Dr. Michael Derntl
Michael is a senior research associate at the Advanced Community Information Systems group at the Information Systems and Databases chair, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He has conducted and managed R&D in several EU funded projects in the area of technology-enhanced learning first at University of Vienna and then at RWTH Aachen University. His present research focuses in the FP7 ICT large-scale integrating project Learning Layers on scaling up technologies for informal learning in SME clusters; the FP7 ICT network of excellence on serious games GaLA – Games and Learning Alliance; and the EU Lifelong Learning Programme multilateral ICT project METIS on integrated learning design environments. In 2005 he received a doctoral degree in information systems from the Faculty of Computer Science, University of Vienna, Austria. Before joining RWTH Aachen University he served as vice head of the Research Lab on Educational Technologies at the University of Vienna. In the summer of 2008 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney. He has taught computer science and information systems courses at bachelor, master and doctoral levels at universities, universities of applied science and continuing education institutions in Austria and Germany. He has co-authored about one hundred refereed papers including journal articles, book contributions, workshop and conference papers. He has co-organized several workshops, webinars, conferences, and journal special issues. Before starting his PhD project he worked for several years as software developer in industry and office software projects.