Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. Matthias Renz

Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4, 24098 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-7272

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Information about Prof. Dr. Matthias Renz


Matthias Renz studied computer science at Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich (LMU). He received his PhD in 2006 and in 2011 he habilitated in computer science at LMU. In 2016, he was appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department for Data Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, USA. He received an appointment to the professorship of Archaeo-informatics - Data Science at Kiel University in 2018. Matthias Renz is a member of the Cluster of Excellence "ROOTS" as well as the Collaborative Research Centers SFB 1266 "Scales of Transformation" and SFB 1461 "Neurotronics".

Research questions

Matthias Renz's research is based in the area of Data Science - at the interface between computer science and other scientific disciplines. A central overarching question is how computer science can support data-driven research in other sciences and applications.
The key research questions addressed are:

  • How can we efficiently and effectively search for correlations and patterns in very large data sets that help to better understand relationships between real-world events and operations (processes)? Spatiotemporal and dynamic multidimensional data are of particular interest.
  • How can machine learning be used to identify real-world objects, events, or processes from data?
  • How can data from a wide variety of sources and different formats and scales be effectively merged?
  • How can structured relevant information be extracted from unstructured data as effectively as possible?
  • How to efficiently identify complex relationships in highly dynamic data streams?
  • How to deal with uncertainties in data in a trustworthy way during data analysis?


Current Research

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