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Prof. Dr. Alexander Boden

Alexander is a Professor for Business Information Systems / Software Engineering at the University of Applied Science Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and joined Fraunhofer FIT in June 2013. In 2019, he finished his habilitation at the University of Siegen. He holds a PhD from the University of Siegen as well as a Master in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Bonn. Alexander’s research is focused on developing interactive tools in the domain of environmental and consumer informatics in a broad range of application domains ranging from smart factories to private households, as well as on ethical and social implications of technology. Due to his interdisciplinary background, he is proficient in combining empirical research methods with user-centered and participatory approaches towards software development. Alexander publishes in research communities such as CSCW, HCI and Software Engineering.

project coordination knowledge management CSCW HCI ethnography user driven innovation prosuming emergency response environmental information systems consumer informatics

Phone +49 2241 14 2085

Dominik Pins

Dominik Pins joined Fraunhofer for Applied Information Technology (FIT) in 2017. He studied Sociology at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal and completed his Master at the University of Trier with focus on media and culture. Afterwards he worked for 2 years in an institute for market research before joining the department of Usability and UX Design at Fraunhofer FIT. At Fraunhofer he works as a usability engineer and supports and leads usability projects with industrial focus. Dominiks research aims especially at consumer behaviour, consumer computing and the aspects of awareness and appropriation of Human-Bot-interaction (with focus on voice) and the related privacy aspects. Due to his sociological background and empirical methods linked with the user-centered approach of usabilty engineering, Dominik offers a broad interdisciplinary tool for design and development of ideas, products and services.

Consumer Behavior HCI Voice Interfaces User-centered Design Qualitative Research Methods

Phone: +49 2241 14 3611

Dennis Paul

Dennis joined Fraunhofer FIT in December 2019. He studied industrial and organizational psychology at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and received his master’s degree in psychology at the Technische Universität Dresden. At Fraunhofer FIT, he works as a research assistant and usability engineer at the department of Usability Engineering and User Experience Design. Besides conducting usability studies and requirement analyses, his research focus is on the intersection of HCI with occupational health and positive psychology. He is especially interested in the digitalization of work and its effect on stress, mental well-being, and the fulfilment of human potential. Due to his psychological background, his competencies also comprise quantitative evaluation and questionnaire design in HCI.

HCI Usability User Experience Positive Psychology I-O Psychology Quantitative Methods

Phone: +49 2241 14 3629


Dr. Martin Stein

Martin Stein joined Fraunhofer in 2015. He studied business informatics at the University of Siegen. In the scope of his phd, he worked on different national and EU-funded projects. The focus of these projects included user-centered design, interaction concepts for mobility and design for older adults. Furthermore, Martin Stein conducted requirements analyses and usability studies in the scope of various industry projects. Since 2017, Martin Stein works as a visiting researcher at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT.

Intelligent Energy Systems Mobility Innovation Sustainability Project Management Smart Home User-Centered Computing

Dr. Tobias Schwartz

Tobias joined Fraunhofer FIT in Januar 2008 as a research fellow at Fraunhofer FIT’s group on user centered computing and Usability and User Experience Design. In his research he focuses on innovation in human computer interaction rooted in human practices. Tobias studied computer science and business economics at the University of Siegen and University of New South Wales, Australia. Tobias holds a PhD in Business and Information Systems Engineering from University of Siegen. He has led national and european research initiatives on user centered design and usability engineering. He led the SOCIAL MEDIA project focusing on the research and development of concepts and strategies of in-house information systems, including home energy information by using media devices in the home.

Intelligent Energy Systems Business Informatics Innovation Sustainability Project Management Smart Home User-Centered Computing SOCIAL MEDIA

Dr. Leonardo Ramirez

Leonardo has been an associate researcher at Fraunhofer FIT since 2005 . He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science and M.Sc.Eng degree on Software Architecture from the Universidad Católica de Chile and a PhD from the School of Economic Disciplines of the University of Siegen in Germany. Leonardo was for 3 years holder of a Scholarship for postgraduate studies from the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD.
The research of Leonardo explores ways for providing digitally mediated information as a resource for building new practices. This includes the methodological world of building bridges between technical design and practices. The recent work of Leonardo focused on designing technology to support crisis management. In this context, Leonardo led the Domain Analysis efforts in the Bridge project. In previous work, Leonardo led the technology design team in the Landmarke project, a project selected by the German Federal Government for the Land-der-Ideen Prize

Software Engineering Context Awareness Mobile Applications open design

Dr. Sebastian Denef

Sebastian joined Fraunhofer FIT in October 2006 as a research fellow. At FIT, Sebastian’s research interests were in designing transformations of social configurations. Recently, he has been in charge of the COMPOSITE project, leading the work package of technology adaptation. Prior to FIT, Sebastian worked as project manager for the design of mobile applications for top-brand clients. Sebastian holds a PhD in Industrial Design Engineering from TU Delft, Netherlands and graduated as Media System Designer from the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany. He has received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation, the Mühfenzl Foundation, the e-fellows Foundation and worked as associate with the German think tank Stiftung neue Verantwortung.

Pattern Research Interaction Design Media System Design Mobile Applications Open Interface landmarke COMPOSITE

Matthias Betz

Matthias joined Fraunhofer FIT as a researcher in 2007. He holds a degree in Information Systems at the University of Siegen. As student he participated in several research projects related with mobility, location based services and situation awareness. In his research, Matthias explores the possibility of attaching knowledge to common life objects, augmenting them instead of just storing information about them. In this quest, a profound understanding of human practices and a respectful approach to the introduction of technology provide the guidelines for the creation of new practices and innovative forms of human-computer interaction.

Information Science Augmented Objects Location Based Services

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Tobias Dyrks

Tobias joined Fraunhofer FIT in 2004 as a student composing his final thesis on knowledge management in online communities. After graduating from college in 2005, he became research associate. He has worked in numerous national and European research projects with a focus on knowledge management. In his research, Tobias studies knowledge management practice in its broadest sense such as sensemaking practices of firefighters. Tobias also coordinated the landmarke project. He holds a degree in business informatics from University Siegen.

Business Informatics Project Management Knowledge Management landmarke

Dr. Malte Paskuda

Malte Paskuda joined Fraunhofer in 2017. He studied Computer Science at the TU Darmstadt, Human Computer Interaction at the University of Siegen and did a PhD at Troyes University of Technology, also in the field of HCI. Malte worked on a European research project creating a collaborative online platform, and studied the influence of social settings on behavior of people participating in such internet spaces. For those studies he analyzed interactions of people on existing online platforms with the help of machine learning.

Human Computer Interaction Machine Learning Innovation Open Source Software User-Centered Computing

Phone: +49 2241 14 3667

Student Assistants

Felicitas Offergeld

Students who contributed to our work

Awais Bajwa
Ahmad-Amr Al-Akkad
Cindy Dorfmann
Stefan Habelski
Clio Kakoulli
Anirban Nandi
Bertrand Nyankiye
Silvia Pfoser
Christian Schmitz
Muhammad Al-Shobani
Martin Stein