Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983
    Diplom degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Diplom thesis topic: Elusive characteristics (complexity of graph characteristics)

  • 1983 – 1986
    Research assistant in various research projects in the field of discrete mathematics under the Chair in applied mathematics and computer science, funded by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

  • 1986
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.), RWTH Aachen University; dissertation topic: Split decomposition as a method of dissecting discrete structures

  • 1987 – 1988
    Permanent position as research associate under the Chair in applied mathematics and computer science, RWTH Aachen University

  • 1988 – 1990
    Research associate in the research project: Algorithmic order theory, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at TU Berlin, Department of Mathematics

  • 1991 – 1993
    C1 research associate at TU Berlin, Department of Mathematics

  • 1992
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the Department of Mathematics at TU Berlin

  • 1993 – 1994
    C2 senior research associate at TU Berlin, Department of Mathematics

  • 1993
    Acting C4 professor of theoretical computer science at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

  • 1994 – 2003
    C4 professor of applied computer science at the University of Konstanz, Department of Computer Science and Information Science

  • Since 2003
    C4 professor of computer science at the University of Karlsruhe (TH), Department of Computer Science

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Senate Committee on Strategic Planning

  • Member of the joint committee of the Sino?German Centre for Research Promotion in Beijing, China

  • Member of the Helmholtz "Think Tank", since 2010

  • Member of the advisory board to the Competence Centre for Bibliometrics at the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ), since 2009

  • Member of working group IV of the innovation advisory board for the State of Baden-Württemberg, since 2009

  • Member of the Core Group, since 2008

  • Vice president of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2007

  • Spokesperson for the DFG review board Computer Science, since 2004

  • Member of and spokesperson for the scientific advisory board of Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz Centre for Informatics, since 2004

  • Standing committee for Physical and Engineering Sciences (PESC) of the European Science Foundation (ESF), 2004

  • Member of the advisory board of Interdisciplinary Information Sciences, since 2003

  • Selection committee for German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship recipients, 2002 – 2005

  • Member of the executive board of GI (German computer science society), 2002 – 2004

  • Chairperson of the nomination committee for the GI dissertation award, 2001 – 2009

  • Member of the EATCS Council (European Association for Theoretical Computer Science), 2001 – 2005

  • Peer reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG) in theoretical computer science, 2000 – 2007

  • Member of the executive committee of the GIBU (GI's advisory council for university professors), 1997 – 2004, as chair of the committee, 2000 – 2004

  • Editor in chief of JDA, Journal of Discrete Algorithms

  • Editorial board of JGAA, Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications

  • Editorial board of CGTA, Computational Geometry: theory and applications

  • Editorial board of the series Leitfäden der Informatik (computer science series), B. G. Teubner

  • Editorial board of EPTCS, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science

  • Member of the steering committee of the Workshop on Algorithm Engineering and Experiments (ALENEX), since 2008

  • Member of the steering committee of the International Symposium on Graph Drawing (GD), 2005 – 2008

  • Member of the steering committee of the Workshop on Algorithmic Approaches for Transportation Modelling, Optimization, and Systems (ATMOS), since 2001

  • Member of the steering committee of the European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA), 1999 – 2003, as spokesperson for the committee, 2001 – 2003

  • Member of the steering committee of the International Workshop on Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science (WG), since 2000

  • Co-organiser of ALGO 2008 (ESA, WABI, WAOA, ATMOS), 2008

  • Co-organiser of the 14th International Symposium on Graph Drawing (GD 2006), 2006

  • Organiser of the 26th International Workshop on Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science (WG 2000), 2000

  • PC Co-Chair of the 10th Workshop on Algorithm Engineering and Experiments (ALENEX 2008), 2008

  • PC Co-Chair of the 14th International Symposium on Graph Drawing (GD 2006), 2006

  • PC Chair of the 2nd Workshop on Algorithmic Methods and Models for Optimization of Railways (ATMOS 2002), 2002

  • PC Chair of the 26th International Workshop on Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science (WG 2000), 2000

  • PC Co-Chair of the 4th Workshop on Algorithm Engineering (WAE 2000), 2000

  • Member of the programme committee for WADS '93, ISAAC '95, STACS '97, WG '97, WG '98, GD '98, WG '99, OR '99, WG '00, GD '00, WAE '00, ALENEX '01, ESA '01, ICALP '01, ATMOS '01, WADS '01, WG '02, ATMOS '02, WADS '03, GD '03, WG '03, WG '04, WEA '05, ICALP '05, SOFSEM '06, WG '06, GD '06, GD '07, ISAAC '07, ALENEX '08, ALGOSENSORS '08, WG '08, WEA '08, ATMOS '08, WAW '09, ICALP '09, SEA 2010, IWOCA 2010, ASONAM 2010

  • Data Structures, 2004, 2006

  • Seminar: Algorithmic methods for railway optimization, 2004

  • Seminar: Algorithmic aspects of large and complex networks, 2001, 2003, 2005

  • Seminar: Link analysis and visualization, 2001

  • Seminar: Graph algorithms and applications, 1996, 1998

  • Co-organiser of the GI?Dagstuhl seminar: Algorithms for sensor and ad hoc networks, with Roger Wattenhofer, 2005

  • Co-organiser of the GI?Dagstuhl seminar: Drawing graphs, with Michael Kaufmann, 1999

  • Co-organiser of the Dagstuhl seminar: Combinatorial methods for integrated circuit design, since 1993

  • Co-initiator of the DFG Priority Programme SPP 1307: Algorithm engineering, spokesperson Prof. Peter Sanders, since 2008

  • Member and deputy spokesperson for the DFG Research Training Group GK 1194: Self-organising sensor?actor networks, since 2006

  • Co-initiator and spokesperson for the DFG Priority Programme SPP 1126: Algorithmics of large, complex networks, 2001 – 2008

  • Initiator and coordinator of the EU Research Training Network AMORE: Algorithmic Methods for Optimizing the Railways in Europe, 2000 – 2004

  • Active within various administrative bodies at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

  • Vice dean of the Department of Informatics, 2004 – 2007

  • Spokesperson for the Area of Competence: Information, Communication and Organisation (IKO), and for the IKO Field of Competence: Algorithms and Software, 2007 – 2009

  • Deputy spokesperson for the Focus: COMMputation, at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, since 2007

  • Member of the Council for the Promotion of Research and Young Scientists (CRYS), 2006 – 2009

  • Elected member of the senate at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, since 2009

  • Elected member of the senate at the University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany, 2006 – 2009

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