Dr. Matthias Wölfel

Artificial Intelligence Assisted Creation: Fostering Inspiration and Raising Moral Threads

Dr. Matthias Wölfel is a Professor for Intuitive and Perceptive User Interfaces at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany. His research interests include interaction design, human-computer and human-computer-human interaction, artificial intelligence, augmented- and virtual reality as well as digital culture. Dr. Wölfel has been recognized in 2017 as one of the best professors in Germany by UNICUM, a popular magazine for university graduates in Germany that features an annual “Professor des Jahres” (professor of the year) competition. Out of 2200 professors, nominated by students and graduates, he came in second place in the category Engineering / Computer Science.

After studying electrical engineering, information technology and computer science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA, USA, and the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Dr. Wölfel held full-time professorships in Interactive Media at Furtwangen University, Germany and Intermedia Design at Pforzheim University, Germany. At Furtwangen University he served as vice dean in the faculty of Digital Media and dean of studies for the master study program Computer Science in Media. There he also founded the joint master study program Music Design as one of the first joint master programs in Germany between a university of music (namely the Trossingen University of Music) and a university of applied sciences.

Besides his academic career Dr. Wölfel contributes to media art exhibited at festivals and in museums worldwide (e.g. Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016) and was nominated as Kultur- und Kreativpilot (Germany’s Culture and Creative Pilot) in 2015. He worked for the ZKM|Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe and is the founder and CEO of ColorfulBit, an award-winning studio for new media and innovative technologies (awards include the “IKT Innovativ” by the Ministry of Economics and Technology in 2013, the “Innovationspreis-IT” in the category Entertainment/3D in 2014; nominations include the d-elina–German E-Learning Innovation and Young Talent Award in 2013). He gets frequently invited to speak at conferences (e.g. Keynote Human Factors in Design, Shanghai) and company-internal events (e.g. Intel, Gdansk; Microsoft, London; Porsche, Stuttgart).


Artificial Intelligence Assisted Creation: Fostering Inspiration and Raising Moral Threads