Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Prilla


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 140 publications in journals, conferences, workshops, books and other media.

Alhaji, B., Beecken, J., Ehlers, R., Gertheiss, J., Merz, F., Müller, J.P., Prilla, M., Rausch, A., Reinhardt, A., Reinhardt, D., Rembe, C., Rohweder, N.-O., Schwindt, C., Westphal, S. & Zimmermann, J. (2020). Engineering Human–Machine Teams for Trusted Collaboration. Big Data and Cognitive Computing. 4(4), 35.

Alhaji, B., Rausch, A. & Prilla, M. (2020). Toward Mutual Trust Modeling in Human-Robot Collaboration. Proceedings of the Workshop on Respecting Human Autonomy through Human-Centered AI at NordiCHI 2020., 4.

Brown, G. & Prilla, M., “The effects of consultant avatar size and dynamics on customer trust in online consultations,” in Proceedings of the Conference on Mensch und Computer, New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery, 2020, pp. 239–249. 

Kahrl, N., Prilla, M., & Blunk, O. (2020). Show me your Living Room: Investigating the Role of Representing User Environments in AR Remote Consultations. Proceedings of Mensch Und Computer 2020, 11.

Blunk, O., Brown, G., Osmers, N. & Prilla, M. (2020). Potentials of AR technology for the digitalization of consultancy intensive sales processes on the example of furniture sales. Entwicklungen, Chancen und Herausforderungen der Digitalisierung., 57–72. Postdam: GITO Verlag.

Blunk O, Brown G, Prilla M (2020) Möglichkeiten der Digitalisierung zur Beratung von hochkonfigurierbaren und hochindividualisierbaren Gütern. HMD Prax Wirtsch.

Büttner, S., Prilla, M. & Röcker, C. (2020). Augmented Reality Training for Industrial Assembly Work – Are Projection-based AR Assistive Systems an Appropriate Tool for Assembly Training? Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020).

Koch, M., Ziegler, J., Reuter, C., Schlegel, T., & Prilla, M. (2020). Mensch-Computer-Interaktion als zentrales Gebiet der Informatik – Bestandsaufnahme, Trends und Herausforderungen. Informatik Spektrum, 1–7.

Osmers, N., & Prilla, M. (2020). Potential vs. Practice: Challenges for the Implementation of Augmented Reality for Learning and Training in Practice. Die 18. Fachtagung Bildungstechnologien (DELFI).

Osmers, N. & Prilla, M. (2020). Getting out of Out of Sight: Evaluation of AR Mechanisms for Awareness and Orientation Support in Occluded Multi-Room Settings. Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020).

Prilla, M. (2020). “I simply watched where she was looking at”: Coordination in short-term synchronous Cooperative Mixed Reality. ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP).

Prilla, M., Blunk, O., Chounta, I.-A. (2020). How Does Collaborative Reflection Unfold in Online Communities? An Analysis of Two Data Sets. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).

Prilla, M. & Janßen, M. (2020). Unterstützung der Pflegetätigkeit durch Augmented Reality – Eine vergleichende Studie zu Potentialen in verschiedenen Anwendungsfeldern der Pflege. Digitaler Wandel, digitale Arbeit, digitaler Mensch?. Dortmund: GfA-Press.

Prilla, M., Janßen, M., Recken, H. & Schmidt, A. (2020). Nutzen und Nutzbarkeit von Augmented Reality in der Pflegepraxis. Digitaler Wandel, digitale Arbeit, digitaler Mensch?. Dortmund: GfA-Press.


Brown, G. & Prilla, M. (2019). Evaluating Pointing Modes and Frames of Reference for Remotely Supporting an Augmented Reality User in a Collaborative (Virtual) Environment. Mensch & Computer 2019.

Janßen, M. & Prilla, M. (2019). Adjusting AR-Workflows of CareTasks: Experiences from an initial study. Workshop on Virtual and Augmented Reality in Everyday Context (VARECo).

Janßen, M. & Prilla, M. (2019). Usability and Utility of Head Mounted Displays in Care according to Caregivers. InfraHealth 2019: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Infrastructures for Healthcare.

Mantel, A. & Prilla, M. (2019). SmartFooding: Eingabe und Nachverfolgung der Haltbarkeitsdaten von Lebensmitteln zur Vermeidung von Lebensmittelverschwendung. Mensch & Computer 2019.

Prilla, M., Recken, H., & Janßen, M. (2019). Die Pflegebrille: Möglichkeiten und Barrieren der Nutzung von Augmented-Reality-Technologie in der ambulanten Intensivpflege. In Digitale Transformation von Dienstleistungen im Gesundheitswesen IV. Springer.

Prilla, M., Janßen, M. & Kunzendorff, T. (2019). How to Interact with Augmented Reality Head Mounted Devices in Care Work? A Study Comparing Handheld Touch (Hands-on) and Gesture (Hands-free) Interaction. AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction 11, 3 (2019), 157–178.

Prilla, M., Janßen, M. & Kunzendorff, T. (2019). How to interact with AR Head Mounted Devices in care work? A study comparing handheld touch (hands-on) and gesture (hands-free) interaction. European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2019). Stockholm.:

Prilla, M., Osmers, N., Blunk, O., & Janßen, M. (2019). Social acceptance from the perspective of HMD users in small social settings – Observations from the field. In Workshop on Challenges Using Head-Mounted Displays in Shared and Social Spaces. Adjunct Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI 2019).

Renner, B., Wesiak, G., Pammer-Schindler, V., Prilla, M., Müller, L., Morosini, D., … Cress, U. (2019). Computer-supported reflective learning: how apps can foster reflection at work. Behaviour & Information Technology, 0(0), 1–21.


Graham Attwell, Michael Prilla,Oliver Blunk and Jenny Bimrose (2018). Places and Spaces – Facilitating Professional Learning and Identity Transformation in European Public Employment Services. Proceedings of European Conference on Educational Research. Bolzano.

Heinrich Recken, Michael Prilla and Asarnush Rashid (2018). Augmented Reality Datenbrillen in der ambulanten Intensivpflege. Zukunft der Pflege Tagungsband der 1. Clusterkonferenz 2018., 180-184. Oldenburg: BIS-Verlag der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Karl-Falco Storm, Daniel Eckardt, Meng Zhang, Jörg Grieser, Michael Prilla and Andreas Rausch (2018). Long-Term Environment Prediction for Model Predictive Control in Vehicles: Pattern Recognition upon Primitive Driving Behavior and Driver Condition. ADAPTIVE 2018, The Tenth International Conference on Adaptive and Self-Adaptive Systems and Applications., 84–92.

Lisa M. Rühmann, Michael Prilla and Gordon Brown (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

Lisa M. Rühmann and Michael Prilla (2018). Joint Search Patterns in Mixed Reality. Mensch und Computer 2018-Tagungsband.

Marc Janßen and Michael Prilla (2018). Integration of Augmented Reality into Professional Care Processes. Mensch und Computer 2018-Workshopband.

Michael Prilla, Heinrich Recken and Marc Janßen (2018). Die Pflegebrille: Möglichkeiten und Barrieren der Nutzung von Augmented-Reality-Technologie in der ambulanten Intensivpflege. In Digitale Transformation von Dienstleistungen im Gesundheitswesen. Springer (in Veröffentlichung)

Michael Prilla, Heinrich Recken and Michael Ksoll (2018). Smarte Brille für die Pflege. PflegenIntensiv. 15(2), 19–21.

Michael Prilla and Lisa M. Rühmann (2018). An Analysis Tool for Cooperative Mixed Reality Scenarios. In 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality Adjunct (ISMAR-Adjunct).

Robert JR, L. P., Forte, A., Müller, C., Prilla, M., & Vivacqua, A. S. (2018). GROUP 2018 Special Issue Guest Editorial: Another 25 Years of GROUP. ACM Transactions on Social Computing, 1(3), 9.

Sebastian Büttner, Andreas Besginow, Michael Prilla and Carsten Röcker (2018). Mobile Projection-based Augmented Reality in Work Environments–an Exploratory Approach. Mensch und Computer 2018-Workshopband.

Timo Kunzendorff and Michael Prilla (2018). Entwurf und Entwicklung von realitätsnahen Lernszenarien mittels Augmented Reality. Mensch und Computer 2018-Tagungsband.


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).



  • 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
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