Christian Müller

Head of Competence Center Autonomous Driving
Dr. Christian Müller began working in the automotive field in 2007 when getting in contact with Silicon Valley think tanks of the German OEMs during his two-year postdoc in Berkeley, Ca. Before that, his machine learning driven research has been applied mainly in the telecommunication industry (speech-based classification including age and gender recognition, speaker identification, language detection, emotion and stress classification). Back at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, he built up the automotive UI group, gaining international recognition and acknowledgement (among first eye-gaze controls in the car, among first gesture recognition systems, coining the term micro gestures). In 2012 he was appointed DFKI Research Fellow, a distinction which received only 19 researchers within 30 years. From 2012 to 2014 Christian Müller was Action Line Leader for Intelligent Mobility with the European Knowledge and Innovation Community EIT Digital. He is considered the father of OpenDS, the world’s most popular open-source driving simulator, now being gradually turned into an open platform for autonomous cars (learning and validation from synthetic data). In 2017, Christian Müller became Head of the Competence Center for Autonomous Driving at DFKI. Together with TÜV, he initiated the GENESIS platform for continuous validation and verification of AI modules for autonomous driving.

DFKI - German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, with sites in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen (with an associated branch in Osnabrück) and a project office in Berlin, is the leading German research institute in the field of innovative software technology. In the international scientific community, DFKI ranks among the most recognized "Centers of Excellence"​ and currently is the biggest research center worldwide in the area of Artificial Intelligence and its application in terms of number of employees and the volume of external funds. The DFKI management consists of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c mult. Wolfgang Wahlster (Technical and Scientific Managing Director, CEO) and Dr. Walter Olthoff (CFO).

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