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Foundations of informatics - a bridging course

This course is not listed in Aachen Campus and listed in Bonn Basis as Foundations of Informatics.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Noll


Dr. Michael Nüsken (contact person)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Noll

Prof. Dr. Ir. Gerhard Woeginger

Time & Place

First meeting: Tuesday(!), 18 October, 900. (Please ignore what may be written in BASIS or campus.)

Schedule: Mon-Fri 900 - 1230 and 1400 - 1600, each block includes 30 minutes break. (If a course week advances fast, Friday afternoon may be free.)

During week 4, the schedule is shifted by one hour: Mon-Fri 1000 - 1230 and 1400 - 1700.


The exam is about the entire course. Please note that the second exam is for repetitions.

You do not need to register for either exam. An email would be nice, if you are not on the lists composed in autumn.

The exam is offered twice a year. There is no further limit on the number of attempts.

Week 1 - Mathematical tools

This week will deal essentially with three subjects:

The screen notes are available on login.  You obtain a login as a participant of the course or on request: In that case create a login at the key at the top left of this page via "Register" and afterwards mail the contact person mentioning this.


You might enjoy solving the geocache Felix Bauklötze.

Week 2 - Analysis of Algorithms


  1. foundations (first examples, asymptotic notation, solving recurrence equation)
  2. sorting (QUICKSORT, sorting in linear time)
  3. data structures (linked lists, hash tables, binary search trees)
  4. graph algorithms (elementary (breadth-first, depth-first), single-source shortest path)
  5. as time permits: advanced (matrix operations, polynomial and FFT, NP-completeness)


Slides (no login)

Slides and screen notes are available on login.  You obtain a login as a participant of the course or on request.

Week 3 - Regular Languages, Context-Free Languages, Processes and Concurrency

Week 4 - Complexity


equivalent V4+Ü4
Note that all Media informatics courses only start in the third week of the lecturing period, so that everybody can participate in this course.

For some MI-students this course is obligatory, for the others it's optional. There are no credits for this course.


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