Claudia Müller-Birn

Professor (W1)
Human-Centered Computing

Institute of Computer Science
Freie Universität Berlin

Tel: +49 30 838 75 256
clmb (at)

Königin-Luise-Str. 24/26
Room 119
14195 Berlin

I am the head of the research group Human-Centered Computing (HCC.lab) at the Institute of Computer Science at the Freie Universität of Berlin. I am also a principal investigator of the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung - An Interdisciplinary Laboratory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and head of the priority area “Architectures of Knowledge”. Prior to my appointment, I undertook a post-doc at the Carnegie Mellon University based on a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.

My interdisciplinary research advances the fields of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Social Semantic Computing. I am interested specifically in investigating human-machine collaboration in peer production-based, open knowledge collections, such as Wikipedia and Wikidata.

My current projects are mainly in the field of e-research. My research group and I are, for example, designing tools for scientific collaborations at the interface between the physical and digital world by using mixed reality technology. We support collaborative ideation processes of research results by semantic technologies and we enable the integration of interdisciplinary research data by the terminology service. An overview of all funded research projects is on my group website.

In addition, I advocate the usage and development of open source software and the principles of open science in my research work, and open access to scientific and scholarly knowledge. I am a mentor (for the second time) in the Fellow Programm Open Knowledge, a funding initiative supported by Wikimedia Deutschland, the Stifterverband and the VolkswagenStiftung, helping young researchers to apply open science principles in their research work.

A list of my publications is available on this website or on Google Scholar. You can also find me on ResearchGate.


In August 2018, I will attend the Symposium on Open Collaboration in Paris (France).

Our contribution on “Designing for Algorithm Awareness in Peer Production Systems” has been accepted for presentation at the Information+ Conference 2018 which is co-located with IEEE VIS 2018.

In July 2018, I talked about “Web-based Human-Machine-Collaboration - the system of algorithmic governance in Wikipedia” during the Symposium of “Machines in communication - Research in the digital age (Maschinen (in) der Kommunikation. Forschung im digitalen Zeitalter)” at the Technical University Cottbus. A German description of the symposium is given on this website.

In June 2018, I gave an overview on Open Science at the Volkswagen Foundation in Hannover (Germany).

In June 2018, my team and students from my courses presented our projects during the Long Night of Sciences at the Instutite of Computer Science at the Freie Universität Berlin. Additionally, I participated at the Panel of the Workshop open knowledge - how does science come into society?.

In June 2018, I attended the concluding event of the Program year 2017/18 of the Open Science Fellowship Program.

In June 2018, I talked about “Human-Machine Collaboration in Research Data Workflows” at the Scientific Information Service at CERN in Geneva (Switzerland).

In April 2018, I attended the WikiWorkshop2018 at The Web Conference 2018. With Eva Zangerle I present our position paper “Recommendation-Assisted Data Curation for Wikidata”.

In April 2018, I gave a talk on “Human-Centered Data Science” at the annual meeting of the Section “Women and Computer Science” of the German Informatics Society. Further information in German is provided on the conference’s website.

In April 2018, I have joined the Editorial Board of the Open Access journal EPJ Data Science from SpringerOpen.

March 2018: Our article on has been publised by i-com Journal of Interactive Media.

February 2018: I organized the Panel Discussion: Open Science - Openness in times of increasing competition. This was the last event of the Lecture Series “Open Technology for an Open Society”, unfortunately. Check out, what the people said about the event.

January 2018: Short Paper on Collaborative Ideation accepted at CHI Conference.

(c) 2018 Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn