Andreas Birk is since Nov. 2011 a full professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Jacobs University Bremen where he leads the robotics group. He started at Jacobs University in fall 2001 as associate professor while rejecting an offer for a professorship (C3) at the University of Rostock. Before he joined Jacobs University, he held a research-mandate of the Flemish Society for Applied Research, IWT. He was in addition from October 1997 on appointed as visiting professor (docent) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He also worked as a visiting professor (C3) at the Universitat Koblenz-Landau in the winter-semester of 1999/2000. During the almost six years at the VUB, Andreas Birk was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Lab, which he joined as Postdoc in April 1996. In 1995 he received his doctorate from the Universitat des Saarlandes, Saarbrucken, where he previously studied Computer Science from fall 1989 to spring 1993.