Klaus-Robert Müller received his Diplom in mathematical physics and Ph.D. in theoretical computer science from the University of Karlsruhe. Following his PhD he went to Berlin as a postdoctoral fellow at Fraunhofer FIRST (now part of Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems), where he started building up the Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA) group. From 1994 to 1995 he was a research fellow at Shun’ichi Amaris lab at the University of Tokyo. 1999 Müller became an associate professor for neuroinformatics at the University of Potsdam, transitioning to the full professorship for Neural Networks and Time Series Analysis in 2003. Since 2006 he holds the chair for Machine Learning at the Technical University Berlin.
He has contributed extensively to several major interests of Machine Learning, including Support Vector Machines and Kernel methods, and Neural Networks. He pioneered applying new methods of pattern recognition in domains like Brain-Computer Interfaces, using them for patients suffering from Locked-in syndrome.