I'm a researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction group (MCI) of the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS). My general research interests include concepts and applications in the field of Pervasive Computing developing context-aware systems that put users and their context at the center. Currently, I am looking into ways to augment human memory by marrying concepts from the field of cognitive psychology with pervasive technologies. This includes measuring key indicators for human attention levels and optimizing knowledge acquisition points accordingly. The resulting concepts can be applied to proactive recommendations, human-to-human communication, reading and learning.

I graduated with a Diploma in Media Computer Science from the University of Munich, then did my Master's degree in Web Science at the University of San Francisco and received an Honors degree in Technology Management from the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM) in Munich. Before starting my Ph.D., I worked at TinyCo (art so cute it hurts your face) and Yahoo! in the Bay Area.

Projects

In my research I focus on applying cognitive concepts to technological opportunities: a mix of psychology, human-computer interaction, pervasive computing, and machine-learning.

Human Attention Research

Attention is the concentration of the mind on one of concurrently competing stimuli or thoughts. Selective attention allows us to choose to attend one thing over another, and hence plays a crucial role in selecting and encoding incoming information for later memory retrieval.

Reading in a Digital World

The information age provides us with challenges of information overload and changes people's reading behavior. What are these changes and how can we cope with a growing amount of information to be consumed?
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Semantic Memory Enhancements

People need to invest their attention and time into studying new topics to acquire skill, practice, and knowledge. This requires both time and effort. Mobile technologies can help detecting opportune moments for engaging in learning activities and proactively suggest breaks for micro-learning.

Publications

Also available on Google Scholar.

Activities

Stuff I'm up to.

Teaching

Format Description Term
Practical Course Programming for Media Informatics Winter '16
Practical Course Programming for Media Informatics Winter '15
Seminar Ubiquitous Technologies for Augmenting the Human Summer '15
Practical Course Interactive Systems Winter '14
Practical Course Mobile Gaming Summer '14