Alexander Linden | Gartner

Analyst Profile

Alexander Linden

Alexander Linden

Research VP

4 years at Gartner ,  32 years industry experience
Dusseldorf Germany


Roles and Responsibilities

Alexander Linden is a Research VP, specializing in data science, machine learning and advanced algorithms. Dr. Linden helps clients with making buy vs. built vs. outsource decisions, various themes of data science governance, and aims to track the cutting edge in machine learning and artificial intelligence. (Note: Despite good conceptual understanding, my coverage does not include conversational interface, Q&A systems, chat bots).

Areas of Coverage

  • Business Intelligence

Background

Previous Experience

Prior to rejoining Gartner, Dr. Linden was an entrepreneur, advising The World Bank and Fraunhofer, and he founded two companies himself, one of which, clickworker.com, is still at the forefront of applying microwork (crowdsourcing) to text and image analytics, metadata extraction, and open innovation. Dr. Linden had his first stint at Gartner from 1998 to 2006, where he left as Research VP, Emerging Technologies. During that time, he was worldwide lead on advanced analytics, data mining and semantic technologies, and he initiated Gartner's ongoing series of annual Hype Cycle special reports. Before that, Dr. Linden assumed various midlevel to senior roles at GE and Dresdner Bank as a Data Scientist.

Professional Background

GE, Senior Data Scientist, 2 years
GMD German National Lab for Computer Science, Computer Scientist, 5 years
Gartner, Research VP, Emerging Trends and Technologies, 11 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

GE Management Award 1997 (built in-memory analytics that uncovered $xx million of losses)
Gartner Silver Award 2003 (initiated annual Hype Cycle Special Report)
Postdoctoral Fellowship 1994, International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley

Education

M.S., with distinction, Computer Science (Computational Linguistics minor), Bonn University
Ph.D., Machine Learning/Computer Science, Bielefeld University

Languages

English
German