Tilman is a Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer at the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Stuttgart, a Master of Science Degree from the University of San Francisco, a Diploma from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, and an Honors Degree from the Center of Digital Technology and Management at the University of Munich. Before coming to Melbourne, Tilman was a Project Assistant Professor at Osaka Prefecture University in Japan and spent some time as a visiting post-doc at the MIT Media Lab. In between his academic career, Tilman worked in Industry as an engineer at Yahoo! Inc. and TinyCo. His research focuses on building cognition-aware technologies that help people process information more effectively and augment human cognition.

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I will be debating opportunities, risks and unintended consequences of emerging technologies at Let's Get Ethical! organized by Code Like a Girl on Thursday, 13 February.
We are hosting this year's CHI'20 Workshop on the Detection and Design for Cognitive Biases in People and Computing Systems . Submission of position papers: Feb 11th.
I will be joining the SIG meeting EMICS (Eye Movements as an Interface to Cognitive State) as a panelist at CHI'2020 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.


In my research I focus on applying cognitive concepts to technological opportunities: a mix of psychology, human-computer interaction, pervasive computing, and machine-learning.

Human Attention Research

Attention is the concentration of the mind on one of concurrently competing stimuli or thoughts. Selective attention allows us to choose to attend one thing over another, and hence plays a crucial role in selecting and encoding incoming information for later memory retrieval.

Reading in a Digital World

The information age provides us with challenges of information overload and changes people's reading behavior. What are these changes and how can we cope with a growing amount of information to be consumed?
Publications and Press Articles:

Semantic Memory Enhancements

People need to invest their attention and time into studying new topics to acquire skill, practice, and knowledge. This requires both time and effort. Mobile technologies can help detecting opportune moments for engaging in learning activities and proactively suggest breaks for micro-learning.


Also available on Google Scholar.


Stuff I'm up to.


Format Description Institution Term
Guest Lecture Vision and Perception for VR MIT, Media Lab Spring '18
Workshop Prototyping KMD, Keio University Summer '17
Seminar Scientific Writing KMD, Keio University Summer '17
Practical Course Programming for Media Informatics University of Stuttgart Winter '16
Practical Course Programming for Media Informatics University of Stuttgart Winter '15
Seminar Ubiquitous Technologies for Augmenting the Human University of Stuttgart Summer '15
Practical Course Interactive Systems University of Stuttgart Winter '14
Practical Course Mobile Gaming University of Stuttgart Summer '14