Alois C. Knoll received his (M.Sc.) degree in Electrical/Communications Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1985 and his Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in computer science from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 1988. He served on the faculty of the computer science department of TU Berlin until 1993, when he qual-ified for teaching computer science at a university (habilitation). He then joined the Technical Faculty of the University of Bielefeld, where he was a full professor and the director of the research group Technical Informatics until 2001.
Between 2001 and 2004, he was a member of the board of directors of Fraunhofer-Society’s Institute for Autonomous Intelligent Systems and head of one of the robotics research departments of that institute.
Since autumn 2001, he has been a professor of Computer Science at the Computer Science Department of the Technische Universität München. He was also on the board of directors of the Central Institute of Medical Technology at TUM (IMETUM-Garching); between April 2004 and March 2006 he was Executive Director of the Institute of Computer Science at TUM.
His research interests include cognitive, medical and sensor-based robotics, multi-agent systems, data fusion, adaptive systems, multimedia information retrieval, model-driven development of embedded systems, and formal verification. In these fields, he has pub-lished over 400 technical papers and guest-edited international journals. He has partici-pated (and has coordinated) several large scale national collaborative research projects (funded by the EU, the DFG, the DAAD, the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia) and a large number of projects with industry funding.
He initiated and was the program chairman of the First IEEE/RAS Conference on Hu-manoid Robots (IEEE-RAS/RSJ Humanoids2000), he was general chair of IEEE Hu-manoids 2003, general chair of Robotik 2004 and 2008, the largest German conference on robotics, and he served on several other organising committees as well as editorial boards of international journals.
Between 2007 and 2009, he was a member of the EU’s highest advisory board for infor-mation technology, ISTAG, the Information Society Technology Advisory Group, and a member of its subgroup for Future and emerging Technologies (FET). In this capacity, he was actively involved in developing the concept of the EU’s FET Flagship projects, and he was one of the authors of the FET-Flagship report.
In January 2009, he co-founded “fortiss”, the Munich Software and Systems Institute, which is a large scale joint operation by the State of Bavaria, TUM and Fraunhofer Society. This research institute organizes joint research and bi-directional knowledge transfer between TUM’s Department of Informatics and the local as well as national industry.
Prof. Knoll has always had a profound interest in teaching and supervising students at all levels. Most notably, with the support of German industry, he started TUM’s Graduate School of Information Science in Health (GSISH), which brings together students of medicine and informatics in research-oriented projects, and which hosts more than 40 PhD students. He is the host of the “Rudolf Diesel Research Group: Innotruck” at TUM’s Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS).
At present, among other projects, he is the coordinator of the EU-Project ECHORD++, a large initiative for bringing together robotics industry, research institutes and universities with the aim of advancing new robot technologies to market-readiness. He started the predecessor, the ECHORD project, in 2008.
He is leader of the EU Human Brain Project's section on Neurorobotics, one of the two EU ICT Flagships with the largest funding ever in the EU's DG for research. He is also a member of the HBP’s board of directors in the role of the HBP director for software development.
He is a Program PI of TUM-CREATE in Singapore, a joint undertaking between the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore NTU and TUM-Asia on Electric Transportation in Megacities as well as the optimization of multi-modal transport, which is funded by Singapore's National Research Foundation NRF. His focus there is on Model-ling, Simulation and Optimization for Architectures and Infrastructure with an emphasis on both methodology development and practical systems.
He is a Visiting Research Professor of NUS, the National University of Singapore.
In 2010, Prof. Knoll was appointed a Fellow of the University of Tokyo, Japan.
He is a member of the German Society for Computer Science (Gesellschaft für Informat-ik (GI)) and a Senior Member of the IEEE.