Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Prilla

Head of Department

Research interest
I am interested in the analysis IT support for work, learning and other activities of people. In this I focus on the practice of people, that is, I take a deeper look into how people work everyday and what shapes this way of working. I use the leading paradigm of socio-technical systems to design and implement IT support for work and learning. In this put emphasis on the integration of stakeholders into the development of IT technology and the mutual shaping of IT and human behavior. My work spans several areas and scientific communities:

  • Support for cooperative work and learning in fields such as Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL). My work in these areas is mirrored in my publications
  • The convergence of digital and physical worlds in application areas such as Augmented Reality (see project Pflegebrille), Ubiquitous Computing and the Internet of Things. See also our Ubiquitous Interaction Lab, which is currently in the making.
  • IT and its integration into processes in less tech-savvy environments such as healthcare and public administrations, in which highly complex and changing processes need to be supported. Examples can be found in project EmployID and Pflegebrille.


I am deputy head of the German Computer Association ("Gesellschaft für Informatik") Special Interest Group for CSCW, in which we try to make CSCW and even more popular field of research, development and teaching in Germany. Each year we conduct the CSCW Challenge, for which students can hand in their projects and get rewards at the German HCI conference ("Mensch und Computer").

I am a member of the steering committees of the German Special Interest Group for Human Computer Interaction, in which I try to develop opportunities for junior researchers and students to become active in HCI. I am deputy head of the CSCW chapter of this SIG, in which we try to make CSCW and even more popular field of research, development and teaching in Germany.

I am also a member of program committees of various national and international conferences such as ECSCW und CSCWACM CHIACM GROUP and ECTEL.


I have (co) authored about 100 publications in journals, conferences, workshops, books and other media.

Gordon Brown, Michael Prilla and Lisa M. Rühmann (2018). Cooperative Mixed Reality: An Analysis Tool. In: Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork. ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 107–111. doi:10.1145/3148330.3154510

Mark Ackerman, Sean Goggins, Thomas Herrmann, Michael Prilla, and Christian Stary (eds.). 2017. Designing Healthcare That Works: A Sociotechnical Approach. Academic Press.

Oliver Blunk, and Michael Prilla. “Supporting Communities of Practice in Public Administrations: Factors Influencing Adoption and Readiness.” In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, 36–45. C&T ’17. New York, NY, USA: ACM, 2017. doi:10.1145/3083671.3083699

Oliver Blunk, and Michael Prilla. 2017. Prompting to Support Reflection: A Workplace Study. Data Driven Approaches in Digital Education, Springer, Cham, 367–372. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-66610-5_28

Markus Jelonek, and Michael Prilla. (2016). Motivational Aspects of Using Augmented Reality Glasses in Care. Mensch und Computer 2016–Workshopband.

Renner, B., Prilla, M., Cress, U. and Kimmerle, J. 2016. Effects of prompting in reflective learning tools: Findings from experimental field, lab, and online studies. Frontiers in Psychology, section Organizational Psychology. (2016).

Michael Prilla: Supporting Collaborative Reflection at Work: A socio-technical Analysis. AIS Transactions of Human-Computer Interaction. (2015).

Prilla, M., Nolte, A., Blunk, O., Liedtke, D., Renner, B.: Analyzing Collaborative Reflection Support: A Content Analysis Approach. Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW 2015) (2015).

Prilla M, Renner B (2014) Supporting Collaborative Reflection at Work: A Comparative Case Analysis. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Group Work (GROUP 2014). ACM (2014).

See a summary of my publication below or refer to the full list of my publications:



  • 2010-2016: Senior Researcher at the Chair for Information and Technology Management at the Institute for Work Science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 2012-2013: Interim professor for business informatic at Universität Siegen.
  • 2007: Guest researcher University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.
  • 2005-2010: Researcher at the Chair for Information and Technology Management at the Institute for Work Science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 1999-2004: Student co-worker at the Chair of Informatics and Society at University of Dortmund 



  • PhD at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology) . German: Doktor-Ingenieur (Dr.-Ing.). September 2010.
  • Studies in Computer Sciences (Diploma, Master equivalent) at TU Dortmund (Link). German: Diplom-Informatiker. Graduation in 2004.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Prilla
Clausthal University of Technology
Julius-Albert Str. 4, Room 203
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

+49 (0)5323 72-7157
+49 151 59956709 

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