Volker Tresp

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Principal Research Scientist

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Research Interests

My current research interests focus on Statistical Relational Learning, which combines machine learning with relational data models and first-order logic and enables machine learning in knowledge bases. An aspect of particular interest is that machine learning tasks such as classification and object recognition can be supported by rich background knowledge. 

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I received a Diploma degree in physics from the University of Göttingen in 1984  and M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1986 and 1989, respectively.  During my Ph.D., I worked in  the Image Processing and Analysis Group (IPAG) at Yale. In 1990, I joined Siemens where I have been heading various research teams in machine learning.  In 1994 I was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Center for Biological and Computational Learning.  Each summer I give a lecture on  machine learning and data mining (since 2003).   Lecture Material can be found here (under construction). In 2011 I was appointed professor in informatics at the LMU (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich).

E-mail (email): volker.tresp at s i e m e n s.com
Mobile phone: +49 173 5293072


Former Students

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"Bad talks make you want to die and good talks mess up your brain" (why one should avoid talks)   more

Origin of the name Tresp (my best guess). Tresp is related to the German word "dreist", which means audacious.  The name would really stand for  someone who comes from the village where one can cross over the bubbling ("dreisten") brook. The brook is called Dreisbach, the village Drespe (earlier form: Dreispe). The term is related to the  Celtic term for “bubbling spring”. Then the "e" was droppped and in East Prussia, to where some people of that name had immigrated, the "D" changed to a "T".