ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Georg Dorffner
Medical University of Vienna

                  Dorffner Georg

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born and resident in Vienna, married to Gabriele Dorffner, PhD, three children

Interim Head, Section for Artifical Intelligence and Decision Support of the Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Curriculum Director for the Master Program Medical Informatics at the Medical University of Vienna

Business Developer and Head of Clinical Trials at The Siesta Group Schlafanalyse GmbH

1985: M.S. in electrical engineering/communication engineering,
Vienna University of Technology

1985: M.S. in computer science, Vienna University of Technology

1987: M.S. in computer science, Indiana University

1989: Ph.D. in computer science (minor: linguistics), Indiana University

1994: "Habilitation" in the field of Artificial Intelligence with a thesis on"Artficial Neural Networks: Theory and Application in Medicine" and subsequent tenure, University of Vienna.

Professional Career
1985: Research assistant at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence

1985-1986: Research assistant at the Phonetics Lab, Indiana University

1987-1995: Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Vienna

1987-2007: Head of the Neural Computation and Robotics Group, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence

1995-present: Associate Professor at the Section for Artificial Intelligence, Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems, Medical University of Vienna

1996: Visiting Scholar at Boston University, Psychology Dept. (Jan-Feb)

2002-2014: Founder and Managing Director of The Siesta Group GmbH

2010-2013: Senior Manager at Philips Respironics

Current research interests
  • Machine learning  (e.g. neural networks, Bayesian inference)
  • Medical signal and image analysis, time series processing
  • Neuroinformatics
  • Connectionist models of conceptual development and language

Major projects



Recent publications:

Older publications:

Courses in Machine Learning, Neural Computation, Neuroinformatics, Connectionism and related fields at the Medical University of Vienna, and, formerly, at the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany, and the Vienna University of Technology.

Courses in Science in Medicine, Statistics, Clinical Research, and Project Studies for students of Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna, as part of their curriculum for Human Medicine.

Currently offered courses (descriptions in German)

Old course descriptions:

In addition, supervision of masters' and PhD theses for students of Medicine or Medical Informatics

Past activities

Workshops and symposia

  • 2001: International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN 2001)
  • 1988-2008: Symposium "Neural Networks and Adaptive System" at the
  • European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR)
  • 1997: post-NIPS workshop on Neural Models of Conceptual Learning
  • 1997: First Austrian Workshop on Neural Networks


Contact address
Georg Dorffner, PhD, MS

Section for Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support
Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems
Medical University of Vienna

Währinger Str. 25a, A-1090 Vienna, Austria

Email: Georg <dot> Dorffner <at> Meduniwien <dot> ac <dot> at
Tel: +43-1-40160-36316
Mobile: +43-664-4223987

Last update: Mar 19, 2020