Prof. Dr. Jakob Runge
ELLIS program “Machine Learning for Earth and Climate Science”
Group head at the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Data Science (DLR) Jena
Guest Professor of Climate Informatics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Technische Universitaet Berlin
Jakob heads the Climate Informatics group at the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Data Science in Jena since 2017 and is guest professor of computer science at TU Berlin since 2021. His group combines innovative data science methods from different fields (causal inference, machine learning, nonlinear dynamics) and closely works with experts in the climate sciences and beyond. Jakob studied physics at Humboldt University Berlin and obtained his PhD at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in 2014. For his studies he was funded by the German National Foundation (Studienstiftung) and his thesis was awarded the Carl-Ramsauer prize by the Berlin Physical Society.
In 2014 he won a $200.000 Fellowship Award in Studying Complex Systems by the James S. McDonnell Foundation and joined the Grantham Institute, Imperial College, from 2016 to 2017. Furthermore, in 2020 he won an ERC Starting Grant with his interdisciplinary project CausalEarth.
Jakob published 40 articles in interdisciplinary climate science journals (Nature Communications, Science Advances) as well as machine learning venues (NeurIPS, UAI, AISTATS, etc.) and has an h-index of 21.