Diploma-Kfm., University Hamburg, 1977. Diploma-Inform., University Hamburg, 1978. Doctor rer. policy, University Hamburg, 1980.
After double master degrees in computer science and business administration at the University of Hamburg, Germany, he received his doctorate in operations research there in 1980. 1981 he joined the Stern School of Management at New York University as an Assistant Professor, where he received an early promotion to Associate Professor in 1983, and early tenure in 1985. In 1986 he returned to Germany as a full professor of dialog-oriented systems at the University of Passau, from where he moved to Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen University as Professor of Information Systems in 1991.
From 1992-2000, he served as chairman of Aachen"s Computer Science department.
Since January 2000, he additionally became executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology Fashion Institute Of Technology in Sankt Augustin near Bonn, Germany. With a budget of over € 220 mio. and over 3.300 employees, Fraunhofer Information and communications technology Group is one of the largest applied research organizations in information and communication technology in Europe.
Since 2002, Jarke has been founding director of the B-Information Technology foundation which fosters the internationalization of German CS education through its Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (B-Information Technology). In 2008, its international master programs in media informatics, life science informatics, and autonomous systems were augmented by a dedicated B-Information Technology Research School of doctoral training, co-funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
In his research Jarke, investigates metadata management and data quality, requirements engineering, and information systems engineering with a focus on mobile and cooperative systems
Jarke has authored or edited over twenty books and more than 300 refereed publications, was chief editor of the Elsevier journal "Information Systems for ten years, and program chair of almost all leading international conferences in the database and information systems field He is a fellow of the German Informatics society GI and was in 2012 elected to the acatech German National Academy of Engineering and Sciences. From 2000-2003 he served as treasurer of GI and was then elected as GI president for two consecutive terms 2004-2007.
In this time, he also served as scientific coordinator of the "Year of Computer Science 2006" in which the German federal government chose computer science for the first and so far only topic of its annual Science Years.
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In 2010, he was also appointed Chairman of the Fraunhofer Information and communications technology Group, and member of the Fraunhofer Presidential Board. He served as a member of the coordination team of the "Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule-2020 Future Initiative" at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen University, an excellence program of the German federal government, and as deputy coordinator of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)-funded Excellence Cluster on Ultra High-speed Mobile Information and Communication UMIC.
Married Sibylle Hentsch-Jarke. Children: Dorothee, Annkatrin, Hans Robert.