Alois Knoll received a Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.) degree in electrical/communications engineering from the Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, in 1985 and the Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) in computer science from the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin, Berlin, Germany, in 1988.
He served on the faculty of the computer science department of TU Berlin until 1993, when he qualified for teaching computer science at a university (habilitation). He then joined the Universität Bielefeld, where he was a full professor and the director of the research group Technical Informatics until 2001. From 2001 to 2004 he was a group head and a member of the board of directors of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Autonomous Intelligent Systems. Since autumn 2001 he has been a professor of Computer Science at the Computer Science Department of the Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany. He is also on the board of directors of the Central Institute of Medical Technology at TUM (IMETUM); from 2004 to 2006 he was Executive Director of the Institute of Computer Science at TUM. His research interests include cognitive, medical and sensor-based robotics, multi-agent systems, data fusion, adaptive systems and multimedia information retrieval.
Prof. Knoll has published over 200 technical papers and guest-edited international journals. He has participated (and has coordinated) several large scale national collaborative research projects. He initiated and was the program chairman of the First IEEE/RAS Conference on Humanoid Robots, he was general chair of IEEE Humanoids2003 and general chair of Robotik 2004, the largest German conference on robotics, and he served on several other organizing committees. Prof. Knoll is a member of the German Society for Computer Science and the IEEE.