Hermann Maurer
Informatics at the crossroads of Academia Europaea

Hermann Maurer


In this talk it will be shown that almost no area within the scope of Academia Europaea remains untouched by tools offered by Informatics. New attempts in the recognition of patterns are one such tool that will deeply influence research in such diverse areas as archaeology, chemistry, biology, medicine and many others. Examples will be presented. The talk will also claim that a strong Academia Europaea can significantly contribute to the well being of society and economy in Europe. To dramatically increase the strength of Academia Europea is only possibly by a combination of pulling top brains of Europe into Academia Europaea, then bringing them to work together, and finally to make results widely available in a form comprehensible to all persons interested. To do this the server AE-INFO at www.ae-info.org can be THE essential tool if Academia Europaea manages to convince enough members to actively contribute, and if some outside funding for improving communicational tools and above all editorial efforts can be obtained. The presentation concludes with a number of highlights from the current AE-INFO server, and explains why a fully computerized nomination procedure for 2012 and beyond is essential.

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Hermann Maurer - Short Biography#

Study of Mathematics at the Universities of Vienna (Austria) and Calgary. System Analyst with the Government of Saskatchewan, Mathematician-programmer with IBM Research in Vienna. Ph.D. in Mathematics from the U.of Vienna 1965.

Assistant/ Associate Professor for Computer Science at the U. of Calgary 1966-1971. Full Professor for Applied Computer Science at the U. of Karlsruhe, 1971-1977, Visiting Professor at SMU (Dallas), U. of Brasilia, and at the U. of Waterloo; Adjunct Professor at Denver U. 1984-1988; Professor for Computer Science at the U. of Auckland in 1993 (on leave from Graz), visiting Professor at Edith Cowan U. (Perth, Australia) in 2003. Full Professor at the Graz U. of Technology since 1978, Dean of Studies 2000-2004, Dean of the new school of computer science 2004-2007.

Maurer received a number of awards, among them the Integrata-Prize (for Human Software) in 2000 and the 'AACE Fellowship Award' of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education in 2003; he became Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences in 1996 and member of the Academia Europaea in 2000, where he was elected chairman of the section Informatics in April 2009. In 2001 he was awarded the "Austrian Cross of Honours for Arts and Science Class I", and also the "Large Medal of Honour of the Province of Styria". He receiv ed Honorary Doctorates from the Polytechnical University of St. Petersburg, the University of Karlsruhe, and the University of Calgary.

Maurer is author of twenty books, about 700 contributions in various publications, Editor-in-Chief of the 'Journal of Universal Computer Science' and member of over a dozen Editorial Boards. He is chairperson of steering committees and member of program committees of numerous international conferences. He founded the Conference series ED-MEDIA, eLearn and I-KNOW. He was project manager of a number of multimillion-dollar undertakings including an optical storage device, the development of a colour-graphic microcomputer (MUPID), an electronic teaching system COSTOC, multi-media projects such as "Images of Austria" (Expo'92 and Expo'93), various electronic publishing projects such as "PC Library", "Geothek", "J.UCS" and "Brockhaus Multimedial". He founded or co-founded 20 companies totalling over 1500 employees today, among them the first second generation Web Based Information System Hyperwave. He was involved in the multimedia part of a number of museum projects including Ars electronica Center (Linz, Austria) the Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, New Zealand) and the Odyseeum (Cologene, Germany). He participated in or headed a number of national and EU projects. He successfully supervised more than 400 M.Sc. theses and more than 50 doctorates. He has given over 1000 talks world-wide. He has been an outspoken critic of some data-mining activities in the WWW. Since 1980 he has been member and official of the charitable organisation Kiwanis.
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