Michael Herczeg

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Michael Herczeg (born May 16, 1956 in Ludwigsburg ) is a German computer scientist . He works as a university lecturer and scientist for human-machine systems and interactive media .


From 1976, Herczeg studied computer science with a focus on human-machine communication and artificial intelligence at the University of Stuttgart , graduated in 1982 and also received his doctorate in 1986 from the University of Stuttgart on the subject of the architecture of user interfaces . From 1983 to 1988 he was a research assistant at the Institute for Computer Science there. Then he was a lecturer for software ergonomics and interactive systems there until 1996 .

From 1988 to 1992 Herczeg was also project manager for knowledge-based systems and expert systems at Bosch Telecom in Backnang , then until 1996 department head in software development for network management and broadband systems at Alcatel SEL AG in Stuttgart .

In 1996 Herczeg became a C3 professor for software technology and human-machine communication in the computer science department at the University of Applied Sciences in Gelsenkirchen , where he established media information technology . In 1997 he accepted a C4 professorship for practical computer science and human-computer interaction at the University of Lübeck , where he became director of the Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems, and also founded media informatics here. In 2005 and 2006 he was Vice Rector of the University of Lübeck.

In 2002 he was involved in the founding of the International School of New Media (ISNM) in Lübeck with the international, English-language postgraduate course Digital Media .


Michael Herczeg has been researching theories, models and methods for the interaction between man and machine since 1980. To this end, he works with experts from other disciplines such as engineering , psychology , medicine , ergonomics , education , art and design .

For many years his work has concentrated on user and application-oriented user interfaces for computer applications . He is a co-founder of software ergonomics . For a number of years he has also been working in the field of large-scale technical systems, in particular on safety-critical human-machine systems such as nuclear power plants , vehicles and medical systems.

In 2001 he started an initiative to give children and young people a contemporary understanding of the interaction between people and technology, especially in connection with computer systems and digital media. As part of the two projects KiMM (Kids in Media and Motion) and LIaS (Lübeck Computer Science in Schools), interdisciplinary teaching models from the first to the 13th grade are developed for modern computer science and media education and implemented for everyday school life.

Michael Herczeg is a founding member and from 2010 to 2016 was the spokesman for the human-computer interaction department and a member of the Presidium of the Gesellschaft für Informatik eV and co-founder and former spokesman for the software ergonomics , development tools for interactive systems and media informatics groups .

He is editor of the textbook series interactive media and co-editor of the magazine i-com at deGruyter Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag Munich.

Michael Herczeg is a member of the supervisory board of several companies and scientific institutions, management consultant and expert in the field of human-technology organization and software ergonomics, in particular mission- and safety-critical human-machine systems. From 1999 to 2005 he was a member of the Technology and Innovation Council of the Schleswig-Holstein state government.


  • Michael Herczeg: software ergonomics . Basics of human-computer communication , Bonn: Addison-Wesley, 1994, ISBN 3-89319-615-3 .
  • Michael Herczeg: Software ergonomics : Theories, models and criteria for usable interactive computer systems , 4th edition, Munich: Oldenbourg, 2018, ISBN 978-3-11-044685-2 .
  • Michael Herczeg, Horst Oberquelle, Wolfgang Prinz : Mensch & Computer 2002. From interactive tools to cooperative working and learning environments , Stuttgart: Teubner, 2002, ISBN 3-51900-364-3 .
  • Michael Herczeg, Martin Christof Kindsmüller: Mensch & Computer 2008. Much more interaction , Munich: Oldenbourg, 2008, ISBN 978-3-486-58900-9 .
  • Michael Herczeg: Process control systems. Safety-critical human-machine systems and interactive media for monitoring and controlling processes in real time , Munich / Berlin: De Gruyter / Oldenbourg, 2014, ISBN 978-3-486-58445-5 .

Editor of the textbook series Interactive Media

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