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 “Matters of Activity. Image Space Material” at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and serve as deputy-speaker of the Special Interest Group “Computer Science and Digital Humanities” at the German Informatics Society. 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 Computing with a special focus on interactive intelligent systems. I am especially interested in investigating human-machine collaboration in which the collective intelligence of humans intertwines with machine intelligence.

My research entails both an empirical and an engineering dimension. The objective is, on the one hand, to advance our understanding of the functioning of complex socio-technical peer production systems that involve human-machine collaboration, i.e. software agents and on the other hand, to contribute to a value-based socio-technical systems design that fulfills the specific needs of an application area, such as in ideation, and visualization. An overview of all funded research projects is on my group website.

Besides, I advocate the use and development of open source software, the principles of open science in her research work, and the open access to scholarly knowledge. I am a mentor (for the third 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.


Consider to partipate in our workshop on “Data Quality Management in Wikidata” on January 18, 2019 in Berlin at Wikimedia Deutschland.

In January 2019, I will attend the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (ACM FAT*) in Atlanta.

I accepted to serve as senior PC member at the Web Science Conference 2019. The motto is “​Synergies for the Good: The web and society”. Consider submitting your research; it is a great community.

Our abstract on “A FAIR infrastructure network to support and assist scientists in data management” of the GFBio project has been accepted for a poster presentation at the next Open Science Conference 2019.

(c) 2019 Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn