March 10, 1952 |
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Brandenburg Technical University
University of Rostock
Dresden University of Technology
|Alma mater||Dresden University of Technology
Lomonosov Moscow State University
|Known for||Conceptual Modeling and its Theoretical Foundation|
|Notable awards||Peter P. Chen Award of Elsevier for Entity-Relationship Model research|
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Bernhard Thalheim is a computer scientist and Full Professor of Information Systems Engineering at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität of Kiel, (CAU) who is known for Conceptual Modeling and its Theoretical Foundational contributions. His pioneering computer science contributions span over a wide range of scientific topics. The timeliness of Thalheim's contributions of theoretical and foundational works reach far beyond the time of their convincing.
Born Bernhard Karl Thalheim in Radebeul near Dresden, Germany, received his M.Sc. in Mathematics & Computer science in 1975 at the Dresden University of Technology, PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Discrete mathematics in 1979 at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) in Theoretical computer science in 1985 at the Dresden University of Technology.
From 1986 - 1989 Thalheim was an Associate Professor at the Dresden University of Technology. From 1989-1993 he was Full Professor and Chair at the University of Rostock. From 1993-2003 he was Dean and Full Professor at the Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus. Since 2003 he is Full Professor at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität of Kiel.
Moreover, he was Visiting Professor at the Kuwait University from 1988 - 1990 and 2004. In 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. In 2003 he was Visiting Professor at Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and 2006 Visiting Professor at Massey University at Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Thalheim has received number of awards for his achievements in Information Systems Engineering. He was honored in 2005 as the Kolmogorow-Professor h.c. at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, on 22. 10. 2008 received the Peter P. Chen Award of Elsevier for Entity–relationship model research, is the founder of the German Chapter of DAMA, international Vice-Chair of the steering committee of the FoIKS conferences, Member of steering committees of conferences, e.g. ER, ADBIS, ASM, NLDB Editor of Data and Knowledge Engineering and other journals, and member of the board of Dataport.
Scientific work contributions 
Conceptual modeling 
- Foundational contributions to conceptual modeling theory  and Science of Conceptual Modeling of Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Bernhard Thalheim are at many levels and abstractions such as Higher Order Extended ER model, Dependencies in relational databases and chapter 4 of the Handbook of Conceptual Modeling Thalheim did in fact more than anyone for formalization and theoretically underpinning of conceptual modeling, and to introduce it to the academic literature.
- The Higher Order Extended Entity–relationship model (HERM) and dependencies in relational databases serve as the foundation of many systems analysis and design methodologies, computer-aided software engineering tools, and repository systems. The HERM Model is the basis for wide number of commercial projects in Germany and Europe, and is commonly cited as the definite reference for foundations of database management systems and entity–relationship modeling. The approach has been ranked as one of the top methodology for database design and systems development by several surveys of high profile companies.
- Thalheim's contributions in the HERM is deep-rooted in A. P. G. Brown's invention of the entity–relationship model concept, and the basic ideas appeared in earlier papers especially by practitioners, such as that by Peter Chen.
Conceptual modeling for IT foundations 
- Scientific contributions in conceptual modeling foundations and theory forming span over a range of IT problem solving works, such as Semantics in databases for generalized functional dependencies for user-friendly database designing, co-design as a holistic approach for collaboration and corporation in design of information systems applications, Micro, meso and macro levels of users work leading to the development of collaboration frameworks for distributed Web information systems, conceptualization of theories in various application areas for the foundation of content management systems, model suites as the design theory and foundation of multi-model engineering for handling information system models and their evolution complexities, business process modeling and notations beyond business process modeling leading to database management foundations, and the systematic development of internet sites leading to Web information systems.
- RADD Rapid application and database development (toolbox for development of structures, constraints, functions, views and interfaces for database systems)
- VisualSQL (Visual database querying) Visual database querying Research
Bernhard Thalheim published several books, papers and articles.
Books, a selection:
- 2011. Handbook of Conceptual Modeling: Theory, Practice, and Research Challenges. With David W. Embley(eds.), Springer ISBN 364215864
- 2011. Semantics in Data and Knowledge Bases. With Klaus-Dieter Schewe (eds.), 4th International Workshops, SDKB 2010, Bordeaux, France, July 5, 2010, Revised Selected Papers Springer.
- 2010. Advances in Databases and Information Systems - 14th East European Conference. With Barbara Catania, and Mirjana Ivanovic (eds.), ADBIS 2010, Novi Sad, Serbia, September 20–24, Proceedings Springer.
- 2008. Semantics in Data and Knowledge Bases. With Klaus-Dieter Schewe (eds.), Third International Workshop, SDKB 2008, Nantes, France, March 29, 2008, Revised Selected Papers Springer.
- 2008. Web Information Systems Engineering - WISE 2008. With James Bailey, David Maier, Klaus-Dieter Schewe, and Xiaoyang Sean Wang (eds.), 9th International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, September 1–3, 2008. Proceedings Springer.
- 2007. Conceptual Modeling - ER 2007. With Christine Parent, Klaus-Dieter Schewe, and Veda C. Storey (eds.), 26th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, Auckland, New Zealand, November 5–9, 2007, Proceedings Springer.
- 2004. Abstract State Machines 2004. Advances in Theory and Practice. with Wolf Zimmermann(eds.) 11th International Workshop, ASM, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, May 24–28, 2004. Proceedings Springer,
- 2004. Web Information Systems. With Christoph Bussler, Suk-ki Hong, Woochun Jun, Roland Kaschek, Kinshuk, Shonali Krishnaswamy, Seng Wai Loke, Daniel Oberle, Debbie Richards, Amit Sharma, and York Sure (eds.), WISE 2004 International Workshops, Brisbane, Australia, November 22–24, 2004. Proceedings Springer.
- 2003. Semantics in Databases. With Leopoldo E. Bertossi, Gyula O. H. Katona, and Klaus-Dieter Schewe (eds.), Second International Workshop, Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, January 7–12, 2001, Revised Papers Springer.
- 2003. Advances in Databases and Information Systems. With Leonid A. Kalinichenko, Rainer Manthey, and Uwe Wloka (eds.),7th East European Conference, ADBIS 2003, Dresden, Germany, September 3–6, 2003, Proceedings Springer.
- 2000. Entity-Relationship Modeling Foundations of Database Technology. Springer, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-540-65470-4.
- 2000. Current Issues in Databases and Information Systems, East-European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems. With Julius Stuller, Jaroslav Pokorný, and Yoshifumi Masunaga (eds.), Held Jointly with International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications, ADBIS-DASFAA 2000, Prague, Czech Republic, September 5–8, 2000, Proceedings Springer.
- 2000. Foundations of Information and Knowledge Systems. With Klaus-Dieter Schewe (eds.), First International Symposium, FoIKS 2000, Burg, Germany, February 14–17, 2000, Proceedings Springer.
- 1999. Conceptual Modeling: Current Issues and Future Directions (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) With Peter Chen, Jacky Akoka, and Hannu Kangassalo (eds.).
- 1991. Dependencies in relational databases. published by Teubner.
- 1989. Practical Database Design Methodologies. Kuwait University Press.
- 1984-2011: 316 publications, 23 main publications, 212 per-reviewed publications, 81 other publications, 97 manuscripts, pre-prints, submitted and accepted papers
- "Towards a Theory of Conceptual Modeling". J. UCS 16(20): 3102-3137 (2010)
- The Science of Conceptual Modeling. DEXA (1) 2011: 12-26
- Entity-Relationship Modeling Foundations of Database Technology, Springer, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-540-65470-4
- 'Dependencies in relational databases published by Teubner in 1991
- Handbook of Conceptual Modeling: Theory, Practice, and Research Challenges, Springer 2011 - Hardback - 589 pages - ISBN 3-642-15864-1
- A. P. G. Brown, "Modelling a Real-World System and Designing a Schema to Represent It", in Data Base Description, ed Douque and Nijssen, North-Holland, 1975, ISBN 0-7204-2833-5
- Peter P. Chen, "The Entity-Relationship Model--Toward a Unified View of Data". In: ACM Transactions on Database Systems 1/1/1976 ACM-Press ISSN 0362-5915, S. 9–36