Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Keil

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Keil

Reinhard Keil is professor in the research group Contextual informatics.

Heinz Nixdorf Institut
Universität Paderborn
Fürstenallee 11
33102 Paderborn
telephone:+49 5251 60-6411
facsimile:+49 5251 60-6414

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Keil is Professor for Contextual Informatics at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of Paderborn University. From 1984 to 2006 he traded under the name Keil-Slawik (before and after as Keil).

The focus of Keil's research is:

• E-learning,
• Software ergonomics,
• Design of digital media,
• Virtual research environments and
• Distributed co-operative knowledge organization


Keil studied, after a completed electro-mechanics apprenticeship, from 1971-1974 information processing at the “Gesamthochschule Siegen, Abt. Gummersbach” and then at the Technical University (TU) Berlin computer science, where he graduated in 1979 with a diploma in computer science. Thereafter, Keil worked as a research associate in the field of research and teaching until 1984. In 1985 he received his doctorate from the Institute of Applied Computer Science at the TU Berlin and in 1990 his habilitation in the Department of Computer Science at the same university. Subsequently, Keil worked there as a lecturer. After a research stay at the University of Maryland (Prof. Ben Shneiderman), College Park (USA) in 1992 he became a professor at Paderborn University.

More functions

Keil was co-founder (1985) and from 1993 to 2003 chairman of the Forum “Computer Scientists for Peace and Social Responsibility”. In addition, he is responsible for various state ministries in Germany, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Union (EU) as well as for state institutions in Norway, Austria and Switzerland. He is a guest member of the expert committee "New Media in Teaching" of the science council as well as a scientific advisor in several research institutions in Germany and Austria. Among other things, Keil was awarded the 1986 Academician Medal of Buenos Aires. In 1991 he was awarded the Software Ergonomics Research Prize of the German Informatics Society in Zurich and the Honorary Prize of Hypo Tirol Bank at the MEDIDA-PRIX in Innsbruck in 2000. He was awarded the Computerworld Honors Program Laureate in San Francisco in 2002 and was a finalist again in 2008 of the MEDIDA-PRIX in Hamburg. Since autumn 2016 he is Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics at Paderborn University. He has authored over 180 publications, is editor of 15 books and the journal "Contemplating Knowledge Ethics".