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Gerhard Sagerer received the diploma and the Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) degree in computer science from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany, in 1980 and 1985 respectively. In 1990 he received the venia legendi (Habilitation) in computer science from the Technical Faculty of this university. From 1980 to 1990 he was with the research group for pattern recognition (Institut für Informatik, Mustererkennung) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany. Since 1990 he is a professor of computer science at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and head of the research group for Applied Computer Science (Angewandte Informatik). During 1991-1993 he was a member of the academic senat of the university. During 1993-1995 he was dean of the Technical Faculty of the university, in 1995 he was chairman of the annual conference of the German Society for Pattern Recognition. He is on the Scientific Board of the German Section of Computer Scientists for Peace and Social Responsibility (Forum InformatikerInnen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung), FIFF. His fields of research are image and speech understanding including artificial intelligence techniques and the application of pattern understanding methods to natural science domains. He is author, coauthor, or editor of several books and technical articles. Dr. Sagerer is member of the German Computer Society (GI), the European Society for Signal Processing (EURASIP) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).