Retired university professor DI Dr. Roland Wagner passed away on January 3, 2020, at the age of 68.
Born in Linz in 1952, the computer scientist studied at the JKU, also earning his doctorate degree here. He completed his post-doc in 1983 and had been a university professor for information systems since 1987. Prof. Wagner created the Institute for Application-Oriented Knowledge Processing and in 2005, he created an institute-based spin-off company together with FAW GmbH at the Softwarepark Hagenberg.
Wagner is also responsible for successful collaboration efforts together with the Technical University of Prague and the project "Informatics Helps the Disabled", which later became the Institute for Integrated Studies.
Wagner served as Vice-Dean of Studies between 1998 to 2000, Dean of Studies at the Johannes Kepler University Linz between 2000 to 2002, and as chairman of the study commission for computer science for many years prior.
Wagner has received numerous awards in recognition of outstanding academic achievements and over 200 publications, including the Upper Austrian Humanity Medal (2003) and the Upper Austrian Silver Medal of Honor (2011).
With the passing of Prof. Wagner, the JKU has lost an important computer scientist, His unwavering commitment to the university and to others will always be remembered.