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Bernd KrämerWelcome

Bernd J. Krämer is Professor Emeritus of FernUniversität in Hagen, Chairman of ServTech, and Vice Chairman of edu-sharing.net, two non-profit research associations he co-founded. He is also a co-founder of the SMN community (smart manufacturing networks). He was guest professor of several renowned universities, incl. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the International Computer Science Institute affiliated with UC Berkeley, Monash University in Melbourne and Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.


Krämer has had a career-long interest in software engineering. He has pioneered a modeling approach for concurrent and distributed software systems combining high-level Petri nets and algebraic specifications of abstract data types. With the advent of the world wide web in the early 90s he also focused on software development for educational contexts. A more recent contribution is a networked repository, edu-sharing, supporting the sharing, reuse and adaption of digital learning resources, incl. content, codified know-how, and tools. Lately, he applied his modeling competence to enable flexible manufacturing networks. Krämer studied electrical engineering and computer science and received his diploma in computer science and his doctorate in engineering from Technische Universität Berlin. Several students and collaborators of his became leading figures in business and academia, including seven professors and three senior lecturers. 

Professional Activities

Bernd Krämer is active in a few non-profit associations and scientific communities, including edu-sharing.net (deputy chairman); ServTech, the Scientific Academy for Service Technology (chairman); the steering committee of the International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing, ICSOC; and the Society for Design & Process Science (SDPS, past president, board member). He is a member of the project group Intelligent Education Networks of the Digital Summit, the core instrument to implement the Federal Government's Digital Agenda. He was project manager of ServTech in the FP7 project IMAGINE and in the HORIZON 2020 project ICP4Life. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the IARIA Journal on Advances in Life Sciences, and a member of the editorial board of Springer's journal Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering.

Until May 2013 he was a member of the Supervisory Board of FernUniversität in Hagen

Open Source Software and Community Building

edu-sharing.net non-profit association promoting …. Society for Design & Process Science (SDPS)

  • edu-sharing.net: open-source educational resources repository; the first version was developed between 2004 and 2009 in the DFG-funded project CampusContent, the continuous evolution afterward was driven by https://edu-sharing.com
  • Smart data systems and applications: a group of people having common interests in advancing and disseminating methods, modeling formalisms, and technology supporting smart data applications to the benefit of the data owners
  • edu-sharing.net: a community of institutions, educators, authors of educational resources, researchers in the area of e-learning, and developers of open source software for education and training
  • Society for Design & Process Science (SDPS): an international scientific society promoting the development of design and process science across all disciplines of engineering by sponsoring conferences and participation in other professional activities

Bernd J. Krämer

News News

Workshop on Smart Data Systems and Applications, Malaga, Nov. 14, 2017

Co-located with ICSOC 2017 , we organized a workshop on Smart Data Systems and Applications at the University of Malaga. Smart data systems and applications support the processing and integration...

June 12, 2017, the expert group on Intelligent Education Networks ran its 2nd EdTec Start-up Dialog

As part of the Federal Government's 2017 Digital Summit (formerly National IT Summit), the Expert Group on Intelligent Education Networks  organized its  2nd Start-up Dialogue  in...

Collaboration is a key to innovation

I was one of about fifty experts invited to the acatech symposium "Collaboration as the key to innovation" that was held in the premises of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy in Berlin...

National IT Summit Nov. 2016 in Saarbrücken

This year's IT summit was governed by the headline "Learning and Acting in a Digital World", maybe somehow influeced by our project group's recommendations about Smart Education Networks. A few...

edu-sharing.net receives Best Practice Award at CeBIT 2016

edu-sharing-net's education cloud project was the Best Practice Award winner in category education organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy 's initiative Intelligent...

Invited talk at "Smart e-Learning and Enterprise Development Seminar" held in Pinghu, China

April 27, 2016 I gave an invited presentation about our view of a topical e-learning ecosystem at the "Smart e-Learning and Enterprise Development Seminar" that Prof. Shen from Shanghai Jiao...

edu-sharing won Best Practice Award for Intelligent Networking

edu-sharing won the Best Practice Award for Intelligent Networking in the education sector among numerous projects published on the Open Innovation Platform .  This platform was launched in...

Professor Ramamoorthy passed away

It is with great sadness that I learned Prof. Ram, a great mentor an dear friend has left us March 9, 2016. 

National IT Summit, Berlin, Nov. 18-19, 2015

As a member of the project group Intelligent Education Networks , one of several  thematically oriented task forces of t he focus group Intelligent Networking , I attended the  National...

20th Anniversary Conference of SDPS in Fort Worth, Texas

    Again I had the pleasure to open the Annual Conference of the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS) in Fort Worth, Texas, which marked the 20th anniversary of the...

Video abstract introducing new BJET paper

We have produced a video abstract introducing an open data paper published in the British Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 965-971. The raw data collected in the...

German Association Free Education takes position on OER and Creative Commons

The German Association Free Education responds to a position paper of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in Germany on open educational...

Das Bündnis Freie Bildung zum KMK-Bericht über OER

Das Bündnis Freie Bildung unterstützt das Konzept zu "Open Educational Resources" (OER) im jüngsten KMK-Bericht , hält aber eine deutsche Variante der Creative-Commons -Lizenz zu Recht für...

Guest Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University appointed me as a Guest Professor for the period 2012/7 - 2015/07. The certificate was handed out during an invited seminar at Jiao Tong University...

Project Group "Intelligent Education Networks" presents recommendations to National IT Summit

Project Group "Intelligent Education Networks" in Work Group 2 presents its political recommendations to the National IT Summit held October 21, 2014, in Hamburg. The day before the summit, the...

Term of Foundation Board of FernUni ended May 2013

I resigned from the Foundation Board of FernUniversität with the end of  its first term marked by the 21st meeting held May 28, 2013 in Hagen.  © Veit Mette

SDPS conference 2012

17th International Conference – Transformative Science, Engineering, and Business Innovation