Hofmann, Thomas, Prof. Dr.
Machine learning, data analytics, natural language understanding, information retrieval
Thomas Hofmann has been full professor of Data Analytics in the Department of Computer Science since April 2014.
He was born in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, in 1966.
In 1997 he received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bonn, Germany. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT and the International Computer Science Institute of the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1999 he joined Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island as an assistant professor.
In 2004 he became director of the Institute for Integrated Publication and Information Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute and Professor of Computer Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.
In 2006, he moved into the private sector and served as Director of Engineering of the research department of Google Switzerland in Zurich.
Thomas Hofmann is co-founder (2001) of the company Recommind, which deals with search techniques.