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Strategy, consultation, lectures, research, innovation, network, EdTec startups, entrepreneurship, digital responsibility

Prof. Dr. habil. Christoph Igel

Scientific Director | Principal Researcher
Professor Christoph Igel is the Principal Researcher and Scientific Director of the Educational Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Berlin. After completing studies in history, sport science, educational science and political science (1989-1996), he completed a doctorate at the University of Saarland on the importance of cognitions for internet-based learning (2000) and then wrote a postdoctoral thesis at the University of Münster on the potential and added value of e-learning for the strategic development of universities and academic disciplines in Europe (2007). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Continuing Education School in Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) since 2011, and since 2015 has held the post of Professor of Educationa

Professor Christoph Igel is the Principal Researcher and Scientific Director of the Educational Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Berlin. After completing studies in history, sport science, educational science and political science (1989-1996), he completed a doctorate at the University of Saarland on the importance of cognitions for internet-based learning (2000) and then wrote a postdoctoral thesis at the University of Münster on the potential and added value of e-learning for the strategic development of universities and academic disciplines in Europe (2007). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Continuing Education School in Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) since 2011, and since 2015 has held the post of Professor of Educational Technology in the Faculty of Computer Science at TU Chemnitz. He has been a member of the DFKI management since 2016.

To date, Professor Igel has presided over more than 100 national and international research, development, innovation and consultation projects on technology-based training and qualification in business, education, science and administration. He has written numerous monographs and articles in national and international journals, edited collected editions, and been a regular keynote speaker and driving force at national and international conferences for industry, science, associations and politics. He advices DAX companies and SMEs on staff development issues in the era of digitisation, the internet of things and industry 4.0, and is an expert reviewer for funding programmes run by institutions such as the German Federal Ministries of Economics and Technology (BMWI) and Education and Research (BMBF) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Industry (BMWFW).

Since 2013 Professor Igel has been the chair of the ‘Intelligent Education Networks’ expert group as part of the federal government’s national Digital Summit, and was in the same year appointed co-chair of the ‘Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning in Medicine’ working group for the German Society of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) and the German Society for Computer Science (GI). His research and innovation activities on digitisation and education and his personal commitment as a trustee of various professional training, Europe and sustainability foundations have won him several awards. In 2009, representatives from science and economy named Professor Igel ‘Chief Learning Officer’ among Germany’s leading figures, and since 2017 he has been an ambassador for the National MINT Forum and has been committed to education in the fields of mathematics, computing, science and technology.

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Research, development, EdTec talents, publications, teaching, management, internationalisation

Dr.-Ing. Carsten Ullrich

Deputy Director | Senior Researcher
Dr. Carsten Ullrich is the Deputy Director of the Educational Technology Lab and a visiting researcher at Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s E-Learning Laboratory (China). As Senior Researcher he is responsible for a series of research projects in the field of technology-based learning and work. Within these he examines requirements for learners and staff arising from today’s highly technically complex working environments, as well as the new opportunities for support which these offer. Dr. Ullrich’s research tackles technology-based learning, focusing on adaptivity and learner support in the industry 4.0 workplace, medicine, schools and universities. He has more than 100 publications covering adaptivity, web-based learning and mobile learning. Dr. Ullrich completed his doctorate in

Dr. Carsten Ullrich is the Deputy Director of the Educational Technology Lab and a visiting researcher at Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s E-Learning Laboratory (China). As Senior Researcher he is responsible for a series of research projects in the field of technology-based learning and work. Within these he examines requirements for learners and staff arising from today’s highly technically complex working environments, as well as the new opportunities for support which these offer. Dr. Ullrich’s research tackles technology-based learning, focusing on adaptivity and learner support in the industry 4.0 workplace, medicine, schools and universities. He has more than 100 publications covering adaptivity, web-based learning and mobile learning.

Dr. Ullrich completed his doctorate in computer science at Saarland University in 2008, examining the use of AI technologies to formalise educational knowledge to automatically generate learning materials – his research was published in the ‘Springer Lecture Notes for Artificial Intelligence’ series. In the same year he began a six-year stint as associate professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he researched web-based and mobile learning in adult education. From 2009 to 2013 Dr. Ullrich was SJTU’s representative on the EU-IP ‘ROLE – Responsive Open Learning Environments’, and then in 2013 he returned to Germany to take up the role of Deputy Director of the DFKI’s Educational Technology Lab.

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Research, project acquisition, project management, publication, teaching, workshops, conferences

Dr. Milos Kravcik

Senior Researcher
The research focuses covered by Dr. Milos Kravcik, Senior Researcher at EdTec Lab, lie in the field of learning technologies and in particular relate to personalised and adaptive solutions, lifelong skills development, mobile and game-based learning, and workplace-integrated training. He has successfully won and directed numerous EU projects at Comenius University in Bratislava, the Fraunhofer FIT Institute in Sankt Augustin, the Open University in the Netherlands and RWTH in Aachen. These include projects focusing on supporting disabled students, developing web-based adaptive learning environments, mobile learning applications, tools for self-managed learning in the workplace, and the standardisation and interoperability of learning systems. Dr. Kravcik has organised and run numerous s

The research focuses covered by Dr. Milos Kravcik, Senior Researcher at EdTec Lab, lie in the field of learning technologies and in particular relate to personalised and adaptive solutions, lifelong skills development, mobile and game-based learning, and workplace-integrated training. He has successfully won and directed numerous EU projects at Comenius University in Bratislava, the Fraunhofer FIT Institute in Sankt Augustin, the Open University in the Netherlands and RWTH in Aachen. These include projects focusing on supporting disabled students, developing web-based adaptive learning environments, mobile learning applications, tools for self-managed learning in the workplace, and the standardisation and interoperability of learning systems.

Dr. Kravcik has organised and run numerous summer and winter schools (e.g. JTEL Summer Schools on Technology Enhanced Learning), workshops (e.g. PALE workshop series, UMAP conference, ARTEL workshop series at the EC-TEL conference), webinars (e.g. as part of the TENCompetence project) and conferences (e.g. International Conference on Smart Learning Environments). He has edited various conference and workshop proceedings and written specialist articles, book chapters and numerous publications. He has also edited several special issues of various journals. In addition, his work includes teaching and supervising student theses at bachelor and master level.

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Research, development, software, technologies, engineering, project management, publications

Michael Dietrich

Senior Engineer
Michael Dietrich is a Senior Engineer at the Educational Technology Lab.  He is responsible for technical developments within research projects and helps with their technological management in the field of technology-based learning and work. He plans, coordinates and even personally undertakes the required development work, and is involved in drafting academic publications. Mr. Dietrich studied computer science with a minor in business administration at Saarland University. After graduating he worked as a research assistant on developing a web-based intelligent tutoring system for mathematics. He then moved to the DFKI, where his area of activity shifted to AI-based applications in industry 4.0 and medicine.

Michael Dietrich is a Senior Engineer at the Educational Technology Lab.  He is responsible for technical developments within research projects and helps with their technological management in the field of technology-based learning and work. He plans, coordinates and even personally undertakes the required development work, and is involved in drafting academic publications.

Mr. Dietrich studied computer science with a minor in business administration at Saarland University. After graduating he worked as a research assistant on developing a web-based intelligent tutoring system for mathematics. He then moved to the DFKI, where his area of activity shifted to AI-based applications in industry 4.0 and medicine.

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Conferences, events, dialogue formates, communication, social media, public relations, internet

Maren Braubach

Senior Clerk
Maren Braubach is a Senior Clerk at the Educational Technology Lab. She is well versed in organising academic conferences, trade fairs and events as well as in high-profile dialogue formats with partners from science, business, politics, chambers, associations and foundations. This includes planning, organisation and implementation, as well as all internal and external communication measures. She also aids the EdTec Lab management with social media communications and with internet and web activities for projects and labs. Ms. Braubach previously worked as assistant to the executive of an international medium-sized company, giving her many years of experience in managing complex time-critical processes. Her specialist office communications qualification, her various insights into a varie

Maren Braubach is a Senior Clerk at the Educational Technology Lab. She is well versed in organising academic conferences, trade fairs and events as well as in high-profile dialogue formats with partners from science, business, politics, chambers, associations and foundations. This includes planning, organisation and implementation, as well as all internal and external communication measures. She also aids the EdTec Lab management with social media communications and with internet and web activities for projects and labs.

Ms. Braubach previously worked as assistant to the executive of an international medium-sized company, giving her many years of experience in managing complex time-critical processes. Her specialist office communications qualification, her various insights into a variety of fields of application and her experience in human resource management are all key knowledge building blocks which she uses work together with EdTec Lab partners on a national and international level and to support its researchers, developers and consultants.

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Innovation, application, transfer, publications, project management, knowledge and technology transfer

Kerstin Borau

Researcher
Kerstin Borau is a researcher at the Educational Technology Lab. Her work focuses on innovation and application projects in the fields of the digitisation of education and qualification 4.0, where she draws on her international experience in education technologies and e-learning applications. In collaboration projects with the economy, industry and the public sector, she supports knowledge and technology transfer for digital transformation and takes charge of project implementation. She publishes articles on her activities at the EdTec Lab in specialist journals and speaks at international conferences. Kerstin Borau studied English and German studies at Saarland University. She gained an academic certificate in ‘German as a foreign language’ from Kalle University. She worked at Shan

Kerstin Borau is a researcher at the Educational Technology Lab. Her work focuses on innovation and application projects in the fields of the digitisation of education and qualification 4.0, where she draws on her international experience in education technologies and e-learning applications. In collaboration projects with the economy, industry and the public sector, she supports knowledge and technology transfer for digital transformation and takes charge of project implementation. She publishes articles on her activities at the EdTec Lab in specialist journals and speaks at international conferences.

Kerstin Borau studied English and German studies at Saarland University. She gained an academic certificate in ‘German as a foreign language’ from Kalle University. She worked at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China for more than 10 years, both as a lecturer in foreign languages at the School of Continuing Education and as a foreign expert at the SJTU E-Learning Lab. During this period she gained extensive intercultural experience in deploying and using digital technologies for training, qualification and education in universities and companies, in particular as regards developing digital learning content and preparing online qualification opportunities for adult education.

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Research, development, software, technologies, engineering, project management, publications

Arash Kermani

Engineer | Researcher
Arash Kermani is an Engineer and Researcher at the Educational Technology Lab. He is responsible for developing innovative software applications from prototype through to complex EdTec application as part of research projects on technology-based learning and digital education. He also undertakes research on the use of artificial intelligence methods in education, and is a doctoral student at TU Chemnitz’s Faculty of Computer Science. Mr. Kermani has many years of research experience in artificial neural networks and their relevance for human and machine learning. His focal areas include deep learning and automated production of learning content. Mr. Kermani has a bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from Azad University Tehran (Iran) and a master’s degree in auto

Arash Kermani is an Engineer and Researcher at the Educational Technology Lab. He is responsible for developing innovative software applications from prototype through to complex EdTec application as part of research projects on technology-based learning and digital education. He also undertakes research on the use of artificial intelligence methods in education, and is a doctoral student at TU Chemnitz’s Faculty of Computer Science.

Mr. Kermani has many years of research experience in artificial neural networks and their relevance for human and machine learning. His focal areas include deep learning and automated production of learning content. Mr. Kermani has a bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from Azad University Tehran (Iran) and a master’s degree in automation and control technology from the National Research Center at Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russia).

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Research, Development, Software, Technologies, Engineering, Project Management

Andreas Bertsch

Engineer
Andreas Bertsch is an engineer at the Educational Technology Lab. He uses state-of-the-art web technologies to plan and develop software applications for research projects in the field of technology-based learning and work. He helps to implement innovative online representations for conferences, trade fairs, events and dialogue formats. His area of responsibility ranges from developing demonstrators, to prototypes, to productive systems. Mr. Bertsch studied Computer Science at Darmstadt University. Working as a freelance full stack developer for many years, he operated in a wide range of sectors and was responsible for implementing complex application development. He has extensive experience in the front-end and back-end development of cross-platform solutions, accessibility, usability,

Andreas Bertsch is an engineer at the Educational Technology Lab. He uses state-of-the-art web technologies to plan and develop software applications for research projects in the field of technology-based learning and work. He helps to implement innovative online representations for conferences, trade fairs, events and dialogue formats. His area of responsibility ranges from developing demonstrators, to prototypes, to productive systems.

Mr. Bertsch studied Computer Science at Darmstadt University. Working as a freelance full stack developer for many years, he operated in a wide range of sectors and was responsible for implementing complex application development. He has extensive experience in the front-end and back-end development of cross-platform solutions, accessibility, usability, utility, Linux administration, and application hosting. He is familiar with handling Windows, Linux and MacOS.

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Social Engineering, interaction, diversity, interculturalism, multilingualism, social networking

Mads

Junior Social Designer
Mads is the youngest member of the Educational Technology Lab team. He holds the position of Junior Social Designer, which he created himself. His role is to launch, implement and reflect on hybrid interactions between humans and animals. He pays particular attention to a salutogenetic approach, with individual well-being as the focus of his various efforts on a regional, national and international level. Mads gained his initial social management experience as a former member of a small, regionally based family company. He also possesses particular expertise in the fields of diversity, multilingualism and multiculturalism. As a digital native, he is well versed in social media and social networking. He is a member of hybrid sharing communities, and outside of EdTec Lab also has a fondne

Mads is the youngest member of the Educational Technology Lab team. He holds the position of Junior Social Designer, which he created himself. His role is to launch, implement and reflect on hybrid interactions between humans and animals. He pays particular attention to a salutogenetic approach, with individual well-being as the focus of his various efforts on a regional, national and international level.

Mads gained his initial social management experience as a former member of a small, regionally based family company. He also possesses particular expertise in the fields of diversity, multilingualism and multiculturalism. As a digital native, he is well versed in social media and social networking. He is a member of hybrid sharing communities, and outside of EdTec Lab also has a fondness for bugs and tweets.

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Adjunct Researcher

Prof. Dr. Norbert Meder

Nadine Nagel

Michael Schmucker

Prof. Dr. Ruimin Shen

Research Assistant

Vanessa Kretzschmar

Katja Thalheim-Heinecke

Joanna Schmidt