The Research Team

The interdisciplinary VA-PEPR project team includes researchers with expertise in human-centred design, human-computer interaction, home automation, digital services, ambient assisted living, computer science, behavioural economics, socio-informatics, Open IoT and health.
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Aurelio Todisco
Project Contact Person

Aurelio Todisco recently completed his Master in Design at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU-Hochschule Luzern). He is interested in human-centered and participatory design processes. In the VA-PEPR research project, he is the contact person for study participants.

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Aysun Aytaç
Product Design

Aysun Aytaç, PhD, design researcher at the Competence Centre Design and Management at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU – Hochschule Luzern). She combines theories and approaches from material culture, visual culture, visual ethnography, everyday life, culture, everyday life creativity and design thinking to explore interactions between people and artefacts.

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Beat Tödtli
Data Science and Data Analysis

Beat Tödtli, PhD, data scientist, researcher and lecturer at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST- Ostschweizer Fachhochschule). He develops and teaches machine learning courses and has a background in industrial algorithm development for fraud detection.

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Bettina Minder
Innovation Processes

Bettina Minder, PhD, deputy head of the Competence Centre Design and Management at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU – Hochschule Luzern). She focuses on participatory and collaborative research approaches that translates research insights into proposals and design briefs for actionable design. She contributes with her expertise in developing and evaluating visual material and design films in laboratory and real-world situations.

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Edith Maier
Social Anthropology and Applied Linguistics

Edith Maier, PhD, professor at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST – Ostschweizer Fachhochschule) and has a background in applied linguistics, social anthropology and information science. More recently, her research focuses on cultural aspects of human-computer interaction and behavioural change support.

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Inesa Halilovic
Information Systems

Inesa Halilovic is a research assistant and Master student in Information systems at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST – Ostschweizer Fachhochschule). She works on various projects in application development.

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Jens O. Meissner
Management and Organizational Studies

Jens O. Meissner, PhD, professor of organizational design and head of the interdisciplinary future laboratory CreaLab at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU – Hochschule Luzern). His research focuses on questions around organizational resilience in the digital age.

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Jon Rogers
Human Computer Interaction

Jon Rogers, professor of design at Northumbria University with twenty five years of experience working at the interface between design and emerging technologies. Following a recent three year fellowship based in Mozilla Berlin, he is co-directing OpenDoTT, an EU funded doctoral training programme with Mozilla in trusted IoT. He is exploring new narratives for the design of voice assistants in VA-PEPR project.

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Matthias Baldauf
Information systems

Matthias Baldauf, PhD, professor of information systems at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST – Ostschweizer Fachhochschule). His research centers on pervasive computing and human-computer interaction with a recent focus on voice-based user interfaces.

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Melanie Rickenmann
Mathematics

Melanie Rickenmann is a research assistant at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST – Ostschweizer Fachhochschule). She works in various projects in data science and in application development.

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Michael Doerk
Psychology

Michael Doerk, PhD, professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU – Hochschule Luzern), a psychologist, expert in health promotion, social computing, risk and quality management and innovation management. He developed the award-winning HSLU business application relax-concentrate-create that captures VA-activities related to resource management that are central to the analytical part of this study. 

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Michelle Murri
Law

Michelle Murri is a research associate in the School of Business at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU – Hochschule Luzern). She received her Master’s degree in law and is particularly interested in data protection law. She supports the project management in VA-PEPR research project.

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Michelle Thorne
Open Data

Michelle Thorne is a senior program officer at the Mozilla Foundation. She leads a PhD program on Open Design of Trust Things (OpenDoTT) with Northumbria University and several art and research initiatives as an Environmental Champion in Mozilla’s Sustainability Program. She is the founder of Ding magazine, Mozilla’s Open Internet of Things Studio, the Mozilla Festival and a web literacy program called Maker Party.

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Mike Shorter
Creative Technologist

Dr. Mike Shorter is a Research Fellow at Northumbria University. In his time, he’s worked as a Researcher, Creative Technologist, Product Designer, Craftsperson and Innovation Strategist. Across all these roles Mike consistently explores new technology with reflective and playful processes in order to make meaningful objects and experiences.

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Patricia Wolf
Innovation Management

Patricia Wolf, PhD, professor of innovation management and future research at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU – Hochschule Luzern). She also teaches at ETH Zurich since 2012 and she is a professor of integrative innovation management at the University of Southern Denmark since 2018. Her research focuses on the link between innovation, emergent technologies and social change.

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Sabine Junginger
Design Research

Sabine Junginger, PhD, professor in the Lucerne School of Art and Design and head of the Competence Centre Design and Management at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU – Hochschule Luzern). She contributes her expertise on human-centred design and studies its contribution to social change and economic innovation in the context of digital transformation. For VA-PEPR, she looks at voice assistants with an eye to policy design and the design of future public services.

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Tom Ulmer
Data Analysis and IT Architecture

Tom Ulmer is a lecturer at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST – Ostschweizer Fachhochschule) and has a background in media design, computer sciences and human computer interaction. His main research interests include digital health, active assisted living as well as smart living.

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Ulrich Reimer
Computer Science

Ulrich Reimer, PhD, professor at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST – Ostschweizer Fachhochschule) and computer scientist with a background in AI, semantic technologies and knowledge management. His current research focuses on behavioural change support systems for digital health, with an emphasis on sensor data mining and self-learning to adapt to individual users.

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Ute Klotz
Informatics

Ute Klotz, PhD, co-leader of the focus group ‘Technologies for Tomorrow’s Digital Working World’ in the interdisciplinary thematic cluster ‘Digital Transformation of the Working World’ at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU – Hochschule Luzern). She deals with future studies and the interfaces between humans, work and technology. She is particularly interested in methods that make the future more tangible and predictable.

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Uwe Riss
Information Systems

Uwe Riss, Ph.D., lecturer and senior researcher at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST – Ostschweizer Fachhochschule), has conducted research in areas such as business information systems, natural sciences, and philosophy. Currently, his main interest is in the various aspects of digitalization.

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Vivien Luong
Research Coordination

Vivien Luong is a research coordinator in the School of Art and Design at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts  (HSLU – Hochschule Luzern). In VA-PEPR research project, she is responsible for coordinating the reporting to SNF and is responsible for the financial controlling and the financial reporting.