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Prof. Raimund Seidel, Ph.D.

Scientific Career

  • 2014 - now Scientific Director, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik
  • 1994 - now Professor (C4) for Theoretical Computer Science, Saarland University
  • 1991 - 1996 Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1987 - 1991 Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1986 - 1987 Postdoc at the IBM Almaden Research Center
  • 1986 Ph.D. in Computer Science, Cornell University
  • 1975 - 1986 Studies in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University Graz (Austria), the University of British Columbia (Canada), and Cornell University (USA)


Raimund Seidel is Professor of Theoretical Computer Science at Saarland University. He has worked extensively in the design and analysis of algorithms and data structures, in particular for problems of geometric/combinatorial nature. He has developed some fundamental methods in this field that appear in many textbooks. He has co-authored about 75 publications.

Raimund Seidel has been on the program committee of major theoretical computer science conferences, such as IEEE FOCS, SODA, ICALP, ACM Symposium on Computational. He has been co-organizer of several Dagstuhl and Oberwolfach seminars, and he served on of the editorial boards of the journals Discrete & Computational Geometry, Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications, Journal of Universal Computer Science.

Other Academic Activities

  • 2007 - now Speaker, "Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science," established within the German "Excellence Initiative"
  • 2007 - 2019 PI, "Multimodal Computation and Interaction," cluster established within the German "Excellence Initiative"
  • 2004 - 2015 Member, Advisory Board of the "Minerva Center for Geometry" at Tel Aviv University
  • 2002 - 2009 Member, Permanent Committee for Research and Young Scientists of the German Conference of University Presidents (HRK)
  • 1999 - 2003 Vice President, Saarland University
  • 2002 - 2008 Speaker, DFG Research Training Group "Quality Guarantees for Computing Systems"
  • 2018 Inaugural Program Committee Chair for the "1st Symposium on Simplicity in Algorithms"

Awards and Honors

  • 2009 CGTA Test-of-Time-Award
  • 1990 NSF "Presidential Young Investigator Award"


Prof. Raimund Seidel, Ph.D.


Scientific Director

Saarbrücken Office

Geschäftsstelle Schloss Dagstuhl
Universität des Saarlandes
Campus E1 1, Räume U13-U24
66123 Saarbrücken, Germany