Björn Scheuermann, Prof. Dr.
In 2018 Prof. Dr. Björn Scheuermann joined the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society as a Research Director. His background is in computer science and mathematics. After professorships at the Universities of Düsseldorf, Würzburg and Bonn he holds the Chair of Computer Engineering at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since 2012. Additionally, he has been the managing director of Humboldt University’s department of Computer Science since 2016. His research interests are in the areas of design of computer and network systems. In this context, he is looking at questions of security, resource efficiency and reliability. Approaching these topics from an engineer’s point of view, Scheuermann takes into consideration how networks and other digital technologies interact with humans and society. In his role as a director at HIIG, his research is centered around questions of privacy and data protection as well as the societal dimension of IT security.
He regularly carries out research projects funded among others by federal ministries, the European Union, the state of Berlin and the German Research Foundation. He is a principal investigator of the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF), the Helmholtz-Einstein International Berlin Research School in Data Science (HEIBRiDS) and the BMBF-funded Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, which he co-initiated. His work was distinguished with several awards; these include, for instance, becoming one of the first Junior Fellows of the Gesellschaft für Informatik in 2013, in honor of his commitment to the interface between computer science and societal questions.
Prof. Scheuermann advised a number of successful startups. He is a member of several advisory councils, including those of the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID) and the Media Policy Lab of the State Media Authority of Berlin-Brandenburg. He has been member of award juries, including those for the dissertation award of the Gesellschaft für Informatik, the Berlin Deep Tech Award and the German IT Security Award.