• Research focuses

    • Databases and Information Systems
    • Business Process Modeling
    • Internet and Web - technological and social impacts
    • Paradigms to handle "big data"
    • Special aspects of Cloud Computing
  • Education

    1990
    Habilitation and venia legendi in Computer Science at RWTH Aachen University
    1986
    Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at RWTH Aachen University
    1981
    University degree in Computer Science (diploma) at RWTH Aachen University
    1974- 1981
    Studies in Computer Science at RWTH Aachen University
  • Positions

    since 2004
    Director of the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS) at University of Münster, Germany
    since 1993
    Full Professor of Computer Science at the Institute for Information Systems, University of Münster, Germany
    1999- 2007
    Visiting Professor at Karlstad University, Sweden, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, the Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
    1991- 1993
    Professor of Computer Science at Gießen University
    1988- 1991
    Acting Professor at University of Kiel, University of Düsseldorf, and University of Koblenz-Landau
    1981- 1991
    Research Assistant at the Chair for Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (Prof. Dr. W. Oberschelp) at RWTH Aachen University
    1986- 1988
    Visiting Assistant Professor at Computer Science Department of University of California, San Diego, USA
  • External functions

    since 2010
    Deputy chairman of the steering committee of the German information technology certification agency Cert-IT, Bonn
    since 2004
    Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal "Information Systems"
    since 2004
    Member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS)
    since 1985
    Member of the IEEE Computer Society, USA
    since 1981
    Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), USA
    since 1979
    Member of the German Computer Science Society (GI)
    2008- 2011
    Scientific advisor of Deutsche Informatik-Akademie (DIA, German Informatics Academy), the continuous-education subsidiary of the German Computer Science Society (GI)
    2004- 2005
    Vice-president and treasurer of the German Computer Science Society (GI)
  • Appointments

    2000
    Call to the University of Halle-Wittenberg (declined)