New Scientific Director

JKU Professor Robert Wille

New scientific director strengthens international visibility of SCCH


Markus Achleitner, State Councillor for Economics and Research: "JKU Professor Robert Wille, as new Scientific Director of SCCH, will also promote networking in digitization innovations within Upper Austria".

Prof. Dr. Robert Wille is a computer scientist from Bremen, who was brought to JKU in 2015 as one of the youngest professors. Since 2019 he has been head of the LIT Secure and Correct Systems Lab and continues to be connected to the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) as a senior researcher. "With its research in the fields of Data & Software Science, SCCH is a major innovation partner of the domestic economy and a central driving force in the digital transformation in Upper Austria and beyond. With his scientific competence, Prof. Wille will make a significant contribution to SCCH's continued success and further strengthen the international visibility of top-level research in Upper Austria," emphasizes Markus Achleitner, State Councillor for Economics and Research, and congratulates Prof. Wille on his new position.

F.l.: Markus Achleitner, State Councillor for Economics and Research; Prof. Dr. Robert Wille, new Scientific Director Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH), DI Dr. Wilfried Enzenhofer, MBA, Managing Director Upper Austrian Research (UAR), during an information trip to Aachen at the beginning of March this year. 
Photo: Province of Upper Austria/Denise Stinglmayr
 
"I am pleased to support SCCH in its research agendas and scientific cooperations with my expertise. Through my anchorage at JKU, but also through my international network, I would like to further expand SCCH's cooperation within Upper Austria as well as its international positioning," explains Prof. Dr. Wille. Wille places a strong emphasis on teamwork and the use of synergies: "Important topics such as the use of artificial intelligence or ensuring data security can no longer be covered by individual persons or disciplines. This is where we want to further expand cooperation with our scientific and commercial partners," explains Wille.
 
"SCCH already has about 200 research partners from industry and science - about one third of them are international organizations. The strong solidarity with companies and universities is one of the strengths of the center. This is also reflected in the ownership structure - JKU, Association of Partner Companies and UAR. The owners are pleased that they were able to win Prof. Wille as the new scientific director. He will make a significant contribution to further consolidating the existing strong basis together with Managing Director Markzs Manz," says Dr. Wilfried Enzenhofer, MBA, Managing Director of Upper Austrian Research GmbH (UAR), the leading research company of the province of Upper Austria.
 
"SCCH conducts top-level research in Hagenberg with international orientation and visibility and is integrated in the LIT Open Innovation Center and LIT Pilot Factory of the JKU in Linz. We see SCCH as a strong research partner. The appointment of Prof. Dr. Wille as CSO further strengthens our close ties to SCCH," emphasizes the Rector of JKU, Prof. Dr. Meinhard Lukas.

Between Bremen and Hagenberg

Prof. Dr. Robert Wille (37) studied computer science at the University of Bremen. After his doctorate, he worked at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and at the universities of Dresden and Potsdam, among others, before he was appointed as one of the youngest professors at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz at the age of only 32. He has been researching at JKU since 2015, has been head of the LIT Secure and Correct Systems Lab there since 2019, and continues to be associated with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence as a senior researcher. Dr. Wille represents a broad spectrum of research topics with a special focus on the development of automatic methods for complex systems in hardware and software. He also exploits synergies through interdisciplinary cooperation with other areas of computer science, including artificial intelligence and software development, mechatronics and electrical engineering. With his more than ten years of experience in science and research, Prof. Dr. Wille will contribute to the further scientific excellence of SCCH and to a further strengthening of the cooperation between SCCH and JKU. Wille lives in Bremen and commutes weekly between Bremen and Upper Austria.

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