Viktoria Pammer-Schindler

 
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Research – Computer-mediated Knowledge Work

I research computer-mediated knowledge work. I am interested in understanding work activities and the role of information & communication technology for these activities, and in developing innovative computer support for knowledge work and understanding the impact of new technology on work activity. This is a cycle of understanding and designing for computer-mediated knowledge work.

Within the area of computer-mediated knowledge work I focus on:

  • Technology-Enhanced Learning: Learning is an integral part of knowledge work – both professionals and knowledge-intensive organisations need to continuously learn in order to be successful. I understand learning broadly as a change in knowledge or skills/processes. In my research, I am interested in designing computer support for informal learning – without predefined curriculum or teacher. I have been working in the EU projects APOSDLE and MIRROR (rated an excellent project) on these topics; and am now extending my research on technology-enhanced learning in the EU H2020 project MoreGrasp, where I work on games that help spinal cord injury patients learn to use a complex interactive system.
  • Ubiquitous Working and Ubiquitous Technologies for Knowledge Work: Currently, ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) technologies stand in the center of my research interests. As key gateways to the world of digital information and communication, ubicomp technologies enable working and learning in times and places where this was previously impossible. I am interested in exploring what has changed due to affordances of ubicomp technologies, and re-thinking and developing new interaction concepts. In parallel to this, I am interested in working at different times and different places – ubiquitous working. Within the Austrian national project LiTech, I am interested in innovative interaction in largely automated production lines (see a few first screenshots in this slideshare presentation).

Relevant research communities: Technology-enhanced learning, human-computer interaction, information systems, mobile and ubiquitous computing.

List of Publications

My h-index according to Google Scholar is 15.

This is my full CV.

Teaching

Current Topics for Master Theses

Depending on Topic also applicable for Master Project or Bachelor Thesis.

In general, the topics are on ubiquitous technologies for computer-supported knowledge work, including learning and creativity.

More concrete ideas in short – this means: If any of the below sound intersting, contact me and I will tell you in more detail in a f2f meeting!

  •  “When is my professor available for a 5min question?” Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a context-aware ubicomp system
  • Persuading to communicate
  • Grasp-controlled physical-digital game to train usage of a neuroprosthesis
  • Connecting biosignals with location to identify places of wellbeing (empatica wristband + GPS sensor), and recommend these as resources in times of stress.

Ongoing Theses:

PhD

  • Angela Fessl
  • Carla Barreiros (co-supervision with Eduardo Veas)
  • Granit Luzhnica (co-supervision with Eduardo Veas)

Master

  • Anna Weber – Location-based private and shared sensing using the example of urban mood tracking
  • Jörg Simon – Gesture detection with a SmartGlove or with wrist-worn inertia sensors
  • Dominik Widnig – Geo Heroes – a location based mixed reality game
  • Andreas Müller – Learning in online communities in the case of StarCraft
  • Sabine Lukas – Prozessoptimierung auf Basis eines Multi-Level Management Systems für Waldbrandszenarien
  • Armin Köfler – Verbesserung des Lagebewusstseins und der Maßnahmenergreifung bei der Sicherung von Großveranstaltungen

Closed Theses:

  • Markus Perndorfer, 2015 – Detecting social interactions via mobile sensing [pdf in TUGOnline]. Download the (anonymised) mobile phone sensing data that Markus collected as part of his master thesis [dataset].
  • Martin Daum, 2015 – Locating lost items using pedestrian dead reckoning on smartphones [pdf in TUGOnline].

 

Current Lectures:

In the past, I gave the following courses: