Projects

Research

„Rethinking Care Robots“, VolkswagenStiftung, 2019-22
To re-shape research and design practices and to develop alternative visions for robots in care, new interdisciplinary collaborations and new methods of design and evaluation are needed. Our interdisciplinary constellation of Designers, HCI researchers, roboticists and STS scholars will enable us to re-think from the ground up what care-robotics should look like and ‘do’, using contemporary design methods in a rapid prototyping, design-driven approach.

„Mitmach_X – Participatory Design for IoT“, BMBF, 2019-20
In our „CityLab“ we work with people to implement ideas for a better life in Chemnitz. In the „City Lab“ we provide knowledge and technology and build prototypes with participants and present them to the public. Our goal is to make the ideas, places, problems and proposed solutions of the residents visible and to develop them further together.

Research Group „miteinander“, BMBF, 2014-22
Together with people, we are exploring methods of participatory design for the Internet of Things. The goal of our work is to enable socio-technical innovation on an equal footing with the people it affects. To this end, we develop novel co-design tools, methods and formats of dialogue.

Teaching

„Podcast Ethnography“, University of Leipzig, 2019-20
My colleague Thomas Schmidt-Lux and I are giving a two-semester course on qualitative methods of field research. The idea is to overcome classic text-based formats and to explore audio formats, like podcasts, as instruments of research.

„Media and Refugees“, BMBF, 2015-17
My colleague Vivien Sommer approached me in early 2015 whether we could do something in our teaching that deals with the rising number of refugees in Germany. Together with civil society organisations we developed the three-semester service learning project „Media and Refugees“, which was awarded with the Teaching Prize of the Saxonian State 2016.

Communication & Transfer

„TUC scicast“, Podcast by the Chemnitz University of Technology, 2019-20
I’m a longtime podcast fan and was happy to get the oppurtunity to create such a format for the Chemnitz University of Technology. As a producer, I organize the funding and assist in finding people and topics for the episodes. The podcast receives very enthusiastic feedback and is great teamwork!