Profile of Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Bernhard Thalheim

Associate Professor of Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
from summer term 1996 and ending with winter term 1997/98
Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Kuwait University
from summer term 1998 and ending with summer term 1990
Chair of Theoretical Computer Science at Rostock University
from winter term 1990/91 and ending with winter term 1992/93
Chair of Database and Information Systems at Cottbus Tech (BTU Cottbus)
from summer term 1993 and ending with summer term 2003
and now
Chair of the Information Systems Engineering at Kiel University
since winter term 2003/04
Activities of the chair
  1. Areas of competence
    1. Co-design of information systems structuring, functionality, distribution and interactivity;
    2. Models, modelling and modelling methods in Computer, Natural, Engineering, and Social Sciences, Medicine, and Mathematics;
    3. Information-intensive web sites, including B2B, B2C, e-Learning, e-Community and Information sites;
    4. Database and information systems theory, database technology, (visual) database query languages;
    5. Entity-relationship and other semantical database specification languages;
    6. BPMN and its semantics;
    7. Tuning and performance improvement for large, complex database systems, database consolidation;
    8. Information system integration, migration, and evolution;
    9. Intelligent and adaptive content management systems;
    10. Component-based database applications;
    11. Methodologies of information systems development.
  2. International activities
    1. Chair or Co-Chair of almost 40 international conferences (1987-2014)
    2. Editor of more than 30 international proceedings, mainly with Springer in the LNCS series
    3. Vice-Chair (1996-1998, 2002-2006) or Chair (1998-2000) of the Steering committee of the ER conferences
    4. Co-Founder and Steering Committee Co-Chair (1998-) of the FoIKS (Foundations of Information and Knowledge Systems) conferences
    5. Co-Founder of the MFDBS (Mathematical Fundamentals of Database Systems) conferences (since 1992 part of the ICDT conference)
    6. Founder of the German Chapter of DAMA International
    7. Membership in program committees of almost 400 international conferences (1984-2014)
  3. Publications since 1993
    More than 400 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences by Bernhard Thalheim
    h-index : 27; g-index: 47 compiled at 2014-06-29; maximum cites: 396
    see also some covers of our books until 2013
    1. Each year at least one PhD at the chair;
    2. First habilitation thesis of the BTU Cottbus; supervision of habilitation theses at Dresden University of Technology, and at Rostock University;
    3. One book on foundations of the entity-relationship model
      beside the books Dependencies in databases and Practical Database Design Methodologies
    4. The Cottbus team of the chair published between 1993 and 2003 227 peer-reviewed papers in international conferences, journals and books
      and the Kiel team of the chair published between 2003 and 2014 203 peer-reviewed papers in international conferences, journals and books;
    5. More than 400 talks given by Bernhard Thalheim at international conferences, university colloquia in more than 40 countries;
    6. 21 tutorials at international conferences by Bernhard Thalheim.
  4. Organisation of scientific meetings
    1. Since 2009: Chair of the Models-To-Model-Modelling (MMM) community at CAU Kiel (spanning 6 faculties, 41 chairs at Kiel);
    2. Since 1987: co-founder of three international conference series (MFDBS, FoIKS, Semantics in databases);
    3. Since 1987 more than 30 co-chairing of program committees for international conferences;
      more than 30 editored books (mainly with Springer, Heidelberg);
    4. Since 1990: member of editorial boards of seven international journals;
    5. Since 1990: member (chair, co-chair) of ten steering committees of international conferences;
    6. Since 1985: member of more than 300 program committees of international conferences.
  5. Projects since 1993
    1. Handbook of conceptual modelling (co-editor with David Embley)
    2. Since 1990 without interrupt a number of projects of the German Research Foundation (DFG);
    3. 39 projects (1993-2003) with industrial partners with an overall budget of more than 2mEuro at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus
      project results have been presented at several fairs, e.g. CeBIT 1995, 1996, 1999, 2002; additionally 2005 and 2008;
    4. 18 industrial and collaboration projects 2003-2014 at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel;
    5. Founding PI of the Clusters of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces", "Future Ocean" and the Graduate School "Human development in Landscape" (excellence initiative, German research council DFG) at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel
    6. More than 36 projects (1995-2003) aiming in development of large web sites in Germany and Austria
    7. Two BMBF projects (1993-1997, 2000-2007)
    8. Berlin-Brandenburg Graduate school "Distributed information systems" (1996-2006);
    9. Member of advisory board of Dataport, Streamcast GmbH, LausitzInfo GBR;
    10. Innovation college on Environmental sciences (1994-1999);
    11. Granted patents: 2 (European patents).
  6. Teaching activities Since 1980 teaching at Technical University Dresden, Kuwait University, Rostock University, Brandenburg Technical University, Lomonosov University Moscov, and Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel.
    1. List of course given at least 3 times:
      1. Database technology, theory and practice: Introduction to database technology, Database engineering, Database programming, Database modelling, Information systems, Database theory, Advanced database technology, Database administration, Information services, Data mining and knowledge discovery, Data analysis, Business informatics, Information systems modelling, Content management, Database tuning and performance management;
      2. Computer science and engineering: Software engineering, Data structures and algorithms, Introduction to computer engineering, Artificial intelligence, Website development, Script languages, Programming (Java, C++, Modula, Oberon, Fortran, COBOL, Pascal, Prolog), Natural language processing, Interface systems, Complexity theory, Middleware and distributed systems, CASE tools, Expert systems, Theoretical computer science, Theory of programming languages, Knowledge bases;
      3. Models and modelling: Science, art, and culture of modelling in scientific disciplines;
      4. Mathematics: Discrete mathematics, Mathematical logics, Mathematics I, Mathematics II, Mathematics III, Mathematics for engineers, Combinatorics, Mathematical modelling, Cybernetics.
    2. Guest professor at Grenoble University and Grand Ecole Grenoble (1995, 1997) [France], Klagenfurt University (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011) [Austria], at Massey University, Palmerston North (2004, 2006) [New Zealand], at Tampere University at Pori (2001, 2003, 2004) [Finland], at Santiago (1997, 1998) [Chile], at Kuwait (1995, 2004, 2014) [Kuwait], Linz University (2014) [Austria], and other universities. and further at Tampere and other universities in Europe and America:
      Systematic development of web sites, Web site programming, Scripting languages, Middleware technology, Web databases, Interactive information systems, database performance improvement;
    3. Development of study programs at Dresden University of Technology (Foundations of Computer Science), Brandenburg University of Technology at Cottbus (Information and Media Technology), and Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (Business informatics)
    4. A humorous last term lecture has been given for university auditory at each term since 1990
  7. Fellowships and awards
    1. 2005: Honorary Kolmogorov Professor at Lomonosov University, Moscov, Russia
    2. 2008: Peter Chen Award 2008, giftet by Elsevier, Holland
    3. 2009: Fellow Conceptual Modelling, ER conferences
    4. 2012: A. Düsterhöft, M. Klettke, K.-D. Schewe (editors). LNCS 7260, Springer, 2012; essays dedicated to B. Thalheim
Overall for Bernhard Thalheim personally: Reaching the big three (3+30+300) in 2010:
    (Categories: 1. supervision, 2. teaching, 3. publication, 4. outreach, 5. conferences)
  1. At least 3:
    1. supervision habilitation theses supervised
    2. development of new study programs
    3. monographs
    4. full professor among my students
    5. co-developer of new conference series
  2. At least 30:
    1. supervisor PhD theses
    2. new courses and modules
    3. international co-editorships of books
    4. large industrial and collaboration projects
    5. PC co-chairmen at international conferences
  3. At least 300:
    1. supervision of diploma, master, and bachelor theses
    2. credit points of courses developed at the chair
    3. peer-reviewed international publications
    4. keynotes, talks, invited talks, colloquium talks
    5. member in international program committees

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