About My Work

I am excited about Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) because I am convinced that it is nowadays more important than ever to create Interactions that are usable and inclusive for all kinds of users. I am especially interested in systems with requirements outside of the typical web- or office applications.

Currently, I am looking into the interaction between automated vehicles and humans. I want to help to realize a future with much fewer accidents due to misunderstandings between cars and people. Further, I would like to help to enable more people to participate in (more individual) traffic without creating more congestions through better communication between humans and machines.

You will be able to read more about this in the future here (whenever I find the time to finish this side-project ;) ). In the meantime, you can read more about my research in automated driving here, here, here, or here. During my dissertation, I focused on conveying information to drivers without distracting them using ambient light displays. Most of my papers focus on this topic. My favorite is this one. This chapter on Ambient In-Vehicle Displays also gives a good overview of challenges and future directions.

To be continued...

About Me

Born in the late '80s, I had the opportunity to try many sh*tty computer interfaces, especially in the early days of the internet. As I am fascinated by computers and like to help, I have always wanted to reduce the frustration and access barriers of users, especially those who are not technologically savvy. During my computer science studies, I got to know Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and was convinced that I wanted to focus on it.

Before I did my master's degree, most of my software projects were focused on websites or intuitive user interfaces. For my master thesis, I also had to consider safety-critical requirements and how to use ambient displays to convey information without distracting users from their primary tasks. After my studies, I joined the Human-Computer Interaction group of the University of Oldenburg and OFFIS under the lead of Susanne Boll and Wilko Heuten. I started to focus on the automotive domain in my dissertation, and since then, I have been working on usable user interfaces for potentially safety-critical systems.

I received my doctoral degree from the University of Oldenburg in Germany in 2019. My dissertation dealt with the topic of designing and evaluating in-vehicle ambient light displays to support drivers and was supervised by Susanne Boll. My goal was to unobtrusively display information to drivers in order to enhance safety and comfort without disrupting them from their primary task of driving. I designed, developed, and evaluated such displays with prototypes at different levels of fidelity and in driving simulator studies.

In 2018, I joined Andreas Riener's Human-Computer Interaction Group at the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt. My current research concerns the interaction between humans and automated vehicles. I am specifically focusing on vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians or cyclists, and the passengers of self-driving cars. Within the scope of the two-year research project SAVe, I explore and evaluate interaction concepts in virtual reality and real-life.

My academic career includes the co-organization of the AutomotiveUI conference, three international workshops, and one international tutorial. I published more than 25 articles at international conferences, in journals, and chapters. As an external reviewer or member of a technical program committee, I have reviewed several submissions for conferences and journals. My teaching experience includes supporting several Computer Science, UX, or HCI-related courses on B. Sc. and M. Sc. level and the co-supervision of bachelor theses.

 

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