Prof. Dr. Matthias Weidlich

Databases and Information Systems
Department of Computer Science
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


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Johann von Neumann-Building
Department of Computer Science
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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Matthias Weidlich

Since October 2018, I have been a full professor at the Department of Computer Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU). I joined the department in April 2015 as a junior professor, supported by German Research Foundation (DFG) through the Emmy-Noether Programme. Earlier, I worked as research associate in the Large-Scale Distributed Systems group of Peter Pietzuch at the Department of Computing at Imperial College London and also held positions as a research fellow and adjunct lecturer at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, working with Avigdor Gal. From 2008-2011, I was a research assistant and PhD student in the Business Process Technology group of Mathias Weske at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), University of Potsdam, from which I received a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Computer Science in November 2011.

In 2018, I joined LAMSADE at the Université Paris Dauphine in Paris, France, as a visiting professor. Earlier, I have been a visiting fellow at the School of Information Systems at the Queensland University of Technology (2016 and 2017) and at the Department of Computing at Imperial College London (2015-2016). As of 2016, I am a Junior-Fellow of the German Informatics Society (GI).

My research focuses on specific types of information systems, those that are process-oriented and those that are event-driven. Such systems represent general-purpose technology with applications in diverse domains, reaching from health care through logistics to e-commerce. I am interested in formal methods for the specification and verification of information systems, their analysis based on log data, and techniques that optimise their run-time behaviour. Specifically, I explore scenarios where process-oriented and event-based systems come together: where processes generate events or event processing technology supports the execution of a process.


  • October 2018: I have been promoted to a Full Professor and Chair of Databases and Information Systems at the Department of Computer Science at Humboldt-Universtität zu Berlin.
  • September 2017: Our paper on Temporal Network Representation of Event Logs for Improved Performance Modelling in Business Processes, co-authored with Arik Senderovich and Avigdor Gal, won the Best Paper Award at the 15th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2017).
  • September 2017: Let's ask the crowd - we got three papers accepted in TKDE and the VLDB Journal, on validating crowd answers (VLDB Journal), computing crowd consensus (TKDE), and discovery of arguments (VLDB Journal). Congrats to the team!
  • July 2017: Inviting submissions to the 12th ACM International Conference on Distributed and Event-based Systems (DEBS 2018), which will be held in Hamilton, New Zealand. PC Co-Chairs of DEBS 2018 are Martin Hirzel and myself.
  • June 2017: Congrats to Florian Borchert, whose Master's Thesis on "Feature Extraction from Event Logs for Predictive Monitoring of Business Processes" written in our group won the Best Thesis Award at the Department of Computer Science at HU Berlin.
  • April 2017: Our paper on "Retaining data from streams of social platforms with minimal regret" has been accepted at IJCAi 2017. Congrats to the whole team!
  • November 2016: My work has been recognised with the Berlin Research Award (Young Scientist), awarded each year by the Governing Mayor of Berlin to a single researcher across all scientific disciplines.
  • November 2016: Making it work in practice... We received funding for transfer projects with two start-ups, exploring stream mining for predictive analysis in logistics with Synfioo and speeding-up event-based analysis of business processes with Lana Labs.
  • September 2016: Feeling honoured to have been selected as a Junior-Fellow of the German Informatics Society (GI).
  • August 2016: Looking forward to exploring new paradigms for process modeling as part of a research project funded by the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF).
  • February 2016: Inviting submissions to a Special Issue on Online Forecasting and Proactive Analytics in the Big Data Era in Elsevier's Big Data Research, deadline is June 15, 2016.
  • January 2016: Looking forward to collaborating with the BPM research group at QUT, Brisbane, Australia, on the foundations of alignments of process models - a project that is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme.