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Rector of Bielefeld University

Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer

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Room: Main university building (UHG) U7 - 241
Phone: +49 521 106-2000



Gerhard Sagerer (born 1956 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein) has been Professor of Applied Informatics at Bielefeld University's Faculty of Technology since 1990. Before that, he studied Informatics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, where he took his doctorate in 1985 and his postdoctoral habilitation in 1990.

Gerhard Sagerer's research interests include cognitive and social robotics, human–robot interaction, speech and dialogue systems, and the architecture of intelligent systems. He has served as coordinator and member of the executive board for numerous EU projects (VAMPIRE, COGNIRON) and Collaborative Research Centres (360: Situated Artificial Communicators, 673: Alignment in Communication).

He has been actively engaged in the academic self-administration of Bielefeld University since 1993. From 1993 to 1995 and from 1997 to 2001, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Technology. From 2001 to 2007, he was Vice-President for Studies and Teaching.

Since 2009 Gerhard Sagerer has been rector of the university.

From October 2015 until September 2018 he was president of the Rectors' Conference of North Rhine-Westfalia (LRK). Since October 2018 he is the LRK's vice-president.

He is a member of the managing committee for uni.assist e.V. [international students application service].


Welcome speech - Opening "Researching Schools" Conference, 8 September 2022


Video message - signing Magna Charta Universitatum, 17 June 2021

Video message - online conference "Fear and Peace", 17 February 2021



Welcome speech - Opening of Bielefeld University's Anniversary Conference, 14 November 2019

Welcome speech - 50 years Faculty of Mathematics, 27 September 2019

Welcome speech - Niklas Luhmann Visiting Professor, 19 June 2019

Group Photo of tthe team
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Rector's Office, Boards and Committees

Personal Assistant to the rector (Head of Rector's Office)

Phone: +49 521 106-4073
Room: UHG U7-240 
Availability: Monday-Friday, full-time

Assistant, Deputy Head of Rector's Office

Phone: +49 521 106-4074
Room: UHG U7-216 
Availability: Mon, Wed,Fri: 8:30-14:30; Tue: 8:30-15:30; Thu: 9:30-15:30


Phone: +49 521 106-4070
Room: UHG U7-220 
Availability: Monday-Friday, full-time

Administration Boards and Committees

Phone: +49 521 106-6978
Room: UHG U7-238 
Availability: Monday-Friday, full-time


Phone: +49 521 106-6976
Room: UHG U7-223 , Location/map 
Availability: Monday-Friday, full-time

Bettina Lang

Bettina Lang

Directorate for University Development

+49 521 106-8000
Phone No. of Secretary
+49 521 106-8001
UHG U7-234
Heide Leister

Heide Leister

Assistentin des Rektors

+49 521 106-2001
UHG U7-239

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