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HHZ Doctoral Program

The HHZ's co-operative doctoral program combines the performance of the doctorates at the HHZ through a scientific multipartner model within the framework of interdisciplinary scientific cooperation between Reutlingen University and cooperating universities and companies.

This creates the organizational prerequisites for cooperative doctorates and a high-quality research environment for excellent master's graduates with degrees in computer science, business informatics or neighboring areas.

The program is conducted in close scientific cooperation with a selection of promising universities. Doctorates are to be led by an interdisciplinary research program for independent scientific work at the HHZ and are co-operatively supervised, with the aim of qualifying them for a doctorate in computer science or business informatics at the cooperating university.

The focus of the qualification and supporting concept is the targeted promotion of the development of the doctorates to independent research personnel. It is to them beyond to qualify for a doctorate within the framework of a structured three-year training course. The individual mentoring of the doctorates is carried out in the double-mentoring procedure.

Cooperative Doctoral Program "Services Computing“

The cooperative doctoral program for Services Computing at the Herman Hollerith Zentrum of Reutlingen University and the University of Stuttgart offers a total of 12 doctorates a high-quality environment for the implementation of cooperative doctoral degrees in innovative subject areas. The research program is strategically aligned to relevant computer science topics of the digital transformation on the basis of the three guiding themes Enterprise Architecture and Applications, Data Management / Analytics, and Cloud Computing.

The cooperative doctoral program offers doctorates the latest research topics with an interdisciplinary character of high scientific and economic relevance. The doctorates are supported in the form of scholarships by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg. The selection of the scholarship holders is made according to the guidelines of the state law and the choice of the University of Stuttgart. The grant is for a period of 3 years, with annual re-application.

The support of the scholarship holders is provided by a tandem of two supervisors from the University of Reutlingen and the University of Stuttgart. Accompanying qualification programs by the graduate academy GRADUS of the University of Stuttgart complete this attractive offer.

Further information and current tenders can be found on the website of the doctoral program.


Alfred Zimmermann
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Alfred Zimmermann

Alfred Zimmermann is a professor of software architecture and digital enterprise architecture at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences. He is the Research Director of the Herman Hollerith Center for Services Computing Böblingen and Coordinator of Research at the Faculty of Computer Science. Professor Zimmermann supervises doctoral students in joint research programs with universities such as Leipzig, Rostock, Stuttgart and Tübingen. He supports various research programs with international partners such as the University of West Florida, the University of West of Scotland, CMU's Software Engineering Institute (SEI), and maintains research partnerships with well-known companies and other scientists. He coordinates the academic relations of his home school to the GI Computer Science Society, to the ACM - US Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE, where he is part of specific workgroups, programs and research initiatives: software architecture, enterprise architecture & management, services computing, Cloud computing, and semantics. He is also a guest professor and honorary professor at international universities: La Plata University - Buenos Aires, the Marmara University and the Yeditepe University of Istanbul. He received his diploma in the field of medical informatics at the University of Heidelberg and promoted in Computer Science at the University of Stuttgart. Dr. Zimmermann was a Senior Consultant for New Software Technologies at Daimler AG Stuttgart until 1998. Since 1986, he has been responsible for the first object-oriented strategies and strategic projects, as well as complex and partly international software development programs within and outside the Daimler Group as well as from well-known partners accompanied.

Building 9 (Reutlingen)
Room 119

Phone +49 7121 271 4033

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Alfred Zimmermann
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Alfred Zimmermann

Alteburgstraße 150
72762 Reutlingen

Building 9 (Reutlingen) , Room 119

Phone +49 7121 271 4033
Fax +49 7121 271 90 4033