Gerhard Rigoll obtained the Dipl.-Ing. degree from Stuttgart University/ Germany, in 1982. He joined Fraunhofer-Institute (IAO) in Stuttgart as a researcher in the department of advanced information and communication technologies and received the Dr.-Ing. degree in 1986 in the area of automatic speech recognition. From 1986 to 1988 he worked as postdoctoral fellow at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights/USA on acoustic modeling and speaker adaptation for the IBM Tangora speech recognition system. He received the Dr.-Ing. habil. degree in 1991 from Stuttgart University with a thesis on speech synthesis. From 1991 to 1993 he worked as guest researcher in the framework of the EC Scientific Training Programme in Japan for the NTT Human Interface Laboratories in Tokyo/Japan, in the area of neural networks and hybrid speech recognition systems. In 1993 he was appointed to full professor of computer science at Gerhard-Mercator-University in Duisburg, Germany. In 2002, he joined Technische Universität München (TUM), where he is heading the institute for Human-Machine Communication.
His research interests are in the field of human-machine communication and multimedia information processing, covering areas such as multimodal interactive systems, speech and handwriting recognition, gesture recognition, face detection & identification, action & emotion recognition and interactive computer graphics. Dr. Rigoll is an IEEE Fellow (for contributions to multimodal human-machine communication) and is the author and co-author of more than 550 papers in the field of pattern recognition and machine intelligence, covering the above mentioned application areas. He served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, as member of the Overview Editorial Board of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Associate Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech and Music Processing, and EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing. He serves as reviewer for many scientific journals, has been session chairman and member of the program committee for numerous international conferences, and has been the general chairman of the Annual DAGM-Symposium on Pattern Recognition in 2008. He has been active for the last years as project reviewer and proposal evaluator in a variety of national and international projects, sponsored by the European Commission, the German National Science Foundation (DFG), the German Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF), and other research foundations in the UK, The Netherlands, Finland and Switzerland.
Gerhard Rigoll has been involved in international research and teaching activities as visiting professor at NAIST in Nara / Japan (2005) and as lecturer at TUM-Asia in Singapore since 2011. He is coordinator for the Electrical Engineering Faculty of the Sino-German College for Postgraduate Studies (CDHK) at Tongji-University in Shanghai since 2017.