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The Herman Hollerith Zentrum (HHZ)

The Herman Hollerith Zentrum (HHZ) is a teaching and research center, which brings together the scientific achievements of the colleagues of the Faculty of Computer Science at Reutlingen University. Together with the University of Stuttgart and other partners from science and business relevant topics  in the field of "Business informatics" are dealt with in research and teaching . The HHZ's profile as a graduate school includes teaching programs for the Master of Science and as a Research Center the coordinating research organization for cooperative research projects. The focus is on the advancement of cooperative doctoral studies for outstanding graduates of the Master's programs.


With the Master's programs Services Computing and Digital Business Management,  HHZ picks up important innovation and research topics , linking them with key perspectives of current research: digital business & digital transformation, enterprise and software architectures for services & cloud computing, semantic support, management Business processes, performance management, big data & analytics, telematics & Internet of Things as well as concepts for the support of transformation projects for the strategically oriented digital business and related information systems. The HHZ is explicitly pursuing an interdisciplinary approach and a connection to business and IT.

Cooperative Research

Entrepreneurial questions are defined in a practical way on strategic research topics and are researched and put into practice in a dialogue between science and practice. In cooperative research, students and doctorates are actively involved and effectively supported. Results of the research will be included in the scientific discussion in the form of high-quality conference papers, lectures, journal essays, project documentation, dissertations, monographs and research studies as well as in non-profit knowledge exchange platforms in Germany (especially the GI-Gesellschaft für Informatik) and international (ACM, IEEE, EMAC , AMA, among others).

Internationality and Dialogue

Through specific arrangments the students, doctorates and professors are involved in exchange programs with national and international partners: cooperative doctoral colloquia, summer and winter schools with partners, Sabbaticals at research partners, cooperative publications, workshops and conferences, the HHZ annual conference, Working groups of the GI, ACM, IEEE and other scientific organizations, as well as project co-operation with scientific and industrial partners in the context of joint research programs. Furthermore, the members of the Research Center organize national and international conferences and workshops, which actively contribute to the scientific discussion with other researchers and experts.

Cooperative Doctoral Program

The professors at HHZ organize, in co-ordination with colleagues from doctoral entitled programs, the HHZ doctoral program and  interact as co-supervisors and examiners of the doctoral studies. The results of the corporated research work directly benefit the research and teaching as well as the students and doctorates at the locations Reutlingen, Böblingen and the cooperation partners involved.