Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems

Prof. Dr. Susanne Boll

Bild Prof. Dr. Susanne Boll is Professor of Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Oldenburg, in Germany. She serves on the executive board of the OFFIS Institute for Information Technology, in Oldenburg, where she heads many national and international research projects in multimedia information retrieval and intelligent user interfaces. Prof. Dr. Boll also serves as the scientific head of the Human-Machine Interaction technology cluster at OFFIS.

Prof. Dr. Boll’s research interests lie in the field of semantic retrieval of digital media, context-aware and location-based mobile systems, and intelligent user interfaces. She is a member of the editorial board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Multimedia Magazine and associate editor of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (ACM TOMCCAP) and Springer Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTAP).

Prof. Dr. Boll earned a Diplom with distinction in computer science at the Technical University of Darmstadt and a doctoral degree with distinction at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria. With Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Klas as her advisor, she completed her doctoral thesis, “ZYX⎯Towards Multimedia Document Models for Reuse and Adaptation.” Key elements of the work from her dissertation and research were accepted into the Proceedings of the IFIP Conference on Data Semantics in 1999 and selected for publication in the renowned journal ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications.

During the last 10 years, her scientific results have been published in extremely competitive peer-reviewed international conferences, such as CHI, Pervasive, and MobileHCI, as well as internationally recognized journals. She has published more than 180 articles in competitive conferences, workshops, journals and books; served as a member on the technical program committees of more than 150 renowned conferences and workshops; and successfully acquired, led, and managed 27 national and international projects.

Among other awards, Prof. Dr. Boll and colleagues most recently received the Best Paper Award for: Niels Henze, Enrico Rukzio, Susanne Boll, “Observational and Experimental Investigation of Typing Behaviour using Virtual Keyboards on Mobile Devices”, Proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2012.

Prof. Dr. Boll heads one of the few leading groups in Europe that works on mobile and ambient user interfaces exploring different novel modalities with health as a major application domain. She leads a highly visible team of 12 PhD students. 


University of Oldenburg

Department of Computing Science
Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems

Escherweg 2
26121 Oldenburg

Mail: Susanne.Boll(at)
Phone: +49 (0) 441 - 97 22 213
Fax:+49 (0) 441 - 97 22 202 
Room: OFFIS O 47