With my research I 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 about 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 mission. 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.
I am a Lichtenberg Professor and Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of Bremen in Germany where I lead the HCI group. In addition I am the co-director of the Bremen Spatial Cognition Center (BSCC) and member of the TZI (Center for Computing Technologies) and ZARM (Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity). 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 Interactive Technologies Institute (I-TI), 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). I am founder of PLANIT // ACADEMY. We offer certified courses on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and IT-security. In addition I am founder of Qkies, the world’s first eSweet.
In our lab we are committed to create a productive and “detox free” academic environment, so we can focus on teaching and research. Nevertheless, we publish our competitive and disruptive research results and idea in the most prestigious conferences in the field of HCI (with acceptances rate ranging from 10% to 25%), including ACM CHI, ACM MobileHCI, among others. Our ideas have shaped these and other fields. We also aim to 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.
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.