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Christoph Meinel (Univ.-Prof., Dr. sc. nat., Dr. rer. nat., born 14 April 1954, Meißen, Germany) is a German scientist and university professor of computer sciences. He is president and CEO of the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) for IT Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam (Germany), and a professor for Internet Technologies and Systems.
He is a member of acatech, the national German academy of science and engineering. Christoph Meinel is the chairman of the national German IPv6 council, the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program, the steering committee of the HPI Future SOC Lab, and the advisory board of SAP Meraka UTD in South Africa. In 2006, he and Hasso Plattner hosted the first German “National IT-Summit” of the German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel.
His actual research interests and activities are concentrated on Internet Technology and Systems and on innovation research (Design Thinking research). He is particularly focused on:
- Security engineering and Internet security: network security, safer Internet, SOA security, Trust, security awareness)
- Knowledge engineering and innovative forms of teaching and learning: Web3.0, e-learning, tele-lecturing (e.g. tele-TASK) MOOCs (openHPI)
- Secure telemedicine and e-health: Tumor documentation, In-memory genome analysis.
1974-79 Christoph Meinel studied Mathematics and Computer Sciences at the Humboldt-University in Berlin where he received also his PhD degree in 1981. 1988 he defended his State Doctorate (Dr. sc. nat. "Habilitation") at the Institute of Mathematics of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin.
After visiting positions at the universities of Saarbrücken and Paderborn, in 1992 he was appointed a full professor (C4) for computer science at the University of Trier (Germany). In that time his research activities were concentrated in computational complexity theory and efficient data structures (esp. binary decision diagrams - BDDs) for chip design.
In the mid nineties he extended his research focus to Internet and Web-technologies, particularly he started applied research and development in IT-Security and Teleteaching. In that time he founded the Institut für Telematik e.V., which was supervised by the Fraunhofer Society for applied research. There he invented technologies like the high security solution Lock-Keeper and Tele-TASK for recording and Internet-broadcasting lectures and presentations.
In between 1996-2007 Meinel was member of the scientific board of the IBFI Schloß Dagstuhl and speaker of the special interest group on complexity of the German computer science society Gesellschaft für Informatik.
In 2004, he was appointed scientific director and CEO of the HPI, and full professor for Internet Technologies and Systems at the university of Potsdam (Germany). He is also a teacher at the HPI School of Design Thinking and program director of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program.
Besides his teaching activities in Potsdam he is an honorary professor at the Technical University of Beijing (China), a visiting professor at the Shanghai university (China), and a senior research fellow of SnT at the University of Luxembourg. Christoph Meinel chairs or is a member of various international scientific boards and program committees, and has organised several internal symposia and conferences.
Editorial and Publishing Work
Christoph Meinel is author or co-author of 13 text books, e.g. "Internetworking", "Digitale Kommunikation", "WWW – Kommunikation, Internetworking, Web-Technologien", "Design Thinking – Innovation lernen, Ideenwelten öffnen", "Mathematische Grundlagen der Informatik", "Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen im VLSI-Design. OBDDs – Grundlagen und Anwendungen", and of various conference proceedings.
Christoph Meinel has published more than 400 per-reviewed scientific papers in highly recognised international scientific journals and conferences. He holds various international patents (e.g. Lock-Keeper licenced by Siemens AG), tele-TASK licenced by Dell and ZopleCloud, and the Tele-Board design team. He is chief editor of the two scientific E-journals ECCC-Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity and ECDTR-Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research, of the IT-Gipfelblog, an ongoing blog about ICT in Germany, and of the tele-TASK portal with several thousands of multimedia lecture recordings by tele-TASK. In 2012 he established openHPI, an interactive learning platform of the HPI that provides massive open online courses (MOOCs) on computer science and IT technology.
- Meinel, Sack: Internetworking
- Meinel, Sack: Digitale Kommunikation
- Meinel, Sack: WWW - Kommunikation, Internetworking, Web-Technologie
- Plattner, Meinel, Weinberg: Design Thinking - Innovation lernen, Ideenwelten öffnen
- Meinel, Mundhenk: Mathematische Grundlagen der Informatik
- Meinel, Theobald: Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen im VLSI-Design - OBBDs
- Personal Homepage
- Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Potsdam, Germany
- List of Publications on the DBLP-Server
- MOOCs platform of HPI
- tele-TASK portal - archive of more than 4.000 lecture videos
- German IPv6 Council
- High-security network solution Lock-Keeper
- ECCC - The Electronic Colloqium on Computational Complexity
- Blog about ICT in Germany