Gerhard Fischer (professor)
Gerhard Fischer at CU Boulder
|Nationality||German and American|
|Institutions||University of Colorado, Boulder|
|Alma mater||University of Hamburg
University of Heidelberg
|Doctoral advisor||Klaus Brunnstein (de)
Herbert A. Simon ("Habilitation")
|Doctoral students||Stefan Carmien
|Notable awards||CHI Academy, ACM Fellow|
Gerhard Fischer (born ca 1948) is German computer scientist, Professor of Computer Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and the founder and director of the Center for LifeLong Learning & Design (L3D) at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
In 1971 he graduated with a Masters (Mathematics and Physical Education) from the University of Heidelberg. With a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), he spent the following two years at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and the University of California, Irvine. He obtained a PhD from the University of Hamburg in Computer Science (1977), followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, Cambridge, (working with Seymour Papert and the LOGO community) and Xerox Parc (working with Alan Kay and the Smalltalk community).
From 1978 to 1984 he served as an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Stuttgart. During these six years, he spent several extended visits at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh to study with Herbert A. Simon who served as the primary advisor for his “Habilitation” degree that he obtained in 1983 from the University of Stuttgart. In 1984 he accepted a position in the Computer Science Department of the University of Colorado, Boulder combined with being a Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science that he still holds today. During the years at CU Boulder, he spent sabbatical years at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany (1994-1995) and at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (2002-2003). In the Fall of 2012, he was awarded a "Chair of Excellence" at the Charles III University of Madrid (UC3M), Spain.
In his early work at the University of Stuttgart, he explored theoretical frameworks and system developments for Human-Computer Interaction and co-founded conferences in Germany on “Mensch-Maschine Kommunikation” (1980) and “Software Ergonomics” (1983). Later work at CU Boulder was centered on domain-oriented design environments, critiquing systems, and the exploration of high-functionality environments.
In 1994, the Center for LifeLong Learning & Design was founded and in the following years, he (in close collaboration with numerous colleagues, including specifically Ernesto Arias, Hal Eden, Michael Eisenberg, and Walter Kintsch and a large number of PhD students; see information in sidebar) explored themes in meta-design, social creativity, cultures of participation, computer-supported collaborative learning, and support environments for people with cognitive disabilities.
He was inducted into the ACM SIGCHI Academy in 2007 and was elected as a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) in 2009, for contributions to human computer interaction and computer-mediated lifelong learning. In 2012, he received the RIGO award from the ACM Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC). He participated in the characterization of numerous NSF research programs (including: Lifelong Learning, Science of Design, Creativity and IT ) and he serves on numerous advisory and editorial boards and continues to be involved in combining European and American research traditions.
- Fischer, G. (1994) "Domain-Oriented Design Environments," Automated Software Engineering, 1(2), pp. 177-203.
- Fischer, G., Nakakoji, K., Ostwald, J., Stahl, G., & Sumner, T. (1998) "Embedding Critics in Design Environments." In M. T. Maybury, & W. Wahlster (Eds.), Readings in Intelligent User Interfaces, Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco, pp. 537-559.
- Fischer, G., & Giaccardi, E. (2006) "Meta-Design: A Framework for the Future of End User Development." In H. Lieberman, F. Paternò, & V. Wulf (Eds.), End User Development, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 427-457.
- Fischer, G., Giaccardi, E., Eden, H., Sugimoto, M., & Ye, Y. (2005) "Beyond Binary Choices: Integrating Individual and Social Creativity," International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS) Special Issue on Computer Support for Creativity (E.A. Edmonds & L. Candy, Eds.), 63(4-5), pp. 482-512.
- Fischer, G. (2011) "Understanding, Fostering, and Supporting Cultures of Participation," ACM Interactions XVIII.3 (May + June 2011), pp. 42-53.
- Fischer, G. (2007) "Designing Socio-Technical Environments in Support of Meta-Design and Social Creativity." In Proceedings of the Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL 2007), Rutgers University, July, pp. 1-10.
- Carmien, S., Dawe, M., Fischer, G., Gorman, A., Kintsch, A., & Sullivan, J. F. (2005) "Socio-Technical Environments Supporting People with Cognitive Disabilities Using Public Transportation," Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (ToCHI), 12(2), pp. 233-262.
- Cognitive Levers Project Home Page, http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/clever/index.html
- CHI Academy, http://www.sigchi.org/about/awards/awards-2007.html
- ACM Fellows Program, http://fellows.acm.org
- NSF Science of Design (SoD) Program, http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04552/nsf04552.htm
- CreativeIT Community Wiki, http://swiki.cs.colorado.edu/CreativeIT/