The Faculty of Communication and Environment is happy to welcome two new Professors

Since March 1, 2023, Dr Tobias Siebenlist and Dr Patrick-Benjamin Bök have been supporting the team of professors at the Faculty of Communication and Environment.

Dr Tobias Siebenlist joined the faculty in March as a new Professor of E-Government. After studying Computer Science as well as Information Science and Language Technology at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, he completed his doctorate in the field of information retrieval with a focus on of specialized search engines. In the subsequent post-doctoral phase he devoted himself to the topics of open data, open government, and other related areas. He also participated in civil society activities and associations related to his research topics and became Vice Head, Software Architect, and Team Leader of the sub-department 'Software Development and Investigation Support' at the State Criminal Police Office of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Now he is looking forward to supporting and experiencing our young, interdisciplinary, and international university. In research, he would like to focus on Open Data and Open Government as well as digital transformation, especially in administrations. The perspective of information science enriches his interdisciplinary approach.

Dr.-Ing. Patrick-Benjamin Bök now supports the faculty as a Professor of Applied Computer Science with a focus on operating systems and distributed information systems. Following his studies in applied computer science (industrial and management computer science), he completed his doctorate at Ruhr University Bochum as part of the group for integrated information systems in the field of process-controlled computer networks. He then took on a research group management position at the Communications Networks Institute at TU Dortmund University, where he focused on joint projects in the context of communication networks for swarm-based drone systems.

In 2014, Bök moved to the Weidmüller Group where he held the position of Vice-President and fostered global digitalization activities in particular regarding the company’s global manufacturing sites. During this time, he also continued his previous research activities in the context of 5G and network virtualization within the framework of EUH2020 projects. For the past three years, Bök has been a Professor of E-Government at the University of Police and Public Administration NRW, where he enjoyed teaching administrative informatics.

At Rhine-Waal University he is now looking forward to the diverse student body and new assignments in different degree programmes. In research, his focus will be on networking and the continuity of integrated information systems in edge and cloud environments.