Prof. Dr. Niels Landwehr

Prof. Dr. Niels Landwehr


Campus Griebnitzsee
University of Potsdam
Department of Computer Science
Building 4, Office 0.13
August-Bebel-Str. 89
14482 Potsdam, Germany

Until 31.03.2021, I was a professor for "Data Science in Agriculture" at the Institute of Computer Science in a joint appointment with the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB).  As of 01.04.2021, I have moved to a professorship for "Data Science" at the University of Hildesheim (new home page currently under construction). We therefore do not offer any courses at the University of Potsdam any more.

Research Interests

My research interests are in machine learning and computational data analysis. In addition to developing novel methods and studying their statistical and algorithmic properties, we also work on different application problems. We currently focus on applications of machine learning to agricultural and bioeconomic production systems. I have also worked in joint projects with partners from industry, for example on targeting marketing, IT-security, and the evaluation of ranking models in information retrieval, and with researchers in psychology (models of human eye movements) and geophysics (seismic hazard analysis).


For an up-to-date list of publications, also see my Google Scholarprofile.


  • Program Co-Chair, European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML-PKKD) 2016.
  • Workshop Co-Chair, European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML-PKKD) 2013.
  • Programme Committee Memberships:
    • AAAI, Conference of the Association for Advancement of Articial Intelligence ['10,'12,'18,'20]
    • ACML, Asian Conference on Machine Learning ['14]
    • AISTATS, International Conference on Articial Intelligence and Statistics ['09]
    • ECML, European Conference on Machine Learning ['07,'09,'20]
    • ECAI, European Conference on Articial Intelligence ['12]
    • ICML, International Conference on Machine Learning ['09,'10,'11,'12,'13,'14,'15]
    • IJCAI, International Joint Conference on Articial Intelligence ['09,'11,'19,'20]
    • ILP, International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming ['09,'10]
    • NIPS, Neural Information Processing Systems (reviewer) ['08,'09,'12,'13,'14,'15]
    • StarAI, Statistical Relational AI Workshop ['13,'14]
    • SRL, Workshop on Statistical Relational Learning ['09,'12]
  • Editorial Board, Machine Learning Journal (since 2010).

Brief Bio

I obtained a M.Sc. in computer science ("Diplom Informatik", scl) from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, in July 2003; and a Ph.D. in machine learning ("Doctoraat", scl) from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in February 2009. From February 2009 to January 2013 I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Potsdam, Germany. In November 2012 I was awarded an Emmy Noether Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for leading a junior research group on Machine Learning and Scientific Data Analysis. Since November 2017 I have led a junior research group at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), and since November 2019 I am a professor for Data Science in Agriculture at the Institute for omputer Science in a joint appointment with the ATB.


  • ECMLPKDD-2013 Test of Time Award
  • ECML-2012 Best Paper Award
  • 2009 Scientific Prize IBM Belgium for Informatics ("best Ph.D. thesis in computer science in Belgium")
  • 2009 ECCAI Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award ("best Ph.D. thesis in artificial intelligence in Europe")
  • VDI Förderpreis ("outstanding M.Sc. thesis")
  • ECML-2003 Best Student Paper Award