40 years in the service of computer science

Professor Dorothea Wagner celebrates her anniversary

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wagner studied mathematics at RWTH Aachen University, where she also obtained her doctorate in 1986. After her habilitation at the TU Berlin, she held professorships at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Constance. Dorothea Wagner has been Professor of Computer Science at KIT in Karlsruhe since 2003. Over the course of her career, she has received numerous honors, including the GI Fellowship (2008), the Google-Focused Research Award (2012), the Werner Heisenberg Medal of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2018) and the Konrad Zuse Medal of the German Informatics Society (GI) (2019). In 2016, she was also elected to acatech - the German Academy of Science and Engineering.

In 2019, she was initially elected Deputy Chair, and from 2020 Chair of the Scientific Commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities, of which she has been a member since 2015. She has chaired the committee, which advises the federal and state governments on issues relating to the content and structural development of the higher education system and state funding for research institutions, for a total of two terms of office.

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wagner heads the Chair of Algorithmics I at the Institute for Theoretical Informatics at KIT. Here she develops practical algorithms for efficient energy systems or networked infrastructures. This concerns, for example, algorithms for fast route planning in large-scale traffic networks that take into account the change between different traffic systems or delays and traffic jams.

Over the course of her career, Professor Wagner has made significant contributions to the optimization of networks and the development of efficient algorithms. Her research findings not only influence scientific discourse, but are also used in practice, for example in logistics and traffic planning.

Urkundenuebergabe an Frau Wagner

Dean Prof. Bernhard Beckert presents the anniversary certificate to Ms. Wagner

On behalf of the entire KIT Department of Informatics, Dean Professor Bernhard Beckert congratulated Ms. Wagner last weekend in front of the assembled professors during a closed meeting and presented her with the ceremonial certificate of honor from the state of Baden-Württemberg.