I am assistant professor in the Design Aesthetics group within the Department of Industrial Design at Delft University of Technology. Here, I investigate theoretical and empirical aspects of design-mediated well-being.
My background is in psychology – I completed my basic studies/Grundstudium at the University of Freiburg, Germany and my advanced studies/Hauptstudium at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany (with distinction). At the Max-Planck Institute of Human Development, I conducted my graduation thesis on the interplay of concurrent cognitive and sensory-motor demands.
As both fundamental and applied research fascinate me, I enhanced my studies by an interdisciplinary perspective, including non-psychological minors in industrial design (School of Art and Design Berlin-Weissensee) as well as in transportation systems (TU Berlin).
Upon graduation in 2006, I worked at MIT AgeLab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on ideas and technologies that can improve quality of life across the lifespan.
From November 2007 through October 2011, I completed my PhD research in engineering design (summa cum laude) at TU Berlin and the University of Luxembourg as a member of the post graduate program prometei – Prospective Design of Human-Technology Interaction.
I have also been teaching and advising design students at the School of Art and Design Berlin-Weissensee, Department of Industrial Design, and gained valuable experiences in projects with industry (e.g. DaimlerChrysler AG) as well as in my role as board member of the Center of Human-Machine Systems (ZMMS) at TU Berlin.
My areas of expertise are User-Centered Design, Intuitive Use of User Interfaces, Gerontechnology, User Experience, and Design for Well-Being.