I am an assistant professor in the Group for Media Informatics at the University of Munich. My research interest is at the crossroads of ubiquitous computing and HCI. I am particularly active in the field of Usable Privacy and Security, looking at how shoulder and smudge attack resistant authentication mechanisms that are at the same time highly usable can be built (e.g., SnapApp, SmudgeSafe). In addition, I am interested in open Pervasive Displays, particularly in how people can be enticed to interact in public spaces, how novel interaction techniques can be created, and how benefits could be created for the stakeholders. A current focus in this area is on enabling gaze interaction in public space (e.g., TextPursuits).

Prior to my appointment, I worked at the University of Stuttgart (2011-2013) and at the University of Duisburg-Essen (2008-2011) with Albrecht Schmidt.  I was a guest lecturer for “Pervasive Computing” (Essen, 2012) and for “Unconventional User Interaction” (JKU Linz, 2013). I worked as a visiting researcher with Jörg Müller at T-Labs in 2011. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart (Thesis Topic: A Design Space for Pervasive Advertising and Public Displays) and a diploma in media informatics from the University of Munich (LMU München). I completed my master thesis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) and at the University of Bonn (b-it). During my studies I also worked as a web developer for Pinnacle Systems Inc. (Mountain View) for nine months in 2005. After my studies I worked for 6 months at Schreiner MediPharm LP (New York) as an IT specialist.


We got six papers accepted at the CHI 2017 conference, two of which received a Best of CHI Honorable Mention Award.

The ZD.B will fund a research project on behavioral biometrics.

Lots of interesting commitments: I will serve on the program committee of DIS 2017, Augmented Human 2017, and Pervasive Displays 2017.

We presented our paper on TextPursuits at Ubicomp 2016.