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Bernd J. Krämer

Bernd J. Krämer is Professor Emeritus of FernUniversität in Hagen. Since 2007 he is Chairman of ServTech and in 2021 he became Honorary Chairman of edu-sharing.net, two non-profit research associations he co-founded. He was a 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 the 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, edusharing, supporting the sharing, reuse, and adaption of digital learning resources, incl. educational content, codified know-how and pedagogical methods, and tools. Lately, he applied his modeling competence to enable flexible manufacturing networks. He published his findings in scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters, refereed conference proceedings, and expert reports.

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 (honorary 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 was a member of the project group Intelligent Education Networks of the Digital Summit, the core instrument to implement the Federal Government’s Digital Agenda. His very first EU-funded project was GRASPIN (Personal Workstation for Incremental Graphical Specification and Formal Implementation of Non-Sequential Systems, FP1, 1984-1989, budget: 15 Mio ECU). GRASPIN was one of the first EU projects in the area of software technology concerned with formal specification and systematic program development. More recently, he was project manager in ServTech’s FP7 project IMAGINE (Innovative End-to-end Management of Dynamic Manufacturing Networks) and the HORIZON 2020 projects ICP4Life (An Integrated Collaborative Platform for Managing the Product-Service Lifecycle) and Qualitop (Monitoring multidimensional aspects of QUAlity of Life after cancer ImmunoTherapy – an Open smart digital Platform for personalized prevention and patient management). He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the IARIA Journal on Advances in Life Sciences, and until 2021 he was a member of the editorial board of Springer’s journal Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering.

As an honorary chairman of edu-sharing.net, he continues to promote open educational resources and the educational resources repository edu-sharing. edu-sharing is an outcome of one of his later projects developed between 2004 and 2009 in the DFG-funded project CampusContent. Since then, the software has been advanced be members of edu-sharing.net. He is a member of the steering committee of the SDPS conference series. He became an SDPS fellow in 2003 and an IRARIA fellow in 2011. In 2006 he received the SDPS Priscilla and Raymond T. Yeh Award.

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


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