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14 March 2018

New professor at DIKU aims to provide effective human-centric digitalisation

Professor Inauguration

Thomas Hildebrandt was appointed professor at the Department of Computer Science at University of Copenhagen (DIKU) on 1 March 2018. His research interest is the design and engineering of safe, flexible and trustworthy information systems that are fit for humans and can be maintained and adapted when our needs change

Safe and trustworth information systems will also be at the core of Thomas' future work at DIKU:

- My research area - and focus at DIKU - is software technologies and use of formal methods for the description and analysis of processes, with particular emphasis on their use for the design and engineering of flexible, secure and legally compliant software systems for the digitalisation of workflows and business processes, Thomas Hildebrandt explains.

At the moment he collaborates with industry, public organisations and researchers within computer supported collaborative work, business process management and machine learning in the context of the EcoKnow project, for which he is the principal investigator.

EcoKnow aims to develop digital solutions for case management in Danish municipalities that can be continuously adapted to changing legislation. Moreover, it will make it possible for case workers and citizens to benefit from the large amounts of data available from previous, similar cases - and thereby create an optimal plan for the individual citizen. The project is supported by the Innovation Fund Denmark under the Grand Solutions initiative and will continue until 2021.

At DIKU Thomas will work to strengthen inter-disciplinary research in formal methods and computer supported collaborative work for the design and engineering of trustworthy and human-centric software, data and information systems.


Professor Thomas Hildebrandt, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen

Thomas Hildebrandt obtained his PhD in computer science from Aarhus University in 1999 and has since then worked at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU). At ITU, Thomas Hildebrandt has been head of the graduate programme for internet and software technologies, director of the FIRST (Foundations for innovative, research-based software technologies) PhD school, leading research groups in process modelling and a number of research projects in collaboration with industry and supported by the Danish Research Agency for Technology and Production, the former Agency for Strategic Research and Innovation fund Denmark.

The research carried out by Thomas has lead to the development of the process technology Dynamic Condition Response (DCR) Graphs in collaboration with the company Exformatics. The technology has users all over the world and is available as a service at DCR is now owned by the company DCR Solutions and is used in Denmark to support flexible case management within the KMD WorkZone case management system, which is used 65% of the employees in the Danish state, including administrative workers at several universities.

Next to being a researcher, Thomas facilitates interest groups for processes and IT within the innovation network and  Copenhagen Fintech and works as a consultant in digitalisation and the general data protection regulation.