Professor Matthias Jarke named "GI Fellow" by Gesellschaft für Informatik

Press release / 18.9.2012

On the occasion of the INFORMATIK 2012 conference, Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI), the German Informatics Society, named Prof. Dr. Matthias Jarke "GI-Fellow" in recognition of his outstanding services to Computer Science, in particular of his leading role in the organization of the "Jahr der Informatik", the German Year of Informatics, in 2006.

© Cornelia Winter, GI

(from left) GI-Fellow Vossen, GI President Günther, GI-Fellow Jarke.

This was the eleventh time that Gesellschaft für Informatik awarded GI-Fellowships to personalities who have made outstanding scientific or technical contributions to informatics. The award also honors outstanding services to Gesellschaft für Informatik or to informatics in general.

In 2012, the jury chaired by former GI president Prof. Dr. Stefan Jähnichen chose two German computer scientists who were named "GI-Fellows" on September 18, 2012 during INFORMATIK 2012, the largest German-language informatics conference held this year in Braunschweig.

Prof. Jarke, the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT and Information Systems chair at RWTH Aachen University, was decorated for his scientific contributions to the fields of Data Bases and Information Systems and for his outstanding services as coordinator of the German Year of Informatics events in 2006. For many years, Prof. Jarke served as president and treasurer of GI. He also had a leading role in defining the standards for the official recognition of new Computer Science courses and interdisciplinary Informatics courses at German universities.

Also Prof. Dr. Gottfried Vossen, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, was named "GI-Fellow". He was honored for his contributions to the field of Data Bases and for his involvement in the advancement of women in informatics.

Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI), the German Informatics Society, is a non-profit organization to foster all aspects and interests of informatics. Founded in 1969, GI today has about 20,000 members and is the largest organization of informatics professionals in German-speaking countries. GI members work in academia, public administration and business organizations, teaching and research.

For information on the "GI Fellow" program see