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Centre for Risk Research

Risk Research Fellow Appointed as Professor

Published: 30 July 2014

Stefan Lessmann, a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Risk Research, has been appointed as Professor of Information Systems at Humboldt-University (HU) of Berlin.

Stefan has been a visiting fellow and guest lecturer at the Centre for several years. He has developed an international reputation for research concerning the application of data mining to support managerial decision making, as well as the modification and extension of respective methods to address the challenges faced in real-world business problems. He has conducted much of his recent research in collaboration with other scholars in the Centre.

In his new role Stefan will be responsible for co-directing (with Professor Freytag) the Information Systems master’s programme, coordinator for the specialization Information Systems within the undergraduate and graduate programs, and developing undergraduate and postgraduate curricula in Information Systems.

Humboldt-University (HU) of Berlin

In response to the award of the full professorship, Stefan said “It is a great honor to be appointed a professor at one of Germany’s leading research universities. The HU provides an excellent environment to further advance my activities in the fields of decision analytics and conduct exciting research at the interface of business administration, operational research, and computer science. My new position also gives me the opportunity to introduce students to Information Systems and shape their first experiences with this fascinating field.”


Stefan added “I am very happy to say that my time spent at Southampton has helped me tremendously in achieving a full professorship. The outcomes of the research that I conducted with colleagues in the Centre for Risk Research, as well as the experienced gained while lecturing for Southampton, were the key factors that eventually convinced the appointment committee at HU. While I had the pleasure to work with many great and brilliant people at the School of Management, I am especially grateful to Professor Johnnie Johnson for his continuous support, inspiration, and mentorship. I will never fully understand how Johnnie manages to always find first-class solutions to problems that appear insurmountable to most of us. Johnnie has a unique ability to truly make his research deeply intriguing to his peers, which is such invaluable skill in academia. I hope I will someday manage to do my job half as good as Johnnie.”

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