Role of Computer Museums and Studying Computer Science
Dr. Jochen Viehoff & Johannes Blobel
Thursday 17th October 2019
BCS, 25 Copthall Avenue, London, EC2R 7BP.
About the seminar
The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF) in Paderborn, Germany, is a place for young
pupils and grown ups alike to learn about the history of computers and
In addition to the main exhibition our museum also cooperates with universities
to teach computer science students about the origins of their field of study
and to spark their interest in this topic.
This is very important for us because we want to make sure that future generations
will carry on telling the story of how it all began.
In our talk we will present our university cooperation projects including a
comprehensive computer history lecture with hands-on exercises as well as current
and planned reconstruction projects (Shannon’s Theseus and Nixdorf’s
first electronic accumulator).
About the speakers
Dr. Jochen Viehoff is the director of the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in
Paderborn, Germany, since 2013.
After finishing his doctoral thesis in theoretical physics he worked as
a lecturer at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne before moving to Paderborn.
Besides his work at the museum he is also a professional photographer and
co-organizes several photo exhibitions.
Johannes Blobel is a PhD student at the Paderborn University since 2015.
His main research focus lies on energy efficient communication systems.
In addition to his main research he works for the HNF on computer
reconstruction projects and interactive installations and gives
a computer history lecture for computer science Bachelor students.