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 program 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). Prior to that, I had a faculty position at Hasselt University, Belgium. Before I was helping to set up the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Cities at UCL, UK, and I am still a visiting researcher at UCLIC. 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). In addition, I am the founder of Qkies, the world’s first eSweet.