Andreas Abecker studied computer science and economics at the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany), and received the Diploma (master's degree, Dipl.-Inform.) in 1994. As a freelancer, he did a study on data mining techniques for credit risk evaluation at Swiss Bank Corporation, Basel.
In February 1995, he started to work with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH ) in Kaiserslautern. In the DFKI Intelligent Engineering Systems department, he worked on knowledge representation (description logics, constraints) and knowledge evolution (theory revision, data mining) issues in the areas of technical configuration, production planning, and knowledge-based scheduling.
Since 1996, he was a member of the DFKI Knowledge Management department. As a researcher in the KnowMore project (Knowledge Management for Learning Organizations) and as project leader of the DFKI part of the European (ESPRIT) KNOWNET project (Knowledge Management with Intranet technologies), he investigated organizational, methodological, and technological issues for building Organizational Memories. Special emphasis was laid upon the integration of collaboration and coordination technologies (groupware, workflow), document management, and formal knowledge processing (ontologies and metadata for conceptual information retrieval). Since July 2000, he was the Project Director of the European R&D project DECOR (Delivery of Context-Sensitive Organizational Knowledge).