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 Predevelopment 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: Unsupervised Observation of Mobile, Location-Based Applications in the Wild, 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.

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

Organised 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


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

Supervised Theses

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

  • Improving Interactive Image Segmentation on Tablet Computers (Bachelor thesis, 09/2014)
  • Geovisual analytics for lay users: A user-centred approach (Master thesis, 03/2013)
  • PhysioLog: Betrachtung von Fußgängernavigation mit Hilfe von Sensordaten (Bachelor thesis, 10/2012)
  • Konzeption und Entwicklung einer optimierten Kartendarstellung für Radfahrer (Diploma thesis, 10/2012)
  • Storyteller: Ein unaufdringliches Werkzeug zum Erfassen von subjektiven Eindrücken (Bachelor thesis, 10/2012)
  • Enlighten Me! Ein ambientes Licht-Display zur Bewegungsmotivation (Bachelor thesis, 09/2012)
  • Situational Awareness als Optimierungsansatz für die Experience Sampling Method (Bachelor thesis, 01/2012)
  • Konzipierung und Entwicklung eines Aktivitätsmonitors zur Unterstützung einer Evaluation im mobilen Anwendungsszenario (Diploma thesis, 05/2010)
  • Der taktile Kompass: Positionsfindung mittels vibro-taktiler Impulse des Mobiltelefons (Diploma thesis, 12/2009)