I am a Lichtenberg Professor and Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of Bremen in Germany. In addition I am the co-director of the Bremen Spatial Cognition Center (BSCC) and member of the TZI (Technologie-Zentrum Informatik und Informationstechnik).
My research interests lie at the intersection between HCI, geographic information science and ubiquitous interface technologies. In our HCI lab we investigate how people interact with digital spatial information and create new methods and novel interfaces to help people interact with spatial information. This includes the development and evaluation of wearable technologies, mobile augmented reality and virtual reality applications, interactive surfaces and tabletops, and other “post desktop” interfaces.
I am currently looking for students excited about doing work (bachelor & master thesis students, student assistants as well as PhD students and PostDocs) at the intersection of HCI, geoinformatics, and Ubicomp technologies. Undergraduate and graduate students who would like to join or visit my group should feel free to e-mail me directly. Please include a little bit about yourself (e.g. your major, degrees, CV/resume) and let me know something about your research interests. I love to work with students (with strong technical skills) and backgrounds across disciplines.
Before, and coming to Bremen, I was a visiting lecturer at UCL, UK, helping to setup the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Cities and had a faculty position at Hasselt University, Belgium. I am also currently a visiting professor at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), Portugal. Previously, I worked in Saarbrücken, where I was a senior researcher at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). During my time at DFKI, I received a PhD in computer science at Saarland University (2010), which was supported by the Deutsche Telekom Labs in Berlin. I obtained my Master’s degree in Geoinformatics at the University of Münster at the Institute for Geoinformatics (2007).
My research and work has received several awards, such as the ACM Eugene Lawler Award, a Vodafone Research Award, the lasting impact award at MobileHCI and two Google Research Awards. I regularly talk about the impact novel technologies and consult with companies and think-tanks. If you have any further questions, please contact me via email.