Researcher. Teacher. Innovator.
Albrecht Schmidt is a professor of computer science at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich, where he holds a chair for Human-Centered Ubiquitous Media. Albrecht is also a co-founder of ThingOS GmbH, the scientific speaker of the ZD.B and the scientific co-director of the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM). His teaching and research interests are in human-centered artificial intelligence, intelligent interactive systems, ubiquitous computing, multimodal user interfaces, and digital media technologies. Prior to his current position, he was a professor at the University of Stuttgart, the University of Duisburg-Essen and he had a joint position between the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) and the University of Bonn (Germany). During his sabbatical in 2015 he was a visiting academic at the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge in the UK and he worked at Microsoft Research in Cambridge (UK). He studied computer science at the University of Ulm (Germany) and at the Manchester Metropolitan University where he wrote 1996 his MSc thesis with the title "A modular neural network architecture with additional generalisation abilities for high dimensional input vectors". In 2003 he completed his PhD on the topic of "Ubiquitous Computing - Computing in Context" at Lancaster University. Albrecht chaired the technical program of ACM SIGCHI 2014, he is on the editorial board of the ACM TOCHI journal, and he is the cofounder of the ACM conference TEI and Automotive User interfaces. In 2018 he was inducted into the ACM SIGCHI Academy and in 2020 he was elected into Leopoldina, the Germany academie of science.