Albrecht Schmidt


Albrecht Schmidt is a professor for Human Computer Interaction at the University of Stuttgart. Previously he was a Professor for User interface Engineering and Pervasive Computing at University of Duisburg-Essen. In 2006/2007 he had a joined position between the University of Bonn and the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) working in the area of Media Informatics. He studied computer science in Ulm, Germany and Manchester, UK and receive in 2003 a PhD from the Lancaster University in the UK. His research interest is in human computer interaction beyond the desktop, including user interfaces for mobile devices and cars and the creation of smart interactive objects. Albrecht published well over 100 refereed archival publications and his work is widely cited. He is co-founder of the ACM conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction (TEI) and initiated the conference on Automotive User Interfaces ( He is an associate editor in chief of the IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine and edits a column on invisible Computing in the IEEE Computer Magazine.


Interactive Systems, Human Computer Interaction, Mobile User interfaces, Mobile Interaction, Smart Enviornment, Smart Objects, Automotive User Interfaces, Human Machine Interfaces, Internet of things, Eyetracking,  Wearable Interactive Computing

I highly value the Humboldtian model, where students are provided with opportunities in teaching and research but have great freedom to choose and explore the way they learn and progress in their research. Education and research is seen in unity. At PhD level I see interaction and joined work between students, junior researchers and senior researchers on specific research projects as the central way of teaching how to do research. Where required students received taught course on methodology. A key part of coaching students is to create opportunities for people to meet, interact, discuss, and work together.