Intelligence (KI) and as an Associate Editor of the Evolutionary Computation Journal (ECJ) and the Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ).
He was Editor-in-chief of the ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computing Conference (GECCO) 2014, an Area Chair at Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) 2014, and Co-chair of ACM Foundations of Genetic Algorithms (FOGA) 2017.