Niklas Zechner

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Niklas Zechner

Zechner in 2017
Born21 March 1984
Karlskrona, Sweden
ResidenceUmeå, Sweden
Alma materLund University
Royal Holloway
Umeå University
Doctoral advisorJohanna Björklund
Other academic advisorsHans-Uno Bengtsson
Stuart Flockton
Andrzej Lingas
Emailzechner (at)

Niklas Zechner (born 21 March 1984) is a Swedish scientist and composer. He has recently finished his PhD in computing science at Umeå university.


Early life and education

He was born in Karlskrona, and shortly thereafter moved to Eslöv, where he grew up with his parents and two sisters. He started playing piano at age six, and soon branched out into other instruments. After finishing school, he moved to Lund, where he studied computer science, mathematics, physics and music. In 2007, he moved to Egham in England, to study at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London, where he got his BSc in physics and music after two years. Following that, he returned to Lund, where he continued in the fields of computer science and music, and also studied linguistics. Upon finishing his MSc in computer science, he moved to Umeå where he got a PhD position at Umeå University.

Scientific career

Zechner's area in computer science is a mixture of theoretical and empirical, and has also been influenced by his interest in linguistics. The main focus of his doctoral studies has been text classification, which he worked on in collaboration with the Swedish Defence Research Agency. He also made contributions in automata theory, as well as smaller projects in bioinformatics and music generation. He received his doctorate in 2017, with a thesis titled "A Novel Approach to Text Classification".


Zechner showed an interest in music at an early age, and started playing several instruments as well as writing music. In 1992, he became concertmaster of the Eslöv Music School String Orchestra. A few years later, he played with a rock band, which was seen on stage with such unlikely collaborators as Sven-Ingvars and Lasse Berghagen, and the jazz band Jazzå, mentored by saxophonist Per Bäcker. He wrote several pieces for the latter; one reviewer classified them as "pop-punk-ethno-jazz". During his early university studies, he also studied music history under Sixten Nordström, as well as music theory. Upon returning to Sweden in 2009, he joined the Lund Student Folk Music Orchestra, where he played the key fiddle, and later became musical director. He is presently a member of the pop band R&U and the swing band Avstamp.

In popular culture

Zechner and his fiddle in 2010

Apart from various printed publications, Zechner has also appeared on radio and television. He was heard on the radio in 2017, but had in fact already, in a sense, been seen on the radio. On the webpage of Radio Sweden, the icon for the folk music section shows a picture of Zechner playing the key fiddle.

His first appearance on television was in 2014, when he was seen on Plus, declaring that he does not like coffee.


Scientific publications

Other works

  • Good Problems. A collection of physics, mathematics and algorithmics problems.

External links

Retrieved from "The Internet"