Roman Kern is the head of Knowledge Discovery at the Know-Center (competence centre for Big Data analytics and data-driven business) and works at the Institute for Interactive Systems and Data Science at the Technical University of Graz. He was awarded his Ph.D. by the Graz University of Technology. Before working in research he gained experience in industry projects as project manager, software architect and software engineer ranging from big and medium sized companies to small start-ups.

Roman’s research interest are multi-disciplinary and include natural language processing, data science, and machine learning - with a focus on causal inference and discovery. He applies these methods in fields like scientific publication mining, intelligent transportation systems, and smart production. His work includes writing of proposals for national and international research projects; he served as coordinator, work package lead, scientist in charge and national contact point for numerous research projects, ranging from small national projects to big European projects.

In his work at the Know-Center his mission is to close the gap between science and industry via applied research projects, consulting and knowledge transfer. The demand in skills from the real world application scenarios also influences his teaching activities and shape the computer science curriculum of the Graz University of Technology.