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    27. November 2020

    Increase quality – research qualitatively

    Today, user-centered and participatory design methods have become indispensable in modern HCI research and user-centered development. Use of such methods can help us to gain realistic insights into current practices, co-produce sustainable concepts and solutions and understand how digital tools can be appropriated in a more sustainable way.

    For this reason, the Chair of Information Systems, especially IT for the Ageing Society, is organizing an introduction to the topic of qualitative research on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
    We cordially invite you to be there!

    Participation in the event is free and takes place via Zoom. Use the link below on Wednesday December 2nd, 2020:

    Not only students of the University of Siegen are welcome, but everyone who is interested in qualitative research in user-centered design.

    We look forward to numerous participants and feel free to share this invitation.

    1. October 2020

    Sensitization and barrier-free software development in practice

    As part of the iDESkmu project, the University of Siegen with the chairs “Business Informatics / IT for the Aging Society” and “Business Informatics and New Media” is researching various topics in the area of accessibility.

    The iDESkmu consortium also consists of the BSV Hamburg e.V., HAVI Solutions GmbH & Co. KG and other experts in the field of accessibility.

    One of the aims of this project is to sensitize companies to the advantages of developing and using accessible software and to show how companies, developers and employees with and without (visual) disabilities can benefit from accessible software.

    For this project, the University of Siegen is looking for co-researchers in the region and throughout Germany who will support the project with the opportunity to do research with them, examine working practices and conduct interviews through to completion, as well as continuous exchange and independent research.

    The consortium is supported by a company from the region that raises awareness and tests software for accessibility: bitfarm Archiv GmbH

    Together with Heino Schneider, managing director of bitfarm, the project team has already carried out field research at and with the company, the analysis of which has provided valuable insights for the project and its further course. Thanks for that!

    It is gratifying to see that there are already companies in the region who have thought about the issue of accessibility or will do so now.

    If you would like to know more or support us with the project, please do not hesitate to contact us

    Dr. Fabiano Pinatti     Sven Bittenbinder
    Room: US-E 114 (Campus Unteres Schloss)     Room: US-E 117 (Campus Unteres Schloss)
    Phone: 0271 740 – 2002     Phone: 0271 740 – 4470
    E-Mail: fabiano.pinatti(at)uni-siegen.de     E-Mail: sven.bittenbinder(at)uni-siegen.de



    Following some pictures of a field trip:

    accessibility experts at work
    An accessibility auditor sits in front of the application to be checked.
    Results are discussed and evaluated with the other two auditors.
    the application is inspected with a magnifier
    The application is shown enlarged so that every single element can be checked.
    Every check step and its results are documented
    One of the auditors records each result in the test report on the laptop
    30. July 2020

    Invitation of the United Nations Department “Economic and Social Affairs” to participate in expert discussion

    Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller will take part in the virtual expert exchange on the topic “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: The role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all” from August 4 to 8, 2020, at the invitation of Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Inclusive Social Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She represents the topics “Ageing & Digitisation” as deputy chairperson of the 8th Ageing Report Commission of the Federal Government as well as “Participation-oriented and sustainable technology design”.

    30. July 2020

    Publication Prize of the DGA

    Richard Paluch, research associate in the research area of Business Informatics, in particular IT for the Aging Society, was selected by the German Society of Audiology (DGA) for the Publication Prize 2019. He will be awarded the prize during the online conference on September 3, 2020.

    2. July 2020

    Usability-Analysis of CrypTool

    Usability-Analysis of CrypTool

    We assign a project or final thesis to students of HCI or Business Informatics with the main focus on the usability and interface analysis of CrypTool (www.cryptool.org) and the improvement of the user experience. The exact design can be worked out in close cooperation with Prof. Esslinger and the supervisors. The goal would be to evaluate the current versions of CrypTool (CT2, JCT and/or CTO) and to work out, implement and evaluate suggestions for improvement. The work can also be carried out as a project work with subsequent final thesis.

    If you are interested, please contact Prof. Esslinger directly (bernhard.esslinger(at)uni-siegen.de).

    15. June 2020

    Call for tender for various final/project work within the IDES KMU project

    The assistant professorship “Business Informatics, esp. IT for the aging society” offers a range of new topics for project and final theses.

    The different topics revolve around the topic of “accessibility” in the context of IT workplaces and include field studies and technical (further) developments of supporting tools.

    You will find all advertised topics on the website of the assistant professorship “Business Informatics, esp. IT for the aging society“.

    If you have your own topic ideas, please let us know your suggestions.

    Info: https://italg.wineme.uni-siegen.de/en/abschlussarbeiten/

    Contact for project and thesis work around barrier-free IT and barrier-free IT workplaces:

    Sven Bittenbinder

    Room: US-E 117 (Campus Unteres Schloss)
     Phone: 0271 740-4470
     Mail: sven.bittenbinder@uni-siegen.de

    27. April 2020

    Call for proposals for the Master’s thesis – Participatory website design for a caring community project in Switzerland

    Our Collaborative Research Center Cooperative Production of User Autonomy in the Context of the Ageing Society is writing a master thesis with the title:

    Collaborative and participatory design of media of cooperation for caring communities – Participatory website design for caring community project in Switzerland

    The existing cooperation of the Junior Professorship IT for the Ageing Society at the University of Siegen with the research group Ageing at home of the Careum Hochschule Gesundheit (Zurich, Switzerland) offers the opportunity to write a final thesis on the participatory design of a project website within the framework of subproject A05 – Cooperative Production of User Autonomy in the Context of the Ageing Society of the SFB Media of the cooperation.

    The final thesis will be carried out in cooperation with the Swiss project CareComLabs, which has already established 3 Living Labs in Switzerland. The participatory approach is central here. Together with actors of the emerging caring communities, their internet presence will be designed. In addition to the design of the website, the conception, implementation and reflection of the participatory design process are also part of the final thesis.

    Click here for the announcement of the Master’s thesis – Participative Website Design for Caring Community Project in Switzerland

    19. February 2020

    Offer for various projects and bachelor and master theses with blockchain

    Offer for various projects and bachelor and master theses with blockchain

    Any type of project or thesis

    for the following modules (Bachelor & Master):

    • Wirtschaftsinformatik
    • Human Computer Interaction

    Shared mobility is an emerging, environmental friendly alternative to individual transport and could be one of the driving forces behind the urgently required mobility transformation. The main idea is that individuals no longer own their personal vehicles, but instead have on demand access to cars, bicycles, scooters or rides from shared mobility providers.

    Rural areas are mostly dominated by private transport and a personal car is usually unavoidable. In most places, public transport is usually less well developed and often even further reduced for cost reasons. Here, shared mobility services could increase the mobility of people, but currently are rare and, if existent, isolated from one and another. One of the main reasons is that shared mobility providers, for economic reasons, follow a top down approach where they reduce their offerings with decreasing population density. At the same time installation hurdles for non profit seeking providers are large, especially regarding the technical infrastructure required to operate such a service.

    To address the before mentioned challenges of shared mobility in rural areas, as well as to facilitate and support the adoption and provision of more services, we are currently developing an open, blockchain based platform that enables peers to share vehicles in rural areas.

    Related tasks are:

    • design of blockchain based services
    • development of smart contracts for Ethereum
      • we expect programming skills but not necessarily in Solidity
    • programming of microcontrollers and their connection to the blockchain


    • 3Blue1Brown: But how does bitcoin actually work? work?(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBC nXj3Ng4)
    • Nakamoto , S. ( Bitcoin: A peer to peer electronic cash system. Manubot
    • Shaheen , S., Cohenand , A., & Zohdy , I. (2016). Shared mobility: current practices and guiding principles
    • Wüst , K.: and Gervais, A.: Do you need a Blockchain? 2018. Do you need a Blockchain? 2018 Crypto Valley Conference on Blockchain Technology (CVCBT) (2018), 45 54

    Lukas Böhm (lukas.boehm(at)uni-siegen.de)

    The full document can be found here.

    29. October 2019

    Offer for various projects and bachelor and master theses


    Various projects and bachelor and master theses

    Shared mobility services such as nextbike, DriveNow, TIER or Uber are experiencing a rapid growth worldwide. In many cities, shared mobility services with bicycles, cars and e-scooters are central components of alternative mobility strategies to tackle traffic-related problems.

    However, as a result of the rapidly growing fleets, operators of modern services are facing existential challenges. At the same time, the services must be designed to be economical, customer-friendly, environmentally friendly and in cooperation with public authorities. For planning and efficient operation, precise estimations of future mobility demand are required.

    Existing approaches to forecasting demand in the context of shared mobility services, however, mostly focus on station-based systems and cannot address the complex spatial and temporal dependencies resulting from the flexible provision of vehicles without fixed stations.

    Methods from the fields of data science and machine learning offer the opportunity to leverage the large amounts of data generated by the ever faster growing fleets and provide a basis for efficient operation and successful optimization of the offerings.

    Main topics:

    • Development of web crawlers for data retrieval
    • Data cleansing and data analysis
    • Machine learning and other data science methods

    Lukas Böhm (lukas.boehm(at)uni-siegen.de)

    The full offer is also available here.

    16. March 2018

    We are proud to present our new publication : Socio-Informatics – A Practise-based Perspective on the Design and Use of IT Artefacts

    The book is an exploration of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological foundations of human-centred design. Specifically, it critically examines the notion of ‘practice’ and argues for an understanding of the concept which emanates from engagement with design problems rather than simply from social scientific theory. The contributors to the book in their various ways all subscribe to a systematic account of how practice- oriented studies can inform design.

    Using the perspective of ‘grounded design’, it pursues a long term view of the design process, arguing for user engagement from the very earliest stages of design policy, including methods for understanding user practices to inform initial design policies up to and including processes of appropriation as technologies are embedded in contexts of use. Grounded design is a perspective which also deals with the vexed problem of appropriate generalization in design studies and the kinds of cross-comparison that can usefully be done. The book contains a number of case studies which exemplify these themes, some of which are rooted in the use of technology in organizational contexts, others of which deal with design in contexts such as care of the elderly, firefighting and multicultural education.