Our Team

Get to know our team and learn more about your 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.

0209/9596-811

Stephanie Arévalo

Research Assistant / Ph.D. student


Stephanie is a research assistant and a doctoral candidate in cooperation with 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, internet of things and social psychology. Her current research focuses on multimodality and mixed reality in human-robot interaction.

0209/9596-751

Juan Olaya

Research Assistant / Ph.D. student


Juan is a research assistant and a doctorate candidate. He is interested in developing technology for collaborative working environments to transform ideas into real projects. His research interests cover a range of topics such as: computer-supported cooperative work, augmented reality, full-body interaction and computer science education

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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 helps and advices students in HCI related courses. He is a tech enthusiast, interested in new gadgets and everything game-related. The focus in his research lies on virtual and mixed reality. Additionally, Marvin is participating in a group project researching new methods for human-robot interaction in assisted living.

0209/9596-743

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.

0209/9596-740

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.

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.


Research Students

Franziska Rücker

Master Research Student


Franziska is a master research student and currently studies Media Informatics at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. She has experience with programming applications for virtual, augmented and mixed-reality. Her research interests include the implementation of human-computer interactions and experimenting with new technologies.

Tim Dierks

Master Research Student


Tim is a master research student and currently studies Media Informatics at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. His research interests include real-time graphics programming, virtual and augmented reality, as well as mixed-reality applications. His current focus is on human-computer interaction and the Microsoft HoloLens.

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.

Younes Lakhnati

Research Student


Younes is a bachelor student and currently studies Media Informatics at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. His research interests include augmented reality and mixed-reality applications for the Microsoft HoloLens, as well as harnessing technologies to assist and improve the working process in collaborative working environments.