Human-in-the-Loop Design

We design methods and tools for human-centered interactive systems improving research and development processes and outcomes

Research Activities


Designing Crowd-Feedback Systems

User involvement is of critical importance in the development of any information system (IS).  In the recent years, ...









AI-based Systems for Qualitative Data Collection

One of the critical reasons for failed IS projects is the inability to accurately meet user requirements, resulting from an incomplete or inaccurate collection of requirements during the requirements elicitation (RE) phase...









Interactive Chatbot Development Systems

User input is essential for the successful development of question-and-answer (QA) chatbots. Therefore, interactive development systems are emerging that allow developers to involve test-users in the QA chatbot development process...









Design Science Research Process Support with MyDesignProcess

A rich body of knowledge on approaches, methods, and frameworks supports researchers in conducting research projects. While methodological guidance is abundant, there is little support and guidance for documenting and effectively managing research processes...






Team Lead

Alexander Mädche  Prof. Dr. Alexander Mädche


Doctoral Researchers

M. Sc. Saskia Haug  Saskia Haug


Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Michael Gau  Michael Gau


M.Sc. / MTM Felix Kretzer  Felix Kretzer


M.Sc. Merlin Knäble  Merlin Knäble


Digital Infrastructure Evolution: A Digital Trace Data Study
Drechsler, K.; Grisold, T.; Gau, M.; Seidel, S.
2022. ICIS 2022. Proceedings
The Impact of Conversational Assistance on the Effective Use of Forecasting Support Systems: A Framed Field Experiment : Short Paper
Haug, S.; Ruoff, M.; Gnewuch, U.
2022. ICIS 2022 Proceedings. Vol.: 2, 1–9, AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
‘DNA’ of Virtual Organizing: Towards a New Construct to Theorize with Digital Trace Data
Grisold, T.; Yoo, Y.; Gau, M.
2022, August 9. 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (2022), Seattle, WA, USA, August 5–9, 2022
Towards Space Mining: A Smart Space Management Solution to Minimize Indoor Spreading Risk of COVID-19
Otto, M.; Kipping, G.; Gau, M.; Grisold, T.; Brocke, J. vom
2022, June 3. 17th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST 2022), St. Petersburg, FL, USA, June 1–3, 2022
DSR Buddy: A Conversational Agent Supporting Design Science Research Activities
Gau, M.; Maedche, A.; Brocke, J. vom
2022. Wirtschaftsinformatik 2022 Proceedings, 35, AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
Towards Routinely Using Virtual Reality in Higher Education
Majchrzak, T. A.; Radianti, J.; Fromm, J.; Gau, M.
2022. Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) : January 4-7, 2022, Hyatt Regency Maui, Hawaii, USA, 94–103, University of Hawai’i at Manoa / Hamilton Library. doi:10.24251/HICSS.2022.011
Leveraging Digital Citizen Science for Research Problem Discovery: Insights from a Home Office Challenge Participatory Action
Gau, M.; Greif-Winzrieth, A.; Mädche, A.
2022. Mensch und Computer 2022 – Workshopband, 04.-07. September 2022, Darmstadt. Ed.: K. Marky, Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI). doi:10.18420/muc2022-mci-ws05-314
Digital Assistants for Self-Regulated Learning: Towards a State- Of-The-Art Overview
Scheu, S.; Benke, I.
2022. Thirtieth European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2022), Timișoara, Romania, Paper Number: 1787, AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
Crowd-Feedback in Information Systems Development: A State-of-the-Art Review
Haug, S.; Mädche, A.
2021. ICIS 2021 Proceedings, Association for Information Systems (AIS)
Coding Like a Rockstar : The Role of Social Influence on Action Patterns in GitHub
Grisold, T.; Gau, M.; Yoo, Y.
2021. ICIS 2021 Proceedings
Feeasy: An Interactive Crowd-Feedback System
Haug, S.; Maedche, A.
2021. Proceedings of the 34th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). doi:10.1145/3474349.3480224
Accelerating Deductive Coding of Qualitative Data: An Experimental Study on the Applicability of Crowdsourcing
Haug, S.; Rietz, T.; Maedche, A.
2021. Mensch und Computer 2021, MuC ’21, 5.-8.9.2021 Ingolstadt, 432–443, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). doi:10.1145/3473856.3473873
Visual Complexity and Scene Recognition: How Low Can You Go?
Handali, J. P.; Schneider, J.; Gau, M.; Holzwarth, V.; Brocke, J. vom
2021. 2021 IEEE Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR), 286–295, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi:10.1109/VR50410.2021.00051
Journaling the Design Science Research Process : Transparency About the Making of Design Knowledge
Brocke, J. vom; Gau, M.; Mädche, A.
2021. The Next Wave of Sociotechnical Design – 16th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2021, Kristiansand, Norway, August 4–6, 2021, Proceedings. Ed.: L. Chandra Kruse, 131–136, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-82405-1_15 - A Participatory Problem Discovery System for Citizen Design Science Research
Greif-Winzrieth, A.; Gau, M.
2021. The Next Wave of Sociotechnical Design – 16th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST 2021, Kristiansand, Norway, August 4–6, 2021, Proceedings. Ed.: L. Chandra Kruse, 112–117, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-82405-1_13
When Data Fly: An Open Data Trading System in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks
Lücking, M.; Kretzer, F.; Kannengießer, N.; Beigl, M.; Sunyaev, A.; Stork, W.
2021. Electronics, 10 (6), 654. doi:10.3390/electronics10060654
Smart Waste Collection Processes - A Case Study about Smart Device Implementation
Kamm, M.; Gau, M.; Schneider, J.; Vom Brocke, J.
2020. Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 6619–6628, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. doi:10.24251/HICSS.2020.810
Designing an Analytical Information Systems Engineering Method
Michalczyk, S.; Scheu, S.
2020. Proceedings of the 28th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), An Online AIS Conference (Marrakesh, Marokko), June 15-17, 2020, Art.Nr. 57, AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
Design principles for sensemaking support systems in environmental sustainability transformations
Seidel, S.; Chandra Kruse, L.; Székely, N.; Gau, M.; Stieger, D.
2018. (K. Peffers, T. Tuunanen, B. Niehaves & K. Lyytinen, Eds.) European journal of information systems, 27 (2), 221–247. doi:10.1057/s41303-017-0039-0
Tool Support for Design Science Research—Towards a Software Ecosystem: A Report from a DESRIST 2017 Workshop
Morana, S.; Brocke, J. vom; Maedche, A.; Seidel, S.; Adam, M. T. P.; Bub, U.; Fettke, P.; Gau, M.; Herwix, A.; Mullarkey, M. T.; Nguyen, H. D.; Sjöström, J.; Toreini, P.; Wessel, L.; Winter, R.
2018. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 43 (Article 17), 239–256. doi:10.17705/1CAIS.04317
Tool-Support for Design Science Research: Design Principles and Instantiation
Brocke, J. vom; Fettke, P.; Gau, M.; Houy, C.; Maedche, A.; Morana, S.; Seidel, S.
2017. SSRN, 1–13. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2972803
Green e-community: Sensemaking in Environmental Sustainability Transformations
Seidel, S.; Chandra, L.; Reuter, N.; Stieger, D.; Gau, M.
2014. Advancing the Impact of Design Science: Moving from Theory to Practice. Ed.: M. C. Tremblay, 438–442, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-06701-8_41