Celestine Dünner

by Tübingen AI Center / Elia Schmid

Celestine Mendler-Dünner

I am a Principal Investigator at the ELLIS Institute in Tübingen, co-affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Tübingen AI Center. My research focuses on machine learning in social context and the role of prediction in digital economies. I strive to develop theoretical and practical tools to support a safe, reliable and trustworthy digital ecosystem with a positive impact on society. Before joining the ELLIS Institute I was a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and spent two years as a SNSF postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley hosted by Moritz Hardt. I have obtained my PhD from ETH Zurich, advised by Thomas Hofmann. During my PhD I was employed at IBM Research Zurich where I co-lead the design of the IBM Snap ML library which is now part of IBM's core AI offerings.

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Affiliations and Awards

I am a core faculty member of the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS), an associated faculty member at the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems (CLS), and an ELLIS Scholar. I am also a member of the Tübingen Cluster of Excellence on ML for Science, and a fellow of the Elisabeth-Schiemann Kolleg of the Max Planck Society. For my dissertation I was awarded the ETH Medal. For the high industrial impact of my research on system-aware algorithm design I received the IBM Research Devision Award, the IBM Eminence and Excellence Award, and the Fritz Kutter Prize. My Postdoc was supported by the SNSF Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship.


I am building up a new research group at the ELLIS institute in Tübingen!

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