Karl Aberer is a professor in the School of Computer and Communications Sciences at EPFL. He received his PhD in Mathematics, ETH Zürich, 1991. From 1991 to 1992 he was postdoctoral fellow at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1992 he joined the Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute (IPSI) of GMD in Germany, where he was leading the research division Open Adaptive Information Management Systems. In 2000 he joined EPFL as full professor.
His research interests are on foundations, algorithms and infrastructures for distributed information management, including semantic interoperability, information retrieval, social networks, trust management and applications to scientific and sensor data management. He has produced more than 400 scientific publications, including more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 300 peer-reviewed conference proceeding publications.
He was the director of the Swiss National Centre for Mobile Information and Communication Systems NCCR MICS from 2005 to 2012, Vice-President for Information Systems of EPFL from 2012 to 2016, and has been consulting the Swiss Government as a member of the Swiss Research and Technology Council from 2004 to 2011. He is currently member of the expert group on cyber-defense, consulting the department of defense on questions related to cyber-security. He is co-founder of LinkAlong, a startup established in 2017 providing data analytic capabilities for open source documents based on technologies for knowledge extraction developed in his research.