Gerald’s main research focus is on information systems in business and government with a special interest in security, applications, formal representations of decision making and legal issues.
Gerald holds doctors degrees in computer science and law from Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria) and is currently Professor at the Multimedia Information Systems Research Group of the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Vienna.
In 2001/2002 he held a Chair in Computer and Information Systems at the University of South Australia. He first joined the University of Vienna in 1993 from the Institute of Computer Science at Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria) where he had previously been teaching. In 1989/1990 he taught at the University of Hamburg (Germany).
His wide international experience ranges from the participation in international teaching and research projects, very often UN- and EU-based, several research stays at universities and research centres in the US, Asia and EU Member States to extensive teaching in EU staff exchange programs in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Spain, and Greece, as well as teaching stays in the Czech Republic and Poland. International teaching and specialist missions include UN-coordinated activities in Egypt, Russia and the Republic of Korea.
Gerald has served as a member of program committees of many international conferences, chaired several of them, has contributed as reviewer to scientific journals and has also served on editorial boards. He is a member of the Austrian and German computer societies and a member of IFIP working groups. For his contributions to the international IT community he received the IFIP Silver Core Award in 1995. His major research focus is on information systems in business and government with a special interest in security, applications, formal representations of decision making and legal issues. His publication record comprises approximately 150 peer reviewed papers plus several edited books and conference proceedings as well as nationally and internationally published project reports.
In July 2002 he was appointed as Adjunct Professor at the School of Computer and Information Science of the University of South Australia. From January 2005 until January December 2010 he headed the Department of Distributed and Multimedia Systems, Faculty of Computer Science, at the University of Vienna and served as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science from October 2008 until October 2010. Since January 2011 he serves as deputy head of the Multimedia Information Systems Research Group group. In 2011 he was appointed as Deputy Director of the Doctoral Studies Programme Natural and Technical Sciences and serves as the programs as Director from October 2014.