Human - Computer Interaction and Education (HCIE)

Topic Cluster Chair: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Inf. Dr. Maria Knobelsdorf


Research Agenda

Human - Computer Interaction and Education (HCIE) focuses on research questions related with digital humanism, computer science education, technology education, game-based design, and human-centered design of systems in general. As an outcome, research of HCIE  results in usable interfaces, assistive technology, technology-enhanced therapies, gamification technology, data visualizations as well as insights and improvement of student learning of programming, pedagogical approaches to computing education and research-oriented teacher education of Computer Science.

Interacting with technology, HCIE’s research agenda is aspiring to:

  • Improve quality of life: User experience – effectiveness – personal fulfillment
  • Increase social inclusion – decrease digital divide
  • Drive digital transformation by empowering individuals and society through technology interaction

From a theoretical and methodological point of view, HCIE’s research is strongly interdisciplinary combining theories and methods from a variety of research fields like Computer Science, Education, Humanities, Psychology, and Sociology with a strong focus on:

  • Human-centered design and design-based research
  • Qualitative social methods like grounded theory, biographical approaches, qualitative content analysis, videography
  • Quantitative methods (numerical data gathering for descriptive or experimental studies, statistical and machine learning approaches, data-driven methods)
  • Theories from Learning Sciences (Socio-cultural cognition theories, constructivism)

Research Seminar HCIE (summer term 2024)

  • 500503 SE Doctoral Research Seminar - Human-Computer Interaction and Education

Research Groups

HCIE has strong connections and intersections to other research groups at the Faculty of Computer Science regarding, e.g., learning analytics, data visualization, or security and privacy. Therefore, HCIE is open to and welcomes any kind of research related to the cluster topic’s research agenda. Currently, HCIE relies on research from the following three research groups, which contribute to the research agenda:

Research Group Cooperative Systems (COSY)

  • Cultural, political & ethical aspects of digital change
  • Intuitive and sustainable use of innovative ICT
  • Situational user conditions vs. universal technology

Research Group Education, Didactics and Entertainment Computing (EDEN)

  • Individual Interest in Computer Science of K-12 Students
  • CS Competences Development
  • Socio-technical systems and technology-enhanced learning
  • Person-Centered technology enhanced Learning (PCeL)
  • Research with focus on human perception
  • Efficacy of applications of games & gamification fostering 
  • Compliance, persuasion, well-being, health, psychology, art

Doctoral Students

DoCS doctoral students of the research cluster HCIE in alphabetical order:

  • Roland Ambros
    Working title: "Von der Universität zur Schule: Prozess- und Lernenden-zentrierte Ansätze der Vermittlung digitaler Kompetenzen als Teil der '21st century skills"
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Renate Motschnig
  • Christoph Braun
    Working title: "Abbildung von Lehrräumen in Form von virtuellen Rundgängen Gestaltung, Umsetzung, Evaluierung - untersucht am Beispiel einer Industrie 4.0 Laborumgebung"
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. techn. Fares Kayali
  • Paul Fuxjäger
    Working title: "Persistent Addressability in Alternative Social Networks"
    Supervisor: Univ. Prof. Dipl.-Math. Dr. Peter Reichl
  • Arash Issaee
    Working title: "The requirements, benefits and challenges of pair-programming when learning to code at schools"
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Renate Motschnig
  • Daniel Martinek
    Working title: "Parametric Full Body Scanning and Reconstruction for High-Quality Simulation-Ready Human Models"
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Helmut Hlavacs
  • Mustafa Mohammed
    Working title: "Block-based programming as Pattern of Actions: an Ethnographic Approach to the Habits of Mind"
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Inf. Dr. Maria Knobelsdorf
  • Patrick Pazour
    Working title: "Self-Embodiment in Virtual Reality"
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Helmut Hlavacs
  • Thomas Spielhofer
    Working title: "Patterns of Constructive Online Communication in Self-Organizing Teams"
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Renate Motschnig
  • Vanessa Tudor
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Renate Motschnig
  • Heinrich Unger
    Working title: "Benefits and Challenges of Problem Structuring Approaches at the Front-End of IT Projects"
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Renate Motschnig
  • Florian Wörister
    Working title: "Semantical Reduced Programming Languages in the Context of Programming Education"
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Inf. Dr. Maria Knobelsdorf