ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Prof. Gutknecht’s professional career in Computing started in 1968 in the Swissair real-time system programming group. From 1970 to 1974 Gutknecht studied Mathematics at the ETH Zurich and simultaneously worked for IBM as a student employee. In 1978 he received his doctorate with a dissertation in Mathematics. After a three year period as a college professor of Mathematics, Jürg Gutknecht joined Niklaus Wirth’s Lilith/ Modula research team in 1981. In 1985, after a sabbatical stay at the Xerox-PARC Research Laboratory in California, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the ETH and later full professor. From 1991 – 1994 Prof. Gutknecht was Dean of the Computer science department and from 2006 – 2010 Chairman of the same department. Together with Wirth, Gutknecht developed Modula-2 system software and created the Oberon programming language and system, as well as several evolutions including the Active Cells hardware/ software codesign IDE. Jürg Gutknecht’s interests and focus of research are in the area of programming languages, compilers and runtimes, with an emphasis on lean systems design. Gutknecht was recently involved in several projects in this area, among them the “Supercomputer in the Pocket”, a many core hardware/ software codesign project in the context of an Innovation Cluster in Embedded Systems funded by Microsoft. Since 2014, Jürg Gutknecht is President of the Swiss Informatics Society.