The CSCW & Social Computing group of the Gesellschaft für Informatik and the International Institute for Socio-Informatics (IISI) are jointly awarding a dissertation prize for outstanding results in the research of applications of computer science in social systems. The prize is endowed with 1,500 euros and is awarded every second year during the Mensch und Computer conference.
The 2015 winner was selected by a jury of twelve of the leading German-speaking scientists in the field of CSCW & Social Computing. During the review and comparison of the submissions, one work clearly stood out.
In 2015, the dissertation prize was awarded to Dr.-Ing. Matthias Heinrich, who received his doctorate at Chemnitz Technical University with a thesis on “Enriching Web Applications Efficiently with Real-Time Collaboration Capabilities” (first reviewer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Gaedke).
Matthias Heinrich’s dissertation describes for the first time an engineering approach to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the design, development and evolution of web-based real-time web applications. In particular, his solution approach focuses on the main areas of support for workspace awareness, support for the development of real-time collaboration web applications through real-time collaboration additions in existing frameworks as well as the non-invasive transformation of existing single-user web applications into multi-user real-time collaboration web applications.
The importance of the work is reflected in the large number of intemational publications at scientific conferences and journals – his publications at the renowned World Wide Web Conference in 2012 and 2013 are undoubtedly particularly noteworthy; the basic approach and specific solution modules were also honored with a Best Research Paper Award (2012) and in the following year with a Best Demo and Poster Award (2013) at the International Conference on Web Engineering. The work also led to three patents.
All in all, Mr. Heinrich delivers a top-class work – both practically relevant and scientifically “distinguished” with various Best Paper Awards. The work is design-oriented without forgetting the evaluation and conveys a high degree of unity through clear goals and a clear red thread.
Next in the list are Dr. Christian Maier, who received his doctorate in “Technostress – Theoretical Foundation and Empirical Evidence” at the University of Bamberg, and Dr. Christian Reuter, who received his doctorate in “Emergent Collaboration Infrastructures – Technology Design for Inter-Organizational Crisis Management” at the University of Siegen.
The award ceremony took place on 7.9.2015 at the evening event of the conference Mensch und Computer 2015 in Stuttgart.
Members of the jury in 2015:
Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf, University of Siegen
Prof. Dr. Stefan Klein, University of Münster
Dr. Alexander Richter, University of Zurich
Prof. Dr. Peter Mambrey, University of Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart, HU Berlin
Prof. Dr. Gunnar Stevens, University of Siegen
Prof. Dr. Stephan Lukosch, TU Delft
Dr. Michael Prilla, University of Bochum
Prof. Dr. Johann Schlichter, TU Munich
Prof. Dr. Hilda Tellioglu, TU Vienna
Prof. Dr. Michael Koch, University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich
Prof. Dr. Volkmar Pipek, University of Siegen