Author: Norbert A. Streitz
Ph.D. in physics, Ph.D. in Psychology/Cognitive Science
Dr. Dr. Norbert Streitz (Ph.D. in physics, Ph.D. in psychology) is a Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor with more than 30 years of experience in information and communication technology. He is the founder and scientific director of the Smart Future Initiative (SFI) which was launched in January 2009. From 1987 - 2008, he was at the Fraunhofer Institute IPSI (previously GMD-IPSI) in Darmstadt, Germany, where he held different positions as Division Manager and Deputy Director. At IPSI, he initiated and managed research efforts in multiple areas (see Research Topics). A prominent example is the research division "AMBIENTE" - Smart Environments of the Future" founded by him in 1997. He also taught at the Department of Computer Science of the Technical University Darmstadt for more than 15 years. Before joining IPSI in Darmstadt, he was an Assistant Professor at the Technical University Aachen (RWTH), Germany, teaching and doing research in cognitive science and human-computer interaction and founding the ACCEPT-Group (AaChen Cognitive Ergonomics ProjecT). This was preceded by his work in theoretical physics at the University of Kiel, Germany, Furthermore, he was a post-doc research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, a visiting scholar at Xerox PARC, USA, and at the Intelligent Systems Lab of MITI, Tsukuba Science City, Japan.
Publications and Talks
Norbert Streitz has published/edited 17 books and authored/ co-authored more than 115 papers presented at the relevant national and international conferences or in journals in his areas of interest (for details see here). He serves regularly on the program committees of these conferences and on several editorial boards, e.g, JAISE (Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments) and previously ACM TOCHI (ACM Transactions on Computer-Human-Interaction). He was also appointed as a member of juries for design and software competitions and is member of Advisory Boards. He is regularly asked to present keynote speeches, invited talks and tutorials at scientific as well as commercial events in Europe, USA, South America, Malaysia, Singapore, Hongkong, China, Korea and Japan.
His research activities cover a wide range of areas*: Human-Computer Interaction, Hypertext/Hypermedia and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence, Interaction and Experience Design in the context of Hybrid (real and virtual) Worlds and more recently Smart Cities. Norbert Streitz launched one of the first prominent research efforts in hypertext and hypermedia in Germany (since 1987) resulting in the SEPIA-system which was developed together with his WIBAS-Group. This was followed by work in CSCW (since 1992) resulting in the DOLPHIN electronic meeting room system. Since 1997, he and his AMBIENTE-Team became well-known for the development of Roomware®, the integration of walls and furniture with information technology and for the design of Smart Artefacts in ambient environments. The roomware components were developed in close cooperation with industry and won several design prices. Some of them, e.g., the InteracTable, are available as commercial products via the spin-off company foresee. The Roomware® components were the first steps towards the design of Cooperative Buildings proposed and published by Norbert Streitz already in 1998. Since 2007, he is working on Smart Hybrid Cities where the guiding objective is the ambition to develop a Humane City.
(* This list does not cover his research as a physicist working on general relativity theory, differential geometry and elementary particle physics and his initial research as a psychologist working in cognitive science focusing on memory and perception, dual task performance, problem solving and knowledge representations.)
Working Groups and Committees
Norbert Streitz is the chair of the Working Group on "Ambient Computing and and Communication Environments" which is part of the EU-funded InterLink Coordinated Action.
He is also the co-chair of the ERCIM Working Group "Smart Environments and Systems for Ambient Intelligence (SESAMI)". He was the Chair of the Steering Group of the EU-funded proactive initiative "The Disappearing Computer", a cluster of 17 projects, and the co-chair
of CONVIVIO: the EU-funded Network of Excellence on People-Centred Design of Interactive Systems. He was and still is active in various special interest groups (some of them were initiated and chaired by him) on Software-Ergonomics, Human-Computer Interaction, Hypertext/Hypermedia, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Work and Organisation Psychology in different scientific organizations, e.g.,
- GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik),
- DGP (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie),
- ACM (Association for Computing Machinery),
- EACE (European Association for Cognitive Ergonomics).
Streitz, Norbert A., Magerkurth, Carsten, Prante, Thorsten, Rocker, Carsten (2005): From information design to experience design: smart artefacts and the disappearing compute. In Interactions, 12 (4) pp. 21-25.
Streitz, Norbert A., Rocker, Carsten, Prante, Thorsten, Alphen, Daniel van, Stenzel, Richard, Magerkurth, Carsten (2005): Designing Smart Artifacts for Smart Environments. In IEEE Computer, 38 (3) pp. 41-49. https://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2005.92
Prante, Thorsten, Streitz, Norbert A., Tandler, Peter (2004): Roomware: Computers Disappear and Interaction Evolves. In IEEE Computer, 37 (12) pp. 47-54. https://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2004.255
Prante, Thorsten, Magerkurth, Carsten, Streitz, Norbert A. (2002): Developing CSCW tools for idea finding -: empirical results and implications for design. In: Churchill, Elizabeth F., McCarthy, Joe, Neuwirth, Christine, Rodden, Tom (eds.) Proceedings of the 2002 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work November 16 - 20, 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. pp. 106-115. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/587078.587094
Tandler, Peter, Prante, Thorsten, Muller-Tomfelde, Christian, Streitz, Norbert A., Steinmetz, Ralf (2001): Connectables: dynamic coupling of displays for the flexible creation of shared workspaces. In: Marks, Joe, Mynatt, Elizabeth D. (eds.) Proceedings of the 14th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology November 11 - 14, 2001, Orlando, Florida. pp. 11-20. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/502348.502351
Streitz, Norbert A., Geissler, Jorg, Holmer, Torsten, Konomi, Shin\'ichi, Muller-Tomfelde, Christian, Reischl, Wolfgang, Rexroth, Petra, Seitz, Peter, Steinmetz, Ralf (1999): i-LAND: An Interactive Landscape for Creativity and Innovation. In: Altom, Mark W., Williams, Marian G. (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 99 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference May 15-20, 1999, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. pp. 120-127. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/302979/p120-streitz/p120-streitz.pdf
Streitz, Norbert A., Hartkopf, Volker, Ishii, Hiroshi, Kaplan, Simon M., Moran, Thomas P. (1998): Cooperative Buildings: Integrating Information, Organization, & Architecture. In: Poltrock, Steven, Grudin, Jonathan (eds.) Proceedings of the 1998 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work November 14 - 18, 1998, Seattle, Washington, United States. pp. 411-413. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/cscw/289444/p411-streitz/p411-streitz.pdf
Streitz, Norbert A., Rexroth, Petra, Holmer, Torsten (1997): Does `roomware' matter? Investigating the role of personal and public information devices . In: Hughes, John F., Prinz, Wolfgang, Schmidt, Kjeld (eds.) Proceedings of the Fifth European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 7-11 September, 1997, Lancaster, UK. pp. 297-312.
Boy, Guy André, Belin, Edouard, Streitz, Norbert A., Daniel, Brigitte, Hollender, Martin, Santos, Jose Dos, Maignien, Yannick (1997): Hypertext & Hypermedia in Organizational Memory Systems. In: Bernstein, Mark, Carr, Leslie, Osterbye, Kasper (eds.) Hypertext 97 - Proceedings of the Eighth ACM Conference on Hypertext April 06-11, 1997, Southampton, UK. pp. 237. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/hypertext/267437/panels/panels.pdf
Streitz, Norbert A., DeRose, Steven J. (1996): World-Wide Web Authoring and Collaboration. In: Hypertext 96 - Proceedings of the Seventh ACM Conference on Hypertext March 16-20, 1996, Washington, DC. pp. 262. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/hypertext/234828/p262-besser/p262-besser.pdf
Mark, Gloria, Haake, Jorg M., Streitz, Norbert A. (1996): Hypermedia Structures and the Division of Labor in Meeting Room Collaboration. In: Olson, Gary M., Olson, Judith S., Ackerman, Mark S. (eds.) Proceedings of the 1996 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work November 16 - 20, 1996, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. pp. 170-179. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/cscw/240080/p170-mark/p170-mark.pdf
Streitz, Norbert A. (1995): Designing Hypermedia: A Collaborative Activity. In Communications of the ACM, 38 (8) pp. 70-71.
Hüser, Christoph, Reichenberger, Klaus, Rostek, Lothar, Streitz, Norbert A. (1995): Knowledge-base Editing and Visualization for Hypermedia Encyclopedias. In Communications of the ACM, 38 (4) pp. 49-51.
Mark, Gloria, Haake, Jorg M., Streitz, Norbert A. (1995): The Use of Hypermedia in Group Problem Solving: An Evaluation of the DOLPHIN Electronic Me. In: Marmolin, Hans, Sundblad, Yngve, Schmidt, Kjeld (eds.) ECSCW 95 - Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 11-15 September, 1995, Stockholm, Sweden. pp. 197-213.
Haake, Jorg M., Neuwirth, Christine, Streitz, Norbert A. (1994): Coexistence and Transformation of Informal and Formal Structures: Requirements for More Fl. In: Proceedings of ECHT 94 the ACM European Conference on Hypermedia Technology Sept 18-23, 1994, Edinburgh, UK. pp. 1-12. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/hypertext/192757/p1-haake/p1-haake.pdf
Streitz, Norbert A., Geissler, Jorg, Haake, Jorg M., Hol, Jeroen (1994): DOLPHIN: Integrated Meeting Support Across Local and Remote Desktop Environments and LiveB. In: Proceedings of the 1994 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work October 22 - 26, 1994, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. pp. 345-358. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/cscw/192844/p345-streitz/p345-streitz.pdf
Russell, Daniel M., Landow, George P., Streitz, Norbert A., Moulthrop, Stuart, Bolter, Jay David (1993): Designing and Building Structure. In: Stotts, P. David, Furuta, Richard (eds.) Proceedings of ACM Hypertext 93 Conference November 14-18, 1993, Seattle, Washington.
Haake, Jorg M., Knopik, Thomas, Streitz, Norbert A. (1993): The SEPIA Hypermedia System as Part of the POLIKOM Telecooperation Scenario. In: Stotts, P. David, Furuta, Richard (eds.) Proceedings of ACM Hypertext 93 Conference November 14-18, 1993, Seattle, Washington. pp. 235-237. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/hypertext/168750/p235-haake/p235-haake.pdf
Bernstein, Mark, Marshall, Catherine C., Streitz, Norbert A. (1993): Argumentation in Action. In: Stotts, P. David, Furuta, Richard (eds.) Proceedings of ACM Hypertext 93 Conference November 14-18, 1993, Seattle, Washington. pp. 274-275. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/hypertext/168750/p274-bernstein/p274-bernstein.pdf
Eberleh, Edmund, Korfmacher, Wilfried, Streitz, Norbert A. (1992): Thinking or Acting? Mental Workload and Subjective Preferences for a Command Code and a Di. In International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 4 (2) pp. 105-122.
Streitz, Norbert A. (1992): The Hypermedia Authoring Environment SEPIA. In: Lucarella, D., Nanard, Jocelyne, Nanard, Marc, Paolini, P. (eds.) Proceedings of ECHT 92 the Fourth ACM Conference on Hypertext November 30 - December 04, 1992, Milano, Italy. pp. 290.
Streitz, Norbert A., Haake, Jorg M., Hannemann, Jorg, Lemke, Andreas C., Schuler, Wolfgang, Schutt, Helge, Thuring, Manfred (1992): SEPIA: A Cooperative Hypermedia Authoring Environment. In: Lucarella, D., Nanard, Jocelyne, Nanard, Marc, Paolini, P. (eds.) Proceedings of ECHT 92 the Fourth ACM Conference on Hypertext November 30 - December 04, 1992, Milano, Italy. pp. 11-22. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/hypertext/168466/p11-streitz/p11-streitz.pdf
Streitz, Norbert A., Halasz, Frank, Ishii, Hiroshi, Malone, Thomas W., Neuwirth, Chris, Olson, Gary M. (1991): The Role of Hypertext for CSCW Applications. In: Walker, Jan (eds.) Proceedings of ACM Hypertext 91 Conference December 15-18, 1991, San Antonio, Texas. pp. 369-377. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/hypertext/122974/p369-streltz/p369-streltz.pdf
Streitz, Norbert A., Walker, Janet H., Waterworth, John A., Wright, Patricia, Trigg, Randall H. (1990): What's Specific about User-Interfaces for Hypertext Systems?. In: Rizk, Antoine, Streitz, Norbert A., Andre, Jacques (eds.) ECHT 90 - European Conference on Hypertext November 27-30, 1990, Versailles, France. pp. 354-361.
Schutt, Helge, Streitz, Norbert A. (1990): HyperBase: A Hypermedia Engine Based on a Relational Database Management System. In: Rizk, Antoine, Streitz, Norbert A., Andre, Jacques (eds.) ECHT 90 - European Conference on Hypertext November 27-30, 1990, Versailles, France. pp. 95-108.
Argentesi, Flavio, Streitz, Norbert A., Hansen, R., Antoni, Giovanni Degli, Cicu, A. (1990): Strategic Issues in European Hypertext Research and Development. In: Rizk, Antoine, Streitz, Norbert A., Andre, Jacques (eds.) ECHT 90 - European Conference on Hypertext November 27-30, 1990, Versailles, France. pp. 367-369.
Streitz, Norbert A., Hannemann, Jorg, Thuring, Manfred (1989): From Ideas and Arguments to Hyperdocuments: Travelling through Activity Spaces. In: Halasz, Frank, Meyrowitz, Norman (eds.) Proceedings of ACM Hypertext 89 Conference November 5-8, 1989, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. pp. 343-364.
Baird, Pat, Egan, Dennis E., Kintsch, Walter, Smith, John, Streitz, Norbert A. (1989): Cognitive Aspects of Designing Hypertext Systems. In: Halasz, Frank, Meyrowitz, Norman (eds.) Proceedings of ACM Hypertext 89 Conference November 5-8, 1989, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. pp. 397.
Streitz, Norbert A., Spijkers, Will A. C., Duren, Lidewij L. van (1987): From Novice to Expert User: A Transfer of Learning Experiment on Different Interaction Mod. In: Bullinger, Hans-Jorg, Shackel, Brian (eds.) INTERACT 87 - 2nd IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction September 1-4, 1987, Stuttgart, Germany. pp. 841-846.
Streitz, Norbert A. (2003): Interaction Design for the Disappearing Computer. In: Aarts, Emile H. L., Collier, René, Loenen, Evert van, Ruyter, Boris E. R. de (eds.) EUSAI 2003 - Ambient Intelligence - First European Symposium November 3-4, 2003, Veldhoven, The Netherlands. pp. 351-355. https://link.springer.de/link/service/series/0558/bibs/2875/28750351.htm
Streitz, Norbert A. (2007): The Disappearing Computer: User-Centered Interaction Design for Smart Artefacts. In: Conati, Cristina, McCoy, Kathleen F., Paliouras, Georgios (eds.) User Modeling 2007 - 11th International Conference - UM 2007 June 25-29, 2007, Corfu, Greece. pp. 1-2. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-73078-1_1
Beigl, Michael, Gellersen, Hans-Werner, Streitz, Norbert A. (2001): Mensch-Computer-Interaktion in allgegenwärtigen Informationssystemen. In: Oberquelle, Horst, Oppermann, Reinhard, Krause, Jürgen (eds.) Mensch and Computer 2001 March 5-8, 2001, Bad Honnef, Germany. https://mc.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/konferenzbaende/mc2001/W9.pdf
Streitz, Norbert A. (2001): Ubiquitous Computing and The Disappearing Computer - Research Agendas, Issues, and Strateg. In: Abowd, Gregory D., Brumitt, Barry, Shafer, Steven A. (eds.) Ubicomp 2001 Ubiquitous Computing - Third International Conference September 30 - October 2, 2001, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. pp. 184-186. https://link.springer.de/link/service/series/0558/bibs/2201/22010184.htm
Streitz, Norbert A. (2006): From Human-Computer Interaction to Human-Environment Interaction: Ambient Intelligence and. In: Proceedings of the 9th ERCIM Workshop on User Interfaces for All , 2006, . pp. 3-13. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-71025-7_1
Streitz, Norbert A., Rocker, C., Prante, T., Stenzel, R., Alphen, D. van (2003): Situated Interaction with Ambient Information: Facilitating Awareness and Communication in. In: Stephanidis, Constantine (eds.) Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction June 22-27, 2003, Crete, Greece. pp. 133-137.
Mueller-Tomfelde, C., Streitz, Norbert A., Steinmetz, Ralf (2003): Sounds@Work - Auditory Displays for Interaction in Cooperative and Hybrid Environments. In: Stephanidis, Constantine (eds.) Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction June 22-27, 2003, Crete, Greece. pp. 751-755.
Streitz, Norbert A. (2001): Augmented Reality and the Disappearing Computer. In: Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 2001, . pp. 738-742.
Magerkurth, Carsten, Memisoglu, Maral, Engelke, Timo, Streitz, Norbert A. (2004): Towards the next generation of tabletop gaming experiences. In: Graphics Interface 2004 May 17-19, 2004, London, Ontario, Canada. pp. 73-80. https://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1006058.1006068
Streitz, Norbert A., Konomi, Shin'ichi, Burkhardt, Heinz Jürgen (eds.) Cooperative Buildings, Integrating Information, Organization, and Architecture, First International Workshop, CoBuild98, Darmstadt, Germany, February 1998, Proceedings , 1998, .