I am Associate Professor in the Web and Internet Science (WAIS) research group, department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. I hold a doctoral degree in Computer Science (Dr. rer. nat.) from the Free University of Berlin and a Diploma in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich. I have held research and teaching positions at the Technical University of Munich (2002-2003), the Free University of Berlin (2003-2007), the Semantic Technology Institute (STI) Innsbruck at the University of Innsbruck, Austria (2007-2009), and at the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany (2010 - 2012), before joining WAIS in November 2012.
My primary domain of research is at the intersection between knowledge technologies and crowd computing. In particular I am interested in socially and economically-motivated aspects of creating and using semantically enabled content on the Web, and in paradigms, methods and techniques to facilitate large-scale collaboration and incentivize participation. I had the opportunity to investigate these topics in over twenty European and national projects.