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Raúl Rojas González

Professor of Computer Science (W3)

Personal data

Name: Raúl Rojas González

Date of birth: 06.25.55

Place of birth: Mexico City

Marital status: Married, 1 child

Nationality: Mexican (by birth) and German (since 1996)

Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences

Address

Prof. Dr. Raúl Rojas Tel: ++49/30/83875130

Freie Universität Berlin Fax: ++49/30/83875059 FB Mathematik und Informatik Institut für Informatik Arnimallee 7 rojas@inf.fu-berlin.de D-14195 Berlin, Germany www.inf.fu-berlin.de /~rojas 2 Education 1994 Habilitation in Computer Science at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Free University of Berlin. The Habilitation is a German title that can be only obtained after the PhD.

Habilitation thesis: "The Theory of Neural Networks" (in German). Published by Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

1988 PhD (summa cum laude) at the Otto Suhr Institute, Free University of Berlin (PhD in Economics and Social Sciences).

Thesis: "On the History of the Critique of Political Economy" (in German). Published by Rotbuch Verlag, Berlin.

1981 Master of Economics at the Department of Economics, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

1980 Master of Science (Mathematics) at the Department of Mathematics, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico.

Thesis: "New Results in the Theory of Oscillations of Solutions of Differential Equations" (in Spanish) 1977 Bachelor of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico. Ranked first in the class of 1977.

Thesis: "Nonlinear Optimization Algorithms" (in Spanish) 3 Professional experience 2014-2015 Visiting Professor (six months, Fall term, during my sabbatical), School of Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

1997-2014 Tenured Professor of Artificial Intelligence (C4) at the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Free University of Berlin. Chairman of the Department of CS from 1999 to 2001.

2010 Visiting Professor (six months, Fall term, during my sabbatical), Department of Statistics, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

2009 Visiting Professor, Doctoral Program in Artificial Intelligence, CS Department, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spring 2009.

2008 Visiting Professor, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Exactas e Ingeniería, Depto. de Computación, academic year 08/09.

2007 Visiting Professor (six months, Spring term, during my sabbatical), Department of Statistics, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

2002 Visiting Professor (six months, Fall term, during my sabbatical), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Mills College, Oakland, California.

1994-1997 Tenured Professor of Artificial Intelligence (C3) at the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

1994 Visiting Professor (six months), Institute of Electronics of the Technical University of Vienna, Laboratory of Neural Electronics.

1993 Visiting Professor (six months), Computer Science Department, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

1989-1994 Researcher at the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Free University of Berlin. Leader of the Neural Networks group.

1986-1989 Researcher at the German National Corporation for Mathematics and Computer Science (GMD-FIRST). Member of the Prolog-Machines group.

1984-1986 Lecturer (part-time) at the Free University of Berlin and at the Technical College of Berlin.

1979-1982 Lecturer (part-time) at the Economics Department, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

1977-1981 Lecturer ("Profesor Asociado C") at the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico.

1977-1978 Leader of the Operating Systems Group at the National Nuclear Research Center, Mexico.

1976-1976 Systems analyst for the steel company Lázaro Cárdenas-Las Truchas in Mexico City.

1974-1976 Programmer at the National Nuclear Research Center, Mexico.

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2011 Visiting Professor at the School of Engineering, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico.

2010 Visiting Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand (December 2010-January 2011).

2006 Visiting Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Stanford University, (Fall quarter 2006).

2003 Visiting Professor at the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania (Spring term 2003).

2002 Invited Professor at the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning. Stanford University (Fall term 2002).

2000 Visiting Professor at the Center for Mathematics Research (CIMAT), Guanajuato, Mexico (one month).

1998 Senior visitor at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and Distinguished Lecturer at the EE/CS Department, University of California at Berkeley (five months).

1995 Senior visitor at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) with the AI group (two months) 1994 Senior visitor at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) with the speech recognition group (three months).

1993 Senior visitor at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) with the speech recognition group (three months).





5 Membership in boards

2011- Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Robotics, Basel, Switzerland 2006-2013 Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Information Technology, Oldenbourg Verlag, Munich.

2002- Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Universal Computer Science, SpringerVerlag, Berlin.

2001-2004 Member of the Editorial Board of the Iterations Journal published by the Charles Babbage Institute for the History of Computing, University of Minnesota.

2000-2005 Member of the Executive Committee of the RoboCup Organization.

1999- Member of the Editorial Board of the Annals of the History of Computing published by the IEEE.

1999-2005 Member of the Green Academy of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation 1998- Director of the Konrad Zuse Internet Archiv, a project funded by the German Research Association.

1996- Member of the advisory council of the Journal Künstliche Intelligenz of the Gesellschaft für Informatik, Germany.

6 Awards and Distinctions

2014 Recipient of the Award Professor of the Year by the German Association of University Professors. 10.000 Euro Prize.

2014 Recipient of the Tony Sale Award from the British Computer Society for contributions to the history of computing. 1000 £ prize.

2011 Inducted as corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Engineering Section.

2010 E-Learning Prize of FU Berlin for the development of the system E-Chalk and of intelligent classrooms.

2009 Selected as member of Mexico’s CONACYT “National Research System”, SNI, Level III.

2008 Gold Medal “Heberto Castillo” for my robotics work, awarded by the Institute of Science and Technology (ICyT), Mexico D.F., November 2008. The ICyT created also the Medal “Raúl Rojas González” which was awarded in Mexico in 2008.

2008 Technology Transfer Prize “WissensWerte” of the Technology Foundation Berlin (TSB), October 2008, for the development of a reading system for the blind,

20.000 Euro Prize. The company Beyo GmbH is now selling the device.

2007 Honorary professorship (Catedra Laboris) at Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, for the year 2007.

2006 JAX Innovation Award 2006 (second prize) for the E-Chalk system, Wiesbaden, Germany, May 2006.

2005 Wolfgang von Kempelen Prize for the History of Computing, awarded jointly by the Austrian Computing Society and the Austrian Ministry for Communication, Innovation and Technology. 5000 Euro prize.

2002 Recipient of the European Academic Software Award 2002 with the “E-Chalk” system during the finals held in Ronneby Sweden in November 2002. Corecipients: Lars Knipping, Gerald Friedland.

2002 My book “Encyclopedia of Computers and Computer History” received the “Outstanding Reference Source” award of the American Library Association, and the “Outstanding Academic Title 2001” award of the Current Review for Academic Libraries.

2001 First Prize in the Multimedia Contest of the Economics Ministry with the project "EChalk: A Multimedia Tool for the Classroom and the Internet". In collaboration with Lars Knipping, Gerald Friedland and Ulrich Raffel. 50.000 DM prize.

1999 Distinguished Scholar Award from the German-American Academic Council and visit thereof to the University of Pennsylvania, Moore School of Engineering. As awardee I was selected to start the Moore School Lectures Series, which now takes place annually.

1982 German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) award to conduct PhD studies in Germany.

1977 Winner of Mexico's National Council for Science and Technology Prize as best student of the class of 1972-1977 in the field of Mathematics at the National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City.

Awards in Robotic Soccer

2013 Third place at the Robotic Soccer World Championship (RoboCup 2013) in Eindhoven, Netherlands, with the humanoid team FUB-KIT (June 2013) 2010 Second place at the Robotic Soccer World Championship (RoboCup 2010) in Singapore, Austria, with the humanoid team FUmanoids (June 2010).

2009 Second place at the Robotic Soccer World Championship (RoboCup 2009) in Graz, Austria, with the humanoid team FUmanoids (July 2009).

2007 Third place at the Robotic Soccer World Championship (RoboCup 2007) in Atlanta, Georgia, with the humanoid team FUmanoids (June 2007).

2005 First place at the Robotic Soccer World Championship (RoboCup 2005) in Osaka, Japan, F-180 League, with my FU-Fighters Team (July 2005).

Second place in the Mid-Size League with the FU-Fighters Team (July 2005) 2004 First place at the Robotic Soccer World Championship (RoboCup 2004) in Lisbon, Portugal, F-180 League, with my FU-Fighters Team (July 2004).

2004 Small-Size League Engineering Award at RoboCup 2004, Lisbon, Portugal.

2004 First place at the Robotic Soccer Championship (German Open 2004) in Paderborn, Germany, F-180 League, with my FU-Fighters Team (April 2004).

2002 Second place at the Robotic Soccer World Championship (RoboCup 2002) in Fukuoka, Japan, F-180 League, with my FU-Fighters Team.

2000 Second place at the Robotic Soccer World Championship (RoboCup 2000) in Melbourne, Australia, F-180 League, with my FU-Fighters Team.

2000 First place at the Robotic Soccer European Championship (EuroCup 2000) in Amsterdam, Netherlands, F-180 League, with my FU-Fighters Team. 10,000 DM prize.

1999 Second place at the Robotic Soccer World Championship (RoboCup 1999) in Stockholm, Sweden, F-180 League, with my FU-Fighters Team.

Awards for theses and projects directed

2012 First place in the scientific video competition of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2012), together with R. Guilbourd for the project “Reading Glasses for the Blind”.

2nd Place in the European Satellite Navigation Competition, “Autonomous Logistic Robots“ Miao Wang, Tinosch Ganjineh & Raul Rojas.

3rd Place in the European Satellite Navigation Competition, “Galileo-enabled and ejectable aircraft black box“, Raul Rojas, Miao Wang & Tinosch Ganjineh.

2002 Thesis director of the project “Exymen – An extendable media editor”, which received the best undergraduate thesis award from the Gesellschaft für Informatik in Germany.

2001 Thesis director of the project "Reactive Robotics for Soccer" which received the special prize in the third biannual German "Studienpreis" competitition.

1997 Thesis director of the project "Recognition of Handwritten Digits for the Postal Service" which received third prize in the first biannual German "Studienpreis" competitition.

7 Startup Companies

2007-08 Co-founder of the company “Beyo GmbH” in Potsdam, Germany. The company produces reading systems for the blind and software for image processing. For the idea which lead to the startup, I was awarded the Technology Transfer Prize of the Technologiestiftung Berlin (TSB) in 2008. I sold my shares to investors in 2008.



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