Juniorprofessor in Information Science
In August 2018, he accepted a full professor (W3) for Media Technology at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. His research interests lie at the intersection of information science and data science, where he focuses on the retrieval, analysis, and visualization of large volumes of data. The implications of blockchain technology – for the benefit of both industry and society – is another research domain Bela is passionate about.
He earned a Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Computer Science from the University of Magdeburg, Germany, while completing most of his research abroad on a 4-year scholarship funded research appointment at the University of California Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley, he leveraged the proximity to the Silicon Valley to found the technology start-up SciPlore and co-found Docear. After his doctorate, he received postdoctoral research fellowships at U.C. Berkeley and at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo.
In his youth, he participated in Jugend Forscht, Germany’s premier youth science competition. He was honored by the German Chancellor, Schröder, and the Federal President after winning the 1st place at the state-level competition three times. Today, he supports Jugend Forscht as a jury member.
He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, three books, and has filed several patents. He secured multiple research grants from both public and private sectors, including venture capital investments for his start-ups.
In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, paragliding, and photography.
Since Aug. 2018
Full professor (W3) at the University of Wuppertal, Germany
Feb. 2015 - Aug. 2018
Juniorprofessor at the University of Konstanz, Germany
Head of the group „Information Science“
Postdoc, National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo
Postdoc, University of California (UC) Berkeley, USA
Invited Researcher (Scholarship) at UC Berkeley
School of Information & Department of Statistics