Four new professors at the ECDF

The Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) is expanding its spectrum: On August 1, 2018 three professors from the University of the Arts Berlin took up their work at the ECDF. They strengthen the research area "Digital Society and Humanities". Since July 1, 2018 the professorship for „Data Science und Analytics“ at HTW Berlin (University of Applied Sciences) is appointed.

The Berlin University of the Arts has succeeded in filling three of its four ECDF professorships in parallel: Prof. Dr. Berit Greinke, has taken over the professorship "Wearable Computing", Prof. Dr. Max von Grafenstein the professorship "Leadership in Digital Communication with focus on Digital Self-determination" and Prof. Dr. Daniel Hromada holds the professorship for "Digital Education". Dr. Helena Mihaljević has been appointed Professor for Data Science and Analytics at HTW Berlin.



November 1, 2018
Einstein Center Digital Future

Pairing Research Talks

Two young scientists, two digital topics and then just 15 minutes to pair their research: The PAIRING RESEARCH TALKS at the Einstein Center Digital Future is a interdisciplinary format.  The researchers explore different topics within the field of digitalisation, such as digital health, digital transformation, wearable computing and data science. Following the talks, the speakers will have the chance to discuss their research projects with the audience. Moderator is Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost (UdK Berlin/ECDF). Registration is required, please send an email

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The Einstein Center Digital Future is an inter-university nucleus for research on the digitalization of our society. Its aim is to foster innovative, cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, and to provide outstanding training for talented young scholars. The Einstein Center Digital Future is a public-private partnership, initiating around 50 new professorships, and bringing together universities, non-university research institutes, and industrial enterprises, as well as regional and federal ministries. The scale of this alliance between public entities, sponsors and supporters is unique in Berlin’s history as a center of academic endeavor.


ECDF Principal Investigators


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Prof. Dr. Odej Kao

Speaker, Einstein Center Digital Future

Technische Universität Berlin

Prof. Johann-Christoph Freytag, Ph.D.

Speaker, Digital Infrastructure, Methods and Algorithms

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost

Speaker, Digital Humanities and Society 

Berlin University of the Arts

Prof. Dr. Axel Radlach Pries

Speaker, Digital Health
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Schiller

Speaker, Digital Industries and Services 

Freie Universität Berlin



Professor Kristina Höök

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Einstein Center Digital Future

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden

Professor Wolfgang Wahlster

Co-Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Einstein Center Digital Future

Saarland University, Germany, CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Professor Peter Apers

University of Twente, Netherlands

Professor Søren Brunak

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Joel Dudley, PhD, Associate Professor

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA

Professor Hans Hanson

Mälardalen University, Sweden

Professor Sabina Jeschke

RWTH Aachen University, Germany and Member of the Management Board for Digitalization and Technology, Deutsche Bahn AG


Job Offers

Job Offers at the Einstein Center Digital
Future and partner institutions.


Berlin becomes a hotspot of digital research 

The digital future starts in Berlin. 50 new professorships will be established in the areas Digital Humanities and Society, Digital Industry and Services, Digital Health, as well as Digital Infrastructure, Methods and Algorithms. All four universities of Berlin and the Charité - University Hospital are participating. The Beuth University of Applied Sciences and the HTW University of Applied Sciences will also establish professorships. In close cooperation with extra-university research institutions, industry and politics the Einstein Center Digital Future will be established in Berlin. It will promote the German capital as a hotspot of digital research and development. 



Helmholtz Einstein International Research School in Data Science

The Helmholtz Einstein International Research School in Data Science (HEIBRiDS) is a cooperation project with the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF), Berlin’s universities and the six Helmholtz Centres in the capital region. In the future, HEIBRiDS will be training young data experts in the application of a new model. Highly talented graduates are given the opportunity to acquire special expertise in information technologies and in a further scientific domain.