Informatics, TU Vienna

Georg Gottlob honoured with Lovelace Medal

Gottlob, Professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of Informatics, been selected as the winner of the top award in computing in the UK.

In April, the Awards Panel of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, awarded Professor Georg Gottlob as the winner of the Lovelace Medal. Georg Gottlob is Professor of Computer Science at TU Wien and at the University of Oxford. At TU Wien he is a member of the Institute of Information Systems.

The Lovelace Medal is known as the top award in computing in the UK. A list of past winners includes well-known names such as www inventor Tim Berners-Lee and Linux creator Linus Torvalds. "The Ada Lovelace Medal came as a great surprise to me, and I feel deeply honoured, in particular considering the previous winners. I am very grateful for this international recognition", Georg Gottlob said when learning on this award. 

"His research has transformed our understanding of database systems, and in particular, the logical foundations of databases and the computational complexity of associated reasoning problems. He has developed deep theoretical results of lasting significance, and developed techniques that have huge value in domains such as web data extraction.", BCS stated.

Throughout his previous work as Computer Scientist and professor the following quotes (in German) have been important for him, Gottlob said: "Die Informatik ist eine Fortführung der Logik, nur  mit anderen Mitteln." and "Meine Schüler sind meine Lehrer und meine Lehrer sind meine Schüler."

About the Lovelace Medal

Ada Lovelace was a mathematician and scientist who worked with, and was an inspiration to, the computer pioneer Charles Babbage. The Lovelace medal is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding or advancement of Computing. It is generally expected that there will be one medallist each year, but the regulation allows either several medallists or no medallist. Winners will normally be invited to give a public lecture on their work at the BCS Lovelace lecture the following year; and will also be asked to contribute an article describing their work in terms accessible to a general audience for publication in ITNOW, the BCS magazine. Read more about it on the website of BCS.


Georg Gottlob is a Professor of Computer Science at TU Wien, where he is a member of the Information Systems Institute, and at the University of Oxford. His research interests are database theory (in particular, query languages), Web information processing, constraint satisfaction problems, nonmonotonic reasoning, finite model theory, and computational complexity. Gottlob got his Engineer and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from TU Vienna, Austria in 1979 and 1981, respectively. Before he moved to Oxford in 2006, he was a Full Professor of Computer Science at TU (since 1988). Before that, he was affiliated with the Italian National Research Council in Genoa, Italy, and with the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. During the spring semester 1999 he was invited McKay Professor at UC Berkeley.

Georg Gottlob was an invited speaker at many international conferences. He has received the Wittgenstein Award from the Austrian National Science Fund, is an ECCAI Fellow, and a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the European Academy of Sciences Academia Europaea in London. He chaired the Program Committees of IJCAI 2003 and ACM PODS 2000, was the Editor in Chief of the Journal Artificial Intelligence Communications, and is currently a member of the editorial boards of several other journals. Among others Georg Gottlob received a highly prestigious Wittgenstein Award from the Austrian National Science Fund in 1998.