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Milestones 1975-2005


  • 1975: During secondary school, my first interest developed in technological basics of communication and information technology (radio and television, electronics, first contact with primitive computers and great interest for "Multimedia"). My whole pocket money was spent on components :-)

MIlestones of Andreas Holzinger 


  • 1978: Choice of obvious profession available at this time, was as a radio and television Technician, as it was the nearest to practical "Multimedia Technology" at this time. Great interest in digital electronics. 1980, first contact with the Sinclair ZX 80 (Z80A CPU, 4Kbyte ROM with BASIC-Interpreter, 1Kbyte RAM,...).
  • 1982: The Commodore C 64 (Processor 6502, resolution 320x200 pixel,16 colours and 64Kbyte RAM (!)), enables me to write my first "programmes for learning purposes" in BASIC. The opportunity to learn by using computers fascinated me and I could not get it out of my mind for the future. A further highlight at this time is the SID (Sound Synthesizer Chip) – Multimedia with the computer !
  • 1983: The first contacts to IBM-PCs (XT, 8088, 640K RAM, two 360K 5 ½" floppies, Bernstein-Monitor :-( and 1984 with Apple-Computers (Apple lle, MOStek 65C02 Processor, 1MHz, 128Kbyte "enhanced"), 32Kbyte ROM, 8 Slots, 560x192 Pixel (bw), 140x192 Pixel in 16 colours, 40, 80 characters/line in enhanced mode).
  • 1985: The C64 was removed, as the IBM AT (80286) with harddisk and 1,2 MB floppy was available permanently to me.
  • 1987: It was my conviction that user interfaces, such as the Windows surface (Windows 2.0), would intersperse themselves. During the study of electrical engineering at the University of Technology, I had my first contact with FORTRAN, PASCAL and Modula-2. Enthusiasm of the hypertext idea. However, the necessity of combining technology and human aspects emerged that time.
  • 1993: Enthusiastic of the possibilities of the expanding Internet and the increasing performance of the hardware and software in general (Windows 3.1 with sound), created further interest to use the computer as a teaching medium. Increasing interest followed from it in the fields of psychology and media-pedagogics. I also recognized the Cognitive Science as interdisciplinary cooperation of computer science, neuroscience and psychology in an ideal work field, in order to do interdisciplinary research in the field of the information systems.
  • 1996: The tremendous success of the Internet, increasing hardware (Pentium Processor) and software performances (Windows NT) and the increased importance in teaching and learning was proven to be correct.
  • 1998: Concentration on the subject information systems with research topics on human-computer interaction (HCI), Multimedia and Internet in which the latter two has to be divided into technology, learning and design (refer to Research Interests). Depending on the available hardware (beginning in 1980!) in each case I came from BASIC to PASCAL and to MODULA-2 and furthermore up to C++ . My favourite programming language now is JAVA, which attracts me even more and more (But even annoys me sometimes ;-)  It is also very exciting programming in Mathematica.
  • 1999: Extension of the consolidated research interests of the application for medicine. Austrian expert (National expert) in the e-Europe - e-Learning Initiative (Comm. Viviane Reding), Task Group: Educational Multimedia (Head: Maruja Gutierrez-Diaz); Expert and Reviewer for national and international Institutions including Industry.
  • 2000: Lisbon Delegate. Elected as external expert to the steering group of the initiative „New Media in Teaching at Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences in Austria (NML)“  Official nomination by the federal Minister on 1st July 2000. Mission statement: Research and Consulting to realize easier, simpler and faster usable Information Systems. Strongly committed to Human-Centered Design. Problemsolver in Content-, e-Learning and Information Management.
  • 2003: Conferment of the venia docendi (Associate Professor) for the subject „Applied Information Processing“ , Faculty of Informatics at Graz University of Technology.
  • 2005: Elected Chair of the Workgroup Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering (HCI&UE) of the Austrian Computer Society (OCG). Founder of the Special Interest Groups HCI4MED and HCI4EDU. Founder of the annual USAB Conference Series.
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