Tom Gross

Prof. Dr. Tom Gross
University of Bamberg
Kapuzinerstr. 16
96047 Bamberg

Phone: (+49-951)863-3940
Fax: (+49-951)863-3945

I am full professor and chair of Human-Computer Interaction at the Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Science of the University of Bamberg, in Bamberg, Germany. During the term from October 2019 to September 2021 I have been the Dean of the Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Science. My research areas include Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp).


I am heading the Cooperative Media Lab, where our research is based on a Human-Centred Computing perspective---that is, I and my team aim to make technological contributions by developing technological concepts, platforms, and systems based on an understanding of human interaction with and through computing technology. Our projects are funded by the European Commission, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the State of Bavaria, as well as industry partners.

I have been a keynote speaker at various international scientific conferences (e.g., HUMAN 2019, INTERACT 2017) and industry events (e.g., Mittelstand Digital - Praxistag 2016); and I have given Tutorials on HCI, CSCW, and UbiComp on various international and national conferences.

Recently we have been including Human-Centred research on AI; for instance, I have been organising a workshop on 'Human(s) in the Loop - Bringing AI & HCI Together' at INTERACT 2019 together with Kori Inkpen (Microsoft Research, USA), Brian Y. Lim (National University of Singapore, Singapore), and Michael Veale (University College London, UK).

From October 2015 to February 2016 I was on sabbatical leave, at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (then called M-ITI; now evolved into ITI) working with great colleagues and students from M-ITI and from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Earlier, from September 2010 to February 2011 I was on sabbatical leave, working at the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. From December 2003 to February 2011 I was professor and chair of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work at the Faculty of Media of the Bauhaus-University Weimar, serving as a vice-president from 2008 to 2010. From March 1999 to July 2003 I was working at Fraunhofer FIT in the Cooperative Systems Department of Wolfgang Prinz.


I have written and co-authored a broad range of Books as well as Papers for reviewed international journals and conferences, etc.; and some position papers for workshops. We have received several awards.


I am Germany's official representative of Human-Computer Interaction in the IFIP Technical Committee on "Human Computer Interaction" (TC.13); and a member of the IFIP Workgroup on "Education in HCI and HCI Curriculum" (WG13.1). I am a member of the Steering Committee of Human-Computer Interaction as well as Computer-Supported Cooperative Work of the Germany Informatics Society (Gesellschaft fuer Informatik). I am a member of the ACM and of EUROMICRO.

I serve as a member of the Editorial Boards of several journals; I am Conference Chair (e.g., Exploratory Papers Co-Chair of ECSCW 2018, General Co-Chair and TPC Chair of INTERACT 2015 in Bamberg) and Workshop Organiser; and I have been a PC Member of several program scientific events.


I am teaching HCI, CSCW, and Ubiquitous Computing---mainly at the University of Bamberg in German, but also at various other universities across Europe in English. Details about my teaching in Bamberg can be found here (in German). human-computer interaction, hci, computer-human interaction, chi, human factors in computing systems, computer-supported cooperative work, cscw, group awareness, collaboration technology, computers and society, blog, blogging, virtual, communities, social software, informatik, thomas gross

Created: 21/11/1994, Last modified: 28/9/2022 ::: ::: (c) 1994-2022 Tom Gross