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 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. In addition, I work on usable privacy and security. Specifically, I focus on novel authentication mechanisms  that address common threats in public spaces, such as shoulder surfing and smudge attacks.

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.


Four of our papers were accepted for presentation at the CHI 2016 conference in San Jose.

Lots of interesting commitments next year: I will be the program chair for MUM2016 and serve on the program committee of NordiCHI 2016, Augmented Human 2016, and Pervasive Displays 2016.

I presented our UIST paper on GravitySpot, an approach to guide users to a particular location in front of a display.

At MobileHCI, our paper on TapScript received an honarable mention award.