The Siesta Group

Management Team

Georg Dorffner, PhD; Founder & Business Developer                  


Georg Dorffner MSc Ph.D. is associate Professor at the Section for Artificial Intelligence, Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Until 2007 he was also the head of the Neural Computation Group at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (ÖFAI). In 1985 he graduated from the Vienna University of Technology with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering/Communication Engineering, as well as an M.S. in Computer Science. In 1989 he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science (minor: Linguistics) from Indiana University, USA. In 1994 he received tenure (“Habilitation”) in the field of Artificial Intelligence with a thesis on "Artificial Neural Networks: Theory and Application in Medicine" at the University of Vienna.

Since 1987 Georg Dorffner has successfully led several national and international research projects. His research focus has been on analysis of and pattern recognition in biosignals. Among other project involvements, he was the coordinator of EU-Commission funded projects ANNDEE (Neural Networks for EEG-Processing) and SIESTA (Development of a new standard for sleep analysis). In addition he was a board member of the Special Research Branch (SFB) - “Adaptive Models in Economics and Management Sciences” funded by the Fund for Scientific Research (FWF). There he worked on time series analysis and economic modeling. In addition to other projects in basic research Georg Dorffner has led a number of industrial projects and feasibility studies for Siemens Austria, VA Industrieanlagenbau, EA Generali, etc., and has acted as a consultant for industry.

Georg Dorffner coordinated the entire transition phase from the SIESTA project to the founding of The Siesta Group GmbH and was their managing director from 2001 until early 2014. After the purchase of Somnolyzer 24x7 by Philips-Respironics in February 2010, he also joined Philips as a part-time senior manager until 2013. In 2003 he was awarded, on behalf of the entire Siesta Group team, the special prize for outstanding advances in e-Health as part of the “Best-of-Biotech” competition organized by the Innovationsagentur, Vienna, Austria.


 Peter Anderer, PhD; CSO                

Peter Anderer, PhD; CSOPeter Anderer is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. His central focus of research includes the acquisition and analysis of neurobiological signals. Peter Anderer has been responsible for biometry and the standardisation of data acquisition on numerous national and international controlled clinical and neuro-psychopharmacological studies. In addition to scientific publications in various international journals and books (over 410 scientific papers, including 162 in “peer-reviewed” journals), Peter Anderer has given numerous lectures as invited speaker at training courses and symposia organised by national and international scientific companies and organisations, along with lectures and poster presentations at scientific conferences. Peter Anderer is a correspondent member of Austrian and international scientific societies, a member of scientific committees for national and international conferences and congresses and, since 1998, Board Member of the Austrian Sleep Research Association (ASRA/ÖGSM). Like Georg Dorffner, Peter Anderer is also a part-time senior manager at Philips.



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