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Andreas Holzinger

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr.
  • Visiting Professor Machine Learning for Health Informatics
  • Vienna University of Technology
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Research interests

interactive machine learningMachine LearningInteractive Data MiningKnowledge discoveryBiomedical Informatics


Science is to test crazy ideas - Engineering is to put these ideas into Business. The goal of the Holzinger Group is to design and develop algorithms which can learn from data and improve with experience over time. However, the application of such automatic machine learning (aML) approaches in the complex health domain seems elusive in the near future, and a good example are Gaussian processes, where aML (e.g. standard kernel machines) struggle on function extrapolation problems which are trivial for human learners. Consequently, interactive ML-approaches, by integrating a human-into-the-loop and making use of human cognitive abilities, seem to be a promising approach. iML-approaches can be of particular interest to solve problems in health informatics, where we are lacking big data sets, deal with complex data and/or rare events, where traditional learning algorithms suffer due to insufficient training samples. Here the “doctor-in-the-loop” can help, where human expertise and long-term experience can assist in solving problems which otherwise would remain NP-hard. Successful ML for health informatics requires a deep understanding of the data ecosystem and a concerted effort of 7 research topics: 1) data integration, 2) learning algorithms, 3) graphs, 4) topology, 5) entropy, 6) visualization, and 7) privacy, data protection, safety and security. Consequently, Andreas and his Group work on a synergistic combination of methodologies of two areas that offer ideal conditions towards unraveling such problems: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Knowledge Discovery/Data Mining (KDD), with the goal of supporting human intelligence with machine learning to discover novel, previously unknown insights into data. Andreas is passionate on extending advanced methods including time (e.g. information entropy) and space (e.g. computational topology), along with user-centered software engineering to create interactive algorithms and tools for data science. Andreas is founder of the Expert Network HCI-KDD and Assoc. Editor of Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS) and Brain Informatics (BRIN), and member of IFIP WG 12.9 Computational Intelligence.

Co-authors (391)


BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Support

Section Editor for Standards, Technology, Machine Learning and Modeling

Knowledge and Information Systems

Associate Editor

Publications (5)

  • Lurking: An underestimated human-computer phenomenon

    • Ebner M
    • Holzinger A
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  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)

    • Holzinger A
  • Rapid Prototyping for a Virtual Medical Campus Interface

    • Holzinger A
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  • The effect of ultraviolet radiation on ultrastructure and photosynthesis in the red macroalgae Palmaria palmata and Odonthalia dentata from arctic waters

    • Holzinger A
    • Lütz C
    • Karsten U
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  • User-Centered Interface Design for Disabled and Elderly People: First Experiences with Designing a Patient Communication System (PACOSY)

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Professional experience

Visiting Professor Machine Learning for Health Informatics

Technische Universitat Wien

March 2016 - Present

Head Holzinger Group, HCI-KDD

Medizinische Universität Graz

April 2007 - Present

Associate Professor for Applied Computer Science

Technische Universitat Graz

November 2003 - Present

Visiting Professor Biomedical Informatics

Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien

October 2007 - January 2014(6 years)

Visiting Professor at CHI-MED

University College London

January 2012 - February 2012(a month)

Visiting Professor for eHealth

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

September 2011 - January 2012(4 months)

Visiting Professor

Middlesex University London, School of Engineering and Information Sciences

March 2007 - April 2007(a month)

Visiting Professor

Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Institute for Software Technology & Interactive Systems

October 2005 - February 2006(4 months)

Visiting Professor

Universität Innsbruck - University of Innsbruck, Institute of Organization and Learning

October 2004 - February 2005(4 months)

Technical Director

Virtual Medical Campus Graz, Medical University Graz

February 2002 - October 2004(3 years)

Visiting Professor

Nations Healthcareer School of Management

October 2003 - February 2004(4 months)

University Lecturer

Graz University of Technology, Institute of Information Systems and Computer Media

October 1998 - October 2003(5 years)

Head of IT Planning ZMF - Center for Medical Research

Steiermärkische Krankenanstalten Ges.m.b.H

October 2000 - January 2002(a year)

Education history

venia docendi, Univ.-Doz./Assoc.Prof (Applied Informatics)

Graz University of Technology, Faculty of Informatics

April 1998 - November 2003(6 years)

PhD - Dr. phil. (Cognitive Science/Problem Solving) with summa cum laude

Karl-Franzens-Universitat Graz

July 1995 - July 1998(3 years)

MPh - Mag.phil. (Media Pedagogics/Sociology - e-Learning in Mathematics) with distinction

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz - University of Graz

October 1993 - June 1996(3 years)

MSc - Mag.rer.nat. (Physics & Psychology - Teacher Education) with distinction

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz - University of Graz

October 1992 - July 1995(3 years)

1.Staatsprüfung - equiv. BEng (Electrical Engineering)

Graz University of Technology

October 1987 - February 1994(6 years)

DipEd (Diploma as Lecturer for Adult Education)

Styrian Chamber of Commerce, Wirtschaftskammer Steiermark

January 1992 - December 1992(a year)

CEng - Ing. -Chartred Engineer for Information- and Communication Engineering

Austrian Ministry of Commerce, Traffic and Transport

October 1987 - September 1990(3 years)