There is magic in every beginning...and sometimes also in the end

  • Author:

    Isabel Häuser

  • Date: 26.04.2023

    KIT Department of Informatics bids farewell to Prof. Walter Tichy in retirement and welcomes his successor Prof. Ina Schaefer


    The Gerhard Goos Lecture Hall in the Computer Science Building was just fitting for the nearly 120 visitors who had gathered at 4:30 p.m. on April 20, 2023, for the inaugural and farewell lectures of Ina Schaefer and Walter Tichy, respectively. The Gerhard Goos lecture hall was also fitting because it was precisely that computer science pioneer whom Walter Tichy had succeeded in 1986 at the University of Karlsruhe, today's KIT. Not entirely without reverence and respect for the size of his footsteps, as he himself reports. However, the fact that he was able to fill them without any problems in the course of the years was shown this evening by the eulogies of two colleagues who had also experienced Tichy as a doctoral supervisor or lecturer: Prof. Lutz Prechelt (FU Berlin) and Prof. Ralf Reussner (KIT). The numbers alone speak for themselves: more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, 16 scientific articles referenced more than 100 times (one cited an incredible 1494 times), PhD supervisor for 35 PhD students, of whom more than 1/3 took on a professorial career, or the founding or start-up support of 6 successful companies.


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