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Dr Markus Rittenbruch

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design


Dr Markus Rittenbruch
Senior Lecturer
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design
Discipline *
Distributed Computing, Information Systems
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of Queensland), Diplom Informatiker (University of Bonn)


Computer-supported Cooperative Work, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Natural User Interfaces, Ubiquitous Computing, Urban Informatics, User Experience Design

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Markus Rittenbruch is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) and the School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is a member of the Urban Informatics Research Lab.

He has over 18 years of research experience in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp). Before joining QUT he has been invited to work at various research organisations in Germany and Australia, including the University of Bonn, the Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC), the University of Queensland, the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID), and NICTA, Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Centre of Excellence.

Until recently Markus was one of the project leads at the Cube, a bleeding edge interactive learning and visualisation facility, located at QUT’s new Science and Engineering Centre. His project developed the CubIT system, a flexible large-scale presentation and collaboration framework that uses the Cube’s massive multi-touch walls. The framework enables QUT’s academic, professional and student population, to upload and share content utilising a wide range of innovative interaction mechanisms. Within the Urban Informatics Research Lab, Markus leads the Street Computing initiative, which sets out to explore and redefine the relationship between people and their increasingly digitalised urban environments.

Markus’s research focuses on solving problems in urban and organisational contexts through the design of engaging, innovative interaction technologies and approaches. His interests include the design of collaborative software, advanced models of awareness in groupware, in particular contextual and intentional awareness, social software, ambient, ubiquitous and physical computing, natural user interfaces and different ways of interfacing with sensors and sensor data.

Markus has published over 30 peer reviewed book chapters, journals articles and conference papers, including publications in the leading journals in HCI (Human-Computer Interaction Journal) and CSCW (Journal on Computer Supported Cooperative Work) and leading conferences in Ubicomp, HCI and Information systems.

This information has been contributed by Dr Markus Rittenbruch.


Principal Supervision of Research Students

  1. Daniel Filonik, PhD (QUT): Making Data Interactive: Exploring Real-time Data Visualisation and Composition Interfaces for End-users
  2. Nathen Street, M.Des. (QUT):  Sonification and hybrid interaction approaches for data exploration
Associate Supervision of Research Students
  1. Matthew Ford, PhD (QUT): Improving job satisfaction in digital game development by using gamification
  2. Tiago Dias Camacho, PhD (QUT): Passenger-Centric Services: Improving the Journey Experience of Urban Rail Passengers
This information has been contributed by Dr Markus Rittenbruch.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Participatory Visualisation & Assessment of Risks: A Crowdsourcing Approach
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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