Born Oct. 13, 1943, Lörrach, Germany
Studies of Electrical Engineering, University of Karlsruhe
1969 Diploma 1973 PhD (Dr. rer. Pol.)
1976 Habilitation in computer science
1977 Professor at University of Dortmund
Since 1979 full professor at University of Hagen (FernUniversität)
Chair "databases and information systems". Offers by universities of Mainz, Vienna, Hamburg, invitations as manager of other scientific institutions.
For several years member of Rectorat of University of Hagen.
For several years trustee in VLDB-endowment, Los Angeles (international conference on very large databases).
Various positions in German Computer Association, founding member of database group.
Leading positions in national and international research projects (e.g. European Union, German Ministry for Research) and in industrial development and research projects (e.g. BASF, Ford, Siemens, IBM).
Consultant for research projects to the European Union.
Initiator and chief designer of the Virtual University of the University of Hagen.
Leading functions in international conferences(among others, program committee chair for VLDB and Data Engineering).
Invited speaker at international conferences in the areas of databases and Web-based training.
Co-editor of the journal "Cooperative Information Systems".
Member of the editorial board of several major international journals.
Speaker of Multimedia Association of the universities of the state Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Founder of software companies in the areas of databases and Web based training and of the Institute of Cooperative Systems at the University of Hagen.
About 150 publications in the areas of databases, information systems, distributed systems, CAD, concurrent engineering, artificial intelligence, computer supported teaching and learning, Web based training.
Distinguished Speaker at Purdue University.
Research Award by Ford Motor Company.
Main Research Interests:
- information systems
- information and communication technology for education
- virtual universities
- database systems
- computer based training