Prof. Dr. Anna Förster (FB 1)

In February 2015 Anna Förster was appointed Professor for Communication Networks in the Faculty of Physics / Electrical Engineering. Thanks to the Excellence Initiative her appointment came ahead of schedule, making it possible for her to spend some time ‘learning the ropes’ from Carmelita Görg, the Professor for Electrical Engineering she will be taking over from. Her main teaching and research interests lie in the field of sustainable communications networking with applications in sustainability, civil defense and disaster management, as well as Smart City, Smart Home and Smart Grid. Anna Förster was born and raised in Bulgaria; she studied Computer Science at the Free University in Berlin and obtained her doctorate at the University of Lugano in Switzerland. From 2010 till 2014 she worked as a research associate at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland. At the University of Bremen she intends to pay special attention to integrating research-based learning in her teaching and research activities. To facilitate this, she will set up the "Smart Cyber-physical Systems” lab in the Faculty of Physics/Electrical Engineering, where University and school students across all disciplines will be able to implement their own applied research projects. The Faculty will be giving the lab their full support.

Prof. Dr. Mehul Bhatt (FB 3)

In 2015 Mehul Bhatt received a Junior Professorship in the field of Human-Centered Cognitive Assistance in the University of Bremen’s Faculty of Mathematics/Computer Science. He also holds an endowed professorship at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. Mehul Bhatt studied in Mumbai, India, and graduated with a Master’s from the University of Melbourne in Australia. His doctoral research project in Computer Science, which he completed in 208, was funded with an APA Award (Australian Post-graduate Award). Bhatt started his research activities in Bremen in 2007 as a DAAD scholarship holder in the University of Bremen’s Cognitive Systems Research Group, a cooperative project involving a number of international partners. From 2011 till 2014 he worked as a project leader in the Collaborative Research Center Spatial Cognition. This was followed by research stays in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Chile, Japan, India and Israel. At the University of Bremen he is particularly interested in various initiatives involving research-based learning, cooperation projects, and internationalization strategies. His main research interest lies at the interfaces between Artificial Intelligence, Computational Cognitive Systems and Spatial Cognition. The results of his research find applications in Geography, Robotics, and medical medical informatics. In addition to all this, Mehul Bhatt is cofounder of the DesignSpace Group, a research group which develops cognitive assistive technologies for use in architecture.

Prof. Dr. Tanja Schultz (FB3)

Tanja Schultz was appointed as Professor for Cognitive Systems in the Faculty of Mathematics/Informatics in April 2015. She sat the first state exam in mathematics and sport in 1989 before turning her attention to information science. After her degree she studied for a post doctorate in informatics at the University of Karlsruhe. She subsequently worked as a Research Scientist and Professor at the Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA, USA for six years. In 2007 she was offered a professorship at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, where she set up the Cognitive Systems Lab (CSL), as well as co-founding the Institutes for Anthropomatics and for Future Technologies. In her research, Tanja Schultz concentrates on the computer support of interpersonal communication as well as human-computer interaction on the basis of language and non-verbal communication signals. She also links computer learning techniques to innovations in bio signal processing, such as “silent speech communication” and “airwriting”. She was awarded the Alcatel-Lucent research prize in 2012 for all of her work in the field of “Humans and Technology in Communication Systems”. At the University of Bremen the computer scientist would like to further expand the focus on “Information – Cognition – Communication”. This will include setting up the biosignals laboratory where students will be able to achieve human-centred cognitive communication systems together with researchers from CSL@Uni-Bremen.

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Dickhaus (FB 3)

Thorsten Dickhaus has been a Professor for Mathematical Statistics in the Faculty of Mathematics/Informatics since March 2015. Dickhaus started his academic career with vocational training to become a technical assistant in mathematics at Jülich Research Centre, completing studies in technomathematics at the technical university of Aachen / Jülich department at the same time. From 2003 to 2005, he completed a masters course in "Mathematics and Fields of Application" at the University of Dusseldorf. He gained his doctorate there in 2008 with a thesis on "False Discovery Rate and Asymptotics". Afterwards, the mathematician first worked as a PostDoc at the Technical University of Berlin and later as a Junior Professor for Mathematical Statistics at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Then Dickhaus moved to the Weierstraß Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics. During this time he made important contributions to the theory of multiple tests for high-dimensional, spatially and time dependent, complex structured data, as well as to simultaneous statistical inference in general, which also continues to be the focus of his research. At the University of Bremen he plans to develop a consultancy centre for statistics and take on the responsibility for jointly organising stronger links between the Institute for Statistics in the Faculty of Mathematics and the stochastics teams at the University of Oldenburg.

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (FB 8)

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bremen and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) are happy to receive reinforcement: in May 2015 the sociologist, Anna-Katharina Hornidge, joined the new professorship “Sociology of Development and Knowledge”. The scientist studied Southeast Asian Studies at the Universities of Bonn and Singapore. She was awarded a doctorate on the construction of knowledge societies. Anna-Katharina Hornidge has been managing interdisciplinary research groups on Southeast and Central Asia since 2006 at the Centre for Development Research at the University of Bonn. From 2012 until the end of 2014, she was responsible for the academic coordination of the federal competency network Crossroads Asia. Following her postdoctoral qualification in 2014, she was appointed for a fixed term to the directorate and professorship of the social sciences department at the Centre for Development Research before accepting the appointment at Bremen. She will remain associated with Crossroads Asia and the Centre for Development Research as a member of the board and senior fellow. In Bremen, Anna-Katharina Hornidge will study marine epistemologies along the equator in her team. For her this means understanding how different marine cultures of knowledge and belief systems deal with the challenges of increasing environmental change and the socio-political transformation processes.

Prof. Dr. Eeva Sippola (FB 10)

Eeva Sippola has been teaching and researching in the University of Bremen’s Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies as Professor for Postcolonial Language Studies since 1st January 2015. Eeva Sippola was a student of Spanish Studies and Linguistics at the University of Helsinki (Finnland) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). While still working on her doctoral thesis, she was involved in editing the “Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Languages” published by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. After being awarded her doctorate in 2012 in Helsinki she worked for a tiem at the Finnland Institute in Madrid. Following this she was a post-doc in the Cognitive Creolistics Research Group at the University of Aarhus (Denmark). Her main research interests include language contact, typology and socio-linguistics in postcolonial situations, especially Pidgin and Creole Languages. Her most current research focuses on phylogenetic methods for investigating Iberian Creole languages and language ideologies in migrant groups. Eeva Sippola is Co-President of the “International Association of Postcolonial and Colonial Linguistics”, which was founded in Bremen in 2014.  The association investigates the relationships between language and colonialism from historical and contemporary perspectives. It plays an important role in establishing Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics as a new field of research in the discipline of Linguistics.at the interfaces between Artificial Intelligence, Computational Cognitive Systems and Spatial Cognition. The results of his research find applications in Geography, Robotics, and medical medical informatics. In addition to all this, Mehul Bhatt is cofounder of the DesignSpace Group, a research group which develops cognitive assistive technologies for use in architecture.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf (FB 10)

With effect from 1st January 2015 Kerstin Knopf was appointed Professor for Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies. Kerstin Knopf was a student of American/Canadian Studies as well as Spanish and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Greifswald and also spent time studying in Los Angeles (USA), Regina (Canada), and Göteborg (Sweden). In 2003 she was awarded a doctorate on the topic of indigenous film in Canada and the USA, and in 2012 she submitted a post-doctoral dissertation on 19th century Canadian Gothic Literature. She researched this topic in Regina, Toronto and Ottawa, and gained experience teaching North American literature, film and media in Greifswald, Rostock, Mainz, and Chester (USA). Her main research interests include postcolonial and indigenous studies, the African Diaspora, North American prison literature and 19th century literature, as well as feminist and gender studies. She is currently engaged in an international research project on indigenous film. In addition to this, she is working on two publication projects on “Indigenous Knowledge”. In February, Kerstin Knopf became Vice President of the Society for Canadian Studies in German-speaking countries. This interdisciplinary field of research investigates Canada-related topics from mixed disciplinary perspectives in sections such as Anglophone and Francophone language, literature and Culture, feminine and gender studies, geography, economics, and political and social science.