TU Wien Informatics

20 Years

Jubilee Lecture: Half a Century of Computer Science Love Story With TU Wien

  • 2024-05-27
  • Excellence

Join renowned Austrian computer scientist Georg Gottlob for a special jubilee lecture to celebrate the 20th anniversary of TU Wien Informatics.

Jubilee Lecture: Half a Century of Computer Science Love Story With TU Wien


When I enrolled at TU Wien in 1974, punch cards, Fortran, and a few seemingly old professors made up Informatics at our university. What has happened since then is unprecedented and bears the signature of many who have built up Informatics here, most notably Werner Purgathofer, Hermann Kopetz, and A Min Tjoa, to mention just a few. Logic as ground truth for rule-based AI has been established, Computer Graphics and Visual Computing have made their way from pure maths and geometry to ever more important applications, cybersecurity and digital sovereignty are central parts of research and teaching, and many more. With anecdotes and some lighter tone, I will draw a trail from the seventies of the past century to the way ahead of us.


15:00–15:15 Welcome Address

15:15–16:00 Jubilee Lecture

  • Georg Gottlob, Professor at TU Wien Informatics and University of Oxford

16:00–16:30 Get-together

  • Join us for drinks, refreshments, and celebration after the talk.

Hybrid Event

Not in Vienna? No problem, we’ll live-stream the event via Zoom.

  • Meeting ID: 687 8696 1528
  • Passcode: Vj0er6kE

About Georg Gottlob

Georg Gottlob earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from TU Wien in 1981. Following academic appointments in Milan, Genoa, and Stanford, he was named a full professor of Informatics at TU Wien in 1988. In 2006, he accepted a position at Oxford University while maintaining strong ties to TU Wien as an Adjunct Professor in Logic and Computation and Information System Engineering. Between 2006 and 2011, he served as the Chair of Computing Science at Oxford University and subsequently assumed the Chair of Informatics in January 2012. Currently, Georg is a Professorial Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford, and holds a chaired professorship at the University of Calabria in Italy.

An esteemed scholar, Georg has contributed over 250 scientific articles to computational logic, database theory, and artificial intelligence and authored a textbook on logic programming and databases. His work has earned him numerous accolades, including the Wittgenstein Award from the FWF, the ERC Advanced Investigators Grant, and the Ada Lovelace Medal from the British Computer Society. He is recognized as an ACM Fellow, an ECCAI Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a member of the Austrian, German, and European Academies of Sciences. In addition to his research contributions, Georg is actively involved in various advisory boards and serves on the editorial boards of several leading journals, including JCSS and CACM, demonstrating his commitment to advancing excellence in research.

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