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Prof. Dr. Jan Borchers


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To set up a meeting, please see my basic schedule, then contact my administrator, Clarissa de Gavarelli.

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Jan Borchers is full professor of computer science and head of the Media Computing Group at RWTH Aachen University. With his research group, he explores the field of human-computer interaction, with a particular interest in new user interfaces for 3D printing and personal fabrication, augmented reality, mobile, wearable, and tangible computing, interactive tables and surfaces, interfaces for software development, interactive exhibits, and time-based media such as audio and video. Before joining RWTH, he held faculty positions at Stanford University and ETH Zurich. He received his PhD in computer science from Darmstadt University of Technology in 2000, and is a member of ACM, SIGCHI, BayCHI, SIGCHI Germany, and GI. He has provided usability talks, trainings and consulting, as well as design, prototyping, and evaluation of user interfaces, for clients such as AirBus, Apple, ARD, Bayer, Children's Museum Boston, Daimler, Handelsblatt, OTIS, Scout24, TEDx, and Deutsche Telekom.

For urgent matters, please contact his assistant, Clarissa de Gavarelli.

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Research pointers

For industry

I frequently work for clients in industry and the government as usability consultant, speaker, and trainer. More information

For students

Useful hacks

Administrative stuff

  • Information related to my role as building coordinator for the CS department: Baubeauftragter
  • Faculty Lunch at the RWTH Computer Science Department


Older information on my Stanford homepage, from my time at Stanford (2001–2003).


Published book: A Pattern Approach to Interaction Design
For a list of all published papers see my Publications Page.

Selected Talks and Presentations (until 2013)


  • Nov 8, 2013: "3D-Drucker und die nächste digitale Revolution." RWTH-Wissenschaftsnacht, RWTH Aachen University.
  • Jun 27, 2013: "Personal Fabrication und Personal Design". Invited Speaker, IT Management Workshop, Stuttgart
  • Jun 25, 2013: "Von 3D-Printing und Personal Fabrication zum Personal Design: Benutzer als Produzenten der Zukunft." Invited talk, WirtschaftsWoche Conference "Digital Customer & Connected Consumer", Frankfurt
  • Jun 11, 2013: Usability. Invited Speaker, IT Management Workshop, Hamburg
  • Apr 28, 2013: "A Personal Design Manifesto." Fab@CHI Workshop, CHI 2013 Conference, Paris
  • Apr 24, 2013: Invited Speaker, IBM / Telekom Germany Summit, London
  • Jan 29, 2013: "Usability-Bootcamp und Forschungstrends 2013". Invited Speaker, 19. Handelsblatt-Tagung, Munich
  • Jan 31, 2013: "Learning with Apple Technologies". Invited Speaker, Apple Authorised Training Centers for Education (AATCe) Event, London


Selected Professional Activities

See my old Stanford home page for earlier activities.

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