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- 1974 Diplom-Ingenieur Degree in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University Berlin with computer science and digital signal processing as main topics
- 1974 setting up a center for control computation at TUB.
- 1976 head of the technical group at the newly founded Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics
- 2011 head of the new unit called The Language Archive that was built as a collaboration between Max-Planck-Society, Berlin-Brandenburg-Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.
- 2012 Senior Advisor of TLA.

Activities of relevance:
- setting up a competitive team of experts (the TLA group now includes about 22 highly specialized experts)
- setting up experimental labs including a variety of channels (speech, intonation, gesture, eye tracking, eeg, etc.), developing a variety of analysis and digital signal processing tools including speech processing and doing simulations of speech perception behavior
- since 1988 member of the Central IT Advisory Board of the Max-Planck-Society and in 2011/12 also member of the IT Strategy Committee of the MPS
- since about 1995 setting up an archive for language resources and starting with the Language Archiving Technology tool set
- since 2000 leading roles in a variety of European (funded by the EC) and national projects (funded by MPG, DFG, BMBF, NWO) and ISO initiatives (ISO TC37/SC4)
- from 2000 to 2011 responsible for the archiving and accessibility of endangered languages documented in the DOBES programm funded by the VolkswagenFoundation
- from 2009 to 2012 leading the technical infrastructure work in the CLARIN research infrastructure
- in 2010/11 member of EC's High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data (Riding the Wave report)
- since 2011 scientific coordinator of the EUDAT data infrastructure and the DASISH SSH cluster project
- since 2011 member of the Steering Board of Research Data Alliance

- in 2011 the Heinz Billing Award of the Max-Planck-Society for the advancement of scientific computation
- in 2013 Dr. H.C. from University Tübingen

- several years of teaching "Intelligent Systems" at the universities Münster/Steinfurt and Nijmegen
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