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  • Institute of Computer Science

Obituary

Professor Dr. phil. Dr. rer. nat. habil.
Helmut Jürgensen

* March 13, 1942
† August 19, 2019

The Department of Computer Science has lost a most deserving researcher and lecturer. Helmut Jürgensen worked as a professor for information processing and communication at the University of Potsdam from 1996 until his retirement in 2007. He was instrumental in the development of the Institute of Computer Science and held the managing directorship of the institute from 1999 to 2002. After completing his studies of ancient Greek philology, his doctorate on the concept of metaphor in antiquity (1968) and various activities at the Mathematical Seminar of the University of Kiel he habilitated in the field of semigroup theory. Other areas of his internationally acclaimed research include automata theory, theory of formal languages, coding and information theory, aspects of test systems and human-machine interaction with a focus on information access for the blind. His death has left a hole. We will always keep his memory in great honor.


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