John Mylopoulos received Honorary Doctorate from RWTH Aachen University
The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Natural Sciences of RWTH Aachen
University has awarded John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto and University
of Trento) an Honorary Doctoral Degree for his outstanding accomplishments
as a pioneer in the cross-discipline of Conceptual Modeling. John has been a
long-standing cooperation partner of Informatik 5 in several aspects of
Conceptual Modeling, including Metamodeling/Data Integration, Action
Modeling/Cognitive Robotics, and Socio-Technical Modeling/Requirements
Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg and President of Faculty Senate Wolfgang Thomas
conducted the graduation ceremony on May 11, 2012, in the Aula of the RWTH
Main Building; Wolfgang Thomas also impressed as a violinist in the
introductory oboa quartett by Mozart.
Unusually, the laudation speech was jointly held by representatives from two
different RWTH Schools. Professors Matthias Jarke (Information Systems Group
and Chairman, Fraunhofer ICT Group) and Wolfgang Marquardt (Process
Engineering and Chairman, German National Science Council) highlighted
John's accomplishments and influence both in several areas within Computer
Science and in a wide range of Engineering fields.
Following Jan Van Leeuwen (long-term Chief Editors of Springer Lecture Notes
in Computer Science) and Reinhard Wilhelm (Founding Director of Dagstuhl
Meeting Center), John Mylopoulos was only the third Computer Scientist to
receive an Honorary Ph.D. from RWTH Aachen University. His award ceremony
was embedded in the 40th anniversary of Computer Science at RWTH Aachen
University. In addition to a historical review by Emeriti Walter Oberschelp
and Manfred Nagl, the program included talks by well-known Computer Science
alumni such as DFG Vice President Dorothea Wagner, Cyberdefense Specialist
Peter Martini from Fraunhofer FKIE, and top managers Johannes Helbig (CIO
Deutsche Post, former European as well as German CIO of the Year) and
Christoph Schmallenbach (CIO and HR Director, Generali Germany).
A festive dinner in the 1200 year old basement of Aachen's City Hall, former
palace of Emperor Charlemagne, concluded the ceremonies.