Katharina Reinecke

I completed my PhD on Culturally Adaptive User Interfaces in May 2010 under the supervision of Avi Bernstein and Anthony Jameson. I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Intelligent Interactive Systems group at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. My web page with information on my current work can be found here.  


Research interests

I'm especially interested in Human-Computer Interaction and how this differs between users of different cultural backgrounds. My aim is to detect such differences and improve user satisfaction and work efficiency with the help of machine learning.

In my PhD thesis, I developed an approach to Culturally Adaptive User Interfaces, and evaluated our prototype system with users of different nationalities, such as Rwandans, Thai, Swiss, Germans, as well as multicultural users from all over the world (it's amazing how much people seem to move around..). For our work on cultural adaptivity we received the 1st prize in the Swiss Computer Science Challenge '08, and the Best Paper Award at UMAP'09.

For more up-to-date information on my research, feel free to have a look at my new page


Student Advisor

  • Dorian Signer, Gelek Doksam, Silke Gegenbauer, Thierry Bourquin, Masterprojekt, 2010
  • Anthony Lymer, A Recommender System for Cultural Preferences, 2009
  • David Eberle, The Economic Benefit of Localisation, 2009
  • Basil Wirz, Dynamic Adaptation of User Interfaces, 2008
  • Matthias Gally, Ontology-based User Modelling for Personalised Online Shops, 2008
  • Andreas Bossard, Ontology-Based Cultural Personalization in Mobile
    Applications, 2008 
  • Matthias Spinner, Combining AJAX with Semantics I: Development of a Culturally Adaptive User Interface, 2008
  • Christian Kündig, A User Model Editor for Ontology-based Cultural
    Personalization, 2008
  • Anthony Lymer, Development of a Generating Tool for Adaptive Entrance Tests, 2007
  • Roman Zweifel, Developing a Semantically Annotated Web Portal for Case Studies, 2007

Contact info:

Email: reinecke [at]



  • Show abstractKatharina Reinecke, Abraham Bernstein, Improving Performance, Perceived Usability, and Aesthetics with Culturally Adaptive User Interfaces, Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction 2011. (article)
  • Katharina Reinecke, Abraham Bernstein, Patrick Minder, MOCCA - A System That Learns and Recommends Visual Preferences Based on Cultural Similarity, International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) 2011. (inproceedings/Demo)


  • Show abstractKatharina Reinecke, Culturally Adaptive User Interfaces 2010. (phdthesis)
  • Katharina Reinecke, Sonja Schenkel, Abraham Bernstein, Modeling a User's Culture. In: The Handbook of Research in Culturally-Aware Information Technology: Perspectives and Models , IGI Global 2010. (inbook)


  • Katharina Reinecke, Culturally Adaptivity in User Interfaces, Doctoral Consortium at the International Conference of Information Systems (ICIS), December 2009. (inproceedings)
  • Katharina Reinecke, Abraham Bernstein, Tell Me Where You`ve Lived, and I`ll Tell You What You Like: Adapting Interfaces to Cultural Preferences, User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization (UMAP) 2009. (inproceedings)


  • Show abstractKatharina Reinecke, Abraham Bernstein, Predicting User Interface Preferences of Culturally Ambiguous Users, Proceedings of 26th Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2008. (inproceedings)
  • Show abstractKatharina Reinecke, Abraham Bernstein, Stefanie Hauske, To Make or to Buy? Sourcing Decisions at the Zurich Cantonal Bank, Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2008. (inproceedings)


  • Hülya Topcuoglu, Katharina Reinecke, Stefanie Hauske, Abraham Bernstein, CaseML - Enabling Multifaceted Learning Scenarios with a Flexible Markup Language for Business Case Studies, ED Media 2007 2007. (inproceedings)
  • Katharina Reinecke, Cultural Adaptivity for the Semantic Web, The 6th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2007) 2007. (inproceedings)
  • Show abstractKatharina Reinecke, Gerald Reif, Abraham Bernstein, Cultural User Modeling With CUMO: An Approach to Overcome the Personalization Bootstrapping Problem, First International Workshop on Cultural Heritage on the Semantic Web at the 6th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2007), November 12 2007. (inproceedings)
  • Show abstractKatharina Reinecke, Abraham Bernstein, Culturally Adaptive Software: Moving Beyond Internationalization, Proceedings of the HCI International (HCII), July 2007, Springer. (inproceedings)
  • Show abstractKatharina Reinecke, Hülya Topcuoglu, Stefanie Hauske, Abraham Bernstein, Flexibilisierung der Lehr- und Lernszenarien von Business-Fallstudien durch CaseML, 5. E-Learning-Fachtagung DELFI 2007. (inproceedings)

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