Dr. rer. nat. Christian Stößel

Dr. rer. nat. Christian Stößel

Current positions

Since 12/2007 research scientist at the post graduate program prometei.

Focus of work

  • Technology Design for Aging Users
  • Gesture-based Interfaces
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Usability Engineering, Interaction Design

Career progression

  • since 02/2009
    Fonds Nationale de la Recherche Luxembourg, AFR Grant
    Research Assistant at the Berlin Institute of Technology
  • Since 12/2007
    PHD student at the post graduate program "prometei - Prospective Design of Human-Technology-Interaction" at the Berlin Institute of Technology.
  • 10/2007 - 12/2007
    PHD student at the post graduate program ?Systemic Neurosciences? of the ?Ludwig Maximilians-Univesität?, Munich
  • 10/2005 - 10/2007
    Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich
    Studies in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology
    Master thesis: ?Towards optimal worker assistance: investigating cognitive processes in manual assembly?
    Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • 06/2006 - 09/2007
    Department of General and Experimental Psychology, LMU, Munich
    Research Assistant
  • 04/2005 - 05/2006
    User Interface Design GmbH, Munich
    Internship & student employee
  • 08/2003 - 03/2004
    University of Linköping, Sweden
    Studies in Cognitive Science
    Focus: Human Factors and Interaction Design
  • 09/2001 - 03/2005
    University of Osnabrück
    Studies in Cognitive Science
    Project: ?feelSpace ? the magnetic perception group?
    Bachelor thesis: ?Development of methods for the analysis of the morphology of individual neurons in hippocampal brain slices?
    Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Private activities

Music (guitar), literature, soccer, computer, rpg, parlor games


  • Stößel C. & Blessing L. (2010). Mobile Device Interaction Gestures for Older Users. In Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. (accepted). Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Hurtienne J., Stößel C., Sturm C., Maus A., Rötting M., Langdon P. & Clarkson P.J. (2010). Physical gestures for abstract concepts. Inclusive design with primary metaphors. Interacting with Computers. (In Press) doi:10.1016/j.intcom.2010.08.009
  • Stößel C., Wandke H. & Blessing L. (2010). Multitouch interaction for aging users: Putting gestures to the test-bed. In Gerontechnology 2010; 9(2):252;
  • Stößel C. & Blessing L. (2010). Tap, Swipe & Pinch: Designing Suitable Multi-Touch Gestures for Older Users. In DESIGN 2010 Dubrovnik, 11th International DESIGN Conference. Proceedings of the conference (pp. 463-472). Dubrovnik: Design Society
  • Stößel C., Wandke H. & Blessing L. (2010). Gestural Interfaces for Elderly Users: Help or Hindrance? In: S. Kopp and I. Wachsmuth (Eds.): Gesture Workshop 2009, LNAI 5934, pp. 269--280. Heidelberg: Springer
  • Hurtienne J., Stößel C. & Weber K. (2009). Sad is Heavy and Happy is Light - Population Stereotypes of Tangible Object Attributes. In N. Villar, S. Izadi, M. Fraser, S. Benford, D. Kern & A. Sahami (Eds.), TEI?09 Third International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction (pp. 61-68). New York: ACM.
  • Stößel C., & Blessing L. (2009). Is gesture-based interaction a way to make interfaces more intuitive and accessible? In HCI 2009 Electronic Proceedings: WS4 ? Prior Experience. Cambridge: British Computer Society.
  • Stößel C., Wandke H. & Blessing L. (2009). An Evaluation of Finger-Gesture Interaction on Mobile Devices for Elderly Users. In A. Liechtenstein, C. Stößel & C. Clemens (Hrsg.), Prospektive Gestaltung von Mensch-Technik-Interaktion. 8. Berliner Werkstatt Mensch-Maschine-Systeme. (S. 470-475). Düsseldorf: VDI.
  • Stork, S., Stößel, C., & Schubö, A. (2008). The Influence of Instruction Mode on Reaching Movements during Manual Assembly. In A. Holzinger (Ed.) HCI and Usability for Education and Work, Vol. 5298, (pp. 161-172). Springer Berlin/Heidelberg.
  • Stork, S., Stößel, C., & Schubö, A. (2008). Optimizing Human-Machine Interaction in Manual Assembly. 17th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2008), (pp. 113-118). Munich, Germany.
  • Stößel, C., Wiesbeck M., Stork S., Zaeh M.F. & Schubö, A. (2008). Towards Optimal Worker Assistance: Investigating Cognitive Processes in Manual Assembly. In M. Mitsuishi, K. Ueda & F. Kimura (Eds.), Manufacturing Systems and Technologies for the New Frontier, (pp. 245-250). Springer, London.
  • Stork, S., Stößel, C., Müller, H.J., Wiesbeck, M., Zäh, M.F. & Schubö, A. (2007). A Neuroergonomic Approach for the Investigation of Cognitive Processes in Interactive Assembly Environments. 16th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2007), (pp. 750-755). Jeju Island, Korea.