I earned a Diplom with distinction in computer science at the Technical University of Darmstadt and a doctorate with distinction at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria. With Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Klas as my advisor, I completed my doctoral thesis, “ZYX⎯Towards Multimedia Document Models for Reuse and Adaptation.” Key elements of the work from my dissertation and research were accepted into the Proceedings of the IFIP Conference on Data Semantics in 1999 and selected for publication in the renowned journal ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications.  I am Associate Editor in Chief of the editorial board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Multimedia Magazine and associate editor of the Springer Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTAP). I am a very active member of the scientific community and am a member of several working groups in my field of research. I am a member of the ACM, the GI and the IEEE Computer Society. I am also member of the steering committee for the international conferences MobileHCI and for AutomotiveUI.

During the last 20 years, my scientific results have been published in extremely competitive peer-reviewed international conferences, such as CHI, Pervasive, and MobileHCI, each having competitive acceptance rates ranging from 13% to 22%, as well as internationally recognized journals. Google Scholar’s calculation shows that I have achieved a Hirsch Index of 34. Overall I have published more than 200 articles in competitive conferences, workshops, journals and books; served as a member on the technical program committees of more than 170 renowned conferences and workshops; and successfully acquired, led, and managed 42 national and international scientific research projects.

Over the last two decades I have established formal and informal collaboration with many international researchers. The exchange is materialized in visits, supervision of PhD students, and in joint international projects.