Future of Computer Science: J.UCS Special Issue Dedicated to Professor
Frank Kappe (Hyperwave AG, Munich, Germany)
Gerhard Pail (Hyperwave AG, Munich, Germany)
Abstract: In April 2001, Hermann Maurer celebrated his 60th birthday,
which also marks "25 Years of Computer Science in Graz". On these
occasions, the Graz University of Technology, supported by a number of
organizations, invited to the "Future Of Computer Science Symposium
(FOCSS)". A number of outstanding specialists in their fields who
spent at least 6 months at some time cooperating with Hermann Maurer gave
the talks in the symposium part. This issue of J.UCS consists mainly of
papers which were presented at this symposium.
The history of computer science in Graz is inseparably connected with
Hermann Maurer. Born in 1941 in Vienna, Austria, Hermann studied Mathematics
at the Universities of Vienna (Austria) and Calgary (Canada) starting in
1959. After that, he worked as a System Analyst with the Government of
Sasketchewan (Canada) in 1963, mathematician-programmer with IBM Research
in Vienna 1964-1966, and obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University
of Vienna in 1965.
Hermann started his university career as Assistant and Associate Professor
for Computer Science at the University of Calgary 1966-1971, then continued
as a Full Professor for Applied Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe,
West Germany, 1971-1977, and Visiting Professor at SMU, Dallas, and University
of Brasilia (Brazil) for three months, each, and at the University of Waterloo,
during the same period, before he finally came to Graz as a full professor
at the University of Technology in 1978. In addition, he acted as director
of the Research Institute for Applied Information Processing of the Austrian
Computer Society 1983-1998; chairman of Institute for Information Processing
and Computer Supported New Media since 1988, director of the Institute
for Hypermedia Systems of JOANNEUM RESEARCH since 1990, director of the
AWAC (Austrian Web Application Center) of the ARCS (Austrian Research Centers)
1997-2000 and since January 2001 as chief scientist of the KNOW Center
(K+ Center), the first research center on Knowledge Management in Austria.
While in Graz, he also acted as Adjunct Professor at Denver University
1984-1988, Professor for Computer Science at the University of Auckland,
New Zealand, in 1993 (on leave from Graz), and was appointed Honorary Adjunct
Professor and since May 2001 Honorary Research Fellow at the same University.
He obtained a number of awards, among them the ADV Prize for Merits
for Information Processing in Austria, the Honorary Doctorate of the Polytechnical
University of St. Petersburg in 1992, the "Enter-Price" (a nice
play of words with Enterprise) of the Styrian Chamber of Commerce in 1999,
the Integrata-Prize (for Human Software) in 2000, became Foreign Member
of the Finnish Academy of Sciences in 1996 and a member of the Academia
European in February 2000. In January 2001 Hermann was awarded the "Austrian
Cross of Honours for Arts and Science Class I" and the "Medal
of Honour of Styria" in April 2001.
Hermann is the author of fourteen books, more than 500 contributions
in various publications, Editor-in-Chief of 'Journal of Universal Computer
Science' and 'Journal of Network and Computer Applications'; member of
the Editorial Council of the Journals 'Organizacija', 'Journal of Digital
Libraries', 'Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia', 'International
Journal of Telecommunications' and 'Journal on Educational Resources in
Computing'; Chairperson of steering committees and member of program committees
of numerous international conferences; Founder of the Conference series
ED-MEDIA and WebNet and of the conference I-KNOW; he is European Representative
on ICCE, has been member of the ACM for over 10 years and is member of
various other professional organizations.
Hermann's research interests include networked multimedia/hypermedia
systems, electronic publishing and applications to university life, exhibitions
and museums, Web based learning environments (eLearning, learning platforms);
languages and their applications, data structures and their efficient use,
telematic services, computer networks, computer assisted instruction, computer
supported new media, and social implications of computers.
If you want to know more about Hermann, visit his homepage at http://www.iicm.edu/maurer
.... And if you want to know more about his friends he has cooperated with
have a look at the book "People and Ideas in Computer Science"
(C.S.Calude, Ed.), Springer-Verlag, 1999, ISBN 981-4021-13-X.
In addition to his outstanding research career, Hermann's probably most
important achievement was his influence on the direction of computer science
in Graz. He acted as a project manager of a number of multimillion-dollar
undertakings including a patent for optical storage device, the development
of a color-graphic microcomputer (MUPID), an electronic teaching experiment
COSTOC, multi-media projects such as "Images of Austria" (Expo'92
and Expo'93), various electronic publishing projects such as "AEIOU",
"PC Library", "Geothek", "J.UCS" and "Brockhaus
Multimedial"; initiated the development of the first second-generation
Web Based Information System Hyper-G, now Hyperwave, and the eLearning
Suite (eLS), a modern net-based teaching platform, and he participated
in a number of EU projects (e.g. LIBERATION, HYMN, EUROPE-MMM, HYPDOC,
EONT and others).
Hermann is also a great teacher of computer science. While in Graz,
he successfully supervised about 25 Ph.D.'s, and over 400 M.Sc.'s. Some
of his former students and colleagues presented their views on the future
of computer science in their respective fields of research at the FOCSS
conference in June 2001, and a few of these contributions are part of this
special issue of J.UCS.
Happy Birthday, Hermann!
Frank Kappe and Gerhard Pail, Guest Editors
Graz, June 2001