Andreas Reuter appointed senior professor at Heidelberg University

29. October 2015
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Andreas Reuter, HITS managing director (Image: HITS/Gülay Keskin)

Expert for information technologies will develop further the IT infrastructure for data-driven science

The Heidelberg based expert on information technologies, Prof. Andreas Reuter, has been appointed senior professor of Heidelberg University. With his appointment in October Andreas Reuter took over the task to extend the IT infrastructure of Heidelberg University in cooperation with other research institutions in the region within the next three years. The focus of this task will be requirement specifications which emerge from the so called data-driven sciences. For this purpose, he will work closely with all involved organizations. Andreas Reuter is managing director of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and its sister organization EML European Media Laboratory GmbH. Until his retirement he held the endowed chair “Distributed Systems” (supported by Klaus Tschira Foundation) at the University of Heidelberg.

Heidelberg University bestows the title of senior professorship to excellent scientists and academic teachers. With these appointments, the University pursues the goal to further use the wealth of experience of retired professors. Apart from developing the University’s infrastructure, Andreas Reuter will also build connections to other IT services. Additional to the regional partners, also partners from the private enterprise sector are to be included in the process. Another remit will be the curriculum development to further integrate the methods of computational science into all fields.

Andreas Reuter started his career as an independent consultant for designing and implementing database applications. In 1981 he received his Ph.D. from Technical University of Darmstadt and subsequently became an Assistant Professor at Kaiserslautern University. In 1983 and 1984 he was a visiting scientist at the IBM Research Lab, San Jose, CA. From 1985 to 1997 he was a Full Professor at Stuttgart University, heading the research group “Applications of Parallel and Distributed Systems”. In 1989 he founded the Institute of Parallel and Distributed High Performance Systems at Stuttgart University. From 1989 to 1991 he was Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at Stuttgart University. From 1992 he served as a Vice-President of Stuttgart University. In 1997 he participated in the initiative to establish a private university in Germany with a focus on Information Technology which eventually became the International University in Germany at Bruchsal. For some time, he served there as Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 1997, he declined the call to become scientific director at the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science (MPII); instead, he accepted Klaus Tschira´s offer to build up the European Media Laboratory. From 2006 to 2011 he held the endowed chair „Dependable Systems” at the University of Kaiserslautern. Since 2011 he was professor at the faculty of IT and mathematics at Heidelberg University. Andreas Reuter is board member of the HITS-Stiftung (Foundation) and of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation.

Andreas Reuter’s research focuses are databases, transaction systems as well as parallel and distributed systems. In addition to his research, he conducted numerous consulting projects and lectured extensively on various subjects in academia and industry.He serves on various advisory boards in industry and research organizations and has been elected as an external scientific member of the Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science (MPII) at Saarbrücken.

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HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

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