I work as an assistant professor at the Digital Security Group at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands. My research focuses on the fine balance between the benefits of personalization and perceived and actual risks associated with privacy matters. In addition, I coordinate the Master Program in Information Sciences.
My main research interests include user modeling, personalization, Web usage mining, data analysis and visualization, usability and user evaluation. On my recently started Research Blog you can read about current developments and results, plus some ramblings.
Between 2006 and 2017, I worked as a senior researcher at the L3S Research Center in Hannover, Germany, where I conducted research in the related domains of user modeling, personalization and Web Science.
I was General Chair for the UMAP 2017 conference in Bratislava, Slovakia and the Hypertext 2016 conference in Halifax, Canada. Hypertext 2016 was collocated with UMAP 2016. I served as Program Chair for the Hypertext 2014 conference, which took place in Santiago de Chile. I served as Local Chair of the Adaptive Hypermedia 2008 conference, Publicity Chair for CHI 2012, UMAP 2010 and UMAP 2011, as Workshop and Tutorial Chair for UMAP 2012 and as Poster and Demo Chair for UMAP 2013. I am board member and information officer of User Modeling Inc and between 2007 and 2015, I served as the chair of the German SIG on Adaptive Systems and Interactive Systems ABIS.
I was involved in the European project EUMSSI and the German BMBF project GlycoRec on daily personalized support for diabetes patients. Previously, I was involved in the European projects LinkedUp, Stellar, Grapple and Sync3, in which I worked as local team leader and work package manager. I was general manager of the Prolean NoE, which finished successfully in 2008. Apart from project coordination, I supervise Ph.D. students and give lectures.
Together with my colleagues Mirjam Augstein and Wolfgang Woerndl from the German SIG ABIS, we are finishing a book on Personalized Human-Computer Interaction, which will be published by DeGruyter Oldenbourg. The book contains invited, peer-reviewed chapters on state-of-the-art research as well as reflection.
UMAP 2019 - the 27th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization will take place in Larnaca, Cyprus, between 9 and 12 June 2019. Submission deadline is 1 February. I am member of the Steering Committee.
A new special issue of the NRHM with selected papers from UMAP 2017. Eelco Herder, Maria Bielikova, Federica Cena and Michel Desmerais. Special Issue on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization. New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia 24 (3), 2018.
The Master Program Information Sciences at Radboud University has been rated as a Top Program and Best Program in the field in the Keuzegids Master 2018. I am the proud coordinator of this program.
On 27 September 2017 I gave an invited talk at the Privacy and Identity Lab in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Who told you that - transparency and control for privacy-aware personalization. Download the slides.
Our submission to Hypertext 2017 has been nominated for the Ted Nelson Award. Erick Elejalde, Leo Ferres and Eelco Herder. The Nature of Real and Perceived Bias in Chilean Media. Proc. Hypertext 2017
UMAP 2017 - the 25th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization took place in Bratislava, Slovakia between 9 and 12 July 2017. Tentative submission deadline is 17 February 2017. Together with Maria Bielikova, I was general chair of UMAP 2017.