The human-centered systems lab (h-lab) headed by Prof. Dr. Alexander Maedche (research group “Information Systems I", formerly ISSD) focuses in research, education, and innovation on designing human-centered systems for better work & life.  

Our mission is to create impactful knowledge for designing human-centered systems for human productivity and well-being through relevant and rigor scientific research. We leverage advanced artificial intelligence (AI)  and biosignal sensor technologies and follow a socio-technical research paradigm for increasing human productivity and well-being through human-centered systems.

We contribute to the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI) (Mensch-Computer Interaktion) and information systems (IS) (Wirtschaftsinformatik). We believe that delivering cutting-edge knowledge and inspiring education, as well as an ongoing dialog with the public need to go hand in hand to maximize the impact of our work in organizations and society.

Our current research topics are:

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Alexander Maedche joins MISQ Editorial Board
Alexander Maedche joins MISQ Editorial Board

The journal Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ) was established in 1977 and is considered as the top outlet in the information systems discipline.

 

Starting in 2023 Alexander Maedche joins the MISQ editorial board for a term of two years. Specifically, he will contribute with his expertise in the fields of Design Science Research and Human-Computer Interaction.  Further information about MISQ available here: https://misq.umn.edu/

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New Publication in Psychology & Marketing: Brand Placements in Video Games: How local in-game experiences influence brand attitudes
New Publication in Psychology & Marketing: Brand Placements in Video Games: How local in-game experiences influence brand attitudes

Psychology & Marketing has published a new paper titled “Brand Placements in Video Games: How local in-game experiences influence brand attitudes” by Moritz Ingendahl, Tobias Vogel, Michaela Wänke, Alexander Maedche. We investigate when and how brand placements in video games influence brand attitudes and show that evaluative conditioning and its cognitive mechanisms can be utilized to explain and predict advertising effects.

 

Further information is available here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/mar.21770

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New Team Member: Elias Müller
New Team Member: Elias Müller

We welcome Elias Müller as new team member and doctoral researcher in the human-centered systems lab of Prof. Mädche at IISM.

Elias received his B. Sc in Industrial Engineering & Management at DHBW and his M. Sc in Mathematics in Economics at KIT. His research is focused on biosignal sensor technologies in combination with machine learning and the design of user-adaptive systems.

Further information about Elias:   

https://h-lab.iism.kit.edu/team_2722.php

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It’s not rocket science: Crowdsourcing feedback
It’s not rocket science: Crowdsourcing feedback

In cooperation with Triangel, we engage with citizens with the new format “Stammtisch: It’s not rocket science”. The next event takes place on February 1st 2023 at 5 PM. Saskia Haug will provide insights into the topic of crowdfeedback and discuss her research with the participants.

Further information about the event is available here:

https://www.triangel.space/event/stammtisch-its-not-rocket-science-4/

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New Team Member: Kirsten Greiner
New Team Member: Kirsten Greiner

We welcome Kirsten Greiner as new team member and doctoral researcher in the human-centered systems lab of Prof. Mädche at IISM.

Kirsten received her B. Sc in Information Systems from University of Stuttgart and her M. Sc in Information Systems from University of Hohenheim. Her research is focused on emotion-adaptive systems in the context of HR/recruiting.

Further information about Kirsten:   

https://h-lab.iism.kit.edu/team_2663.php

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New Publication in JAIS: Designing Conversational Dashboards for Effective Use in Crisis Response
New Publication in JAIS: Designing Conversational Dashboards for Effective Use in Crisis Response

Designing Conversational Dashboards for Effective Use in Crisis Response The Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS) has accepted the paper “Designing Conversational Dashboards for Effective Use in Crisis Response” co-authored by Marcel Ruoff, Ulrich Gnewuch, Alexander Maedche, and Benjamin Scheibehenne for publication. In this study, we draw on the theory of effective use to propose a theory-driven design for conversational dashboards in crisis response in the specific context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Industry Talk: Thomas Kusterer, CFO & Member of the Board of Management EnBW AG
Industry Talk: Thomas Kusterer, CFO & Member of the Board of Management EnBW AG

We are happy to welcome Thomas Kusterer to give a talk on digitalization at EnBW as part of our bachelor course “Information Systems” for industrial engineers on January 17th, 2023, 9.45-11.15 AM at Fasanengarten lecture hall (50.35).

Thomas Kusterer is Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Management of EnBW AG.

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It’s not rocket science:  Computers understand emotions - curse or blessing: How do we feel about it?
It`s not rocket science: Computers understand emotions - curse or blessing: How do we feel about it?

In cooperation with Triangel, we engage with citizens with the new format “Stammtisch: It’s not rocket science”. The next event takes place on December 7th 2022 at 5 PM. Dr. Ivo Benke will provide insights into the topic of emotion processing and discuss his research with the participants.

Further information about the event is available here: https://www.triangel.space/event/stammtisch-its-not-rocket-science-2/

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Industry Talk: Florian Riedl, SVP Digitalization & Customer Processes at EnBW AG
Industry Talk: Florian Riedl, SVP Digitalization & Customer Processes at EnBW AG

As part of our bachelor lecture ”Information Systems I“ Florian Riedl, Senior Vice President for Digitalization & Customer Processes at EnBW AG will provide real-world practice insights and challenges with regards to digitalization and customer processes. The talk takes place on December 8th 2022, 2-3.30 PM in the Tulla lecture hall (building 11.40).

We invite all interested students to join this interesting talk!

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New Publication in IJHCS: Ladderbot - A Conversational Agent for Human-like Online Laddering Interviews
New Publication in IJHCS: Ladderbot - A Conversational Agent for Human-like Online Laddering Interviews

The International Journal of Human - Computer Studies (IJHCS) has accepted the paper “Ladderbot - A Conversational Agent for Human-like Online Laddering Interviews” co-authored by Tim Rietz and Alexander Maedche for publication.  In this study we propose and evaluate Ladderbot, a text-based conversational agent (CA) capable of facilitating human-like online laddering interviews. We find that participants interacting with Ladderbot in average produce twice as many and about 30% longer answers.

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It’s not rocket science: Accessibility in MINT
It’s not rocket science: Accessibility in MINT

In cooperation with Triangel, the research group Information Systems I will engage with citizens with the new format “Stammtisch: It’s not rocket science”. The event series will start on November 16th 2022 at 5 PM.  Merlin Knaeble will provide insights into the topic of accessibility in MINT and discuss his research with the participants.

 

Further information is available here (https://www.triangel.space/event/stammtisch-its-not-rocket-science/)

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New Publication in JMIR MHealth UHealth: “Validity of Chatbot Use for Mental Health Assessment: Experimental Study”
New Publication in JMIR MHealth UHealth: “Validity of Chatbot Use for Mental Health Assessment: Experimental Study”

The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) journal has published a new paper titled “Validity of Chatbot Use for Mental  Health Assessment: Experimental Study” by Anita Schick, Jasper Feine, Stefan Morana, Alexander Maedche, and Ulrich Reininghaus. The article investigates the convergent and discriminant validity of chatbots for mental health assessments, the effect of assessment mode on  socially desirable responding, and the effort required by participants for assessments using chatbots compared with established modes.

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