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Informatics in the Future

Proceedings of the 11th European Computer Science Summit (ECSS 2015), Vienna, October 2015

  • Discusses prospects and the evolution of informatics with respect to both technological and ethical aspects

  • Covers aspects like the organization of research, the responsibility of researchers, the number of women in informatics, or the effects of big data on society and individuals

  • Intended for every informatics researcher in both academia and industry who feels responsible as a scientist and a citizen

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Table of contents (9 papers)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. On the Big Impact of “Big Computer Science”

    • Stefano Ceri
    Pages 17-26Open Access
  3. On Informatics, Diamonds and T

    • Maarja Kruusmaa
    Pages 27-36Open Access
  4. Leadership and Balance in Research

    • Dunja Mladenić, Marko Grobelnik
    Pages 37-47Open Access
  5. Rational Ethics

    • Bertrand Meyer
    Pages 49-64Open Access
  6. Ethics for the Digital Age: Where Are the Moral Specs?

    • Jeroen van den Hoven
    Pages 65-76Open Access
  7. Digital Sovereignty and IT-Security for a Prosperous Society

    • Reinhard Posch
    Pages 77-86Open Access
  8. Ada: Poet of Computing

    • Britta Schinzel
    Pages 99-109Open Access

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

This volume discusses the prospects and evolution of informatics (or computer science), which has become the operating system of our world, and is today seen as the science of the information society. Its artifacts change the world and its methods have an impact on how we think about and perceive the world. Classical computer science is built on the notion of an “abstract” machine, which can be instantiated by software to any concrete problem-solving machine, changing its behavior in response to external and internal states, allowing for self-reflective and “intelligent” behavior. However, current phenomena such as the Web, cyber physical systems or the Internet of Things show us that we might already have gone beyond this idea, exemplifying a metamorphosis from a stand-alone calculator to the global operating system of our society.

Thus computer scientists will need to reconsider the foundations of their discipline to realize the full potential of our field. Taking often contradictory developments into consideration, researchers will not be able to tackle specific technological or methodological problems in the future without also a broader reflection on their field. The papers in this book take a first step forward and reflect on these issues from different perspectives. The broad spectrum of topics includes

  • Informatics: a discipline with a (short) history and a high impact
  • Interdisciplinarity: how to do research
  • Ethics: what is our responsibility
  • Diversity: why are there so few women in informatics
  • Combining informatics, history and art: a special contribution.

This book is intended for all informatics researchers, in academia as well as in industry. It is our responsibility – not only as scientists but also as citizens – to make the public aware of the dichotomies and dialectic relationships of computer science.


  • Open Access
  • Computing profession
  • Big data
  • Computing ethics
  • Women in computing
  • Research ethics
  • Research organization
  • History of computing
  • Philosophy of computing

Editors and Affiliations

  • TU Wien , Wien, Austria

    Hannes Werthner

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam , Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Frank van Harmelen

About the editors

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Informatics in the Future

  • Book Subtitle: Proceedings of the 11th European Computer Science Summit (ECSS 2015), Vienna, October 2015

  • Editors: Hannes Werthner, Frank van Harmelen

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science, Computer Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-55734-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-55735-9

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 109

  • Number of Illustrations: 22 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Computers and Society, History of Computing, Diversity Management and Women in Business, Science Ethics

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 24.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)