Professor Helge Ritter Appointed to the NRW Academy of the Sciences and the Arts

NRW Academy anniversary celebration on 12 May.

The North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) Academy of the Sciences and the Arts has appointed the Bielefeld Computer Science Professor Dr. Helge Ritter to its ranks. The Academy is celebrating its anniversary by appointing 22 new full members. These new members will enter the ranks of the Academy in a celebration to be held on 12 May.

The new members of the three scientific classes and the class of the arts will present themselves to the public at the annual Academy celebration to be held at the Karl-Arnold-Haus der Wissenschaften in Düsseldorf. Professor Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, the State Minister for Innovation, Science, Research, and Technology in NRW will convey the best wishes of the state government to approximately 300 high-ranking guests from science, industry, and politics. Helge Ritter will be appointed a full member of the class of engineering and economic sciences. New members are appointed for life.

Helge Ritter (52) studied physics and mathematics at the Universities of Bayreuth, Heidelberg, and Munich. After his dissertation in 1988 and subsequent scientific residences at the Helsinki University of Technology and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology in Urbana (USA), he took a chair at Bielefeld University's Faculty of Technology in 1990. He is head of the Neuroinformatics research group specializing in the study of artificial neural networks in the field of computer vision, robot control systems, and the modelling of cognitive processes. Professor Ritter was a key figure in the Bielefeld Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) "Situated Artificial Communicators" and later in the CRC "Alignment in Communication". In 1996/97, he was a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. In 1999, Helge Ritter was awarded the Technical Communication Research Prize of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation for his research on neuroinformatics; in 2001, he won the German Research Foundation's (DFG) "Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Programme". Helge Ritter is one of the founders and directors of the Bielefeld Institute of Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) and Coordinator of the Centre of Excellence on Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University

The Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste was founded in 1970 as the successor to the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Forschung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen set up by the State Premier Karl Arnold on 15 April 1950. It is organized into three classes for the sciences and one class for the arts whose members meet up regularly to engage in academic exchange. At the moment, there are 208 full members and 125 corresponding members. Its further tasks are to cultivate relations to academic institutions, to encourage academic research, to award prizes for academic excellence, to publish its proceedings, to publish scientific treatises, to implement the academic goals set down in the Academy programme, and to organize public events.