Rafet Sifa is the business unit manager of Cognitive Business Optimization, deputy head of the Media Engineering department, and senior data scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) in Sankt Augustin.

His current research focus is based on statistical data mining in representation learning for a variety of industry applications, including behavioral analysis, digital forensics, and text mining.

Prior to joining Fraunhofer, he worked as a data scientist in the gaming industry, where he focused mainly on developing Machine Learning solutions for business intelligence problems. He frequently gives talks and organizes workshops on representation learning and behavior analysis at scientific conferences and industry summits.