I am a professor of computer science at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, where I lead the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) group. At the School of Computer Science, we offer an innovative modern computer science curriculum with contents from Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation that is unique in Europe.

Before my time in Switzerland, I established the HCI research group at the University of Bremen as a professor supported by the Lichtenberg programme of the Volkswagen Foundation. During my time in Bremen, I was director of the Bremen Spatial Cognition Center (BSCC) as well as also a board member of the Leibniz Science Campus for Digital Public Health, the Center for Computing Technologies (TZI) and an affiliated researcher at the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM). Before that, I had a faculty position at Hasselt University, Belgium. Before I helped to set up the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Cities at  UCL, UK, I am still a visiting researcher at UCLIC. I am also a visiting professor at the Interactive Technologies Institute (I-TI), in Portugal. Previously, I worked in Saarbrücken, where I was a senior researcher at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). While at DFKI, I received a PhD in computer science at Saarland University (2010), 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 the founder of Qkies, the world’s first eSweet.  If you have any further questions, please get in touch with me via email.

My research and work have received several awards, including the ACM  Eugene Lawler Award, a Vodafone Research Award, the lasting impact award at MobileHCI and two Google Research Awards. I regularly discuss novel technologies’ impact and consult with companies and think tanks. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact me via email.