ROBERT KOWALSKIPersonal Profile
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ABOUT

PERSONAL DETAILS
Hello. I am a Software Architect UX Designer Entrepreneur Researcher Tinkerer
I am passionate about mobile experiences & innovation
Welcome to my profile

BIO

ABOUT ME

Currently, Robert Kowalski is a Sofware Architect/UX Designer for jambit GmbH. Additionally, he is Co-Founder, Lead Designer and CTO at PLUSME, which provides innovative photo sharing solutions for event planners.

He is a Media Informatics graduate from the Ludwig Maximilians-University in Munich (Germany). Additionally, he holds an Honours Degree in Technology Management from the Center for  Digital Technology and Management (CDTM). During his studies, he has spent a term abroad at the School of Information at the UC Berkeley as a Visiting Student Researcher.

Besides his studies Robert has worked on many projects in academia and in diverse industries. During his time at the Department for Media Informatics he has focused on Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Interaction Design, User Experience Design and Engineering, (mobile) Prototyping as well as User-Centered Design. Industry partners include Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), BMW Group, Siemens Enterprise Communications, Nokia Research Center Palo Alto, PAY.ON and more.

As a result of his passion for HCI/Design/Innovation and Product Development related projects Robert has created and teaches the 'Sketching with Hardware' and paper prototyping class at CDTM, is mentoring LMU students and keeps working on his own crazy ideas and concepts.


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ACADEMIA

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PROFESSION

  • WORK EXPERIENCE
  • June '12
    present

    SENIOR SOFTWARE ARCHITECT, UX DESIGNER

    JAMBIT GMBH

    My roles:
    Candidate Interviewer, jambit HR
    Senior Software Architect, Business Division Media & More
    UX Designer, internal/external Consultant

    Some customers I worked for:
    Audi Business Innovation
    Audi Electronics Venture
    BMW Group, Information & Communication
    BMW Group, Research & Development
    neobooks
    Süddeutsche Zeitung, Digitale Medien
  • May '12
    present

    CO-FOUNDER

    PLUSME UG

    My roles:
    Scrum Master
    Lead Designer
    CTO
  • Oct. '11
    May '12

    WORKING STUDENT

    BMW GROUP, CUSTOMER PLATFORMS

    Working on customer related applications and services
    Design and development of mobile applications
  • Jan. '11
    Mar. '11

    RESEARCH ASSISTENT

    SIEMENS ENTERPRISE COMMUNICATIONS

    Unified Communication research project
    Conception and realization of a video prototype
  • Sept. '10
    June '12

    RESEARCH ASSISTENT

    SCHOOL OF INFORMATION, UC BERKELEY

    Location based and mobile learning
    Interactive storytelling research project in conjunction with Nokia Research Labs
  • May '09
    April '11

    ASSISTENT

    MEDIA INFORMATICS GROUP, LMU MUNICH

    Teaching Assistent, Interaction Design
    Teaching Assistent, Media Technology
    Research Assistent, Prototyping & Design
  • May '08
    Aug. '09

    WORKING STUDENT

    FRANZIS VERLAG GMBH

    Working student within the software department.
  • Oct. '04
    Nov. '04

    INTERN

    BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL

    Intern within the Regional, European & International Division.
  • Sept. '03
    Jan. '06

    PROF. TRAINING

    DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG

    Prof. Training: Management Assistant in IT-Systems (IHK)
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OWN PROJECTS

plusme

PLUSME

plusme

PLUSME UG

ALLE FÜR EINEN. EINER FÜR ALLE.

Ein einziger Service, der alle Eventgäste miteinander verbindet: Photosharing mit interaktiver App und Live-Diashow auf Großbildleinwänden.

Umfassende Dokumentation des Events: Die Bilder aller Gäste landen gesammelt in einem Online-Fotoalbum und stehen zum Download in FullHD-Qualität zu Verfügung.

cubble

cubble

cubble

My thesis about a novel way for partners in long distance relationships to keep in touch, share their emotions and feel connected despite the distance.

cubble in the media:

  • Süddeutsche Zeitung, jetzt.de
  • Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bayern 2, Zündfunk
  • Media Informatics Blog
  • Radio Feierwerk
  • Radio SWR3, PopUp
  • 100.5 Das Hitradio

storyfaces

Storyfaces

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Storyfaces

StoryFaces: Systems for Children's Storytelling and Emotions.
For more information please feel free to check my publications.

alva

ALVA

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ALVA

A Smart Meter plug developed during a six days project.
Click here for an article from the magazine ITSzene about the project (in German).

social cubes

SocialCube

SocialCube

The SocialCube is an ambient information artifact, which reflects different interests of its owner to the environment via colored lights.
Click here for more details about the project.

inTUIt

inTUIt

inTUIt

inTUIt is an experience prototyping approach to investigate different simple identification techniques for tangible user interfaces (TUI) on digital surfaces.

Video by Alexander Wiethoff

From Digital to Physical

From Digital to Physical

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From Digital to Physical

As interactive surfaces can augment physical objects with digital information, we utilize these to foster the learning experience int three ways...

Flow of Electrons

Flow of Electrons

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Flow of Electrons

A workspace to design, build and evaluate a physical prototyping workspace for novices to learn about real physical computing hardware.

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TALKS/PRESS

  • TALKS
  • 2016
    MUNICH

    Das Ende der Apps (wie wir sie kennen)

  • 2015
    MUNICH

    UX im Projektalltag @ jambit COFFEETALKS

    jambit GmbH

    jambit Website
  • 2015
    MUNICH

    An introduction to User Experience Design

  • 2012
    today
    MUNICH

    Lightning Talks

    jambit GmbH

    Double Diamond design process
    UX Instants
    Microintractions
    Usability Heuristics
    DifferenceS between Usability, Interaction Design & UX Design.
  • 2014
    MUNICH

    User Experience Design

    LMU MUNICH, FACULTY OF PHYSICS

    Guest lecture within "Professionelle Softwareentwicklung für Physiker"

  • 2013
    BARCELONA

    cubble: A Multi-Device Hybrid Approach Supporting Communication in Long-Distance Relationships

    TEI CONFERENCE 2013

    TEI Conference Website
  • PRESS COVERAGE
  • PLUSME

    'Das Vielleicht ist das neue Nein'

    Süddeutsche Zeitung

    Artikel
  • PLUSME

    'Plusme: Ver-App-redung mit Freunden'

    Gründerszene

    Artikel
  • PLUSME

    'Dominik bloggt: Die Etablierung der Unpünktlichkeit'

    ego.fm

    Interview
  • cubble

    TEI'13 promotional video

    TEI'13

    Video
  • cubble

    'Komm, lass uns cubblen!'

    Süddeutsche Zeitung

    Artikel
  • cubble

    B2 Zündfunk

    Bayerischer Rundfunk

  • cubble

    'cubble: Multi-Device Assistance for Emotional Closeness and Communication in Relationships over a Distance'

    LMU Media Informatics/HCI Goup blog

    Blog
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PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS LIST
  2016 Oct.

Quantified UX: Towards a Common Organizational Understanding of User Experience

GOTHENBURG - SWEDEN

In Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI’16)

Proceedings Co-Author
  2014 Nov.

Appentwicklung am Puls der Zeit

MUNICH - GERMANY

HTML5 als Schlüsseltechnologie für ökonomische, nachhaltige und begeisternde mobile Applikationen.

Whitepaper for jambit GmbH


Whitepaper Author
  2013 Feb.

cubble: A Multi-Device Hybrid Approach Supporting Communication in Long-Distance Relationships

BARCELONA - SPAIN

In Proceedings of the 7th International ACM Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2013)  

Proceedings Author
  2012 Dec.

Geocentric Contextualized Mobile Learning with the Engineering Pathway Digital Library

MELBOURNE - AUSTRALIA

In Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference (AAEE 2012)  

Proceedings Co-Author
  2012 June

Pretend-Play with Ebooks to Support Social-Emotional Storytelling

BREMEN - GERMANY

In Proceedings of the Interaction Design and Children Conference (IDC 2012)  

Proceedings Co-Author
  2011 Nov.

Flow of Electrons: An Augmented Workspace for Learning Physical Computing Experientially

KOBE - JAPAN

In Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS 2011)  

Proceedings Co-Author
  2011 May

StoryFaces: Children Exploring Emotional Expressions in Storytelling

VANCOUVER - CANADA

In Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2011)  

Proceedings Co-Author
  2011 Jan.

inTUIt: Simple Identification on Tangible User Interfaces

MADEIRA - PORTUGAL

In Proceedings of the 5th ACM Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction (TEI'11)  

Proceedings Co-Author
  2010 Nov.

From Digital to Physical: Learning Physical Computing on Interactive Surfaces

SAARBRUCKEN - GERMANY

In Adjunct Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Workshop on Tabletops and Interactive Surfaces (IEEE Tabletop 2010)  

Proceedings Co-Author
  2010 May

Creating Conversation Opportunities in Urban Spaces through Public Displays and Personal Devices

HELSINKI - FINLAND

Workshop on Designing for Crowds (in Conjunction with Pervasive 2010)  

Workshop Co-Author
  2010 Jan.

Prototyping in Physical Computing – Sketching in Hardware

MUNICH - GERMANY

Techreport  

Book Chapters Co-Author
  2009 Dec.

CDTM Trend Report 2009/2010: E-Energy                                        

MUNICH - GERMANY

Book  

Book Chapters Co-Author
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SKILLS

PROGRAMMING SKILLS
iOS Development
LEVEL : SENIOREXPERIENCE : 6 YEARS
Objective-CSwiftCocoaReactiveCocoa
Android Development
LEVEL : SENIOREXPERIENCE : 5 YEARS
JavaAPI Level 9+RXJava
DESIGN SKILLS
User Experience (UX)
LEVEL : ADVANCEDEXPERIENCE : 8 YEARS
ResearchDesignEngineering
Adobe Creative Suite
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATEEXPERIENCE : 5 YEARS
PhotoshopPremiereIllustrator
PROTOTYPING SKILLS
Hardware Prototyping
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATEEXPERIENCE : 6 YEARS
Arduino
Software Prototyping
LEVEL : ADVANCEDEXPERIENCE : 7 YEARS
HTML5PowerpointBalsamiq
Paper Prototyping
LEVEL : ADVANCEDEXPERIENCE : 7 YEARS
PaperRockScissors
LANGUAGES
German
LEVEL : MOTHER TONGUE
English
LEVEL : BUSINESS FLUENT
Francaiçs
LEVEL : BASICS
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