Volker Tresp

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Distinguished Research Scientist

E-mail (email): volker.tresp at lmu dot de

Prospective students: As LMU professor, I can supervise Ph.D. students.    We are looking for students who are looking for master thesis projects and who have a strong mathematical background!
Open PhD position: I can hire a PhD student for our new BMBF funded project QLindA, on quantum computing for discrete optimization and reinforcement learning. The student would get funding from Siemens, as well as a part-time position.  Of course there are some application perspectives, but there is also plenty of room for cutting edge research.

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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, working with the teams of Tomaso Poggio and Michael I. Jordan.  I am co-editor of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) 13. Each summer I give a lecture on  Machine Learning (since 2003).   In 2011 I was appointed professor in informatics at the LMU (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich).  I am  a lecturer of  Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence (2018/2019).  In 2018, as a first researcher, I was awarded the title of a Siemens Distinguished Research Scientist.  In 2020 I became an ELLIS Fellow.


Former Ph.D. Students

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Origin of the name Tresp (my best guess). Tresp is related to the Saxon (mittelniederdeutsch) 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 (first records around 1650), the "D" changed to a "T". 
Then there is also: trespe, f. , ein unter dem getreide wachsendes unkraut (Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob Grimm und Wilhelm Grimm) and  Triesch (Brache: unused farmland)