Prof. Stefanie Lindstaedt

CEO Know-Center
Head of Institute for Interactive Systems & Data Science
at TU Graz


Stefanie earned her habilitation in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology (Austria), where she has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses since 2002. She holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA). Before joining Know-Center, she led various projects at Daimler (Chrysler) Research in Ulm (Germany) and was a product manager for web-globalization services at GlobalSight in Boulder (USA). Stefanie has extensive industry experience in process and technical consulting, solution sales, marketing and organizational development for international companies.

She has published more than 150 scientific papers in conferences and journals and supervised over 40 Ph.D. theses. Since 2010 Stefanie is General Chair of the AI-Know & I-Know conference series (, she acted as General Chair of EBDVF 2018, Program Chair of EDF 2015 and EC-TEL 2012 conferences. Stefanie has an excellent track record in obtaining EU and Austrian funding (e.g. APOSDLE IP, MATURE IP, MIRROR IP, LAYERS IP, STELLAR NoE, OrganicLingua, EEXCESS, CODE, SemI40, …) and leading large interdisciplinary research projects and groups.

During the last 15 years Stefanie has been a key figure in turning Know-Center into one of Europe’s leading research centers for data-driven business and artificial intelligence (European iSpace Award). Know-Center now employs more than 120 data scientists and computer science researchers and has a yearly budget of about €10 M. It’s rapidly growing international network of over 150 scientific organizations and 50 industry partners include Magna, AVL, NXP, Siemens, Infonova (BearingPoint) and Styria Media Group AG. Stefanie has extensive experience in the acquisition and management of applied research and technology transfer projects and infrastructure development. Together with large media partners (e.g., Austrian Press Agency, Bertelsmann, LexisNexis) she has worked on developing technologies and business models for the market exploitation of their content assets and effective utilization of user communities.


Professional Career (2 cols?, highlight merge of KC & ISDS)

since 2011
CEO & Scientific Director of Know-Center GmbH, Graz, Austria

since 2017
Head of Institute for Interactive Systems & Data Science at Graz University of Technology, Austria.

2011 – 2016
Head of the Knowledge Technologies Institute at Graz University of Technology, Austria.

Habilitation in Computer Science at Graz University of Technology, Austria
Thesis: Hybrid Knowledge Services for Knowledge Work Support

2001 – 2011
Division Manager (Knowledge Management) at Know-Center GmbH, Graz, Austria.

2000 – 2001
Senior Manager Services Development at GlobalSight, Boulder, USA



1998 – 2000
Researcher and Research Project Manager
at DaimlerChrysler, Research & Technology, Ulm, Germany

1992 – 1998
Research Assistant at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

1993 – 1998
Ph.D. in Computer Science at University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Thesis: Group Memories – a Knowledge Medium for Communities of Interest

1991 – 1993
M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Thesis: Comparison of two Unsupervised Neural Network Models for Redundancy Reduction

1988 – 1991
Vordiplom (B.S.) in Computer Science at Technical University Darmstadt, Germany