Hello, I am Matthias Böhmer,matthiasboehmer

I am a professor of computer science at Technische Hochschule Köln, University of Technology, Arts, Sciences. Currently I am building up our new lab for mobile and distributed information technology with a great support of my team. My focus is on building mobile and distributed information systems. In particular, I am interested in understanding and supporting the usage of mobile apps and innovative connected products.

Before I became a professor at TH Köln I worked for product design at Deutsche Telekom in Bonn (2013-2015). As a technology manager in Telekom Design Gallery I looked into future products for the company and built a platform for experiencing innovative use cases. During my PhD studies I was an HCI researcher at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken (2011-2013). My first job was at the Software Engineering Lab of Münster University of Applied Sciences, where I was a research associate (2007-2010). During summer 2012 I spent some time at Microsoft Research, Redmond, working on making mobile phones less irritating in meetings.

I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science (2005) and a Master of Science in Information Technology (2007) from Münster University of Applied Sciences. I was a PhD student at the Graduate School of Computer Science of Saarland University and my doctoral work was about “Understanding and Supporting Mobile Application Usage“. My research was – and still is – motivated by the evolution of mobile phones from mere communication appliances to multi-purpose devices.

Selected publications

Matthias Böhmer, Christian Lander, Sven Gehring, Duncan Brumby, Antonio Krüger: Interrupted by a Phone Call: Exploring Designs for Lowering the Impact of Call Notifications for Smartphone Users. In: Proceedings of CHI ’14, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Matthias Böhmer, Antonio Krüger:A Study on Icon Arrangement by Smartphone Users. In: Proceedings of CHI ’13. Paris 2013, France.

Abhinav Parate, Matthias Böhmer, David Chu, Deepak Ganesan, Benjamin Marlin:Practical Prediction and Prefetch for Faster Access to Applications on Mobile phones. In: Proceedings of UbiComp ’13. Zürich 2013, Switzerland.

Matthias Böhmer, T. Scott Saponas, Jaime Teevan: Smartphone Use Does Not Have to Be Rude: Making Phones a Collaborative Presence in Meetings. In: Proceedings of Mobile HCI ’13. Munich 2013, Germany.

Matthias Böhmer, Brent Hecht, Johannes Schöning, Antonio Krüger, Gernot Bauer: Falling Asleep with Angry Birds, Facebook and Kindle – A Large Scale Study on Mobile Application Usage. In: Proceedings of Mobile HCI 2011. Stockholm 2011, Sweden.

Please see my Google Scholar profile for all publications.


Prof. Dr. Matthias Böhmer
Mobile and Distributed Architectures

Technische Hochschule Köln
Campus Gummersbach
Steinmüllerallee 1
51643 Gummersbach

Room: 3.248
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Phone: +49 2261 8196 6397
E-Mail: matthias.boehmer@th-koeln.de