Prof. Jochen L. Leidner, M.A. M.Phil. Ph.D. FRGS

Fields of Teaching and Research

  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Computational Linguistics (CL)
  • Search Engines, Advanced Information Systems, Information Retrieval (IR)
  •  Machine Learning (ML)
  •  Mining Spatial Meta-Data (e.g. Geocoding)
  •  Project Management and Methodologies
  • Technology & Ethics


  • VoLL-KI (educational chatbot, lecture recording analytics, topic segmentation/classification)

  • MethodLab (ML project methodologies & tools)

  • DE-RISK (risk reduction through computational risk analysis for insurance, finance and government)

  • QLabel (nutrition labels with multi-dimensional scoring for Web content)

Functions at the university

  • Founding Member, AI Center


  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Science with Insurance Applications (InsureTec)
  • Ethics & AI

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS)
  • Panel Chair, Microsoft-BCS/BCS-IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award (2020-2022)
  • Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
  • Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
  • Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 03/2021: Research professorship "Explainable and Responsible Artificial Intelligence for Insurance", Coburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Since 2017: Visiting Professor of Data Analytics, University of Sheffield
  • 2008-2021: Research Scientist (later Lead ~), then Director of Research and Innovation (R&D), Thomson Reuters
  • 2010-2013: Creation of an innovation team in the Zurich region, Switzerland
  • 2013-2021: Creation and Management of an applied Research & Development Group in London, UK
  • 2007: Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Edinburgh (funded by an DAAD scholarship)
    2002: Graduated M.Phil. Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technologies, University of Cambridge (funded by multiple scholarships)
  • 1998-2000: Software engineer, SAP
  • 1998: Graduated with an M.A. in computational linguistics, English language and literature and computer science at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • 1993-1998: Study at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and Lancaster University (DAAD-Stipendium scholarship)
  • 1992: German A-levels equiv. ("Abitur") in biology, English, mathematics.


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