TU Wien Informatics

Frank Leymann Appointed First Kurt Gödel Visiting Professor

  • By Claudia Vitt
  • 2021-02-04
  • International Outreach
  • Excellence

By inviting internationally renowned scientists, we further excellence and exchange in computer science at the highest level.

Frank Leymann Appointed First Kurt Gödel Visiting Professor

With Frank Leymann, full professor of computer science at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and one of the highest-ranked computer scientists in the world, we are launching our Kurt Gödel Visiting Professorship at TU Wien Informatics.  


We invite highly renowned scientists to serve as Kurt Gödel Visiting Professors to further our international outreach and cooperation. This high-level exchange ensures excellence in science and lively collaboration with our professors’ universities. Kurt Gödel Visiting Professors are appointed for three years. They are teaching and pursuing research with students and scientists at TU Wien Informatics.  


Workflow Specialist

Frank Leymann, born in Bochum in 1957, studied Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy at the University of Bochum, Germany. After receiving his master degree in 1982, he pursued his PhD in Mathematics in 1984. Afterwards, he joined IBM Research and Development and worked for two decades for the IBM Software Group, building database and middleware products such as tools supporting conceptual and physical database design for DB2. He built performance prediction and monitoring tools for an object database system and was co-architect of a repository system. Apart from that, he developed a universal relation system as well as a complex object database system on top of DB2. He was co-architect of the MQSeries family.

In parallel to that, Frank worked continuously on workflow technology and created IBM’s workflow product set. As an IBM Distinguished Engineer and elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology, he contributed to the architecture and strategy of IBM’s middleware stack and IBM’s On-Demand Computing strategy (which is known as Cloud Computing today). He is co-author of numerous Web Service specifications and standards from the Business Process Management and cloud domain. 


Brilliant Scientist

In 2004, Frank Leymann was appointed full professor of computer science at the University of Stuttgart, where he founded the Institute of Architecture of Application Systems and is director of the same. His research interests comprise service-oriented computing and middleware, workflow- and business process management, pattern languages, cloud computing, transaction processing, integration technology, and quantum computing.

Frank is an elected member of the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea). He published uncountable papers in journals and proceedings, co-authored four textbooks, and holds close to 60 patents, especially in the area of workflow management and transaction processing. He served on program and organization committees of many international conferences, and is (associated) editor of several journals.

From 2006 to 2011, he was a member of the scientific directorate of Schloss Dagstuhl—Leibniz Center of Computer Science. In 2019, he was accepted as a Fellow at the Center of Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (IQST).