Rudi Studer is Full Professor in Applied Informatics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute AIFB. In addition, he is director of the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI). His research interests include knowledge management, Semantic Web technologies and applications, ontology management, data and text mining, Service Science and Semantic Grid. He is speaker of the Competence field “Organization and Service Engineering” at KIT.
He obtained a Diploma in Computer Science at the University of Stuttgart in 1975. In 1982 he was awarded a Doctor's degree in Mathematics and Informatics at the University of Stuttgart, and in 1985 he obtained his Habilitation in Informatics at the University of Stuttgart. From 1985 to 1989 he was project leader and manager at the Scientific Center of IBM Germany.
Rudi Studer is also member of the executive board of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology and director in the research department Information Process Engineering (IPE) at He is engaged in various national and international cooperation projects, among others the DFG Research Training Group Information Management and Market Engineering (IME), the EU Integrated Projects ACTIVE (as technical director) and SOA4All and the THESEUS research program funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
He is past president of the Semantic Web Science Association and former Editor-in-chief of the Journal Web Semantics: Science, Services, and Agents on the World Wide Web. He is one of the vice presidents of the Semantic Technology Institute International (STI2).