Robert completed his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in computer science in 2009 at the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology. He worked as postdoc at the European Bioinformatics Institute, University of Cambridge, and Aberystwyth University before joining KAUST in 2014.
His main academic interests are knowledge representation and symbolic approaches to artificial intelligence, and using them to gain novel biological insights. We develop knowledge-based methods for the analysis of large, complex and heterogeneous datasets in biology, and apply them to understanding genotype-phenotype relations.