Background and activities

Kerstin is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science. Her core competence field is Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. She is currently the program manager of the NorwAI research center, deputy head of the Data and Artificial Intelligence group and part of the Norwegian Open AI Lab
Kerstin was awarded her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Hildesheim, Germany. Her main research interest are data-driven decision support systems as well as knowledge-intensive Case-Based Reasoning. She is the chair of the German Society for Computer Science's Special Interest Group on Knowledge Management and a board member of the Norwegian AI society.
Research Interest
The main focus of her work are methods for applied artificial intelligence. While the application domains differ, we are investigating how to make knowledge and experience available through intelligent systems. Moreover, how to build systems that support complex, knowledge-intesive decisions using heterogenous data sources. She has been the project manager of the selfBACK EU project that developed an e-Health application for low back pain patients.
She enjoys discussing AI methodologies and applications with fellow researchers, but more importantly teaching it to students and bringing it into multidisciplinary projects and thereby shaping the new digital world.
In particular we are applying methods from the following research fields:
  • Case-Based Reasoning
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Information Extraction and Knowledge Engineering
Research Group: Data and Artificial Intelligence
  • AI4EU - An AI-on-demand platform for Europe (partner, H2020, 2019 – 2021)
  • selfBACK - A decision support system for self-management of low back pain (project manager, H2020, 2016-2021)
  • Back-UP - Personalised Prognostic Models to Improve Well-being and Return to Work After Neck and Low Back Pain (task leader, H2020, 2018 – 2021)

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Bach, Kerstin; Sauer, Christian Severin; Althoff, Klaus-Dieter; Roth-Berghofer, Thomas R.. (2014) Knowledge Modeling with the Open Source Tool myCBR. 10th Workshop on Knowledge Engineering and Software Engineering . Nalepa, G. J., Baumeister, J. and Kaczor, K.; Prague. 2014-08-19 - 2014-08-19.


  • Bach, Kerstin; Althoff, Klaus-Dieter. (2013) Model-based Classification of Unstructured Data Sources. ICCBR Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning in the Health Sciences (CBR-HS-13) . Isabelle Bichindaritz, Cindy Marling; Saragota Springs. 2013-07-08 - 2013-07-08.
  • Reuss, Pascal; Bach, Kerstin; Althoff, Klaus-Dieter. (2013) Dynamic retrieval of heterogeneous knowledge sources in a multi-agent system. Conference on Professional Knowledge Management (WM-2013) . Franz Lehner; Passau. 2013-03-14 - 2013-03-15.


  • Bach, Kerstin. (2012) Knowledge Acquisition for Case-Based Reasoning Systems. 2012. ISBN 978-3-8439-1357-7.
  • Bach, Kerstin; Althoff, Klaus-Dieter. (2012) Developing Case-Based Reasoning Applications Using myCBR 3. International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ICCBR-12) . Ian Watson and Belen Diaz Agudo; Lyon. 2012-09-03 - 2012-09-06.


  • Bach, Kerstin; Althoff, Klaus-Dieter; Newo, Regis; Stahl, Armin. (2011) A Case-Based Reasoning Approach for Providing Machine Diagnosis from Service Reports. International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ICCBR-11) . Ashwin Ram and Nirmalie Wiratunga; London. 2011-09-12 - 2011-09-15.