Our Team

Get to know our team and learn more about our responsibilities.

Jens Gerken

Professor


Jens is a Professor of Media Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction and is leading the group at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences since 2015. His research interests and experiences cover a broad range of topics, such as novel interaction techniques, input technologies, augmented reality, empirical methods and especially interactive collaborative work environments.

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Ph.D. Students

Max Pascher

Research Assistant / Ph.D. student


Max is a research assistant and a doctoral student in cooperation with the University of Duisburg-Essen in the field of Human-Robot Interaction. His research interests and experiences cover a broad range of topics, such as novel interaction techniques in human-robot collaborations, intervention strategies in autonomous robot tasks, distributed systems, smart home/city/factory environments, ambient assisted living and artificial intelligence.

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Stephanie Arévalo

Ph.D. student


Stephanie is a research assistant and a doctoral student from the University of Duisburg-Essen. She is interested in designing technology from a human-centered perspective. Her research interests include assistive technologies, affective computing, computer-supported cooperative work, multimodal interaction, human-robot interaction, mixed reality, internet of things, and social psychology. Her current research focuses on multimodality and mixed reality in human-robot interaction.

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Research Assistants

Marvin Becker

Research Assistant


Marvin is a research assistant and a master student of media informatics at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. He is a tech enthusiast, interested in new gadgets and everything game-related. He is currently responsible for the modernisation and conversion of the facultys TV-Studio in a multifunctional Media Lab where students and teachers are offered digital solutions for realising or presenting their projects or courses.

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Florian Borsum

Research Assistant


Florian is a research assistant and master student of Media Informatics at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. He is interested in optimizing collaborative working environments through the use of new technologies and interaction possibilities. His research interests include user centered design, voice assistants, gamification, virtual reality and the use of scents. He also worked in a group project researching new methods for human-robot interaction with paraplegics (Wheelchair Traffic Assistant). Currently he is working on a project looking into different movement methods and devices in VR.

0209/9596-7934

Alexander Jussen

Research Assistant


Alexander is a research assistant at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. He has a Masters degree in Media Informatics from the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. He has the experience of several years as project manager of a multimedia agency, which is mainly specialized in Virtual Reality (VR) but also Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR/XR). He is interested in the development of new concepts for the use of VR/AR/MR in everyday life, sports and medicine. He is initially working in the project "Next Level Sports", which combines his job-related with his private passion - sports.

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Asma Rafi

Research Assistant


Asma is a research assistant at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. She has a Masters degree in Human Computer Interaction from the University of Siegen. Her research interest include user-centered design, implementation of interaction concepts as well as Augmented and Virtual Reality applications. She also has experience developing AR/VR applications for her Master thesis and past projects. She is currently working on Next Level Sports project where the research focus is to motivate people of varying ages to do sports using mixed or augmented reality technology.

0209/9596-7935

Tobias Held

Research Assistant


Tobias is a research assistant in the project „Media Informatics - Quo Vadis? Designing Academic Curricula for the Digital World“ at the the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. He has a Masters degree in Design from the University of Applied Sciences Münster and is currently a doctoral student at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and lecturer for theories of perception, communication and media at the Münster School of Design.


Research Students

Kirill Kronhardt

Master Research Student


Kirill is a master research student and studies Media Informatics at the Westfalian University of Applied Sciences. His expertise includes the development of virtual reality applications as well as web development. His research interests are diverse, ranging from novel interaction concepts to data visualization.

Nicole Vögele

Bachelor Research Student


Nicole is a bachelor research student in the project „Media Informatics - Quo Vadis? and studies Media Informatics at the Westfalian University of Applied Sciences..