Alumni of the Media Computing Group

Who has been part of our team in the past? Where did they go, and what are they doing now? Check out this list, and you'll get an idea for the careers that await you after working at our chair, be it as a Bachelor's or Master's thesis student, as a student researcher (Hiwi), or as a PhD student.

Several of our students and research assistants have worked as interns or employees at Apple's development headquarters in Silicon Valley. We've collected a separate list here.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Dr. Carsten Röcker was a postdoctoral researcher at the Media Computing Group, working in the HumTec Human-Technology Interaction center, a newly established project house established as part of the DFG-funded Excellence University program of RWTH Aachen University. He joined RWTH Aachen in December 2008, and worked with an interdisciplinary team on ubiquitous computing solutions for eHealth scenarios. Since September 2014, he is a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) in Lemgo.

PhD Graduates

Tico Ballagas completed his PhD in the area of interaction techniques, toolkits, and evaluation methods for ubiquitous computing at our group in 2007. He is now Principal Research Scientist - User Experience at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, California.

Jonathan Diehl completed his PhD in the area of supporting multi-device interaction in the wild by exposing application state in 2013. Since December 2013, he is the head of usability at Inform GmbH in Aachen, Germany.

Florian Heller completed his PhD about physical interaction with audio playback. Since June 2016 he is working for the Expertise Center for Digital Media at UHasselt in Belgium

Thorsten Karrer completed his PhD about semantic navigation in digital media. Since September 2015 he is working for DASGIP GmbH.

Jan-Peter Krämer completed his PhD in 2016. Since December 2016, he is working at Inform GmbH in Aachen, Germany.

Eric Lee completed his PhD in the area of designing frameworks and user interfaces for time-based audio and video processing at our group in 2007. He is now a software engineer at Apple in Cupertino, California, where he's working on stuff he can't really tell us about. :)

Leonhard Lichtschlag completed his PhD on zoomable user interfaces in 2015. He now works at Inform GmbH.

Max Möllers completed his PhD about how to better capture the expressiveness of touch on a variety of interactive surfaces. Since January 2013, he is working for Lufthansa Consulting.

Daniel Spelmezan completed his PhD in the area of wearable computing and tactile feedback systems at our group in 2011. He is now a postdoctoral researcher at the insitu Situated Interaction Lab at INRIA in Paris, where he is working with Wendy Mackay, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon and others.

Chat Wacharamanotham completed his PhD in 2016. His work concerns input accuracy on and above touch screens. He started working at the People and Computing Lab, University of Zurich since November 2015. It is planned that he will be appointed as an assistant professor in Interaction Design in May 2016. His current research focus is interactive statistical analysis.

Malte Weiss completed his PhD in the area of interactive tabletops and tangible user interfaces at our group in 2012. In February 2013, he became Senior Software Engineer at Capgemini Deutschland GmbH in Cologne/Bonn. Since 2017, he is a Professor at the Institute of Informatics at the Hochschule Ruhr-West (HRW) University of Applied Sciences.

Moritz Wittenhagen is now working for Apple in Cupertino.

Gero Herkenrath completed his PhD about location-based games and is now working for Trusted Shops in Cologne.

Alumni Research Assistants

René Bohne: As of 2017, René is Startup Program Manager at Telefónica Germany in Berlin, where he is developing a consumer IoT platform called geeny. If you'd like to contact him, check out his personal web page:

Theses Students and Student Assistants

Abdelhalim, Nourhan (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Alessi, Roger (UROP Student)
Al-Sulaimani,Nusaiba (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Antón Sánchez, David (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Asselborn, David (Bachelor Thesis Student, Master Thesis Student, Student Assistant)
Atanasova, Zornitsa (Project Consultant)
Atak, Deniz (Master Thesis Student)
Avellino, Ignacio (Master Thesis Student, Student Assistant)
Avci, Ceyda (Student Assistant)

Bardos, Laszlo (External Diploma Thesis Student)
Beck, Johanna (Office Assistant)
Beck, Nils (Postgraduate Research Assistant) - now software engineer, Apple, Cupertino, California
Beckers, Sascha (Diploma Thesis Student)
Belzmann, Ewgenij (Diploma Thesis Student)
Bemtgen, Claude (Master Thesis Student)
Bernatzki, Lukas (Student Assistant)
Bhat, Jayesh Sudhir (Student Assistant)
Bitter, Lilith (Intern)
Bocoi, Mariana (Student Assistant)
Bohnenberger, Ray (Diploma Thesis Student)
Borggrewe, Sebastian (Master Thesis Student) - now founder at CodeScouts
Braun, Lucas (Student Assistant)
Braun, Stefan (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Brauner, Philipp 'Lipflip' (Diploma Thesis Student)
Brixius, Hendrik (Student Assistant)
Brocker, Anke (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Brockly, Christian (Diploma Thesis Student)
Browaldh, Erik (Student Assistant)
Buchholz, Jan (Research Assistant, Diploma Thesis Student)
Burger, Sebastian (Diploma Thesis Student)
Busch, Sören (Diploma Thesis Student)

Chang, Heng-Wei (Student Assistant)
Cheung Ruiz, Irene Meiying (Master Thesis Student)
Chilaka, Ravindra (External Diploma Thesis Student)
Chiu, Kuan-Lin (Student Assistant)
Cihan Aydinoglu (Student Assistant)

Dählmann, Björn (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Dedenbach, Saskia (Diploma Thesis Student)
Deininghaus, Stephan (Diploma Thesis Student)
Dumont Norbert (Master Thesis Student)
Drobny, Dieter (Diploma Thesis Student, Scientific Assistant)

Ellers, Michael (Bachelor's Thesis Student)
Engelmann (Student Assistant)
Enke, Urs (Diploma Thesis Student)

Falke, Eileen(Diploma Thesis Student)
Farivar, Omid (Visiting UROP student)
Farmaki, Georgianna (Masters Thesis Student)
Feyerabend, Lars (Student Assistant)
Fraikin, Mario (Diploma Thesis Student)
Frohn, Christian (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Fundalewicz, Johannes (Student Assistant)

Gass, Christian (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Gassen, Rene (Student Assistant)
Gleim, Lars (Student Assistant)
Gretzki, Christopher (Diploma Thesis Student)
Greenblatt, Daniel (Visiting Researcher) - now software developer, Motorola, Chicago
Grochowski, Marco (Student Assistant)
Grüll, Ingo (External Diploma Thesis Student, Ulm)
Guggenmos, Christian (Diploma Thesis Student)
Gupta, Sumit (External Master Thesis Student)

Hadjakos, Telis (External Diploma Thesis Student)
Hafeneger, Stefan (Student Assistant, Diploma Thesis Student) - now software engineer, Apple, Cupertino, California
Halstenbach, Christoph (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Hamadache, Salsabil (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Hameed, Bilal (Masters Thesis Student)
Haslem, David (UROP Student)
Hassan, Tarek (Masters Thesis Student)
He, Zhao (Student Assistant, Master's Thesis Student)
Heidemann, Matthias (Student Assistant)
Heidrich, Felix (Diploma Thesis Student)
Heinen, Björn (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Heiniz, Paul (Student Assistant, Bachelor Thesis Student)
Hemig, Tim (Student Assistant, Diploma Thesis Student)
Hariri, Artin Daniel (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Heesemann, Jan (Student Assistant)
Hennings, Michael (Master Thesis Student)
Heß,Thomas (Master Thesis Student)
Hilgers, Anke (Diploma Thesis Student, Hiwi)
Hilke, Nina (Student Assistant)
Hollan, Jim (Visiting Professor from UCSD)
Holman, David (Research Assistant)
Hoffmann, Alex (Diploma Thesis Student)
Huang, Elaine M. (Visiting Researcher): Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
Huch, Carl Friedrich (Student Assistant, Diploma Thesis Student) - now software engineer for usability at Inform GmbH in Aachen, Germany.
Hueber, Sebastian (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Hüttig, Andreas (Student Assistant) - now Computer Scientist at Topcom, Düsseldorf
Humme, Christian (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Hurtmanns, Jan (Bachelor Thesis Student)

Isbiceanu, Adrian (Master Thesis Student)
Ivanov, Stefan (Master Thesis Student)

Jacobs, Mareike (Diploma Thesis Student)
Jakubowski, Simon (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Jansen, Yvonne (Diploma Thesis Student) - now PhD student with INRIA AVIZ, France
Jenabi, Mahsa (Masters Thesis Student) - since 2011: User Interface Design Specialist, SAP AG, after a PhD at research assistant, ICON Group, Fraunhofer FIT, Bonn
Jevanesan, Jayan (Bachelor, Master Thesis Student)
Jodl, Max (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Jonas, Markus (Diploma Thesis Student)
Jung, Sven (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Junga, Marten (Bachelor Thesis Student)

Kakoulli, Clio (Master Thesis Student)
Kallenbach, Manuel (Diploma Thesis Student)
Kamal, Mohibullah(Student Assistant)
Kanmogne, Linda (Master's Thesis Student)
Kaßel, Jan(Bachelor Thesis Student)
Kathrein, Anne (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Kaulen, Daniel (Master Thesis Student)
Kaulitz, Niklas (Master Thesis Student)
Kempin, Dennis (Student Assistant)
Kehrig, Dennis (Diploma Thesis Student)
Kessels, Phillip (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Kiel, Henning (Student Assistant)
Kindermann, Philip (Student Assistant, Bachelor Thesis Student)
Kirchhof, Jörg Christian (Student Assistant)
Klaja, Christoph (Diploma Thesis Student)
Klein, Jonathan (Diploma Thesis Student)
Kluth, Wolfgang (Senior Bachelor Thesis Student)
Knott, Thomas (Diploma Thesis Student) - Now PhD student at Virtual Reality Group, RWTH Aachen University
Kockelmann, Lena (Student Assistant)
Köhler, Christian(Diploma Thesis Student)
Köster, Immo (External Diploma Thesis Student)
Kolvenbach, Hendrik(Student Assistant)
Koster, Anna (Diploma Thesis Student): Software developer, Gevasys Finance Software, Kohlscheid
Krämer, Aaron (Student Assistant, Bachelor and Master Thesis Student) - now Software Engineer at SALT AND PEPPER software solutions
Krämer, Jan (Diploma Thesis Student)
Kratz, Sven (Diploma Thesis Student)
Krooß, Roksaneh (Office & Event Assistant) - Now program manager at HoloBuilder in Aachen
Kryvosheya, Vyacheslav (Master Thesis Student)
Kuntze, André (Diploma Thesis Student)
Kurtz, Christopher (Student Assistant, Diploma Thesis Student) - now software engineer for usability at at IVU Traffic Technologies
Kuhr, Verena (Student Assistant, Bachelor and Master Thesis Student)
Kurz, Joachim (Student Assistant, Bachelor and Master Thesis Student)
Kosuru, Ravi Kanth (Student Assistant, Master Thesis Student)

Laas, Luis (Trainee)
Langenberg, Benedikt (Master Thesis Student)
Lauten, Justus (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Lazar, Amanda (UROP Student)
Liau, Mei Fang (Master Thesis Student)
Lewandowski, Dennis (Student Assistant, Master Thesis Student)
Linden, Rene (Bachelor Thesis Student, Student Assistant, Master Thesis Student) - now project lead at topsystem in Würselen
Link, Andreas (Bachelor Thesis Student, Master Thesis Student)
Liu, Can (Student Assistant, Master Thesis Student)
Lubosch, Damian (Student Assistant, Diploma Thesis Student)
Lukarov, Vlatko (Student Assistant)

Majumdar, Urmimala (Master Thesis Student)
Mattar, Christian (Diploma Thesis Student)
Andrii Matviienko (Master Thesis Student)
Memon, Faraz Ahmed (Masters Thesis Student)
Meichsner, Julian (Master Thesis Student)
Mennicken, Sarah (Research Assistant) - now PhD student at ZPAC, University of Zurich.
Mendoza, Joel (Student Assistant)
Mevis, Ingrid (Intern)
Mínguez Garrigues, José (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Mokhtarian, Armin (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Mokwe, Linda (Master's Thesis Student)

Neumann, Alexander (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Nett, Andreas (Student Assistant, Diploma Thesis Student)
Nikookhesal, Azadeh (External Master Thesis Student)
Ning, Tongyan (Master Thesis Student)
Noack, Birgit (Student Assistant)
Novosad, Alisa (Master Thesis Student)

Olberg, Nils (Student Assistant)
Omran, Hesham (Master Thesis Student)
Ostberg, Anna (UROP Student)
Oster, Thomas (Student Assistant, Bachelor Thesis Student)
Osthege, Michael (Student Intern)
Ortmanns, Stephan (Student Assistant)

Palm, Torsten(Diploma Thesis Student)
Paluszak, Radek (Diploma Thesis Student)
Peters, David (Student Assistant)
Pöpel, Cornelius (External PhD Student)
Popa, Alexandru (Master Thesis Student)
Poppe, Dominik (Student Assistant)
Powers, Adam (Visiting Student Assistant)
Pye, Marty(Bachelor Thesis Student, Student Assistant, Master Thesis Student) - now software engineer, Apple, Cupertino, California

Rackwitz, Christoph (Student Assistant)
Ravichandran, Dhanasekar (External Master Thesis Student)
Reiners, René (Postgraduate Research Assistant, Diploma Thesis Student) - now PhD student, ICON Group, Fraunhofer FIT, Bonn
Reijsmeijer, Paulina (Research Assistent)
Remy, Christian (Diploma Thesis Student) - now PhD student at ZPAC, University of Zurich.
Reul, Marcus (Diploma Thesis Student)
Röhl, Georg (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Röllinger, Hendrik (Diploma Thesis Student)
Roth, Anna (Student Assistant)

Shadan Sadeghian (Master Thesis Student)
Schablowsky, Damian (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Schade, Sascha (Mission Specialist)
Schallenberg, Christiane (Student Assistant)
Schanowski, Adalbert (Diploma Thesis Student)
Schaper, Hauke (Master Thesis Student, Student Assistant) - now (May 2013) IT-Consultant.
Scheurer, Maren (External Master Thesis Student)
Schmitz, Daniel (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Schnitzler, Jan (Student Assistant)
Schoonbrood, Pierre (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Schulz, Anja (Office Assistant)
Schulz, Torben (Master Thesis Student)
Schwarz, Florian (Diploma Thesis Student)
Seidel, Ronny (Diploma Thesis Student)
Sergiyenko, Yuliya (Master's Thesis Student)
Settels, Timo (Student Assistant)
Sheikh, Ahsan Nazir (Master Thesis Student)
Simha, Vyshantha (Master Thesis Student)
Smirnova, Tatiana (Master Thesis Student)
Sokolowski, Matthias (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Sopora, Bastian (Diploma Thesis Student)
Spychalski, Lukas (Diploma Thesis Student)
Stephan, Philipp (Student Assistant)
Strauch, Alexander (Diploma Thesis Student)
Stojadinovic, Predrag "Pedja" (External PhD Student)
Suleri, Sarah (Master Thesis Student)
Abdullah Shams
Tai, Grace (Student Assistant)
Tegethoff, Michael (Student Assistant)
Tjandra, Ardi (Master Thesis Student)
Todi, Kashyap (Student Assistant, Master Thesis Student): Since October 2013: PhD student with Kris Luyten, Expertise Centre for Digital Media, Universiteit Hasselt
Tokarev, Paul (Student Assistant)
Tsoleridis (Student Assistant)

van Engelen, Dominik (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Vobis, Christoph (Master Thesis Student)
Vontin, Noriyasu (Diploma Thesis Student)
Völkel, Sarah Theres (Bachelor and Master Thesis Student)
Velasco, Tania Garcia (Master Thesis Student)

Wagner, Julie (Postgraduate Research Assistant): PhD student with Wendy Mackay, in situ lab, Université Paris Sud
Warrier, Siddhu (Student Assistant)
Wehnert, Felix (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Wendler, Thomas (External Diploma Thesis Student)
Wermers, Martin (Diploma Thesis Student) - now software engineer for usability at DASGIP Information and Process Technology GmbH, an Eppendorf Company
Werner, Stefan (Technician, External Diploma Thesis Student, Stuttgart)
Wernerus, Monika (Diploma Thesis Student)
Will, Christoph (Diploma Thesis Student)
Winkler, Jan (Student Assistant)
Wolf, Marius (Postgraduate Research Assistant)
Wolf, Hendrik (Bachelor Thesis Student)

Yamcharoen, Onusa (External Diploma Thesis Student)
Yazdi, Mohammad Amin (Master Thesis Student)
Ying, Xiaojun (Master Thesis Student)
Yu, Eugen (Postgraduate Research Assistant)

Zenker, Pascal (Bachelor Thesis Student)
Zhang, Ying (Master Thesis Student)
Zimmer, Patrick (Diploma Thesis Student)
Zimmermann, Jan (Student Assistant)

Visiting Researchers

Blum, Jeffrey (PhD Student at McGill University, 2016)
Nakajima, Kosuke (PhD Student)


Eichenbaum, Julian (Student Intern 2013)
Winzen, Daniel (Student Intern 2013)

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