Ariana Dongus

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Ariana Dongus researches and lives in Berlin and Karlsruhe. She is a doctoral student and research assistant at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. There she coordinates the research group Artificial Intelligence and Media Philosophy founded by Prof. Pasquinelli. At the HfG, she also coordinated a research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation in the programme “AI and the Society of the Future”. She has presented her research nationally and internationally, for example at Ars Electronica, transmediale, PACT Zollverein, Bern University of the Arts, the Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum and the European Media Festival. Her texts appear in artistic magazines, journalistic newspapers as well as academic journals: http://www.arianadongus.com/. She was named AI Newcomer of the Year 2021. The award recognises young talents who have set themselves the goal of using artificial intelligence sustainably, responsibly and for the greatest possible benefit to society.

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Niels Feldmann

Platforms Challenge

Niels Feldmann is a researcher in the Digital Service Innovation group in the Department for Economics and Management at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He is founder and head of the international education and industry-cooperation program Service Design Thinking at KIT as well as leader of the Digital Service Design & Innovation Lab. His research and teaching interests focus on the human-centered design of digital services, business model innovation, data-driven business models, open and collaborative innovation, and facilitation of human creativity. Before joining KIT, Niels was a consultant and manager at IBM Germany specialized on innovation, strategy, and transformation projects. He led numerous client engagements in several industries such as Financial Services, Energy & Utilities, Retail, Consumer Goods, or IT-Services. Open & Collaborative Innovation. Throughout his consulting career, Niels worked on engagements in China, Russia, the USA and several Western European countries. He holds a master’s degree in information systems from the Technical University of Darmstadt and a PhD from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

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Wim Hupperetz

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Wim Hupperetz is the director of Allard Pierson (The collections of University of Amsterdam). He is a heritage professional in the field of museology, design, cultural landscape and urban environment focused on extra value by digital media and a multidisciplinary approach. Specializing in work related to museology, archaeology, town planning and historical research aimed at heritage issues. He is also concept developer/initiator of Heritage Lab (2011), New Media/ Digital Museum Lab (2012), ArcheoHotspots (2014), museum network COBBRA (2015), CEMEC EU project (2015), Collectors Cabinet (2016), MuseumCamp (2016), Cross Culture Timeline (2017), Allard Pierson Live (2018)…that led to the renewal of Allard Pierson in 2020…

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Jaap Kamps

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Jaap Kamps is an associate professor of information retrieval at the University of Amsterdam, PI of a stream of large research projects on information access funded by NWO and the EU, organizer of evaluation efforts at TREC and CLEF, and a prolific organizer of conferences and workshops. His research interests span all facets of information storage and retrieval – from user-centric to system-centric, and from basic research to applied research. A common element is the combination of textual information with additional structure, such as document structure, web-link structure, and/or contextual information, such as meta-data, anchors, tags, clicks, or profiles. Current interests are in “IR for social good” by working on novel access tools for cultural heritage and political data, and by developing explainable and interpretable neural models for search and analytics. He has published over 400 papers in all major conferences and journals, which can be found at http://e.humanities.uva.nl/https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=bWlQ2uEAAAAJhttp://dl.acm.org/author_page.cfm?id=81100034443, or other repositories.

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Eckart Köhne

Platforms Challenge

Eckart Köhne was born in Karlsruhe, studied Classical Archeology, Ancient History and Christian Archeology in Bonn and Heidelberg, completing his studies with a doctorate in 1996. Thereafter he began his professional activities as a Trainee and Curator at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. As an expert in Museum Consulting, he moved in 2001 to Ludwigshafen to the Museumsverband Rheinland-Pfalz. From 2004 to 2017, he planned and organized the major State Exhibition “Constantin the Great” in Trier and became Director of the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier in 2008. In 2011 he became Director and Business Manager of the Historisches Museum der Pfalz in Speyer. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Deutscher Museumsbund since 2010 and was elected as its President in 2014. He became the Director of the Badisches Landesmuseum in July 2014.

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Elke Kollar

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Dr. Elke Kollar is Chair of the Bundesverband Museumspädagogik e.V. (Federal Association of Museum Education) and Head of the Communication Department and the Cultural Education Department at the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe. 2010-2019 she worked as a cultural education officer at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in the department of research and education. Until 2010, she worked as a freelance cultural educator, curator, author, as well as in project management and public relations. She studied German language and literature with a focus on literary education and received her PhD in European Ethnology from Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg in 2015. Main areas of work: Museum and cultural education; communication; regional, national and international networking; visitor orientation and exhibition didactics; quality assurance; intersections of cultural and political-historical education.

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Tom Lilge

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Tom Lilge is co-founder and CoHead of the research and development platform gamelab.berlin. Based at the Humboldt University of Berlin, he plans and coordinates various projects, ranging from dance theatre in virtual reality to patient empowerment through game-based apps at the Charité University Hospital. With a background in philosophy and theatre studies, he also works as an advisor and supports companies and cultural institutions in recognising and using the potential of digitalisation effectively. In the museum and exhibition sector, he develops playful experiences for the museums of the future, among other things as a project manager at Humboldt Innovation GmbH.

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Dominik Rinnhofer

Games Challenge

Prof. Dominik Rinnhofer is a designer, media artist and scenographer. He is co-founder of PONG.LI Studios and was creative director for more than 10 years. The studios are known for interactive installations, projections for shows and events as well as for serious, public and corporate gaming. For more than 10 years, Prof. Rinnhofer has taught on the topics of media art history, next media and on the development of digital media, augmented and virtual reality. He is professor for Game Design at the Macromedia University in Stuttgart.

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Susanne Schulenburg

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Susanne Schulenburg is Managing Director at the Badisches Landesmuseum & Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe. After studying Business Administration, Marketing & Management at the University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Palatinate, she graduated with a degree in Business Administration. She held various management positions in product management at BMG Ariola München GmbH. At BMG Deutschland GmbH she was Deputy Managing Director before becoming Managing Director at the Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe in 2001.

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Matthias Wölfel

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Dr. Matthias Wölfel is a Professor for Intuitive and Perceptive User Interfaces at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and associated with the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at University of Hohenheim, Germany. His research interests include interaction design, human-computer and human-computer-human interaction, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality as well as digital culture. Dr. Wölfel was recognized in 2017 as one of the best professors in Germany by UNICUM, a popular magazine for university graduates in Germany that features an annual “Professor des Jahres” (professor of the year) competition. Besides his academic career Dr. Wölfel contributes to media art exhibited at festivals and in museums worldwide. He worked for the ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe and is the founder and CEO of ColorfulBit, an award-winning studio for new media and innovative technologies (awards include the “IKT Innovativ” by the Ministry of Economics and Technology in 2013, the “Innovationspreis-IT” in the category Entertainment/3D in 2014). He gets frequently invited to speak at conferences (e.g. Keynote Human Factors in Design, Shanghai) and company-internal events (e.g. Intel, Gdansk; Microsoft, London; Porsche, Stuttgart).

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