Prof. Michael Zöllner

Research Group Leader

Prof. Zöllner was appointed Professor of Interaction Design in 2012. He studied design at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt and at the imedia Academy (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Before and during his studies, he worked for several years for interactive agencies such as Pixelpark AG and a.f.i.m. GmbH for clients such as Adidas, Bertelsmann and Vitra, before moving to the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (IGD) in Darmstadt in 2003, first as an assistant scientist and then in 2005 as a research assistant in the Virtual and Augmented Reality department. From 2009 to mid-2010, he was deputy head of department and head of the Augmented Reality department. His research focus was on the conception and development of interaction technologies such as mobile augmented reality applications, interactive trade fair and museum exhibits and multi-touch solutions for industry and cultural heritage. From 2006 to 2009 he was the scientific director of the EU-funded research project iTACITUS. From 2010 to 2011 he led the research projects CHESS (EU) and MotionBank (Federal Cultural Foundation). Since 2021, he has headed the Interaction & Data Driven Design research group.