Best Paper Awards


Philipp Brauner
Dr. Philipp Brauner is a senior researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Center at RWTH Aachen University, Germany and engineers holistic and viable ICT interventions to increase workers’ productivity and job satisfaction.

Ralf Philipsen André Calero Valdez Martina Ziefle
Ralf Philipsen is a researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Center at RWTH Aachen University. His research addresses user acceptance and data visualization in different technology contexts with foci on mobility and infrastructure planning. In addition, he investigates decision-making processes in production enterprises, for example, in supply chain and quality management. André Calero Valdez holds a PhD in Psychology from RWTH Aachen University and works as a senior researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Center at RWTH Aachen University. His research deals with how people derive actionable knowledge from data using information systems. He focuses on aspects of visualization, recommender systems and system complexity. Martina Ziefle is full professor for Communication Science at RWTH Aachen and director of the Human-Computer Interaction Center at RWTH Aachen University. Her research is directed to human-computer interaction and technology acceptance in different technologies, taking demands of user diversity into account. In addition to teaching and directing research in HumTec, Prof. Ziefle leads various projects funded by industrial and public authorities, dealing with the interaction and communication of humans with technology.

Denis Coelho
Denis Coelho, Ph.D. earned his doctoral degree in 2002 and now holds an extensive publication record in Human Factors and Ergonomics and Product Design. He is an international evaluator for Research Grant Proposals and Doctoral dissertations. He is the founding and active editor in chief of The International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics (indexed in Scopus and published by Inderscience). Founding Coordinator of the Industrial Design Engineering Masters programme at University of Beira Interior, Portugal. Assistant Professor of Human-Technology Interfaces.

Marcus Schmidt
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Marcus studied mathematics and physical education at TU Dortmund University. Since finishing his degree (M.Ed.) in 2011 he works as a scientific employee at the institute for sport and sport science at TU Dortmund University. He will finish his phd this summer and his thesis is about the use of inertial measurement systems for jumping and sprinting diagnosis in track and field. Marcus main research interests are the use of sensor technology for in-field diagnosis of jumping and sprinting in several sports (track and field, volleyball, basketball, handball), as well as underlying aspects of motor learning.

Sebastian Wille Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Wille joined 2010 the Microelectronics Systems Design Research Group of Prof. Wehn at TU Kaiserslautern. His research is about design and evaluation of Internet of things applications based on Wireless Sensor Networks. In his studies of electrical and information technology he won a prize from Richard-Hirschmann-Stiftung for "prominent study achievement" and the Klara-Röser prize "for notably scientific work". 2005 he won the third prize of german-wide Young Researcher competition in the area of technology. Begin 2016 he founded Wille Engineering, a company providing IT and electronic services.
Carl Christian Rheinländer
M. Eng. Carl C. Rheinländer joined the Microelectronics Systems Design Research Group of Prof. Wehn at TU Kaiserslautern in 2015. His research is about embedded ultra low power hardware designs and communication technologies for distributed interconnected systems.

Norbert Wehn
Norbert holds the chair for Microelectronic System Design in the department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Kaiserslautern. He has more than 250 publications in various fields of microelectronic system design and holds several patents. Two start-ups spinout of his research group. He is Vice-President of the University Kaiserslautern, associate editor of various journals and member of several scientific advisory boards. In 2003 he served as program chair for DATE 2003 and as general chair for DATE 2005 respectively. In 2014 he was general Co-Chair of FPL 2015.
Thomas Jaitner
Thomas Jaitner is professor for movement and training science at the TU Dortmund and head of the sections “Movement and Training” as well “Performance and Health”. Till 2016, he also was director of the Institute of Sports and Sports Science in Dortmund. Before he went to Dortmund, he was working at the Universities of Kaiserslautern, Leipzig and Frankfurt. His research focus is on the analysis of complex movement patterns and gross motor learning as well as on the development and application of wearable computing technologies for sports performance analysis.

Nicholas Caporusso Nicholas Caporusso is an entrepeneur and a scientist in the field of Human-Machine Interaction. He got a MSc in Computer science (magna cum laude) and a PhD in Computer science and engineering, both awarded as the best theses. Then, he gained a Fulbright scholarship in Technology Entrepreneurship from Santa Clara University (California, US). He founded three companies (dbGLOVE -, QIRIS -, and Paperleap - and he has been awarded several prizes, including a Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship. He has been nominated by MIT Technology Review Italy as one of the 10 best innovators under 35.

Luigi Biasi Giovanni Cinquepalmi Gianpaolo Francesco Trotta
Luigi Biasi gained his MSc in Electrical and Information Engineering (Magna cum Laude) at Polytechnic University of Bari, where he focused on assistive technology in both of his theses. Giovanni Cinquepalmi gained his MSc in Electrical and Information Engineering (Magna cum Laude) at Polytechnic University of Bari, where he focused on VR, on recognition of movement and gestures, and on assistive technology. Gianpaolo Francesco Trotta graduated in Computer Science Engineering at Polytechnic University of Bari in April 2015, with a final dissertation in Human Computer Interaction. Now he is a Ph.D. student at Polytechnic University of Bari in Mechanical Engineering. The research goal is to study, design and develop systems to use in medical and industrial environment using virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

Antonio Brunetti Antonio Brunetti is a Ph.D. Student in Electrical and Information Engineering at Polytechnic University of Bari, where he is working on Decision Support Systems (DSS) based on data and biomedical systems for the personalization and optimization of diagnosis, prognosis and innovative therapies. He obtained the Master Degree in Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Bari, where he specialized in the fields of Human-Machine interaction and Image Processing applied to the medical field.
Vitoantonio Bevilacqua
Vitoantonio Bevilacqua obtained the Laurea Degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic of Bari, where he is currently Tenured Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering and previously he also taught Expert Systems, Medical Informatics and Image Processing. Since 1996 he has been working and investigating in the field of computer vision and image processing, human-machine interaction, bioengineering, machine learning and soft computing (neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, hybrid expert systems, deep learning).


Max Friedrich
Max Friedrich is currently working on his PhD at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) at the Institute of Flight Guidance in Braunschweig, Germany. His PhD focuses on the development of a ground control station for Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (MALE RPAS) operated in controlled airspace. Since September 2015 Max holds a Master of Science in psychology from the Technical University of Braunschweig. During his studies he focused on engineering and traffic psychology. His key research interests are cognitive work analysis (CWA) and perceptual psychology.

Anne Papenfuss
Anne Papenfuss conducts research in the Human Factors branch of the Institute of Flight Guidance of the German Aerospace Center in the development and evaluation of concepts and human machine interfaces for airport management, remote towers and remotely piloted systems. She graduated with a Magistra Artrium in Media Sciences from Braunschweig Technical University in 2007.
Andreas Hasselberg
Andreas Hasselberg received the diploma and Dr.-Ing. degrees in engineering from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, in 2009 and 2014, respectively. He is member of the Human Factors group in the Institute of Flight Guidance of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Braunschweig, Germany since 2010. He is involved in developing and validating new concepts for human-automation interaction for cockpits, air traffic control and remotely piloted aircraft systems. He was recently Coordinator of the EU-founded projects A-PiMod and MINIMA.

Akram Bayat
Akram Bayat is a Ph.D. candidate in computer Science at the Visual Attention Laboratory of the University of Massachusetts Boston advised by Professor Marc Pomplun. Akram received both the master of Electrical Engineering and the master of Computer Science prior to joining Ph.D. program. She is currently working on how to apply human attentional mechanism to deep neural network for the scene and object recognition. Akram has conducted several projects on Human activity recognition and eye-movement based user classification. She is also interested in computer vision, machine learning, data mining, and human-user interface design.

Amir Hossein Bayat
Amir Hossein Bayat received his BSc in Computer Engineering from K.N.Toosi University of Technology, in 2014 and his MSc degree in Artificial Intelligence from Iran University of Science and Technology in 2017. His research interests include deep learning, probabilistic graphical models, statistical machine learning, and computer vision.
Marc Pomplun
Marc Pomplun is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he joined the faculty in 2002. He received both his M.S. in Computer Science and his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Bielefeld University, Germany, in 1994 and 1998, respectively, under Professor Dr. Helge Ritter. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto and a Research Scientist in the Center for Vision Research and Department of Computer Science at York University, Toronto.