Prof. Dr. Rainer Malaka

Head of the Digital Media Lab at Bremen University and Director of TZI

Bremen University
FB 03, MZH 5340
Bibliothekstr. 1
28359 Bremen


Phone: +49 (0)421 218-64402
Fax +49 (0)421 218-64409
E-Mail: malaka(at)


Professional Career

Prof. Rainer Malaka has been Professor for Digital Media at Bremen University since April 2006.

Before his move to Bremen, he headed the research department of the European Media Laboratory (EML). Dr. Malaka joined EML in 1997 where he started a research group that worked on projects dealing with mobile assistance systems, language understanding, geographical information systems, and computer vision.


The focus of Dr. Malaka’s work is intelligent mobile systems. He initiated the workshop series AIMS (AI in Mobile Systems), is member of the PC of a number of international conferences (e.g., IUI: Intelligent User Interface, UbiComp, Web-Based Communities, Smart Graphics, MDM: Mobile Data Management, ...). He is also steering board member of the Interdisciplinary College for multiple years, a multidisciplinary international spring school on cognitive science, neurosciences and AI.

Rainer Malaka is also member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Location Based Services, the International Journal of Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering, and the International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC).

Dr. Malaka received several awards for his scientific work: the distinguished paper award of IUI, the Klaus Tschira award for Understandable Science, and the Research and Innovation Award of the Rhein-Neckar Foundation. Dr. Malaka served as an Expert for the European Commission for multiple objectives such as Multimodal Interfaces, Disappearing Computer, and Cognitive Systems. With his team, he was member of the EU-Projects ATTRACT, CRUMPET, MUSIC, and AgentCities.

At the University of Bremen, he started and directs a Graduate College on “Advances in Digital Media” funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

He is director of the TZI (Center for Computing and Communication Technologies).

He is the german representative for IFIP TC 14 (International Federation of Information Processing), member of the SFB 637 Selbststeuerung in der Logistik, which is finished and also of th GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik) espacially the leader committee in the human-computer-interaction, mediainformatics and the new researchgroup entertainment computing.



Conferences, Workshops, Referee Activities

Main Research

  • Interactive Systems
  • Contextual Computing
  • Multimodal Interaction
  • Semantics and Ontologies
  • Adaptive and Cognitive Systems