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Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn


Institute of Computer Science

Professor Human-Centered Computing (HCC)

Königin-Luise-Str. 24/26
Room 119
14195 Berlin
+49 30 838 75220

Office hours

My consultation time ("Sprechstunde") is, if not stated otherwise, each Thursday between 1 to 2 PM. Please select an available slot on Whiteboard. At the moment, I offer an online consultation time only using the remote conference service of the FU Berlin. Non-institute members, please contact Melanie Siering for scheduling.

If you are interested in writing your BSc. or MSc. thesis in my group, please check out the currently available topics. I outlined the general process of writing a thesis at the HCC.lab.

From October 2019, I am the Head of the Examination Committee and the Program Master of Computer Science at the Institute of Computer Science at the Freie Universität Berlin. Please check out the very useful information regarding various typical questions during your master's study on the Wiki.

Please note, at the moment, the examination office helps you by telephone (office hours Tue from 12-15 and Thu 11-14) and by e-mail. Certificates and documents will be sent by post.

I am the head of the research group Human-Centered Computing at the Institute of Computer Science at the Freie Universität of Berlin. I am also a principal investigator at the Cluster of Excellence Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity «Image Space Material» (MoA) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Prior to my appointment, I undertook a post-doc at the Carnegie Mellon University based on a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.

My interdisciplinary research advances the fields of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Social Computing, and Human-Computer Interaction. I am especially interested in investigating human-machine collaboration in which human intelligence intertwines with machine intelligence. My focus is to advance the research and design of socially responsible technologies by analyzing the interconnectedness of data, algorithms, and social context to enable a sustainable human-machine collaboration.

My current research projects comprise technologies from the areas of machine learning concerning questions of privacy, reflection, and explanation, with a focus on interactive and conversational user interfaces. I understand these technologies as socio-technical systems, which are located in specific contexts of use. This is also the basis for the methodological approach to a value-based system design, which relates to a critical design practice. An overview of all funded research projects is on my group website.

Moreover, I advocate the use and development of open-source software, the principles of open science in my research work, and open access to scholarly knowledge.

Scientific Career Path

  • Since 2019 Associate Professor (tenured) Human-Centered Computing (HCC), FU Berlin.
  • 2012 – Assistant Professor Human-Centered Computing (HCC), Freie Universität Berlin (before visting professor).
  • 2010 – Post-doctoral Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University (US).
  • 2008 – Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.) in Business Informatics, University of Potsdam.
  • 2004 – Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) in Industrial Engineering., Technical University of Berlin.

Awards and Prizes

  • 2019 Honorable Mention Award (best 5%), 25th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work.
  • 2014 Ted Nelson Newcomer Award, 25th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media.
  • 2009 Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
  • 2009 Mini Challenge Award: Good Tool Flexibility, IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology.