Research

Computer supported collaboration

Analyzing, designing and evaluating complex socio-technical systems is at the core of my research interest. To that end I combine scaffolding mechanisms, meta-design, heuristics, re-use scenarios and analytics to facilitate and guide the design, implementation and evaluation of socio-technical environments that support the collaboration of individuals over longer periods of time in hybrid collocated and distributed settings.

Human computer interaction

Technology is very much at the core of how people interact with each other. I thus aim to understand how people create and use technology and how it can be leveraged to support collaboration in various contexts over time and space.

Information systems

Socio-technical design often takes place in an organizational or entrepreneurial context. Arriving at concepts that support existing and newly created organizations to become and remain competitive is paramount. To this end the developed approaches have to intertwine both organizational and individual competences to create a climate that breeds innovative ideas and embraces change by implementing them.


The following timeline illustrates my academic career. For more information please refer to my resume or contact me directly.

Career timeline

2018

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) – University of Tartu, Estonia

03/2019 – present

  • Lecturer for graduate and undergraduate courses on human-computer-interaction.
  • Researcher focusing on the sustainability of time-bounded intensive collaboration such as hackathons.

Adjunct Assistant Professor – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

04/2017 – present

  • Researcher focusing on understanding and supporting hackathons as part of a project founded by the Sloan Foundation.

2017

Research associate – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

05/2017 – 02/2018

  • Researcher focusing on understanding and supporting hackathons as part of a project founded by the Sloan Foundation.

Postdoctoral fellow – University of Pittsburgh, USA

04/2017 – 02/2018

  • Researcher focusing on the development and evaluation of socio-technical approaches to support sustained collaboration over time in mixed collocated and distributed settings (supported by a funding grant from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German federal funding agency)).

Adjunct faculty – University of Pittsburgh, USA

01/2017 – 04/2017

  • Lecturer for an undergraduate course on Information Systems Development.

2016

Visiting research fellow – University of Pittsburgh, USA

08/2016 – 04/2017

  • Researcher focusing on the development and evaluation of socio-technical approaches to support sustained collaboration over time in mixed collocated and distributed settings
  • Co-author of research proposals for Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German national federal agency) and local funding bodies in Pittsburgh including two successful proposals for individual funding and for the project We are strong! Leveraging Information Technology to Empower Marginalized Communities.

Temporary research programmer – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

09/2016 – 01/2017

  • Front-end developer for an extension to the web based e-learning platform LASAD to support students to learn the english grammar.

Online tutor – EURO-FH University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany

06/2016 – 04/2017

  • Online tutor for graduate courses on Information Management and Business Engineering.

2015

Postdoctoral research fellow – Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

01/2015 – 02/2017

  • Senior researcher in the German funded project 4C4Learn on intertwining process and competence management approaches to support organizational development.
  • Co-author of multiple research proposals including a successful proposal for the project 4C4Learn.

2013

Visiting research fellow – Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

02/2013 – 05/2013

  • Researcher focusing on behavioral intentions of process model re-use.

2011

Process management consultant and coach

06/2011 – present

Consultant and coach for multiple public and private organizations such as:

  • School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri
  • VIACTIV (health insurance provider)
  • Heinrich Huhn GmbH & Co. KG (manufacturer of metal stampings and assemblies)
  • Construction, IT-services, human resources and finances departments at the Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Westfalen-Lippe (association of doctors)

2009

Researcher and PhD student – Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

03/2009 – 12/2014

  • Researcher in the European funded project MIRROR (IP-FP7) focusing on the evaluation of a socio-technical approach to foster collaborative reflection at the work place.
  • Researcher in the German funded project VEIN focusing on the design and evaluation of a socio-technical approach to support continuous improvement of work practice at the shop floor.
  • Research assistant in the German funded project service4home focusing on the design and evaluation of service processes to support elderly people to live in their own home for as long as possible.
  • Research assistant in the project ISMS focusing on a privacy oriented analysis of work processes in a university administration.

2008

Co-founder and front-end developer – RWTH Aachen University / fromatob.com, Germany

06/2008 – 09/2009

  • Co-founder and front-end developer for an online travel platform in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University (fromatob.com).

2004

Student assistant and developer – Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

04/2004 – 02/2009

  • Lecture assistant for courses on Socio-technical Systems Design.
  • JAVA developer for a graphical process-modeling tool.
  • System administrator for the Linux server infrastructure of the Department Information and Technology Management.

2001

Student assistant and developer – Technical University Dortmund, Germany

10/2001 – 03/2004

  • Lecture assistant for courses on Computers and Society.
  • JAVA developer for a graphical process-modeling tool.

Publications

For a complete list of my publications please refer to my Google Scholar profile.

Journals

Nolte, A., Pe-Than, E.P.P., Filippova, A., Bird, C., Scallen, S. & Herbsleb, J.D. (2018). You Hacked and Now What? - Exploring Outcomes of a Corporate Hackathon. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 2, CSCW, 129:1-129:23. (PDF, Slides)

Pe-Than, E.P.P., Nolte, A., Filippova, A., Bird, C., Scallen, S. & Herbsleb, J.D. (2018). Designing Corporate Hackathons With a Purpose. IEEE Software. (early access PDF)

Chounta, I.A., Nolte, A., Hecking, T., Farzan, R., & Herrmann, T. (2017). When to Say “Enough is Enough!”: A Study on the Evolution of Collaboratively Created Process Models. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 1, CSCW, 33:1-33:21. (PDF)

Nolte, A., Bernhard, E., Recker, J., Pittke, F., & Mendling, J. (2016). Repeated Use of Process Models: The Impact of Artifact, Technological and Individual Factors. Decision Support Systems, 88, 98–111. (PDF)


Conferences

Sirgmets, M., Milani, F., Nolte, A., & Pungas, T. (2018). Designing Process Diagrams – A Framework for Making Design Choices When Visualizing Process Mining Outputs. In: Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems. Springer. (PDF)

Nolte, A., Jahnke, I., Chounta, I.-A., & Herrmann, T. (2018). Supporting Collaboration in Small Volunteer Groups with Socio-Technical Guidelines. In: Proceedings of 16th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work - Exploratory Papers, Reports of the European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (ISSN 2510-2591), DOI: 10.18420/ecscw2018\_25 (PDF, Slides)

Lentzsch, C., Loser, K.-U., Degeling, M. & Nolte, A. (2017). Integrating a Practice Perspective to Privacy by Design. In: International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust (pp. 691-702). Springer.

Herrmann, T., Nolte, A., & Prilla, M. (2016). Socio-technical Process Design — The Case of Coordinated Service Delivery for Elderly People. In: Blurring the Boundaries Through Digital Innovation (pp. 217-229). Springer. (PDF, Special award Sandro D’Atri)


Book chapters

Nolte, A., Brown, R., Anslow, C., Wiechers, M., Polyvyanyy, A., & Herrmann, T. (2016). Collaborative Business Process Modeling in Multi-surface Environments. In: Collaboration Meets Interactive Spaces (259-286). Springer. (PDF)

Jakobi, T., Castelli, N., Nolte, A., Schönau, N., & Stevens, G. (2016). Towards Collaborative Green Business Process Management as a Conceptual Framework. In: Advances and New Trends in Environmental and Energy Informatics (pp. 275–293). Springer. (PDF)

Loser, K.-U., Nolte, A., Prilla, M., Skrotzki, R. & Herrmann, T. (2012). A Drifting Service Development: Applying Sociotechnical Design in an Ambient Assisted Living Project. In: Phenomenology, Organizational Politics, and IT Design: The Social Study of Information Systems (pp. 311–323). Springer.


Workshops

Nolte, A., Pe-Than, E.P.P., Herbsleb, J.D., Filippova, A., Bird, C., & Scallen, S. (2018). You Hacked and Now What? – Exploring Outcomes of a Corporate Hackathon. In: 2nd Workshop on Hacking and Making at Time-Bounded Events: Current Trends and Next Steps in Research and Event Design. (PDF)

Nolte, A. (2018). Exploring Potentials of Process Reflection to Support Communities of Small Volunteer Groups. In: 1st Workshop on Subject-oriented BPM for Community Support. (PDF)

Herrmann, T., Jahnke, I. & Nolte, A. (2016). Evaluating Socio-Technical Systems with Heuristics – A Feasible Approach?. In: 2nd International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS Development (STPIS'16). (PDF)

Teaching

Undergraduate

INFSCI 1017 Implementation of Information Systems – Lecturer
University of Pittsburgh (Spring 2017, Syllabus)

Project Management – Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2016)

Project Management – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2015)

Software Engineering – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2015)

Project Management – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2015)

Graduate

LTAT.05.007 Human Computer Interaction – Lecturer
University of Tartu (Autumn 2018, Syllabus)

Information Management – Online Tutor
EURO-FH University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (Winter 2016)

Business Engineering – Online Tutor
EURO-FH University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (Winter 2016)

Process Management and Innovation – Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2016)

Project Management – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2015)

Process Management and Innovation – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2015)

Subject-driven role-guided externalization of organizational models – Co-Lecturer
JKU Linz (ERASMUS Summer School 2014, Sample slides on process modeling fundamentals)

Process Management and Innovation – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2014)

Subject-driven role-guided externalization of organizational models – Co-Lecturer
JKU Linz (ERASMUS Summer School 2013)

Fellowships & Grants

Recipient of a Grant for participation in the symposium Design Trade-Offs for Quality of Life: Exploring Grand Challenges for the Digital Age in Hannover, Germany (2017)

Recipient of a Research fellowship by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) on Supporting sustained collaboration over time in hybrid collocated and online settings at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA (April 2017 to 2019)

Recipient of a Grant for participation in the 2nd European BPM Round Table in Vaduz, Liechtenstein (2014)

Recipient of a Scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a short term research visit to the Information Systems School at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia (February to May 2013)

Recipient of an eXist Business Start-up Grant by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) for the development of an online travel platform (fromatob.com) in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University, Germany (2008)

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