Bassam Mokbel

Dr. rer. nat. Dipl.-Inf. Bassam Mokbel

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Short Bio:

I studied computer science at Clausthal University of Technology in Germany, where I received my Diploma degree in 2009. During my studies, I regularly participated in the yearly German-Polish workshop ICOLE on computational biology, scheduling and machine learning in Lessach, Austria, and I spent one term at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. After graduating, I became a research assistant in Clausthal, working in the state-funded collaborative research programme 'IT Ecosystems' about complex and heterogeneous distributed computer systems. In April 2010, I joined the CITEC in Bielefeld, and participated in the research project 'Learning Feedback in Intelligent Tutoring Systems' (FIT) within the DFG priority programme 1527 'Autonomous Learning'. I successfully defended my PhD thesis in May 2015 and continued as a postdoc researcher at CITEC, contributing to the large-scale project 'Cognitive Service Robotics Apartment', as well as the industry transfer project 'SO-Pro' within the 'It's OWL' research network until July 2016. I am currently a Senior Data Scientist at Resolto.

Research interests:

My interests lie in the fields of intelligent data analysis and machine learning, focusing on (dis)similarity-based dimensionality reduction, clustering, and classification algorithms, as well as their real-world application. My aim is to improve and develop methods to process complex data by utilizing concepts of computational intelligence and drawing inspiration from human cognition. In this context, I am especially interested in the (structural) representation of information during the artificial learning process, an aspect which I consider essential for the integration of cognitive principles into data analysis tools.

Research Projects:

March 2012 to March 2015 (as assistent researcher):
Learning Feedback in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (FIT), DFG priority programme 1527 'Autonomous Learning'

April 2015 to July 2015 (as postdoc researcher):
The Cognitive Service Robotics Apartment as Ambient Host (CSRA), CITEC Large-Scale Project LSP-01

August 2015 to July 2016 (as postdoc researcher):
Selbstoptimierte Zustandsüberwachung für die Prognose von Fehlzuständen für Windkraftanlagen (SO-Pro), transfer project in the 'It's OWL' network


Best Student Paper Award at ESANN 2014 (as first author)

Best Student Paper Award at ESANN 2015 (as contributing author)

Best Poster Award at NC² Workshop in GCPR 2015 (as first author)


I enjoy music, films, games and other media, and occasionally make some music myself. I play keyboards in a local cover band called City Jam (