Office: N4.019

Max-Planck-Ring 4

72076 Tübingen

Germany

Max-Planck-Ring 4

72076 Tübingen

Germany

+49 7071 601 551

+49 7071 601 552

My scientific interests are in the field of machine learning and inference from empirical data. In particular, I study kernel methods for extracting regularities from possibly high-dimensional data. These regularities are usually statistical ones, however, in recent years I have also become interested in methods for finding causal structures that underly statistical dependences. I have worked on a number of different applications of machine learning - in our field, you get "to play in everyone's backyard." Most recently, I have been trying to play in the backyard of astronomers and photographers.

I am heading the Department of Empirical Inference; take a look at our last formal **Research Overview** and **Alumni List**.

Many of my papers can downloaded if you click on the tab "publications;" alternatively, from arxiv or from http://www.kernel-machines.org/. Some additional links:

- We have written a book about causality that was just published as an open access title at MIT Press (PDF, with Jonas Peters and Dominik Janzing).
- Photographs: view of the Alps from the southern black forest, a rainbow in La Palma, a lunar eclipse in 2007, the Andromeda galaxy, the Milky Way on the Roque de los Muchachos, the North America Nebula, the constellation Orion with Barnard's loop, and finally a picture of a beautiful northern light, which I took a few years ago from the plane, on the way home from a conference in Vancouver. I always try to get a window seat when flying home from the North American west coast - it is surprizingly common to see northern lights. Looking at the night sky is a fascinating and humbling experience.
- Some chapters of our book Learning with Kernels.
- Review paper on kernel methods in the Annals of Statistics.
- Short high-level introduction on statistical learnig theory (in German) that appeared in the 2004 Jahrbuch of the Max Planck Society.
- Obituary for Alexej Chervonenkis (NIPS 2014).
- I am a member of the LIGO scientific collaboration to detect gravitational waves
- With the growing interest in (how to make money with) big data, machine learning has significantly gained in popularity. We have published an article in the German newspaper
*FAZ*, discussing some of the implications.*Disclaimer: the text that appears above our names was neither written nor approved by us.* - A children's book
- open letter against autonomous AI weapons

Machine Learning Causal Inference Artificial Intelligence Computational Photography Statistics

- M.Sc. in mathematics and Lionel Cooper Memorial Prize, University of London (1992)
- Diplom in physics (Tübingen, 1994)
- doctorate in computer science from the Technical University Berlin (1997); thesis on Support Vector Learning (main advisor: V. Vapnik, AT&T Bell Labs) won the annual dissertation prize of the German Association for Computer Science (GI)
- scientific member of the Max Planck Society, 2001
- awards won by his lab
- J. K. Aggarwal Prize of the International Association for Pattern Recognition, 2006
- Max Planck Research Award, 2011
- Academy Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2012
- Royal Society Milner Award, 2014
- Member of the German National Academy of Science (Leopoldina)
- Fellow of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
- Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Preis of the German Science Foundation (2018)
- Honorarprofessor at the Technical University Berlin (computer science) and at the Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen (physics)
- list of publications as of January 2015
- "ISI highly cited" (added in 2010)
- the h Index for Computer Science
- Google Scholar page
- co-editor-in-chief of JMLR
- member of the boards of the NIPS foundation and of the International Machine Learning Society
- PC member (e.g., NIPS, COLT, ICML, UAI, DAGM, CVPR, Snowbird Learning Workshop) and co-chair of various conferences (COLT'03, DAGM'04, NIPS'05, NIPS'06 and the first two kernel workshops).
- co-founder of the Machine Learning Summer Schools
- two-page CV: PDF.

If you'd like to **contact** me, please consider these two notes:

*1. I recently became co-editor-in-chief of JMLR. I work for JMLR because I believe in its open access model, but it takes a lot of time. During my JMLR term, please don't convince me to do other journal or grant reviewing duties.*

*2. I am not very organized with my e-mail so if you want to apply for a position in my lab, please send your application only to Sekretariat-Schoelkopf@tuebingen.mpg.de. Note that we do not respond to non-personalized applications that look like they are being sent to a large number of places simultaneously.*

We are always happy to receive outstanding applications for **PhD positions **and **postdocs**.

679 results
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**Feature Selection for Support Vector Machines by Means of Genetic Algorithms**
In *15th IEEE International Conference on Tools with AI*, pages: 142-148, 15th IEEE International Conference on Tools with AI, 2003 (inproceedings)

**Extension of the nu-SVM range for classification**
In *Advances in Learning Theory: Methods, Models and Applications, NATO Science Series III: Computer and Systems Sciences, Vol. 190*, 190, pages: 179-196, NATO Science Series III: Computer and Systems Sciences, (Editors: J Suykens and G Horvath and S Basu and C Micchelli and J Vandewalle), IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2003 (inbook)

**Support Vector Machines**
In *Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks (2nd edition)*, pages: 1119-1125, (Editors: MA Arbib), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2003 (inbook)

**An Introduction to Support Vector Machines**
In *Recent Advances and Trends in Nonparametric Statistics
*, pages: 3-17, (Editors: MG Akritas and DN Politis), Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2003 (inbook)

**Statistical Learning and Kernel Methods in Bioinformatics**
In *Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Methods in Bioinformatics*, 183, pages: 1-21, 3, (Editors: P Frasconi und R Shamir), IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2003 (inbook)

**Interactive Images**
(MSR-TR-2003-64), Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK, 2003 (techreport)

**A Short Introduction to Learning with Kernels**
In *Proceedings of the Machine Learning Summer School, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 2600*, pages: 41-64, LNAI 2600, (Editors: S Mendelson and AJ Smola), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany, 2003 (inbook)

**Bayesian Kernel Methods**
In *Advanced Lectures on Machine Learning, Machine Learning Summer School 2002, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 2600*, LNAI 2600, pages: 65-117, 0, (Editors: S Mendelson and AJ Smola), Springer, Berlin, Germany, 2003 (inbook)

**Semi-Supervised Learning through Principal Directions Estimation**
In *ICML Workshop, The Continuum from Labeled to Unlabeled Data in Machine Learning & Data Mining*, pages: 7, ICML Workshop: The Continuum from Labeled to Unlabeled Data in Machine Learning & Data Mining, 2003 (inproceedings)

**Statistical Learning and Kernel Methods**
In *Adaptivity and Learning—An Interdisciplinary Debate*, pages: 161-186, (Editors: R.Kühn and R Menzel and W Menzel and U Ratsch and MM Richter and I-O Stamatescu), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany, 2003 (inbook)

**Learning with Kernels: Support Vector Machines, Regularization, Optimization, and Beyond**
pages: 644, Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, December 2002, Parts of this book, including an introduction to kernel methods, can be downloaded here. (book)

**Sampling Techniques for Kernel Methods **
In *Advances in neural information processing systems 14 *, pages: 335-342, (Editors: TG Dietterich and S Becker and Z Ghahramani), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 15th Annual Neural Information Processing Systems Conference (NIPS), September 2002 (inproceedings)

**Incorporating Invariances in Non-Linear Support Vector Machines **
In *Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14*, pages: 609-616, (Editors: TG Dietterich and S Becker and Z Ghahramani), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 15th Annual Neural Information Processing Systems Conference (NIPS), September 2002 (inproceedings)

**Constructing Boosting algorithms from SVMs: an application to one-class classification.**
*IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence*, 24(9):1184-1199, September 2002 (article)

**Kernel Dependency Estimation**
(98), Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, August 2002 (techreport)

**Computationally Efficient Face Detection**
(MSR-TR-2002-69), Microsoft Research, June 2002 (techreport)

**Training invariant support vector machines**
*Machine Learning*, 46(1-3):161-190, January 2002 (article)

**A compression approach to support vector model selection**
(101), Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, 2002, see more detailed JMLR version (techreport)

**Support Vector Machines and Kernel Methods: The New Generation of Learning Machines**
*AI Magazine*, 23(3):31-41, 2002 (article)

**Feature Selection and Transduction for Prediction of Molecular Bioactivity for Drug Design**
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics / Biowulf Technologies, 2002 (techreport)

**A kernel approach for learning from almost orthogonal patterns**
In *Principles of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, Lecture Notes in Computer Science*, 2430/2431, pages: 511-528, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, (Editors: T Elomaa and H Mannila and H Toivonen), Springer, Berlin, Germany, 13th European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML) and 6th European Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (PKDD'2002), 2002 (inproceedings)

**Kernel Methods for Extracting Local Image Semantics**
(MSR-TR-2001-99), Microsoft Research, October 2001 (techreport)

**Generalization performance of regularization networks and support vector machines via entropy numbers of compact operators**
*IEEE Transactions on Information Theory*, 47(6):2516-2532, September 2001 (article)

**Regularized principal manifolds**
*Journal of Machine Learning Research*, 1, pages: 179-209, June 2001 (article)

**Support vector novelty detection applied to jet engine vibration spectra**
In *Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 13*, pages: 946-952, (Editors: TK Leen and TG Dietterich and V Tresp), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 14th Annual Neural Information Processing Systems Conference (NIPS), April 2001 (inproceedings)

**Four-legged Walking Gait Control Using a Neuromorphic Chip Interfaced to a Support Vector Learning Algorithm**
In *Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 13*, pages: 741-747, (Editors: TK Leen and TG Dietterich and V Tresp), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 14th Annual Neural Information Processing Systems Conference (NIPS), April 2001 (inproceedings)

**The Kernel Trick for Distances**
In *Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 13*, pages: 301-307, (Editors: TK Leen and TG Dietterich and V Tresp), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 14th Annual Neural Information Processing Systems Conference (NIPS), April 2001 (inproceedings)

**An Introduction to Kernel-Based Learning Algorithms**
*IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks*, 12(2):181-201, March 2001 (article)

**Estimating the support of a high-dimensional distribution.**
*Neural Computation*, 13(7):1443-1471, March 2001 (article)

**An Improved Training Algorithm for Kernel Fisher Discriminants**
In *Proceedings AISTATS*, pages: 98-104, (Editors: T Jaakkola and T Richardson), Morgan Kaufman, San Francisco, CA, Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS), January 2001 (inproceedings)

**Computationally Efficient Face Detection**
In *Computer Vision, ICCV 2001, vol. 2*, (73):695-700, IEEE, 8th International Conference on Computer Vision, 2001 (inproceedings)

**Use of the ell_0-norm with linear models and kernel methods**
Biowulf Technologies, 2001 (techreport)

**KDD Cup 2001 data analysis: prediction of molecular bioactivity for drug design – Binding to Thrombin**
BIOwulf, 2001 (techreport)

**A kernel approach for vector quantization with guaranteed distortion bounds**
In *Artificial Intelligence and Statistics*, pages: 129-134, (Editors: T Jaakkola and T Richardson), Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco, CA, USA, 8th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AI and STATISTICS), 2001 (inproceedings)

**Incorporating Invariances in Non-Linear Support Vector Machines**
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics / Biowulf Technologies, 2001 (techreport)

**Estimating a Kernel Fisher Discriminant in the Presence of Label Noise**
In *18th International Conference on Machine Learning*, pages: 306-313, (Editors: CE Brodley and A Pohoreckyj Danyluk), Morgan Kaufmann , San Fransisco, CA, USA, 18th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2001 (inproceedings)

**A Generalized Representer Theorem**
In *Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 2111*, (2111):416-426, LNCS, (Editors: D Helmbold and R Williamson), Springer, Berlin, Germany, Annual Conference on Computational Learning Theory (COLT/EuroCOLT), 2001 (inproceedings)

**Bound on the Leave-One-Out Error for Density Support Estimation using nu-SVMs**
University of Cambridge, 2001 (techreport)

**Support Vector Regression for Black-Box System Identification**
In *11th IEEE Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing*, pages: 341-344, IEEE Signal Processing Society, Piscataway, NY, USA, 11th IEEE Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing, 2001 (inproceedings)

**Bound on the Leave-One-Out Error for 2-Class Classification using nu-SVMs**
University of Cambridge, 2001, Updated May 2003 (literature review expanded) (techreport)

**Inference Principles and Model Selection**
(01301), Dagstuhl Seminar, 2001 (techreport)

**Kernel Machine Based Learning for Multi-View Face
Detection and Pose Estimation**
In *Proceedings Computer Vision, 2001, Vol. 2*, pages: 674-679, IEEE Computer Society, 8th International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2001 (inproceedings)

Bartlett, P., Schölkopf, B.
**Some kernels for structured data**
Biowulf Technologies, 2001 (techreport)

**Robust ensemble learning**
In *Advances in Large Margin Classifiers*, pages: 207-220, Neural Information Processing Series, (Editors: AJ Smola and PJ Bartlett and B Schölkopf and D. Schuurmans), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, October 2000 (inbook)

**Entropy numbers for convex combinations and MLPs**
In *Advances in Large Margin Classifiers*, pages: 369-387, Neural Information Processing Series, (Editors: AJ Smola and PL Bartlett and B Schölkopf and D Schuurmans), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA,, October 2000 (inbook)

**Advances in Large Margin Classifiers**
pages: 422, Neural Information Processing, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, October 2000 (book)

**Natural Regularization from Generative Models**
In *Advances in Large Margin Classifiers*, pages: 51-60, Neural Information Processing Series, (Editors: AJ Smola and PJ Bartlett and B Schölkopf and D Schuurmans), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, October 2000 (inbook)

**Engineering Support Vector Machine Kernels That Recognize Translation Initiation Sites**
*Bioinformatics*, 16(9):799-807, September 2000 (article)

**Support vector method for novelty detection**
In *Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 12*, pages: 582-588, (Editors: SA Solla and TK Leen and K-R Müller), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 13th Annual Neural Information Processing Systems Conference (NIPS), June 2000 (inproceedings)