Author: Norbert A. Streitz
Ph.D. in physics, Ph.D. in Psychology/Cognitive Science
Dr. Norbert Streitz (Ph.D. in physics, Ph.D. in Cognitive Science) is a Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor with more than 35 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.
1987 - 2008: Norbert held different positions as Division Manager and Deputy Director at the Fraunhofer Institute IPSI (previously GMD-IPSI) in Darmstadt, Germany. At IPSI, he did research in multiple areas (e.g., Human-Computer Interaction, Hypertext / Hypermedia, CSCW, Ubiquitous Computing, Ambient Intelligence) and initiated and managed the corresponding research projects. A prominent example is the work of the research division "AMBIENTE - Smart Environments of the Future" founded by him in 1997. He and his team became well-known for the development of Roomware®, the integration of walls and furniture with large displays and information technology requiring new interaction paradigms. The Roomware components were developed in close cooperation with the industry and won several design prizes and research awards. During his time at IPSI, he was also a lecturer affiliated with the Department of Computer Science of the Technical University Darmstadt for more than 15 years.
1978 - 1986: Norbert was an Assistant Professor at the Psychology Department of the Technical University Aachen (RWTH), Germany, teaching and doing research in cognitive science, cognitive ergonomics, human-computer interaction, expert systems including basic research on memory and perception, dual-task performance, problem solving and knowledge representations. This work was carried out by the ACCEPT Research Group (AaChen Cognitive Ergonomics ProjecT) which was founded and headed by him. During this time, he got his second Ph.D. (in psychology with a focus on cognitive science) from the Technical University Aachen (RWTH) in 1985.
Before joining RWTH Aachen, he did research in theoretical physics (general relativity theory, differential geometry, and elementary particle physics) and got his first Ph.D. (in physics) from Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany, in 1976.
At different times of his career, he was a post-doc research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, a visiting scholar at Xerox PARC (Palo Alto), USA, and at the Intelligent Systems Lab of MITI, Tsukuba Science City, Japan.
His research and teaching activities are determined by a strong interdisciplinary approach and cover a wide range: Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction and Experience Design, Hypertext/ Hypermedia, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Ubiquitous Computing, Ambient Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Privacy by Design, Hybrid Worlds, Smart Manufacturing/ Industry 4.0, Automated Driving, Smart, but Humane and Cooperative Cities and Smart Airports.
Norbert is regularly asked to present keynote speeches, tutorials and invited talks at scientific as well as commercial events. The list of all invited talks and keynotes in his long career very extensive. Keynotes and talks since 2009 (start of Smart Future Initiative) and appointments as conference chair can be found here.
Publications and Editorial Boards
Norbert Streitz has published or co-edited 31 books/proceedings and authored/ co-authored more than 160 papers published in prominent peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of respected national and international conferences or as invited book chapters. For an overview of most of his publications along with their citations please check Google Scholar (h-index of 40, i10-index of 80, and 7280+ total citations) and ResearchGate.
Norbert serves on many editorial boards of journals, e.g., JAISE (Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments), JAIHC (Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing), ADCI (Advances in Computational Intelligence), HISI (Human-Intelligent Systems Integration),
MTI (Multimodal Technologies and Interaction), UAIS (Universal Access
in the Information Society) ) as well as for the recently established Springer Book Series in Adaptive Environments. Previously, he was on the board of ACM TOCHI (ACM Transactions on Computer-Human-Interaction) and an Associate Editor of ACM TOIS (Transactions on Information Systems) as well as on the boards of several Hypertext/ Hypermedia journals.
Norbert was also appointed as a member of juries for design and software competitions as well as project reviewer and evaluator for the European Commission and national and international science and funding foundations.
Member of Scientific Societies and Associated Activities
- Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) (German Society for Computer Science)
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs) (German Society for Psychology)
- European Japan Experts Association (EJEA)
- European Association on Cognitive Ergonomics (EACE) (previously)
- Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) (previously)
Norbert was active in initiating and fostering the establishment of HCI research in Germany and Europe. Examples: He was the first elected chair (in 1985) of the new SIG “Software-Ergonomie” (corresponds to SIGCHI of ACM) in the “Gesellschaft für Informatik (German Computer Science Society) and instrumental for a wide range of activities, e.g., organizing the “Software-Ergonomie Herbstschule (SEH)” (Autumn School on Human-Computer Interaction), which he also chaired for a number of years since its start in 1986.
Norbert was the first elected chair (1990) of the new SIG “Hypertext und Hypermedia” in the “Gesellschaft für Informatik (German Computer Science Society).
Norbert was the first elected deputy chair (1996) of the new SIG “Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)” in the “Gesellschaft für Informatik (German Computer Science Society).
Norbert was one of the “founding fathers” and then member of the Executive Committee of the European Association on Cognitive Ergonomics (EACE) established in 1985.
Norbert was the Vice Chair (1991 - 1993) of the ACM SIGLINK Special Interest Group on Hypertext/Hypermedia.
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, .