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Computational Intelligence Group

Our Computational Intelligence group, led by Rudolf Kruse, conducts research into methods of Artificial Intelligence. Currently, our main focus is on new methods of Intelligent Data Analysis.

Our Mission

In research, we currently frequently apply neural networks, fuzzy systems, evolutionary algorithms, Bayesian networks and approximate reasoning. Those techniques are generally used for finding robust, convenient and inexpensive solutions to real-world application problems.

In teaching we offer a variety of CI-based, well-coordinated lectures, exercises, seminars and internships on subfields of Computational Intelligence. For this purpose, we use books written by our group.

Furthermore, our group is actively participating in technology transfer using exposition stands and numerous successful industry projects. Moreover, we offer research management capabilities in the CI area -- especially featuring the organization of international conferences, editorial activities for international journals as well as research councils and academic organizations.

Book: Computational Intelligence


The new english book Computational Intelligence - A Methodological Introduction from Rudolf Kruse, Christian Borgelt, Frank Klawonn, Christian Moewes, Matthias Steinbrecher, and Pascal Held is now available. All information concerning this book could be found at

News & Announcements 2016


Rudolf Kruse visited his former PhD Student Matthias Steinbrecher in the Innovation Center of SAP in Potsdam. Recently, Mr. Steinbrecher won an award for an analysis-system (Big Data) in the area of cancer research, see Report


Christian Braune and Pascal Held have received an award for there performance at the teaching of the seminar "Clustering Algorithms" from the students council of the faculty of computer science (FaRaFIN).


Pascal Held at Netsci-X 2016

Pascal Held presented a poster about "Online Community Detection by Using Nearest Hubs" at the Netsci-X 2016.


Rudolf Kruse was member of the international jury of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. Winner of the prestigious, worth 500,000 US dollars Awards in the Information and Communication Technologies category has been the Canadian computer scientist Stephen Artur Cook for his work on computational complexity, especially his concept of NP-completeness. More information here and in this video.


Prof. Kruse and two colleges organized the workshop for soft-computing at the HICSS'49 in Hawaii.

News & Announcements 2015


The special edition of the journal "Informatik Spektrum" on the topic "50 years of fuzzy sets" was published in December 2015. The issue includes a contribution on the topic of "Relevance of membership degrees in fuzzy technology" („Bedeutung von Zugehörigkeitsgraden in der Fuzzy Technologie“) written by C. Borgelt and Prof. Kruse.


Prof. Kruse, Christoph Doell
and Alexander Dockhorn at
the IEEE-SSCI in Cape Town

Alexander Dockhorn, Christoph Doell and Prof. Kruse took part at the IEEE-SSCI conferencein Cape Town. Mr. Dockhorn gave a presentation on his master thesis topic "An Alternating Optimization Approach Based on Hierarchical Adaptations of DBSCAN". Mr. Doell held a presentation on his topic "A Clustering Approach to a Major-Accident Data Set: Analysis of Key Interactions to Minimise Human Errors". Prof. Kruse and two colleges organized the workshop CIES'15 (Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Engineering Solutions) and led in the plenary talk of R. Mikut.


From the 26.11.-27.11.2015 Prof. Kruse took part at the CI-Workshop of the GMA in Dortmund.


Christoph Doell took part at the 13th International Probabilistic Workshop in Liverpool. There, he presented his "Analysis of a Major-Accident Dataset by Association Rule Mining to Minimise Unsafe Interfaces".


Prof. Kruse and Frank Klawonn have given a talk about Data Mining at the Stadtwerke in Munich.


Pascal Held at ENIC 2015

Pascal Held presented his paper about "Clustering Social Networks using Competing Ant Hives" at the ENIC 2015 in Sweden.


Christoph Doell attended the First European Summer School on Fuzzy Logic and Applications. He presented his current research, there.


Rudolf Kruse attended the Fuzz IEEE 2015 in Istanbul from 2.8.-5.8.15 He chaired the plenary talk by Marie Jeanne Lesot, a former guest researcher of our group. At this conference the list of the 100, most important papers in the field of fuzzy systems in 50 years of research were presented. Our book on Statistics with vague Data is included in this compilation.

18. - 23.07.2015

CNS 2015

Christian Braune presented his poster titled Detecting Parallel Bursts in in-silico-generated spike train data at this year's annual meeting of the Organization for Computational Neuroscience.



Mr. Kruse took part in the 13th European Conference on "Symbolic and Quantitative Approaches to Reasoning with Uncertainty" in Compiègne. Fabian Schmidt, external PhD student in the group of Mr. Kruse, gave a talk about the common attachment "Handling Revision Inconsistencies: Towards Better Explanations".


Andreas Meier

Andreas Meier defended successfully his dissertation with the title "Verfahren zur vorkollisionären Prognose der zu erwartenden Unfallschwere von Fahrzeugfrontalkollisionen".


IFSA 2015

Mr. Kruse participated in the 16th World Congress of the International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA) and the 9th Conference of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology (EUSFLAT). Both meetings were organized in Gijón, Asturias (Spain). There Mr. Kruse got a medal for his consultant activities in the "European Centre for Soft Computing". Also, his membership on the board of EUSFLAT was extended for another two years.


Roland Winkler

Roland Winkler successfully finished his PhD with the title "Prototype Based Clustering in High-Dimensional Feature Spaces".


Mr. Kruse was member of the internationaly jury of the BBVA Foundation "Frontiers of Knowledge Awards" in the section "Information and Communication Technologies" in Madrid. Awardee of the famous, with 500000 euro endowed, prize in the 2014 is Leonard Kleinrock, one of the internet pioneers.

18. May 2015

A new version of the Springer Handbook of Computational Intelligence is published. Our working group contributed the chapter "Fuzzy Control".

9. May 2015

To mark the 50th anniversary of the research direction "Fuzzy systems", the working group of Prof. Kruse has written some invited contributions to festivities, special editions and anniversary books. Among others the book "Fifty Years of Fuzzy Logic and its Applications" was published by Springer. We contributed the chapter "Handling Noise and Outliers in Fuzzy Clustering".

13.-17. April 2015

Prof Kruse gave at the University of Liverpool, Institute for Risk and Uncertainty at the CDT Easter School, several talks about „Bayesian Networks“ gehalten

01. April - 30. September 2015

Prof. Kruse has a research sabbatical. Mr. Doell gives the lecture on Neuronal Networks, Mr. Braune the lecture on Intelligent Data Analysis

12-13 January 2015

Rudolf Kruse was member of the international jury of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, again. Winner of the famous, 500.000 Euro, awards in the Information and Communication Technologies Category is Leonhard Kleinrock. Further Information at

5-8. January 2015

Christian Braune at HICSS'48

Christian Braune presented his paper "Towards Online Detection of Neural Assemblies in Parallel Spike Trains" at the 48th HICSS. Prof. Kruse organized a Mini Track together with Gabriella Pasi (Mailand) and Jose Alonso with focus on Soft Computing.

News & Announcements 2014


Prof. Kruse was reviewer and auditor in the process of his former doctoral student Jiang Xueyan. The examination was held at the University of Munich, PhD supervisor is Prof. Dr. Volker Tresp.


Pascal Held at SSCI 2014

Pascal Held participated at the IEEE SSCI conference in Orlando. He presents his paper with the topic "On Merging and Dividing of Barabási-Albert-Graphs". Mr. Kruse organiced the "IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Engineering Solutions" together with international colleagues.


Christian Braune presents his paper with the topic "Active Learning-Based Identification of Neuronal Assemblies in Parallel Spike Trains". Additionally, Prof. Kruse chaired one session.


Mr. Kruse was appointed as a permanent member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of computer science of the Volkswagen AutoUni.


Mr. Kruse gave the opening talk on "Item Planning with Markov Networks" on the 7th IEEE International Conference Intelligent Systems in Warsaw


Mr. Braune and Prof. Kruse participated in the 7th International Conference on Soft Methods in Probability and Statistics in Warsaw. Mr. Braune gave a talk about "Using Changes in Distribution to Identify Synchronized Point Processes".


Alexander Dockhorn, one of our students, presents the paper "Generating Events for Dynamic Social Network Simulations" at the IPMU 2014 conference in Montpellier.


Prof. Kruse gave a talk with the topic "Item Planning with Markov Networks" at the "Efficient Variant & Complexity Management" workshop in the Hilton hotel, Berlin.


Mr. Kruse was member of the internationaly jury of the BBVA Foundation "Frontiers of Knowledge Awards" in the section "Information and Communication Technologies" in Madrid. Awardee of the famous, with 400000 euro endowed, prize in the 2013 is Marvin Minsky (MIT), one of the four founder of the Artificial Intelligence area.


Mr. Kruse gave a talk with the topic "Datengetriebene Modellierung mit Bayes-Netzen" at the computer science kolloquium of the University of Bremen.

10-14 March 2014

CeBIT 2014

Our workgroup, represented by Pascal Held, Christian Moewes, and Christian Braune demonstrated our software Intelligent Information Miner on the world's largest computer exhibition, the CeBIT 2014 from 10-14 March 2014. It was the 7th and last CeBIT for Christian Moewes since he started as a student in 2005. He will leave the working Group into the industry this April. More than 20 new industrial contacts have been created during the exhibition. Thus in the near future some challenging industrial placements will be available via our workgroup. If required, please contact our staff. News release.

13-14 January 2014

Marvin Minsky

Rudolf Kruse was member of the international jury of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. Winner of the famous, 400.000 Euro, awards in the Information and Communication Technologies Category is Marvin Minsky from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Further Information at

13-14. Januar 2014

The newspaper "Welt am Sonntag" published an article about Evolutional Algorithms with the title "Digitalen Darwinismus". Professor Kruse was interviewed by the author.

6-9 January 2014


Rudolf Kruse participated from 6th to 9th of January 2014 at the HICSS-47. He organized and chaired the Minitrack "Soft Computing and Intelligent Data Analysis".

News & Announcements 2013


23rd Workshop CI

Pascal Held presented his work on "Cluster-based Visualization of Dynamic Graphs" at the 23rd Workshop Computational Intelligence in Dortmund, Germany. Our external doctorate Andreas Meier (Volkswagen AG) was there, too. He gave a talk on his research about "Approximationsverfahren für kollisionsbedingte Geschwindigkeitskurven" (German), i.e., approximation methods for collision-correlated velocity curves.


C. Braune gives a talk

Christian Braune and Christian Moewes were invited to the University of Melbourne Victoria, Australia for two weeks. Their stay was funded by the Group of Eight Australia (Go8) – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme, a collaboration between the German Academic Exchange Service and the Go8 which is a coalition of the 8 leading Australian universities. During their stay they, on the one hand, intensively advised Marco Dankel, a student of our faculty who is supported by the same project. On the other hand they worked out a subsequent application for 2015 together with Prof. Dr. Saman Halgamuge and his team. The goal is to continue the joint research between both universities in Melbourne and Magdeburg. Prof. Dr. Saman Halgamuge and Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kruse share a long-time collaboration of which some FIN students have benefited, too.


M. Böttcher and the committee

Our external doctorate Mirko Böttcher (formerly British Telecom in Ipswich (UK)) successfully defended his PhD thesis about "On Utilizing Change over Time in DataMining". We wish Mirko all the best for his professional career and especially for his private life.


C. Moewes at the IJCCI 2013

Christian Moewes successfully participated at the 5th International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal. He gave a talk on his current research about "The Effects of Edge Weights on Correlating Dynamical Networks". An extended version of this paper will be soon published in the Springer series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).


Dissertation Steinbrecher

Today, our former college Matthias Steinbrecher finished his Dissertation successfully. We congratulate to this event.


IDA Programming Contest Awards

The awards sponsored by VW for this year's IDA programming contest won Dmitri Bershadskyy, Christian Nywelt, Jens Schneider and Alexander Dockhorn. Congratulations!


Prof. Kruse participated as member of the international jury of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards at the ceremonie in Madrid, see Report. Winner of the famos, 400.000 Euro Awards in Information and Communication Technologies Category become Lotfi Zadeh from Berkeley, more informations


Prof. Kruse presented together with PD Jörg Gebhardt, Volkswagen, an invited talk to the topic of „Datengetriebene Modellierung: Bayes-Netze am Beispiel der Teilebedarfsplanung bei Volkswagen“ at the VDI-Fachtagung „Zustandsüberwachung und Optimierung 2013 - Condition Monitoring und Diagnose“ in Karlsruhe, Link

3. Mai 2013

Rudolf Kruse participated at the Software Competence Centers Hagenberg (Linz, Austria) in the workshop "Data Analysis Systems". Mr. Kruse is part of the scientific advisory board of the SCCH.


Kasia Kaczmarek and the CI group

Our guest scientist from Poland Kasia Kaczmarek finished her stay here. Now she is working at the University in Warsow. We wish her further success.

March 2013

PD Dr. Christian Borgelt offers a 5-day block course on Frequent Pattern Mining this March. Lectures and exercises will take place in G22A-105 from 11-15 March 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until approx. 9 p.m. We cordially invite every student to participate in this course. We also recommend to register via e-mail. The room G22A-105 has not been confirmed yet, so please check LSF from time to time.


Also in this year the computational intelligence working group participated at the CeBIT 2013. We could raise interest with the help of our Information Miner and established some good contacts to industry. Currently we are working on finding some good topics for Bachelor and Master Thesis.


Rudolf Kruse participated in a meeting of the scientific advisory board of the European Centre for Soft Computing in Oviedo. Foxus of the meeting was the evaluation of the research of the center..

14.-15. January 2013

Rudolf Kruse was one of the six members od the international jury of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. Lotfi Zadeh from Berkley has won the famous, 400.000 Euro doped, awards in the Information and Communication Technologies Category. More informations could be found at this homepage.

7.-10. January 2013

Rudolf Kruse and Pascal Held participated from January 7th to 10 in the HICSS-46, a conference which is established for 50 years. Rudolf Kruse organized a minitrack concerning Soft Computing and Intelligent Data Analysis. Pascal Held presented the work with the topic "Analysis and Visualization of dynamic clusterings".


Since 1st of January, Rudolf Kruse is Associate Editor in the international Journal „Information Sciences“. Also confirmed for 2013 were the associate editor membership for the Journals Computer Aided Engineering, Turkish Journal of Fuzzy Systems, International Journal of Computer and System Science, Journal of Applied Logic, Statistics and Computing, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, International Journal of Fuzzy Systems Applications, International Journal of Uncertainty, Fuzziness and Knowledge-Based Systems, Mathware and Softcomputing, and Fuzzy Optimization and Decision Making

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