Dr. Inform.
Research Associate

Educational Engineering Lab
Department of Informatics
University of Zurich
Binzmühlestrasse 14
CH - 8050 Zurich

Location: BIN 2.B.08
Phone: +41 - (0)44 635 67 38
Fax: +41 - (0)44 635 68 09
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Research Interests

Ongoing research:
In-Game Analysis of player characteristics.
Development of a strategy and simulation game "Hortus". It is a game about horticulture that teaches basics in biology.

General interests:
Adaptation in educational games.
In-game assessment of learning. 
Experimental design of games for learning.

Open Projects

There are several open projects regarding the online game Hortus.
Hortus is a strategy and simulation game. The player takes over the role of an herbalist in order to heal sick people from the village. For healing these people, players have to plant and cultivate a herbal garden with very special herbs that also interact with each other. For research, player characteristics are of special interest.

Open projects are:

  • Redesign of the game Hortus
    Requirements: Strong interest in game design, knowledge of Flash Actionscript.
  • Improving data storage in db and communication between game and db
    Requirements: Basic knowledge of db architecture, experience with MySQL and PHP. (Knowledge in Flash Actionscript is a plus.)



Curriculum Vitae

2006 - 2009 Visiting Scholar of the GLS program (Games & Learning & Society) - Director is Kurt Squire. University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
2005 - 2009 Doctorand and Research Assistant at the Department of Informatics, University of Zurich
2005 Master of Computer Science
With concentration in Information Systems / Business Informatics.
Majors in Multimedia, HCI, and Collaborative Technologies
1998 - 2005 Study of Business Informatics at the University of Zurich
1996 - 1998 Study of Computer Science at the ETH Zurich
1996 Final secondary examinations (high school/College) in modern languages in Zurich

Travel / Study abroad

2003 (Jan. - June) Study abroad (Erasmus program) in Informatics at the University of Lund, Sweden
1996 (May - June) Travelling in Cuba

Memberships and Grants

Fellowship for Prospective Researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), (2006 - 2008) .
Member of the IFIP TC3 Working-Group 3.3 "Research on Education Applications of Information Technologies" (since 2006) .
Member of the group "Frauen-in-der-Wissenschaft-und-Forschung-2006" (since 2006).

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