Mirco Schönfeld teaches Interdisciplinary Data Management and Knowledge Generation
Since September 1, 2020, Prof. Dr. Mirco Schönfeld has been Junior Chair for Interdisciplinary Data Management and Knowledge Generation at the University of Bayreuth’s Faculty of Languages & Literatures.
Mirco Schönfeld finds it particularly satisfying when colleagues and students lose their sense of 'awe' for data, algorithms, and programming. "This usually happens when we understand that data is 'made' by humans," he says.
Mirco Schönfeld grew up by the North Sea and went to Munich to study media informatics. There he took the opportunity to do his doctorate in the Department of Computer Science at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), meaning he stayed in Munich for a long time. For a subsequent post-doctoral position, Schönfeld ‘at least’ moved to the other side of the English Garden to Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Münich (TUM).
Already during his doctoral thesis on 'Contextuality and Authenticity in Social Networks', Schönfeld specialized in data modelling and the processing of contextual information. This led him increasingly to the interface between computer science on the one hand and humanities and social sciences on the other. Since then, he has been researching as a member of interdisciplinary constellations with scholars from the fields of economics, linguistics, literature, philosophy, and political science, among others, on computer-aided methods of data-based knowledge acquisition.
Schönfeld finds it particularly satisfying when colleagues and students lose their sense of 'awe' for data, algorithms, and programming. "This usually happens when we understand that data is 'made' by humans," he says. "Our behaviour on the Internet, for example, is measured and represented by constructed data models on the computer, with the aim of algorithms being able to process this data. The hope is that this will enable us to understand people better, and ultimately societies. However, conclusions of this kind are only possible if all the building blocks of the data-based analysis process are in place. At the University of Bayreuth, Prof. Dr. Mirco Schönfeld is fascinated by the cooperation of the various disciplines, which he hopes to encourage and strengthen in research and teaching.