Burkhardt Funk is Professor of Information Systems and Data Science at Leuphana University Lüneburg. His research focuses on decision making and building data-driven serivces based on machine learning, especially in the areas of e-commerce and e-health. His teaching focuses on the mathematical foundations and applications of artificial intelligence. In 2015, he initiated one of the first Data Science degree programs in Germany and has been leading the Data Literacy Education Initiative at Leuphana, DATAx, since 2018. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. 

The transfer of scientific findings into practice plays an important role in Burkhardt's work. He was and is involved in numerous start-ups. These include companies such as Parklane Internet, uniquedigital, HelloBetter, Deutscher Pflegering, Adference, erason, PersonalAIze and most recently Smartboatia. He also advises companies in the areas of data-driven decisions, products, and services.