Christoph Meinel

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Christoph Meinel

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 Digital Engineering, dean of the Digital Engineering Faculty of the University of Potsdam (Germany), and professor for Internet Technologies and Systems.
He is a member of acatech, the national German academy of science and engineering. Christoph Meinel is chairman of the German IPv6 council, and program director of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program. He is the head of the steering committee of the HPI Future SOC Lab, and member of various advisory boards like the security advisory board of SAP. 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. He is particularly focused on:

  • Security engineering (Internet security, real time attack recognition, cloud security, ID management, and security awareness),
  • Knowledge engineering and teaching tex (MOOCs and openHPI, e-learning and tele-TASK, Web3.0, Secure digital health), and
  • Innovation research in the field of Design Thinking.

Professional career[edit]

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 and the university of Dalian (both China), a visiting professor at the Shanghai university (China), and was 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 organized several internal symposia and conferences.

Publishing and Editorial Work[edit]

Christoph Meinel is author, co-author, or editor of 15 text books. Among these are "Blogoshere and its Exploration",[1] "Internetworking",[2] "Digitale Kommunikation",[3] "WWW – Kommunikation, Internetworking, Web-Technologien",[4] "Design Thinking – Innovation lernen, Ideenwelten öffnen",[5] "Mathematische Grundlagen der Informatik",[6] "Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen im VLSI-Design. OBDDs – Grundlagen und Anwendungen",[7] and of various conference proceedings.
Christoph Meinel has published more than 550 per-reviewed scientific papers in international scientific journals and conferences. He holds various international patents (e.g. Lock-Keeper, tele-TASK, and Tele-Board), and 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, and of the tele-TASK portal with several thousands of multimedia lecture recordings by tele-TASK.

MOOCs and Teleteaching[edit]

Many lectures and lectures series of Christoph Meinel are recorded and freely accessible in the Internet via the tele-TASK portal.[8]

In 2012 he designed with his team the first European MOOC platform openHPI which provides many free online courses in the field of IT-technologies. Meanwhile openHPI counts more than 500.000 enrollments (August 2018) and more than 175.000 unique users. But he not only designed that platform he also offers various massive open online courses, e.g. on Blockchains [9], Internet Security for Beginners[10], Internet[11] and Web Technologies[12] with about 10.000 enrolled learners each.

As a chairman of various Cloud-Learning initiatives Christoph Meinel leads innovations in the field of the digital transformation of the German education sector. With projects like "Bildungscloud"[13] and "Schul-Cloud"[14] Cloud-based Learning environments are created to promote the use of digital media in schools and other educational instances.

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