Welcome to my personal academic homepage. I am a professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of St. Gallen. On my webpage, one can find more about my research, my academic actives and publications.
With our research, we want to empower individuals and communities with the information they need to make better data-driven decisions by developing novel user interfaces with them. Our research mission is to fit human and technological needs and empower users when using novel interfaces. We want to gain a deeper understanding of the interplay between rapidly advancing technologies and how digital interfaces can empower users in their rich set of activities. We focus on a broad range of use cases from geographic information science, public health, and medical contexts, as well as extreme conditions such as space missions. We love to work in interdisciplinary teams to create novel insights. For doing so we use rigorous methods from AI, computer graphics and cognitive psychology and have a commitment to both theoretical and practice-based inquiry, and I have a particular interest in the application of user-centred design methodologies as well as mixed methods approaches.
In our lab we are committed creating a productive and detox-free academic environment, so we can focus on teaching and research. We aim to publish our disruptive research results and ideas in the most prestigious conferences in the field of HCI, including ACM CHI, ACM MobileHCI, among others. Our ideas have shaped these and other fields. We also publish our interdisciplinary work outside the HCI community in prestigious journals such as NATURE or Plos One.
We are 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. If you have any further questions, please contact me via email.