Speaker profile


  • Prof Dr. Simon Hegelich
    Professor of political data science
    Technical University of Munich


Prof. Dr. Simon Hegelich is professor of political data science at the Technical University of Munich. The research of Simon Hegelich focuses on the connection between political science and data science. He is interested in the political dimension of the ongoing digital revolution as well as in implementing new methods in political science such as machine learning, data mining, computer vision and simulations.

Hegelich studied political science at the University of Münster (Germany), where he also received his doctorate and acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation). From 2011 to 2016, he was managing director of the interdisciplinary research center FoKoS of the University of Siegen. In 2016, Simon Hegelich was appointed associate professor at the Bavarian School of Public Policy at TUM.

Simon Hegelich’s work on social bots has been widely discussed in academia and media in Europe.

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