Pascal Hitzler | Professor

Pascal Hitzler

Lloyd T. Smith Creativity in Engineering Chair

Director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (CAIDS)

Ph.D. - 2001, National University of Ireland, University College Cork

Contact information

2211 Engineering Hall
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Professional experience

Pascal Hitzler, is endowed Lloyd T. Smith Creativity in Engineering Chair at the Department of Computer Science at Kansas State University and Director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (CAIDS). Until July 2019, he was endowed NCR Distinguished Professor, Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research, and Director of Data Science in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. From 2004-2009, he was Akademischer Rat at the Institute for Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and from 2001-2004, was a postdoctoral researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Institute at TU Dresden in Germany. In 2001, he completed a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the National University of Ireland, University College Cork and in 1998 a Diplom, Master’s degree equivalent, in Mathematics from the University of Tübingen in Germany.


Hitzler's research record lists over 400 publications in such diverse areas as semantic web, artificial intelligence, neurosymbolic integration, knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning, denotational semantics, and set-theoretic topology.

Research keywords

Knowledge graphs, neurosymbolic artificial intelligence, semantic web, explainable artificial intelligence, ontologies, ontology modeling, ontology language development, ontology alignment, data management, knowledge representation, information systems, automated reasoning, machine learning, intelligent systems, mathematical foundations.

Academic highlights

He is founding Editor-in-chief of the Semantic Web journal, the leading journal in the field, of the new Neurosymbolic Artificial Intelligence journal, and of the IOS Press book series Studies on the Semantic Web.

He is co-author of the W3C Recommendation OWL 2 Primer, and of the book Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies by CRC Press, 2010, which was named as one out of seven Outstanding Academic Titles 2010 in Information and Computer Science by the American Library Association's Choice Magazine, and has translations into German and Chinese. He is on the editorial board of several journals and book series and a founding steering committee member of the Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning Association and the Association for Ontology Design and Patterns, and he frequently acts as conference chair in various functions.