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Dr. Michael Derntl

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Address: Lehrstuhl Informatik 5
Building E2, 2nd floor, room 6235
Ahornstr. 55
52056 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 80 21512
Fax: +49 241 80 22321

Dr. Michael Derntl is a senior research associate at the Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS) Group, Information Systems and Databases chair (Informatik 5) at RWTH Aachen University. 

Currently he is researching, developing and managing in the following EU funded projects:

  • LAYERS – Scaling Up Technologies for Informal Learning in SME Clusters (EU FP7 Integrated Project)
  • METIS – Meeting Teachers' Co-Design Needs by Means of Integrated Learning Environments (EU LLP Multilateral Project)
  • SAGE – Serious Games Pathway within the Undergraduate IT Programs (EU Tempus Joint Project)

Michael is maintaining several open source software projects created during project research and supervision of theses at the DBIS chair, including:

  • D-VITA: Dynamic Visual Topic Analytics
  • SyncMeta: Framework for Near Real-Time (Meta)modeling in the Web Browser
  • OpenGLM: Open Graphical Learning Modeller

His previous projects at RWTH Aachen University include GaLA, an FP7 network of excellence on serious games called "Games and Learning Alliance"; TEL-Map, an FP7 Support Action on Roadmapping for Technology Enhanced Learning; TeLLNet, an EU project on social network analysis and visual analytics of European teachers' lifelong learning networks; and LD-Grid, a co-funded network of European researchers on Learning Design.

Before joining RWTH in March 2011, Michael was engaged as a research professional on learning technology standards, metadata and interoperability in the EU eContentplus project ICOPER as well as in various other projects in the area of advanced learning technologies. Michael studied business informatics ("Wirtschaftsinformatik") at the University of Vienna (MSc in 2001, PhD in 2005). During his master studies he worked as a freelance software developer in industry and office software projects. His PhD thesis, which was published as a book in 2006, dealt with novel applications of design patterns to process and system engineering in the technology enhanced learning domain. 

From 2002 to 2011 he had various posts as researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of Vienna. He was vice-head of the Research Lab for Educational Technologies, predecessor of the CSLEARN unit at University of Vienna, from 2005-2010. 

He has given lectures, seminars and labs on programming, databases, web engineering, software architecture, business information systems, software engineering, and most recently on web science and high-tech entrepreneurship. In summer 2008 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney. He has received several outstanding paper awards at international conferences, the most recent one at IEEE ICALT 2012.

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