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Department of Informatics

Prof. Dr. Helmut Schauer

Helmut Schauer


Helmut Schauer
 Full Professor, 1988-2009
Former head of the Educational Engineering Research Group

Department of Informatics
University of Zurich

His successor is Elaine Huang


Helmut Schauer was a full professor at the Department of Informatics. He was the head of the Educational Engineering Research Group.

His research interests include web-based and game-based learning, assessments beyond multiple choice, collaborative learning environments, object-oriented programming in Java and visualization of algorithms and data structures.

He has contributed to numerous discussions on curriculum issues at various levels of education. His special interest focuses on curriculum and didactic of informatics in secondary school levels.

He is a past president of the Swiss Informatics Society SI and a board member of ECDL-SI, which oversees the operations of the ECDL Program in Switzerland.

Curriculum Vitae

Helmut Schauer finished his education as an Electronic Engineer in 1968 and made his PhD on Informatics in 1972 both at the Technical University of Vienna. He was employed as Assistant at this University from 1968 to 1984 and gave various lectures on Programming. In 1984 he became head of the department on "Commercial Data Processing" and in 1985 he was elected as extraordinary Professor in this institution.

In 1988 Dr. Helmut Schauer moved from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria to the University of Zürich, Switzerland, where he joined the Department of Informatics. He first led a research group on software engineering and later founded the Educational Engineering Research Group. He retired in 2009.

Helmut Schauer has written a number of textbooks on Programming and Programming Languages and was editor of a series in Applied Informatics. In 2017 he became a honorary member of the Austrian Computer Society OCG.

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