2001 SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award
Rudolf Bayer studied Mathematics in Munich and at the University of Illinois, where he received his Ph.D. in 1966. After working at Boeing Research Labs he became an Associate Professor at Purdue University. He is a Professor of Informatics at the Technische Universität München since 1972 and Head of the Research Group Knowledge Bases at the Bavarian Research Center for Knowledge Based Systems (FORWISS). He consulted for IBM, Siemens, Amdahl, DEC, Deutsche Telekom and was a Visiting Professor at IBM, XEROX PARC, and at several Universities in Japan, Australia, the US and Singapore. He is a cofounder of TransAction SW GmbH and holds two patents. Rudolf served as an Associate Editor of ACM TODS and of Informatik Forschung und Entwicklung. He organized and directed several national research projects in SW Engineering, Deductive Databases and Digital Libraries, served on the Präsidium der Gesellschaft für Informatik and is a consultant of the German Wissenschaftsrat and for various government institutions. He was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Republik of Germany and received the SIGMOD Innovations Award in 2001.