Florian Michahelles

Florian Michahelles

Professor | Ubiquitous Computing
1040 Wien | Favoritenstr. 9-11/187 | Austria
florian.michahelles@tuwien.ac.at | Tel.: +43.1.58801.193416


Research focus:
Ubiquitous Computing, Internet of Things, Digital Companion


CV: linkedin
Publications: google scholar

About my research and myself

My name is Florian Michahelles. I have recently joined TU Wien as a professor for ubiquitous computing. It is my ambition to investigate how we can apply technology to support humans in their tasks and activities while keeping the human user in control. How can we wrap computing capabilities into proactive services, how can we leverage AI to free users from routine and mundane tasks and let them focus on what we humans usually are best at: creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and social collaboration. What are appropriate applications [1] for digital companions [2], systems that digest information and provide suggestions towards a user’s task? Which are the appropriate interaction modalities? Which higher-level principles can we derive?

Before, I was a head of research group of Artificial & Human Intelligence research group at Siemens Corporate Technology in Berkeley/California. And even before that, I was the Associate Director of the Auto-ID Labs at ETH Zurich. I obtained a Ph.D. from ETH Zurich and a Master’s from LMU Munich in Computer Science.

Call for joining the lab

I’m constantly looking for students, partners and collaborators willing to create, experiment, evaluate novel concepts. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
I’m in the process of setting up a new research lab in the heart of downtown Vienna:
  • hardware lab: digital/physical tools in a workshop to create research prototypes
  • creation lab: workspace for students to code, build, create, experiment
  • user interaction lab: evaluation of prototypes, user studies, media-interaction

If you want to join the team please do have a look at my two open prae-doc (PhD) and one post-doc position. I’m looking forward to your applications!

[1] Tian, R., Saran, V., Kritzler, M., Michahelles, F. and Paulos, E., 2019, October. Turn-by-wire: Computationally mediated physical fabrication. In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 713-725).
[2] Mareike Kritzler, Jack Hodges, Dan Yu, Kimberly Garcia, Hemant Shukla, and Florian Michahelles. 2019. Digital Companion for Industry. In Companion Proceedings of The 2019 World Wide Web Conference (WWW ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 663–667.

Professional Service

(Selected) Publications (full list on gscholar)

Tian, Rundong; Saran, Vedant; Kritzler, Mareike; Michahelles, Florian; Paulos, Eric; Turn-by-wire: Computationally mediated physical fabrication. In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 713-725).

Kritzler, Mareike; Hodges, Jack; Yu, Dan; García, Kimberly; Shukla, Hemant; Michahelles, Florian; Digital Companion for Industry  In Companion Proceedings of The 2019 World Wide Web Conference (WWW ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 663–667.

Funk, Markus; Marky, Karola; Mizutani, Iori; Kritzler, Mareike; Mayer, Simon; Michahelles, Florian; Lookunlock: Using spatial-targets for user-authentication on hmds. Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 1-6 2019

Michahelles, Florian; Kawsar, Fahim; Mayer, Simon; Mottola, Luca; Beyond Testbeds: Real-World IoT Deployments. IEEE Pervasive Computing 17 4 13-14 2018 IEEE

Ciortea, Andrei; Mayer, Simon; Michahelles, Florian; Repurposing manufacturing lines on the fly with multi-agent systems for the web of things. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems 813-822 2018

Sheth, Amit P; Srivastava, Biplav; Michahelles, Florian; IoT-enhanced human experience. IEEE Internet Computing 22 1 4 2018

Mayer, Simon; Michahelles, Florian; HoloInteractions: Visualizing interactions between autonomous cognitive machines. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Internet of Things 1-2 2017

Funk, Markus; Kritzler, Mareike; Michahelles, Florian; HoloCollab: a shared virtual platform for physical assembly training using spatially-aware head-mounted displays. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Internet of Things 1-7 2017

Funk, Markus; Kritzler, Mareike; Michahelles, Florian; HoloLens is more than air Tap: natural and intuitive interaction with holograms. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Internet of Things 1-2 2017

Michahelles, Florian; Ciortea, Andrei; García, Kimberly; Funk, Markus; Combining semantics and augmented reality to support the human mind. Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers 697-703 2017

Mayer, Simon; Hodges, Jack; Yu, Dan; Kritzler, Mareike; Michahelles, Florian; An open semantic framework for the industrial Internet of Things. IEEE Intelligent Systems 32 1 96-101 2017

Michahelles, Florian; Making Sense of the Internet of Things. IEEE Pervasive Computing 16 1 5-5 2017

Mayer, Simon; Plangger, Dominic; Michahelles, Florian; Rothfuss, Simon; UberManufacturing: A goal-driven collaborative industrial manufacturing marketplace. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Internet of Things 111-119 2016

Michahelles, Florian; Mayer, Simon; Toward a web of systems. XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students 22 2 62-67 2015 ACM New York, NY, USA

Fantana, Nicolaie L; Riedel, Till; Schlick, Jochen; Ferber, Stefan; Hupp, Jürgen; Miles, Stephen; Michahelles, Florian; Svensson, Stefan; IoT applications–value creation for industry Internet of Things: Converging technologies for smart environments and integrated ecosystems. 153 2013 River

Henze, Niels; Shrazi, Alireza Sahami; Schmidt, Albrecht; Pielot, Martin; Michahelles, Florian; Empirical research through ubiquitous data collection. Computer 6 74-76 2013

Zhong, Nan; Michahelles, Florian; Google play is not a long tail market: an empirical analysis of app adoption on the Google play app market. Proceedings of the 28th annual ACM symposium on applied computing 499-504 2013

Cvijikj, Irena Pletikosa; Michahelles, Florian; Online engagement factors on Facebook brand pages Social network analysis and mining. 3 4 843-861 2013 Springer

Paefgen, Johannes; Kehr, Flavius; Zhai, Yudan; Michahelles, Florian; Driving behavior analysis with smartphones: insights from a controlled field study. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on mobile and ubiquitous multimedia 1-8 2012

Kranz, Matthias; Murmann, Lukas; Michahelles, Florian; Research in the large: Challenges for large-scale mobile application research-a case study about NFC adoption using gamification via an app store. International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI) 5 1 45-61 2013

Cvijikj, Irena Pletikosa; Michahelles, Florian; Understanding social media marketing: a case study on topics, categories and sentiment on a Facebook brand page Proceedings of the 15th international academic. MindTrek conference: envisioning future media environments 175-182 2011

Spiegler, Erica Dubach; Hildebrand, Christian; Michahelles, Florian; Increasing Brand Attractiveness and Sales through Social Media Comments on Public Displays–Evidence from a Field Experiment in the Retail Industry, International Conference on Pervasive Computing 443-460 2012

Karpischek, Stephan; Michahelles, Florian; Fleisch, Elgar; my2cents: enabling research on consumer-product interaction, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 16 6 613-622 2012

Uckelmann, Dieter; Harrison, Mark; Michahelles, Florian; An architectural approach towards the future internet of things. Architecting the internet of things 1-24 2011 Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Michahelles, Florian; Thiesse, Frederic; RFID’s Untapped Potential: Analyzing aggregated data can improve our understanding of processes. RFID journal 8 1 39-39 2011 RFID Journal Inc.

Lehtonen, Mikko; Ruhanen, Antti; Michahelles, Florian; Fleisch, Elgar; Serialized TID numbers-A headache or a blessing for RFID crackers?. 2009 IEEE international conference on RFID 233-240 2009 IEEE

Von Reischach, Felix; Michahelles, Florian; Schmidt, Albrecht; The design space of ubiquitous product recommendation systems, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia 1-10 2009

Lehtonen, Mikko; Michahelles, Florian; Fleisch, Elgar; How to detect cloned tags in a reliable way from incomplete RFID traces. 2009 IEEE International Conference on RFID 257-264 2009 IEEE

Ilic, Alexander; Andersen, Thomas; Michahelles, Florian; Increasing supply-chain visibility with rule-based rfid data analysis IEEE Internet Computing 13 1 31-38 2009 IEEE

Thiesse, Frederic; Michahelles, Florian; Schmitt, Patrick; Fleisch, Elgar; Fleisch, Elgar; Sorensen, C; Sorensen, C; Connecting mobile phones to the Internet of things: A discussion of compatibility issues between EPC and NFC. AMCIS 2007 Proceedings 158 2007

Michahelles, Florian; Thiesse, Frederic; Schmidt, Albrecht; Williams, John R; Pervasive RFID and near field communication technology. IEEE Pervasive Computing 6 3 94-96, c3 2007 IEEE

Schmidt, Albrecht; Spiekermann, Sarah; Gershman, Anatole; Michahelles, Florian; Real-world challenges of pervasive computing. IEEE Pervasive Computing 5 3 91-93 2006 IEEE

Michahelles, Florian; Schiele, Bernt; Sensing and monitoring professional skiers. IEEE Pervasive Computing 4 3 40-45 2005 IEEE

Michahelles, Florian; Wicki, Ramon; Schiele, Bernt; Less Contact: Heart-rate detection without even touching the user. Eighth International Symposium on Wearable Computers 1 4-7 2004 IEEE

Holmquist, Lars Erik; Gellersen, Hans-Werner; Kortuem, Gerd; Antifakos, Stavros; Michahelles, Florian; Schiele, Bernt; Beigl, Michael; Mazé, Ramia; Building intelligent environments with smart-its IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 24 1 56-64 2004 IEEE

Antifakos, Stavros; Michahelles, Florian; Schiele, Bernt; Proactive instructions for furniture assembly. International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing 351-360 2002 Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Michahelles, Florian; Samulowitz, Michael; Smart CAPs for smart ITs–context detection for mobile users Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 6 4 269-275 2002 Springer-Verlag London Limited