Hi! I’m Benjamin, a predevelopment engineer at Audi. At the same time, I am a freelance researcher and entrepreneur in human-computer interaction (HCI). My mission is to make interactive systems smarter, so that they interrupt users less and provide the most crucial information first.

I describe my own work as application-oriented, because I always try to produce practical and tangible solutions, e.g., prototypes, libraries, tools, methods, that can directly support other researchers, developers or end-users. Have a look at the portfolio page to see, what I’ve been working on.

Work Experience

7/2015–now Research & Development Engineer
AUDI AG, Ingolstadt, Germany.
7/2014–now Freelance Researcher
Smarttention Systems.
1/2014–10/2014 Associate Researcher
Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems Group, University of Oldenburg, Germany.
04/2009–12/2013 Associate Researcher
Interactive Systems Group, OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology, Oldenburg, Germany.


4/2009–7/2014 PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Computer Science (Focus on HCI).
Thesis: Sensor-Supported Unsupervised Observation Techniques for Field Studies, supervised by Prof. Dr. Susanne Boll.
10/2004–11/2008 Diploma Degree (Dipl.-Inform.) in Computer Science.
Thesis: Tacticycle – A Multimodal Orientation Aid for Cyclists, supervised by Prof. Dr. Susanne Boll.

Scientific Workshops

I organised some interesting workshops. I think workshops are a nice format to exchange and discuss ideas.

  • UbiTtention: Smart & Ambient Notification and Attention Management, Workshop in conjunction with UbiComp 2016, Website
  • Smarttention, Please! Intelligent Attention Management on Mobile Devices, 2nd international workshop, in conjunction with MobileHCI 2016, Website
  • Smarttention, Please! Intelligent Attention Management on Mobile Devices, in conjunction with MobileHCI 2015, Website
  • Research in the Large 3.0 (LARGE 3.0), in conjunction with MobileHCI 2012, Website
  • Observing the Mobile User Experience (OMUE 10), in conjunction with NordiCHI 2010, Website

Supervised Theses

I co-supervised the following Bachelor/Master/Diplomatheses.

  • Deep Learning for Automotive Maneuver Prediction (working title, Krishna Teja Krothapalli, Kaiserslautern University of Technology, 04/2017)
  • Attention-Aware Automotive User Interface (working title, Thomas Kundinger, Technical University of Munich, 03/2017
  • Ambient Automotive User Interface (working title, Sebastian Zieglmeier, Regensburg University of Applied Sciences, 02/2017)
  • Improving Interactive Image Segmentation on Tablet Computers (Nils Worzyk, co-supervised with Christoph Korinke, Bachelor thesis, University of Oldenburg, 09/2014)
  • Geovisual analytics for lay users: A user-centred approach (Daniel Häuser, co-supervised with Chandan Kumar, Master thesis, University of Oldenburg, 03/2013)
  • PhysioLog: Betrachtung von Fußgängernavigation mit Hilfe von Sensordaten (Tobias Niehues, Bachelor thesis, University of Oldenburg, 10/2012)
  • Konzeption und Entwicklung einer optimierten Kartendarstellung für Radfahrer (Stephan Zerhusen, co-supervised with Janko Timmermann, Diploma thesis, University of Oldenburg, 10/2012)
  • Storyteller: Ein unaufdringliches Werkzeug zum Erfassen von subjektiven Eindrücken (Stefan Oehmcke, Bachelor thesis, University of Oldenburg, 10/2012)
  • Enlighten Me! Ein ambientes Licht-Display zur Bewegungsmotivation (Tim Claudius Strathmann, co-supervised with Jutta Fortmann, Bachelor thesis, University of Oldenburg, 09/2012)
  • Situational Awareness als Optimierungsansatz für die Experience Sampling Method (Marco Strunck, Bachelor thesis, University of Oldenburg, 01/2012)
  • Konzipierung und Entwicklung eines Aktivitätsmonitors zur Unterstützung einer Evaluation im mobilen Anwendungsszenario (Wolfgang König, Diploma thesis, University of Oldenburg, 05/2010)
  • Der taktile Kompass: Positionsfindung mittels vibro-taktiler Impulse des Mobiltelefons (Jeschua Schang, co-supervised with Martin Pielot, Diploma thesis, University of Oldenburg, 12/2009)

Review Activities

I like to do reviews. I always feel honoured to read the most recent work and give my best to provide helpful comments for improvement.

  • CHI: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Mobile HCI: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • AutoUI: 2017 (PC member), 2016
  • Mensch & Computer: 2017 (PC member), 2015 (PC member)
  • IUI: 2015, 2013, 2012
  • INTERACT: 2013, 2011
  • UbiComp: 2013, 2010
  • DIS: 2014, 2012, 2010
  • Other: IJHCI (2017, 2016), Transactions on Haptics Journal (2017), Interacting with Computers Journal (2016), NordiCHI (2016, 2014), TEI (2017, 2014), Universal Design (2014), MUM (2013), Pervasive Health (2015, 2014, 2013), EICS (2014, 2012), UIST (2011), ICMI (2015, 2014, 2013, 2011), PerCom (2010)


I was regularly involved in some teaching activities. So far I did guest lectures or supported students in their practical assignments in the following courses.

  • Summer 14: Interaktive Systeme (Bachelor)
  • Summer 14: Interaktionswerkstatt (Master)
  • Winter 13/14: Projektgruppe Ambiwhere (Master)
  • Winter 13/14: Mensch-Maschine Interaktion (Master)
  • Summer 13: Interaktive Systeme (Bachelor)
  • Summer 13: Projektgruppe Ambiwhere (Master)
  • Winter 12/13: Mensch-Maschine Interaktion (Master)
  • Winter 12/13: Praktikum Wearable Computing (Master)
  • Summer 12: Interaktive Systeme (Bachelor)
  • Winter 11/12: Mensch-Maschine Interaktion
  • Summer 11: Pervasive Interaction Lab
  • Winter 10/11: Mensch-Maschine Interaktion
  • Summer 10: Praktikum Mensch-Maschine Interaktion
  • Winter 09/10: Mensch-Maschine Interaktion
  • Summer 09: Fortgeschrittenenpraktikum Mensch-Maschine Interaktion