Prof. Volker Wulf
Volker Wulf (Chair of Information Systems and New Media, as well as Director of the Institute of Media Research and Head of the business field ‘User-oriented Software Engineering’ at the Fraunhofer-FIT in St. Augustin) researches and develops areas of innovative applications relating to the fields of cooperation systems, knowledge management and entertainment computing, with a special emphasis on flexible software architecture adaptable by end-users and methods of user-oriented development and introduction.
Prof. Volkmar Pipek
Volkmar Pipek (Chair of Co-operation Systems / CSCW and Social Media) has spent over 15 years working on methods of user-oriented technology design in the phases of design, introduction and use. He focuses on the process of cooperation between all those involved, whether in organizations, communities or in social media. The primary aim of the concepts and technology for co-operation and knowledge-management systems is the sustainable improvement of infra-structures within businesses.
Jun. Prof. Gunnar Stevens
Professor of Economics and Software Engineering at the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. Previously Junior Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of Siegen. As an information scientist whose focus lies in the field of mathematical logic, he is somewhat a newcomer to this area. He has, however, been researching and teaching participation-oriented development methods, ethnographical design theories and agile user experience methods for more than ten years now. He also worked as a software developer for several years in the industrial sector as well as being a usability consultant for Fraunhofer FIT. At the University of Siegen, he teaches usability and UX-design methods, sustainable IT and digital aesthetics. In addition, he conducts usability studies for businesses and advises them in the integration and implementation of agile, modern innovation methods such as Design Thinking.
Jun. Prof. Claudia Müller
Junior Professor for information systems, especially IT for the ageing society. In research and teaching, her main focus is on information-technology-supported solutions for the challenges and issues presented by demographic change. One of her main objectives is to promote and increase the social inclusion of the elderly whose mobility and independence may be impaired. A further objective is the preservation and/or improvement of domestic well-being and health at an advanced age. ‘Ageing society’ further highlights concepts for how different generations can live well together, taking the diversity of individual needs, requirements and wishes into account.
Dr. Markus Rohde
Markus Rohde studied psychology and sociology at the University of Bonn and is a founding member of the International Institute of Socio-Informatics. He has worked at the Chair of Information Systems and New Media at the University of Siegen since 2004. Since 1991 he has produced academic research on the software-ergonomic design of networked systems and also on the development of organization and technology and has also contributed voluntary editorial work on the political-scientific research journal ‘Neue Soziale Bewegungen’ (‘New Social Movements’) since 1994. From 1994 to 1997 he was active as a freelance organizational consultant and vocational training tutor as well as for a consultancy for medium-sized service companies, production facilities and non-profit organizations. He was managing director of AGENDA CONSULT GmbH from 1997 to 2001 and project manager at IISI from 2002 to 2004. The main emphasis of his work is Human-Computer-Interaction, Computer-Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW), organizational and collaborative learning, virtual teams, non-governmental organizations and (new) social movements.
Dr. Christian Reuter
Christian Reuter studied at the University of Siegen und the École Supérieure de Commerce de Dijon in France. On graduating, he first worked as an IT-consultant for a large telecommunications enterprise until he took up a position with the research staff at the University of Siegen’s Business Informatics Institute; this was parallel to his many years of working as a freelance IT-developer and consultant. Today he researches and teaches in the fields of CSCW and Social Media, within the framework of projects which are externally funded by the BMBF and the EU. His particular focus at the moment is on the field of Application of Crisis Management.
Matthias Betz studied Information Systems at the University of Siegen with the focus on ubiquitous application systems and embedded software architectures. From 2007 to 2011 he was a member of the research staff at the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Information Technology (FIT) in St. Augustin near Bonn where he worked in the research area of usability and user experience design. The current focus of his work is on ubiquitous computing for first responders. Additionally, Betz was a decisive co-founder of FIT-Fraunhofer’s research field ‘HCI for sustainability’. Since joining the research staff at Siegen University in 2011, Matthias Betz has worked at the Chair of Information Systems and New Media where he heads and co-ordinates the research and development network ‘Koordinator’. For his proposed doctorate thesis, he is currently researching methods of rapid prototyping of embedded distributed systems using the example of communication and coordination support of firefighters in the inside attack. In the HCI Master program, he teaches prototyping and design methods of tangible user interfaces on the basis of the Arduino platform and by means of 3D-printing techniques.
Graduating in 2009 with a two-subject Bachelor in Social Science and Informatics from the Wilhelms University in Münster, Westphalia, Timo Jakobi subsequently moved to Siegen where he began studying for the Master degree in Human Computer Interaction at the university. Since April 2012 he has been a member of the research staff at the University of Siegen’s Institute of Business Informatics and New Media. Jakobi’s final paper dealt with the exploration of design potential in the area of energy feedback systems for private users. Now working towards his PhD, Timo Jakobi’s research interests lie in the field of interaction concepts of sustainable and eco-feedback research as well as in data protection and data security for consumers.
Igor Sacharow-Ross’s parents were exiled to Chaborowsk/USSR, close to the border with China, and this is where Igor was born in 1947. He soon joined the non-conformist art scene and clandestinely staged the very first happenings and performances ever to be held in the country. His work, which has always consisted of resonating objects, was displayed in the very few exhibitions of unofficial art which he co-initiated. Among other locations, his work excited attention at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, in the Arts Club of Washington, at the Biennale in Venice (1977) and at the National Museum of Art in Tokyo (1978).
Dr. Habil. Roman Englert
Roman Englert graduated from the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn with an M.Sc in informatics and economic statistics in 1994. His doctoral thesis, which he also completed at the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn in 1998, stemmed from the field of informatics and photogrammetry. This was followed by post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Pattern Recognition and Image Processing at the University of Vienna in 1999. He completed his habilitation in March 2008 in the area of planning and scheduling at the technical University of Berlin. Following this, he was employed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Information System Engineering at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He has taught at the University of Siegen since 2010 and currently also works as Head of Operations Compliance for the Corporate IT of Deutsche Telekom AG.