11- 15 November 2020 Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center
Christoph Meinel


Christoph Meinel



Member of Acatech; Father of Germany Industry 4.0



Prof. Christoph Meinel is the director and CEO of Hasso-Plattner-Institut for Digital Engineering gGmbH and dean of the Digital Engineering Faculty of the Potsdam University.

Hasso-Plattner-Institute for Digital Engineering is a university excellence center with the academical constitution of a Faculty for Digital Engineering of the University of Potsdam. It is financed by the foundation of Hasso Plattner, one of the founders of SAP. HPI provides outstanding Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programs in Digital Engineering as well as a study program in Design Thinking. The HPI course offerings are freely accessible via the tele-TASK portal and the openHPI online platform.

In 2006, together with Hasso Plattner, Prof. Christoph Meinel hosted the 1st National IT Summit of German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel at HPI in Potsdam.Meinel is a member of acatech, the German “National Academy of Science and Engineering,” and numerous scientific committees and supervisory boards.

Prof. Christoph Meinel is a full professor (C4) for computer science and serves as department chair of Internet Technologies and Systems at HPI. His areas of research focus on Internet and Information Security, Web 3.0, Semantic Web, Social and Service Web and the domains of e-learning, teleteaching and telemedicine. He is scientifically active in innovation research on all aspects of the Stanford innovation method “Design Thinking.” His earlier research work concentrated on the theoretical foundation of computer science in the areas of complexity theory and efficient OBDD-based algorithms and data structures.

Prof. Christoph Meinel teaches courses in the Bachelor and Master’s programs on “IT-Systems Engineering” and at the HPI School of Design Thinking. He teaches MOOCs on the openHPI platform and supervises numerous doctoral candidates. He is an honorary professor at the Department of Computer Sciences at Beijing University of Technology and a guest professor at Shanghai University. Christoph Meinel is a research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg. Together with Larry Leifer from Stanford University he is program director of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program.

Prof. Christoph Meinel is the author/co-author of 9 books and 4 anthologies, as well as editor of various conference proceedings. More than 400 of his papers have been published in high-profile scientific journals and at international conferences. He is also editor-in-chief of “ECCC-Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity,” “ECDTR-Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research,” the “IT-Gipfelblog” and the tele-TASK lecture archive and openHPI.


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