Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - School of Business and Economics

Berlin-Brandenburger Graduiertenkolleg

Distributed information systems form the backbone of the economy, science and public administration in terms of information processing. The availability of net based electronic services and the subsequent development of corresponding markets is a fact. The multi-layered information system, in general, allow users to access remote installed applications by way of a web browser. This ease of access is now accepted as a global standard and contributes greatly to reduce time in work processes within and between organizations.

Within the framework of this consolidation several scientific questions have arisen. Namely the effects of this phenomena must be observed in the medium and long run as their development is largely independent of short cycles occurring in the internet world. Many of these questions are inherently interdisciplinary.

Examples include:

  • development of suitable inquiry languages and search tools.
  • net based integration of available information systems with the help of middleware
  • adaptation of technologies from the database area for transition management and error tolerance in HTTP, SOAP based, loosely coupled information systems
  • development of suitable market and payment mechanisms
  • application of terminal equipment in distributed systems
  • cryptographic and statistical attempts to guarantee data protection and security and
  • analyzing the economic feasibility of IT systems.

The establishment of the Berlin-Brandenburg Graduate Program/Doctoral Program, "Distributed Information Systems" in 1996 by the German Research Council marked it as one of the first focus research area in this field. Since then the BBDP has succeeded in dealing with scientific and practical questions and proposing solutions for the same. It has representatives from computer science and economics making it highly interdisciplinary in its approach. The inclusion of the three Berlin universities as well as the Cottbus Technical University makes the BBDP rather regional in character. Contact to practitioners of the various departments involved and the constant exchange with representatives from industry and public administration results in a strong orientation towards applications.

The majority of the scholarship holders have studied abroad for extensive periods in English speaking countries. These relationships fostered concrete contacts as do the working relations that professors involved have and continuously develop. There is extensive cooperation with working groups at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), CSIRO (Australia), INRIA (France), Stanford University, and UCB (USA).

Boasting over 300 publications, mostly international, numerous conferences organized by the BBDP and dissertation awards indicate the success of the project. Alumni of the BBDP have assumed positions of providing guidance to academia and the IT industry. Among others they were hired by: Arthur D. Little Consulting, Humboldt-Universitaet of Berlin, IBM Almaden Research Center, Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIT), University of Toronto etc.


Prof. Johann-Christoph Freytag, Ph.D.
Databases and Information Systems
Department of Computer Science
Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin

Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D.
Institute of Information Systems
Faculty of Economics and Management
Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin

Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Lenz
Department of Production, Information Systems and Operations Research,
Faculty of Economics and Management
Freie Universitaet Berlin

Prof. Dr. Jochen Schiller,
Computer Systems and Electronic Data Transmission
Institute of Computer Science
Freie Universitaet Berlin

Prof. Dr. Heinz Schweppe
Databases and Information Systems
Institute of Computer Science
Freie Universitaet Berlin

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Thalheim
Databases and Information Systems
Universitaet Kiel

Prof. Dr. Herbert Weber
Computer Assistance Information Systems
Technische Universitaet Berlin


Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D. (Sprecher)
Telefon: (030) 2093 5742

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