I have to admit that I am an applied researcher and a maker in my private and professional life, every day. As a child I spent a lot of time in the workshop of my father to build new things and I started soldering when I was nine years old. Till today, I don’t hesitate to build new things, repair stuff which I have no glue how it works, … I just start.
At the meantime, the Internet makes it much easier to solve wicked problems because the information is just out there.
The nature of empirical research got my attention when I started to work at the FRAUNHOFER IESE in 2000. Here, I learned how to plan, design and conduct empirical studies in the context of industrial software engineering. Empirical research has certainly its origine in natural sciences, so using it in a technical engineering domain was challenging. Nevertheless, Prof. Rombach was able to convince me to dive deeper into the realm of statistics and to critically investigate phenomena around reusing experiences and lessons learned in software engineering. I acquired substantial statistical expertise and finally decided to give lectures at different universities on empirical research in information science and software engineering. It was certainly also the topic of my PhD which forces me to learn about cognition and pedagogical approaches, so finally I started to get very active in the domain of technology-enhanced learning. After I left IESE in 2009, I started working at the public research institute Henri Tudor in Luxembourg where I joined a team of researchers and engineers as a R&D Manager for e-Assessment. In 2015, CRP Henri Tudor merged with the CRP Gabriel Lippmann and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology was born.
Short Bibliography: I received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. I am working since almost 20 years as a scientist and project manager on different public and industrial projects in the domain of technology-enhanced learning and assessment. Today, I am leading the group Embedded Assessment at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg. My team is managing several international projects in the field of technology-enhanced assessment (TEA) and learning. With regard to technology-based assessment, my particular interest is to assess 21st Century skills with smart enabling technologies (e.g., tangible user interfaces or dialogue-based systems). I have authored more than 100 scientific publications. I am program committee member of different conferences in the domain of technology-enhanced learning and assessment. I have organised many workshops and symposiums on the topic of assessment. I am chairing of the Special Interest Group TEA (Technology Enhanced Assessment) of the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL). This year, I am again chair of the 2017 International Technology Enhanced Assessment Conference (TEA2017), which takes place in Barcelona.