Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of HITS is a group of internationally renowned scientists that supports the management of HITS in various aspects of running, planning, and directing the institute. In particular, the SAB orchestrates the periodic evaluation of all the research groups of HITS. The evaluation  is a continuous process involving three to four research groups per year. The SAB presents the results to the HITS management and makes recommendations of how to further improve the institute’s research performance.

The SAB had its constitutive meeting in November 2014, and currently consists of ten members (as of December 2016):

Prof. Dr. Tony Hey

The list of his professional affiliations is stunning: Since his PhD in theoretical physics in Oxford in 1970, Tony Hey has been working in many positions in physics and computer science. After post doc years at the Caltech, where he worked with Richard Feynman, he moved to Geneva to become a fellow at CERN. In…


Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell

Stefan Hell pioneered breaking the diffraction resolution barrier in a light microscope using conventional lenses – a crucial achievement for biomedical research. He invented and developed STED (Stimulated Emission Depletion”) microscopy. For his contributions, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014. Born in Arad, Romania, Stefan Hell studied in Heidelberg and earned…


Prof. Dr. Masaru Kitsuregawa

Masaru Kitsuregawa received the B.E. degree in electronics engineering in 1978, and the Ph.D degree in information engineering in 1983 from the University of Tokyo. Since then, he has published more than 200 journal papers and conference papers. He is currently a full professor, professor of the Center for Information Fusion at the Institute of…


Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lengauer

Thomas Lengauer is director at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI-INF) in Saarbrucken, Germany. He studied Mathematics (Dr. rer. nat., FU Berlin 1976) and Computer Science (PhD, Stanford 1979). From 1979 to 1981, he worked at Bell Labs before he returned to Germany. After achieving his habilitation, he became a full professor at the…


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gert Martin Greuel

Gert-Martin Greuel was distinguished senior professor at the University of Kaiserslautern until he retired in March 2015. As the long-standing director of the Mathematical research center Oberwolfach (MFO), he has shaped mathematics in Germany for the last decades. He studied mathematics and physics in Göttingen and at the ETH Zürich (diploma in 1971, PhD 1973).…


Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Chair

Since November 2014, Dieter Kranzlmüller has been the chair of the HITS Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Recalling the first meeting, he remembers that the SAB members were really excited about the work of the HITS research groups. “After the first group presentation, we already had 45 minutes delay because it was so interesting to listen…


Prof. Dr. Alex Szalay

Alex Szalay is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy and in the Department of Computer Science. He is also the director of the “Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science. He authored many fundamental papers on the formation of structure in the…


Dr. Heribert Knorr

Heribert Knorr studied political science, sociology, history and English at the universities of Tübingen and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After the state examiniation he wrote his dissertation on a constitutional law topic, supervised by Professor Theodor Eschenburg. Subsequently, he worked in positions in the administration of the University of Tübingen, and then in the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg,…


Dr. Adele Goldberg, Vice-Chair

“Don’t ask whether you can do something, but how to do it.” This quote is from Adele Goldberg, one of the computer science pioneers from Xerox PARC. Along with Alan Kay, she developed Smalltalk. Smalltalk was used to prototype the WIMP (windows, icons, menus, pointers) interface at Xerox PARC, the cornerstone for today’s modern graphical…