I am a doctoral candidate in Human-Computer Interaction in the User Interfaces Group of Prof. Antti Oulasvirta at Aalto University in Helsinki. I hold a Master degree in Business Information Systems from the Technical University Darmstadt with a focus on Management and Human-Computer Interaction. After writing my Master's Thesis in HCI at the MobileLife Research Center in Stockholm, I went to industry to collect more work experience. In 2015, I decided to pursue an academic career and started my PhD at Aalto University.
My research interest lies in collaborative designing systems. In my work, I aim to define, study and evaluate human-machine interaction for creating valuable designs together with intelligent machines. Taking this human-centered approach, I use knowledge from psychology, design and AI to enable systems to act on a human equal stand. I believe that computers and humans have distinct skills to add to such a collaboration.
I particularly enjoy to discover new art pieces -especially surrealism- and to produce art when time is available. As I am a quite extroverted person, I am also a huge board game fan, and always enjoy cooking and discussions with friends. My curiosity for traveling and new cultures probably has nurtured my enthusiasm for a research career, and flourished during these last years.
FACTS ABOUT ME
I am originally from Halle/Saale (Germany). My studies in Business Information Systems allowed me to explore different parts of Germany, i.e. Magdeburg, Munich and Darmstadt, and also to leave Germany to discover the world. In particular Vancouver (Canada) and Stockholm (Sweden) allowed me to grow personally and professionally. After working in Finance for 14 months in Sweden , I decided to pursue an academic career in computational design, which brought me over the Baltic Sea to Finland. During this time I also did research internships in Paris (France) and Toronto (Canada), and am now continuing my journey as a Post-Doc in the ExSitu lab at Inria Paris-Saclay in collaboration with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence.
During my journey I met a large number of wonderful and interesting people and discovered new cultures. This enabled me to add (professional) English, Swedish and a bit of Finnish to my list of languages. I am currently intending to add French to this list soon :).
During those years I also developed skills beyond research and writing, including technical craftsmanship like programming -- mainly Python, JS -- and machine learning -- mainly reinforcement algorithms. I also had the opportunity to meet and learn from professional creatives and designers which allowed me to enrich my understanding of abstract creative practices like verbal, visual and embodied inspiration.