Faculty Milestones

October 2022

Prof. Dr. Isolde Adler has accepted the appointment to the Chair of Algorithms and Complexity Theory and will take up her post on 01.10.2022.

Dr. Gerit Wagner has accepted the call to the junior professorship for Business Informatics, esp. Digital Work and will take up his post on 01.10.2022.

Dr. Maximilian E. Schüle has accepted the call to the junior professorship for Data Engineering and will take up his post on 15.10.2022.

September 2022

Prof. Dr. Stefan Ultes has accepted the appointment to the Chair of Speech Generation and Dialogue Systems and will take up his post on 01.09.2022.

August 2022

Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid has accepted the call to the Chair of Cognitive Systems (lighthouse appointment) and was appointed as of 01.08.2022.

April 2022

Prof. Dr. Christian Ledig has accepted the appointment to the Chair of Explanatory Machine Learning and was appointed as of 01.04.2022.

Prof. Dr. Michael Engel has accepted the appointment to the Chair of Practical Computer Science, esp. Systems Programming and was appointed as of 01.04.2022.

February 2022

Prof. Dr. Christoph Benzmüller has accepted the call to the Chair of AI System Development and was appointed as of 01.02.2022.

8. November 2021

Emeritus colleague and founding dean of the Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Science (WIAI) Prof. Dr. Elmar Sinz is awarded the "bene merenti" medal of merit in silver during the Dies Academicus.

October 2021

Prof. Dr. Fabian Beck has accepted the call to the Chair of Information Visualization and was appointed as of 15.10.2021.

May 2020

Winning the Bavarian AI Competition for 7 new professorships in the field of artificial intelligence:

  • Professorship W3: Fundamentals of Language Processing
  • Professorship Open Rank: W3 or W2/W3 Tenure Track - Information Systems, esp. AI-Engineering in Companies
  • Professorship W3 - Explainable Machine Learning
  •  Professorship W3 - AI Systems Engineering
  • Professorship W3 - Speech Generation and Dialogue Systems
  • Professorship W3 - Multimodal Intelligent Interaction
  • Professorship W3 - Computational Social Science and Artificial Intelligence

Press Releas (May 15, 2020)

January 2020

Creation of 12 new professorships as part of the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria:

Department of Applied Computer Science

  • Information Visualisation
  • Computer Graphics and its Foundations
  • User Experience and Design
  • Web Technologies

Department of Computer Science

  • Pract. Computer Science, esp. Systems Programming
  • Algorithms and complexity theory
  • Programming Languages and Methodology
  • Data Engineering

Department of Information Systems

  • Information Systems, esp. Development of Information Systems
  •  Information Systems, esp. Digital Health
  •  Information Systems, esp. Digital Work
  • Information Systems, esp. Platform Economy

01.07.2019

Prof. Dr. Diedrich Wolter has accepted the call to the W2 professorship for Applied Computer Science, esp. Smart Environments (appointment: 01.07.2019).

09.10.2018

The faculty is awarded with the "Minerva Informatics Equality Award 2018" by Informatics Europe for the best promotion of women in informatics across Europe. The award is given to departments or faculties of European universities and research institutions that support the careers of women in computer science in an exemplary way.

01.10.2018

Prof. Dr. Daniel Beimborn, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, has accepted the call to the Chair of Information Systems, esp. Information Systems Management (appointment: 01.10.2018).

01.11.2017

Prof. Dr. Dominik Herrmann, University of Hamburg, has accepted the call to the Chair for Computer Science, in particular privacy and security in information systems  (appointment: 01.11.2017).

25.01.2017

Prof. Elmar Sinz: Farewell lecture on January 25, 2017. Retirement at the end of WS 2016/17.

11.11.2016

'"Fakultätentag Informatik'": The Faculty Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences (WIAI)  was unanimously accepted as a full member by the 69th plenary meeting of the Fakultätentag Informatik on November, 11 2016 in Heidelberg.

October 2014

New Master's degree programme in International Information Systems Management established.

01.04.2014

Prof. Dr. Daniela Nicklas, University of Oldenburg, has accepted the call to the Chair of Mobile Systems (appointment April 1, 2014).

01.09.2013

Prof. Dr Diedrich Wolter, University of Bremen, has accepted the call to the junior professorship of Applied Computer Science, esp. Smart Environments, and was appointed as of 01.09.2013.

01.04.2013

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Staake, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, has accepted the call to the W3 professorship for Information Systems, esp. Energy Efficient Systems (appointment: 01.04.2013).

01.01.2013

Prof. Dr. Sven Overhage, University of Augsburg, has accepted the call to the Chair of Industrial Information Systems (appointment: 01.01.2013).

October 2012

New bachelor's degree programme in Software Systems Science established.

30.09.2012

Prof. Dr. Otto Ferstl retired.

August 2012

The WIAI Faculty moved into its new location on Erba Island at the beginning of August. The newly constructed building now houses all of the faculty's professorships and chairs in one location.

01.02.2012

Prof. Dr. Kai Fischbach, University of Cologne, accepts an appointment to a W2 Social Networks professorship and begins his tenure in the WIAI faculty.

01.03.2011

Prof. Dr. Tom Gross, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, has accepted the call to the Chair of Human-Computer Interaction and begins his tenure in the WIAI faculty.

October 2010

The new Master's programme Computing in the Humanities starts at the faculty.

08.01.2009

Prof. Dr. Gerald Lüttgen, University of York, has accepted the call to the Chair of the Software Technologies Research Group. He begins activities at the University of Bamberg in the 2009 summer semester.

09.01.2008

The WIAI faculty’s first postdoctoral habilitation.

On January 9, 2008 Dr. Wolfgang Müller, academic assistant at the department of Media Informatics, was awarded the teaching qualification (Habilitation) in Computer Science. This qualification affords the right to use the “senior lecturer” (Privatdozent) title.

The title of the habilitation thesis is “Information Retrieval in Peer-to-Peer Systems.”

12.03.2007

Prof. Dr. Tim Weitzel, University of Frankfurt/Main, has accepted the call to the Chair of Information Systems and Services. He begins activities at the University of Bamberg in the 2007 summer semester.

10.05.2006

The Information Systems and Applied Computer Science faculty confers its first doctorate in natural science, “doctor rerum naturalium”, which is also a first for the University of Bamberg.

In addition to the “doctor rerum politicarum” doctoral title common in Economics and Information Systems, the Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences faculty also awards the title “doctor rerum naturalium” used in the field of Computer Science. This combination, which is singular to the University of Bamberg, is possible because the doctorates in the faculty are completed in fields of both Economics and Computer Science and Applied Computer Science.

16.08.2004

In a letter dated 16 August 2004, the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts gave its approval for the establishment of the five new Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes. This means that studies can begin as planned in the winter semester 2004/05.

28.07.2004

Subject to final approval by the State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, the Faculty Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences (WIAI) at the University of Bamberg will begin offering five new Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in the winter semester 2004/05:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Applied Computer Science.
  • Master’s degree in Information Systems.
  • Master’s degree in Applied Computer Science.
  • Master’s degree in Education in Business and Information Systems.

The bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in Education in Business and Information Systems replace the existing Diplom programmes in the medium term. In contrast, the degree programmes offered in Applied Computer Science were newly rebuilt. The bachelor’s degree programme in Applied Computer Science combines scientifically-based foundational studies in Computer Science with introductory studies in at least two fields of application and complements these two pillars with specific computer science application areas. In accordance with the University of Bamberg’s particular academic profile, these fields of application and computer science are specially aligned with the humanities and social sciences.

The new degree programmes represent a curricular design that is modular, thoroughly cumulative and internationally competitive in nature. The Information Systems and Applied Computer Science faculty therefore not only actively adapts the Bologna Process, but also aims to systematically further its own development as the oldest and largest institution among Information Systems degree programmes at Bavarian universities.

15.03.2004

Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid, University of Osnabrück, has accepted the call to the Cognitive Systems professorship. She will take up her position at the University of Bamberg in the winter semester 2004/05.

19.11.2003

Prof. Dr. Andreas Henrich, Universität Bayreuth, has accepted the call to the Chair of Media Informatics. He had already started activities at the University of Bamberg at the start of the 2003/04 winter semester.

19.08.2003

Prof. Dr. Udo Krieger, formerly Technologiezentrum T-Systems Nova, Darmstadt, has accepted the call to the Professorship of Computer Science – Communication Services, Telecommunication Systems, and Computer Networks. He takes up activities at the University of Bamberg in the 2003/04 winter semester.

25.07.2002

The faculty’s new doctoral degree regulations come into effect beginning 1 August 2002. The faculty awards the doctoral titles Dr. rer. pol. in the field of Information Systems, and Dr. rer. nat. in Applied Computer Science.

With the goal of promoting excellence in doctoral studies, the faculty strikes a new path: a doctoral commission accompanies candidates throughout their doctoral studies. An obligatory colloquium, required for submission of dissertations, fosters the acquisition of subject-specific skills and knowledge of expert research methods. The dissertation itself must be defended publicly.

06.06.2002

Prof. Dr. Guido Wirtz, University of Münster, has accepted the call to the Chair of Practical Computer Science. He will continue his work at the University of Bamberg as an appointed member of the faculty, which he began in the context of a substitute professorship in the summer semester 2002.

14.05.2002

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schlieder, University of Bremen, has accepted the call to the chair of Computing in the Cultural Sciences. He takes up activities at the University of Bamberg in the 2002/03 winter semester.

03.04.2002

Prof. Dr. Guido Wirtz, University of Münster, is acting chair of Practical Computer Science in the 2002 summer semester, a position for which he has also received an appointment.

15.02.2002

Prof. Michael Mendler, PhD, previously of Sheffield, England, has accepted the call to the Informatics Theory Group professorship.  Professor Mendler takes up his activities at the University of Bamberg in the 2002 summer semester.

22.12.2001

On 01.01.2002, Ms Babette Schaible took up her position as Dean's Secretary of the Faculty Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences (WIAI).

08.10.2001

Beginning in the winter semester, the faculty Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences introduces two new degree programmes:

  • Diplom programme in Education in Business and Information Systems.
  • Virtual Master’s Degree Program of Information Systems (VAWi - Master of Science), in cooperation with the University of Essen (www.vawi.de).

28.09.2001

The webpages of the new WIAI Faculty have been activated.

27.09.2001

The Faculty Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences (WIAI) has 8 chairs and professorships:

Applied Computer Science:

  • Chair for Computing in the Cultural Sciences (not yet named)
  • Chair for Media Informatics (not yet named)

Computer Science:

  • Chair for Practical Computer Science (not yet named)
  • Professorship: Informatics Theory Group (not yet named)
  • Professorship: Practical Computer Science (not yet named)

Information Systems:

  • Chair for Industrial Information Systems (Prof. Dr. Otto K. Ferstl)
  • Chair for Financial Information Systems (N.N.)
  • Chair for Systems Development and Database Application (Prof. Dr. Elmar J. Sinz)

Appointment proceedings are currently underway for the as yet unoccupied positions. These are in various stages of completion. The faculty is committed filling all positions in a timely manner.

24.09.2001

In the winter semester 2001/02, 125 students were admitted to the diploma programme in Information Systems (introduced in 1987). The admission number in previous years was 80 students.

20.09.2001

The new Faculty Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences (WIAI) at the University of Bamberg begins operations on 1st October 2001.


Prehistory

The initiative to found the faculty came from the "Business Informatics" department in the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences (SoWi), in which the colleagues

  • Prof. Dr. Augsburger (Chair of Business Informatics, esp. Information Systems)
  • Prof. Dr. Ferstl (Chair of Business Informatics, esp. Industrial Application Systems)
  • Prof. Dr. Sinz (Chair of Business Informatics, esp. System Development and Database Application)

had already introduced the very successful diploma course "Business Information Systems" in 1987.