Claudia Müller-Birn

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. 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 human-machine collaboration where collective intelligence of humans intertwines with machine intelligence. My research entails a theoretical, an engineering and an empirical 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.

Moreover, I serve as deputy-speaker of the Special Interest Group “Computer Science and Digital Humanities” at the German Informatics Society.

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


In May, I will give a talk on “Designing human-machine collaborations – how to effectively interweave human and algorithmic activities” at the Jenaer Distinguished Lecturer Series at the Institut of Computer Science at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.

In May, I will give a talk on “Bringing the human to the center of algorithmic systems design: challenges and opportunities” at the LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology, and Society in Vienna. (Austria).

In March, I gave a talk on “Taking the Best of Both Worlds: the Concept of Human-Machine Collaboration for Designing an effective Partnership” at the Brown Bag Lunches at the Citizen Science Center in Zurich (Switzerland).

In March, I visited the Dynamic and Distributed Information Systems Group at University of Zurich and carry out research on Wikidata with Cristina Sarasua.

Most important news in February, I finally accepted a tenured professorship position at the institute of computer science at the Freie Universität Berlin.

In February during the Workshop “Scholarly Makerspace”, I presented my vision of the Human-Centerd Data Laboratory (HCC.lab) which will be opened soon at the Freie Universtiät Berlin. The HCC.lab was very well received, I am very excited to open the lab soon. The organizer provided a workshop report in German.

In a talk to members of the Zonta Club Berlin (a network to improve the status of women), I critically discussed the role of algorithmic systems especially for women and reflected on possible approaches to overcome existing issues.

I gave a ceremonial address on “The human in the digital transformation and from the importance of the organized scepticism” as part of the festive event of the program “DiGiTal - Digitisation: Design and Transformation” - Berlin University Programme for Female Scientists and Artists.

February 2019: As mentor of the Fellow Programm Open Knowledge, I participated in the Qualitfication Workshop 2019.

February 2019: The questions we assk about digital transformation are not new! What can we learn about AI and society from the past? This question was ask during the workshop “Computerized work, computerized organization, computerized society” (in German: Informatisierte Arbeit, informatisierte Organisation, informatisierte Gesellschaft?).

Our workshop on “Data Quality Management in Wikidata” on January 18, 2019 in Berlin at Wikimedia Deutschland was a great success. All participants contributed actively and engaged in great discussions. Here is a blog post that summarizes the event nicely: “Data Quality Management in Wikidata – Workshop write-up”.

In January 2019, I attended the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (ACM FAT*) in Atlanta. It was a very inspiring time.

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