Muhammad Bilal Zafar


Ruhr-University Bochum

Faculty of Computer Science

Universitätsstr. 150

44801 Bochum


Room: MC 5.113
Telephone: +49 (0) 234 32 15079



I am a professor of Computer Science at Ruhr University Bochum and Research Center for Trustworthy Data Science and Security. I am also a PI at the Cluster of Excellence CASA and a member of the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security.

Previously I was a Senior Applied Scientist at Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Berlin, Germany where I was building products to support trustworthy use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Before joining AWS, I was a Research Scientist at Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence in Renningen, Germany. I did my PhD at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) and Saarland University.


My research interests are in the area of human-centric Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). My work aims to address challenges that arise when AI/ML models interact with human users. For instance, I develop algorithms for making AI/ML models more fair, explainable and robust.

To learn more about my research, see my full publication list.

Teaching @ RUB


I have several openings in my group. If you are interested in a PhD position and have background in one of Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, drop me an email. If you are a student at RUB and would like to pursue your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis with me, please reach out.