Find here the speech of Prof. Dr. Hans Langmaack, held at the festive colloquium for the 25th birthday of the Department of Computer Science and Practical Mathematics of Kiel University on 6-Dec-1996.

Departmental History

In Kiel, the first lectures in Computer Science were held by Professor Weise und members of staff of the computer center in the autumn of 1969. Prior mandatory organization by professor of mathematics, Karl Heinrich Weise, and Bodo Schlender, who would later be the first professor of Computer Science in Kiel, comprised developing guidelines for a dipoma degree Computer Science together with a joint committee of the Society of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics and the Society of Telecommunication. Bodo Schlender's first day of work as professor of "Automata Theory and Formal Languages", on the 2nd of October 1971, today is ackowledged as the founding date of the Department of Computer Science and Practical Mathematics. The first diploma examination regulations for Computer Science were approved in 1973 and in the very same year the first diploma was awarded to Jens Asendorf (who in the meantime is professor of psychology in Berlin).

In the following years, the department attracted additional professors: in 1974, Hans Langmaack was appointed professor for "Programming Languages and Compiler Construction", in 1975 Peter Kandzia attained the professorship in "Practical Mathematics". To avert his appointment in Würzburg in 1980, Peter Kandzia was then appointed professor of "Systems for Informationmanagement". Further additions to the department were Wolfgang Hackbusch in 1982 (professorship in "Practical Mathematics") and Werner Kluge in 1985 (professorship in "Computer Architecture"). After the unexpected death of Mr Schlender in 1987 the chair was renamed to "Theoretical Computer Science" and newly appointed to Wolfgang Thomas.

Because the numbers of first-year students' enrolments kept rising, the Department of Computer Science was further expanded in the years 1990 through 1995. Willem-Paul de Roever was appointed professor of "Software Technology" in 1990, Gerald Sommer took the chair of "Cognitive Systems" in 1993 and Rudolf Berghammer the professorship in "Computer-aided Program Development". In the same year, Martin Brokate was appointed professor of "Numerical Mathematics" and in the next year Juraj Hromkovic attained the professorship for "Theory of Parallelism". For a short interval in 1995, Urich Brüning was professor for "Computer Engineering".

On 18-Mar-1994 the Department of Computer Science and Practical Mathematics changed faculties: it now belonged to the newly founded Faculty of Engineering instead of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. This change was accompanied by the introduction of the engineering program Computer Science in 1994, with a larger component in electrotechnology and materials science than the diploma degree Computer Science. Shortly afterwards, in 1995, the professorships for "Practical Mathematics" and "Numerical Mathematics" were moved to a different department.

After Juraj Hromkovic and Wolfgang Thomas left the university in the years 1997 and 1998 respectively, their chairs were newly appointed to Klaus Jansen and Thomas Wilke. After Hans Langmaack was retired with emeriti status in 1999, his chair was newly appointed to Michael Hanus in the following year.

In the years 1999 through 2001, the Department of Computer Science grew again. Reinhard Koch was appointed the professorship for "Multimedia Systems for Information Processing" in 1999, Norbert Luttenberger since 2000 holds the professorship for "Communication Systems" and since the year 2001 Reinhard von Hanxleden is professor for "Real-Time and Embedded Systems".

In 2003, Peter Kandzia and Werner Kluge retired. Their chairs were newly appointed in the years 2003 and 2004 to Bernhard Thalheim and Manfred Schimmler. By appointing Reinhold Schneider to the professorship "Scientific Computing" in 2003, the reintegration of Numerical Mathematics into the Department of Computer Science was initiated. Consequently, the chair "Discrete Optimization" of Anand Srivastav was reintegrated into the Department of Computer Science in 2005.

In April 2006 the department was renamed to 'Department of Computer Science'.

By appointing Andres Speck as professor for "Business Information Technology" at the end of 2006 the section Business Information Technology was founded. Bernhard Thalheim, holder of the chair of "Technology of Information Systems", has since realigned research and education to Business Information Technology.

The department since the WS 2001/2002 offers a Bachelors' degree programme Computer Science (B.Sc.) and since the WS 2005/06 a consecutive Master's degree program Computer Science. Since the WS 2007/2008, the Bachelor's degree program "Business Information Technology", a dual subject Bachelor's program and a dual subject Master's degree program are being offered as well. The consecutive Master's degree program Business Information Technology is being offered since the WS 2010/11. Since this date, an enrolment for the diploma degree program Computer Science is only possible for students in higher semesters.

Willem-Paul de Roever retired in 2008. His professorship was newly appointed in the same year to Wilhelm Hasselbring. He has renamed the workgroup to "Software Engineering". The workgroup has undertaken practical and technical realignments, which have supplied Business Information Technology with important competences in the areas Software Architecture and Migration of Information Systems.

After Reinhold Schneider left Kiel University for a new appointment at the TU Berlin, Steffern Börm held the interim professorship since october 2007. In november 2008, Börm was appointed proffesor for Scientific Computing.

Klaus Tochtermann since 1-Jun-2010 is director of the Central Library of Business Information Technology and was then appointed professor of Media Information Technology. His appointment further strengthened the section Business Information Technology.

All previous professors of the Department of Computer Science.