IISIInternational Institute for Socio-Informatics

Dissertation Award 2013

The „Dissertation Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Research of  Application of Information Technologies in Social Systems” of the CSCW chapter of the Society for Computing and the International Institute of Socio-Informatics was conferred at the “Mensch und Computer” (Human and Computer) Conference 2013, held on September 10, 2013 in Bremen, Germany.

Dr.-Ing. Steffen Bartsch

received the award for his dissertation with the title “Broadening the Scope of Security Usability from the Individual to the Organizational: Participation and Interaction for Effective, Efficient, and Agile Authorization”. The dissertation originated at the University of Bremen and coached by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Bormann.

Mr. Bartsch’s dissertation is concerned with the usability of authorization systems. This “usability of safety” is an important prerequisite to for avoiding safety deficiencies.  In his dissertation, Mr. Bartsch analyzed the application of new Software Engineering methods (agile software development) for the development of authorization systems. In doing so, he implemented and evaluated several tools. With a grounded theory approach, he has carried out a qualitative analysis concerning problems which occur in organizations, incorporating the findings into recommendations and a holistic model of authorization problems. Mr. Bartsch’s work has contributed in a variety of ways to the progress of science. However, the practical advancements which came about through his dissertation are esteemed just as highly.

The runners-up receiving an honorable mention were: 

  • Matthias Korn, PhD, "Situating Engagement: Ubiquitous Infrastructures for In-Situ Civic Engagement", Aarhus University, DK (Prof. Dr. Susanne Bodker),
  • Dr. Tobias Schwartz, "Designing Information Technology for Sustainable Energy Use - A Practice Centered Approach to Consumption Feedback Technologies in Private Households and Work Environments", Siegen University (Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf),
  • Dr. Stefan Hallerstede, "Managing the Lifecycle of Open Innovation Platforms", Erlangen-Nürnberg University (Prof. Dr. Kathrin M. Möslein) and
  • Dr. Kai Holzweißig, "Ein koaktiver Unterstützungsansatz für Prozesse sozialer Wirklichkeitskonstruktion in Produktentstehungsprozessen" (“A Co-active Support Approach for Processes of the Social Construction of Reality in Product Development Processes”), Paderborn University (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Keil).


Dissertation Award 2011

In 2011, the Dissertation Award was conferred on Dr. Valérie Maquil for her dissertation bearing the title: “The ColorTable: an interdisciplinary design process”, University of Technology, Vienna (First assessor: Prof. Dr. Ina Wagner) – see also the project page dedicated to the ColorTable.

Valérie Maquil’s dissertation describes the development of a complex tangible user interface (TUI) for use in participative urban planning processes, where the experts and concerned parties are from diverse disciplines and fields. TUI-development makes use of the options of mixed reality (MR) representation and manipulation. It is based on a design and testing process, arranged in a four-year evolutionary cycle. This comprises several interrelated consequential development loops of TUI-prototypes, in whose design and evaluation users were involved throughout the implementation of real urban planning projects. In addition to the substantial contributions made, concerning tangible user interfaces and the application field of participative urban planning, Ms. Maquil’s dissertation further presents significant contributions to participative system design.

The runners-up receiving an honourable mention were: Gunnar Stevens, “Understanding and Designing Appropriation Infrastructures: Artifacts as boundary objects in the continuous software development”, Univ. Siegen (Prof. Wulf), and Simon Nestler, “Konzeption, Implementierung und Evaluierung von Benutzerschnittstellen für lebensbedrohliche, zeitkritische und instabile Situationen”, („Conception, Implemantation and Evaluation of User Interfaces for Life-threatening, Time-critical and Unstable Situations“), University of Technology, Munich (Prof. Klinker).

The award ceremony was held on September 9, 2011 at the evening event of “Mensch und Computer” (“Humans and Computers”) 2011, in Chemnitz.