Prof. Korn is Director of the ACI and Full Professor for HCI at Offenburg University. He and his team aim to enrich applications with gameful design and context-awareness, including emotion-awareness.

    Prof. Dr. Oliver Korn Institute Director

    Prof. Dr. Andrea Müller is professor for Direct Marketing and E-Commerce at the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg and realizes research and development projects focusing on user experience and virtual reality for more than 25 years.

      Prof. Dr. Andrea Müller Deputy Institute Director

      Julia Reichwein takes care of overall organisational matters of the ACI, the administrative and financial issues of the projects as well as press and public relations.

        Julia Reichwein Project Coordinator

        Academic Staff

        Umut Vural joined the ACI team in June 2022. His research interests include cognitive psychology, embodied aspects of VR and robotics.

          Umut Can Vural Research Associate

          Benjamin Schnitzer joined the ACI team in December 2021. His research focuses on VR/AR/XR and immersive systems as well as serious games for vocational training.

            Benjamin Schnitzer PhD candidate

            Benjamin Klerch works as technical assistant in the OGF Lab. He is in charge of the equipment and devices. He supports the start-up teams both technically and in terms of content.

              Benjamin Klerch Research Associate

              Wolf-H. Blochowitz heads the Start-up Office at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences and is also the contact person for start-ups for students and staff in the OGFLab (Open Game and Fab Lab).

                Wolf H. Blochowitz Research Associate

                In the B+W faculty, Christina Miclau researches and lectures in the fields of emotional psychology, marketing and user experience. In her PhD, she is investigating the emotional impact of public educational institutions.

                  Christina Miclau PhD Candidate

                  Annebeth Demaeght is an academic assistant at the chair of Direct Marketing and E-Commerce. She lectures in the subject areas of media planning and user experience and is doing her PhD on the topic of voice-based emotion measurement.

                    Annebeth Demaeght PhD Candidate

                    Annika Schulz is doing her PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at Robert-Bosch GmbH in cooperation with the ACI and the Bauhaus-University Weimar. Her research deals with interaction via surfaces with networked systems in the smart home and automotive sector.

                      Annika Sabrina Schulz PhD Candidate

                      Michael Blatz was one of the first members of ACI. With a strong background in game development, game design and gamification, he is responsible for user interaction and user experience and supervises the gaming teams in the university's Open Game & FabLab.

                        Michael Blatz Research Associate & Head of OGFLab

                        Student Research Assistants

                        Marlene Bohleber is studying media and information in Offenburg and has been supporting the ACI in various tasks since 2023.

                          Marlene Bohleber Student Assistant

                          Lara Baumstark is a trained media designer and studies media technology and business at the Offenburg University. She has been taking care of the ACI design since 2022 and assists with scientific research.

                            Lara Baumstark Student Assistant

                            Alumni Academic Staff

                            Arthur Theil Cabreira holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction. His research has focused on designing and evaluating multimodal interactions and accessible interfaces for the aging population and users with a diverse range of sensorimotor abilities.

                              Arthur Theil Cabreira, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher

                              Andrea Küntzler joined the team in 2018, focusing on the administrative and financial issues of the projects as well as overall organizational matters of the ACI.

                                Andrea Küntzler Project Coordinator

                                Rúben Gouveia is a PhD candidate in Human-Computer Interaction. His research has focused mainly on the design, development and evaluation of persuasive technologies for health and wellbeing.

                                  Rúben Gouveia PhD Candidate

                                  Rogério Bordini is a PhD candidate in Human-Computer Interaction, specialist in 3D modelling, sound design and game design. His research is focused on virtual environments for mental health treatment and serious games.

                                    Rogério Bordini PhD Candidate

                                    As a cognitive scientist, Lea Buchweitz has deep knowledge about the psychological backgrounds of HCI. Due to her interdisciplinary studies, she can contribute in various fields, such as concepts, programming and scientific research.

                                      Lea Buchweitz Research Associate

                                      As an illustrator and creative thinker Jonas Grund enhances the projects of the ACI with his ideas, concepts and drawings. His goal is to ease the communication between science and the public.

                                        Jonas Grund Research Associate

                                        Adrian Rees has been part of the ACI since it's very beginning, concerning himself with everything related to Design and Gamification, as well as maintaining the institute's website.

                                          Adrian Rees Research Associate

                                          James Gay joined the ACI in 2018, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as a software engineer. Across various projects, he assists in developing gamified applications.

                                            James Gay Research Associate

                                            Software Engineer Moritz Umfahrer joined the ACI in early 2018. Providing assistance across various projects, he also manages the ACI's software development & project management infrastructure.

                                              Moritz Umfahrer Research Associate

                                              Alumni Student Research Assistant

                                              Alina Ohnemus is studying media and information at the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg and has already gained some work experience in the marketing field. She will support the ACI team in all areas from 2022.

                                                Alina Ohnemus Student Assistant

                                                While studying a master in Communication and Media Engineering, Hubert Njuacha provides support in software development across several ACI projects.

                                                  Hubert Njuacha Student Assistant

                                                  As a former master student in Communication and Media Engineering Karan Nandkumar did his master thesis with the ACI. His specialty is in embedded software engineering and web development.

                                                    Karan Nandkumar Student Assistant

                                                    As a master student for Media & Communication Belinda Hagley helps to develop gamification concepts for lectures at Offenburg University.

                                                      Belinda Hagley Student Assistant

                                                      Lara Bornholdt studies Media Technology and Economics at Offenburg University. She became part of the team in 2019 and supports it in scientific research.

                                                        Lara-Sophie Bornholdt Student Assistant

                                                        Franziska Schulz studies Media and Information Science at Offenburg University. She joined the team in 2018 and supports it in scientific research.

                                                          Franziska Schulz Student Assistant