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Seoyeon Park

Studentische Hilfskraft

Seoyeon Park studierte japanische Sprache und Literatur sowie Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der Sungshin Women's University (Seoul, Südkorea). Nach ihrem Abschluss arbeitete sie als Produktmanagerin für den globalen Markt in der Online-Gaming-Branche bei CJ E&M Netmarble, CJ Games Global Corp., Bigpoint Games LLC und Neobricks GmbH in Seoul, LA und Hamburg. Derzeit studiert sie seit Oktober 2020 Kultur der Metropole an der HCU und ist seit November 2021 als studentische Hilfskraft am CityScienceLab tätig.

Kontakt: seoyeon.park(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Kayla Barginda

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Kayla Barginda hat einen B.Sc. in Informatik, den sie an der Jacobs Universität Bremen erworben hat. In 2022 erwarb sie ihren M.Sc. in Geodäsie und Geoinformatik an der HafenCity Universität mit Spezialisierung in Geoinformationstechnologie. In ihrer Masterarbeit untersuchte sie Interpolations- und Disaggregationsverfahren im Zusammenhang mit Luftqualitätsdaten aus verschiedenen Messquellen. Ziel dieser Arbeit war es, herauszufinden, ob die Implementierung einer solchen Methode eine potenzielle Lösung zur Reduzierung von Datenlücken in Luftqualitätskarten bieten könnte. Derzeit arbeitet sie als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im City Science Lab für das Google Air View Projekt.

Kontakt: kayla.barginda(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Isabel Herrle

Student Assistant

Isabel completed a pedagogical apprenticeship in Mannheim before doing her bachelor's degree in cultural studies at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg. She furthermore did an exchange semester at the faculty of urbanism, design and architecture in Buenos Aires. During her studies she focused on urban and cultural space research and since then is particularly interested in participation and ethnographic urban research. Since october 2021 she studies the Master Program Urban Design at HCU and joined the CUT Team in April 2022.

Contact: isabel.herrle(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Mert Can Yilmaz

Student Assistant

Mert Can Yilmaz is a graduate of Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), where he studied City and Regional Planning (BSc) and Urban Design (MSc). He is currently pursuing his studies with a second master's degree in Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning at HafenCity University. He joined the CityScienceLab in May 2020 as a student assistant and is also working as a research assistant in Global Change and Spatial Strategies at the HCU. As an urban planner and technology-enthusiast, his research interests include resource efficiency, resilience and discourse on the digital transformation of cities and urban planning.

Contact: mert.yilmaz(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Ferris Storke

Research Associate

Ferris studied Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews, as well as International Relations at the University of Geneva. After his studies, he worked for NGOs in the fields of children’s rights and environmental peacebuilding, a Think Tank focusing on security policy, the Crisis Management Centre of the Swiss Foreign Ministry, as well as MINUSMA, the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in Mali. Since September 2020, he has been undertaking a Master’s degree in Information and Data Science at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.

Contact: ferris.storke(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Marie-Thérèse Jakoubek

Student Assistant

Marie-Thérèse Jakoubek is a trained filmmaker and photographer. She studied film and visual arts at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Her graduation film, "February 27", was shown and awarded at numerous international film festivals. She is currently enrolled in the M.Sc. Program "Urban Design" at HafenCity University. Since fall 2019 she has been working as a student assistant for the City Science Lab and as a tutor for the online teaching platform "Escape Routes: Urban Structures of Migration". Her research interests range from temporary accommodation to supply infrastructures. Anchored in artistic research, the method of storytelling plays a central role in her work.

Contact: marie-therese.jakoubek(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Inga Reimers

Research Associate

Inga Reimers is an ethnographer and studied Cultural Anthropology, History of Arts and German Language at the University of Hamburg and the UCAM (Spain). In her PhD research (Eating with/as a method) she is working on the purpose of food and meals in different cultural and social contexts and focuses on ethnographic methodology. In the course of her research she was associated to the graduate program "Assemblies and Participation: Urban Publics and Performance" and held a scholarship from the Pro Exzellenzia excellence center. Before she came to the HCU she worked as an editor for the TV-Show "Konspirative KüchenKonzerte". Her further research interests are in the areas of rural cultures, New Work and Digital Humanities.

Contact: inga.reimers(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Luisa Stühlmeyer

Student Associate

Luisa Stühlmeyer studies Metropolitan Culture at HafenCity University Hamburg since October 2017. In February 2018 she started working as a student assistant at the CityScienceLab and supports the project  CityScopeCruise.


Flora Fessler

Research Associate

Flora Fessler studied Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna as well as at the University Paris Descartes. At the Vienna University of Technology she also completed a Bachelor programme on Urban and Regional Planning. She is currently enrolled in the M.Sc. Program Urban Design at the HafenCity University Hamburg. Her research focus includes aspects of Urban Anthropology concerned with processes of spatial and social transformation and the study of communication and participation within the context of process-oriented planning procedures. Since December 2017 she is part of the team of the CityScienceLab.


Arjama Mukherjee

Student Assistant

Arjama Mukherjee studied Architecture at Piloo Mody College of Architecture in India during which she worked for various architectural practices. After finishing her studies she continued work in India as an architect and later briefly, as an urban planner, before deciding to do her Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy Design at Politecnico di Milano. She is currently studying in the master’s program in urban planning at HafenCity University as part of a double degree program between Politecnico di Milano and HafenCity University. Since May, 2020 she has been working as a student assistant at the CityScienceLab and is supporting the project OCTOPI.

Contact: arjama.mukherjee(at)hcu-hamburg.de

María Moleiro

Student Assistant

María Moleiro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Universidad Simón Bolívar, in Caracas, Venezuela.  Since then, she conducted for over seven years her own architectural firm along with two associates dedicated to the design and construction supervision of projects in varied fields such as industrial, commercial and mostly high-end residential.  In addition to her practice, she has been visiting instructor at university level in Venezuela, as well as founding member of a NGO dedicated to the documentation and broadcast of Venezuelan contemporary architecture. In October 2018 she began her studies as a candidate for the M.Sc. REAP Program (Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning) at HafenCity Universität, with a strong focus on the research of sustainable measures for urban development. Since October 2019, she is tutor for the project courses at the REAP Master Program as well as student assistant for the City Science Lab.

Contact: maria.dale(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Annalena Brinckmann

Research Associate

Annalena Brinckmann studied Architecture (B.A.) at the Technical University of Munich. During her Bachelors programm she spent almost two years in Rio de Janeiro, studying Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. As an intern at a local NGO in a favela of the Complexo do Alemao she got in contact with the urban reality of life in informal settlements of Rio de Janeiro. Within that context she worked in different academical and practical projects and focused on understanding the political, social and structural coherences of the South American metropolis. Currently, Annalena studies Urban Design (M.Sc.) at the HafenCity University Hamburg.

Contact: annalena.brinckmann(at)hcu-hamburg.de


Hülya Lasch

Student Assistant

Hülya Lasch studied Urban and Regional Planning (Bachelor) at the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir / Turkey. After her study, she gained practical experience as a real estate appraiser in Bursa / Turkey. She completed a training as a GIS and Geodata Specialist at the GIS Academy Hamburg. Her internship at the CityScienceLab included accessibility models with ArcGIS and their process automation with Python. She is currently enrolled in the M.Sc. Program Urban Planning at Hafencity University. Since October 2018 she is working as a student assistant at the CityScienceLab and supports the project SmartSquare.

Contact: huelya.lasch(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Mete Boncukçu

Student Assistant

Mete Boncukcu studied Civil Engineering at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. During his Bachelor, he focused on the Energy Optimization of the buildings. He is currently enrolled in M.Sc. Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning at HafenCity University to get insight into the sustainable vision in urban design. He is working on location-based data analyses and data integration between different digital platforms. He joined the team of CityScienceLab as a student assistant in September 2019. 

Contact: mete.boncukcu(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Ágota Barabás

Student Assistant

Agota Barabas graduated at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism (Bucharest, Romania) trained as a Regional and Urban Planner. She gained professional experience by working with various types of EU funded projects together with city administrations from the design phase to management in Romania. Currently, she is enrolled in Resource Efficiency in Planning and Architecture Master Program at HafenCity University and works as a student assistant at the CityScienceLab since 2018. She mainly supports the Digital City Science: Instruments for Analysis and Visualizing - Skill Seminar and occasionally assists the MICADO Project. Her main interests are digital transformation of cities, spatial and social justice, resiliency.

Contact: agota.barabas(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Aleksandra Sliusarenko

Research Associate

Aleksandra (Sasha) Sliusarenko holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from the Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. During and after her studies she focused on gaining practical experience in architecture and urban planning in her hometown and then, after moving to Hamburg in 2017, continued her career path in Germany. In July 2020, she joined the CityScienceLab as a research associate.

Kontakt: aleksandra.sliusarenko(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Julia Sievert

Research Associate

Julia Sievert studied Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning at HafenCity University and Environmental Studies at Knox College (Galesburg, IL). During her studies, as part of her master’s thesis research, she combined open data driven analysis of urban densification practice with bottom-up material stock modeling. She maintains an ongoing interest in the sustainable, efficient use of materials in urban development. Julia joined the CityScienceLab as a research associate in November 2018.

Contact: Julia.Sievert(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Dr. Dr. Raphael Schwegmann

Research Associate

Raphael Schwegmann is interested in global geographies of technology. After two years as a postdoctoral lecturer at University of Münster he joined CSL@HCU as a postdoctoral research associate in December 2018. He holds a joint German-French doctorate (‘cotutelle’) in History from Heidelberg University/EHESS Paris, a doctorate in Geography from University of Eichstätt, a joint European LLM from Goethe University Frankfurt/ULB Brussels, a MA in Human Geography (special focus: Economic Geography) from Goethe University Frankfurt and a BA in History and French from University of Göttingen.

E-Mail: raphael.schwegmann(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Marie Malchow

Research Associate

Marie Malchow studied Cultural Engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg and the University of Mumbai (B.A.), as well as Urban Planning at HafenCity University and the Middle East Technical University Ankara (M.Sc.). During her studies she researched living conditions in informal settlements and their current transformations. In January 2018 Marie joined the CityScienceLab as a research assistant.

Contact: marie.malchow(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Jonas Luft

Research Associate

Jonas Luft studied "computer science - digital media and games" at the
University of Applied Sciences Trier before graduating in computer science
at the Technical University Berlin. He is a research associate at the
CityScienceLab since november of 2018 and investigates computational
approaches to societal problems.

Contact: Jonas.Luft(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Andre Landwehr

Research Associate 

Andre Landwehr studied Sustainable Urban Management at Malmö University in Sweden and Industrial Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer/Oldenburg. After his studies he worked for two urban innovation and participation projects at the environmental authority of the city of Malmö. Before studying and working in Sweden, he worked for several years for a Hamburg-based company in the conception and development of online tools in the field of technical building equipment and energy efficiency.

Contact: andre.landwehr(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Juiwen Chang

Research Associate

Juiwen, also known as Ariel, has been working at HCU as research associate since 2017. She was graduated from University of Edinburgh in 2013 and worked for Hampshire County Council and German Aerospace Center since then. Her specialties focus on GIS python programming, remote sensing and has some experience in system design and implementation. She is working for Sustainable Urban Region (NUR) project since 2020 September.

Contact: juiwen.chang(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Elisa Antonie Casper

Research Associate

Antonie Casper studied urban planning at HCU Hamburg and TU Istanbul. In her Master's degree in Planning and Participation (University of Stuttgart) she focused on mediation, participation formats, methods and techniques and on deliberative democracy. Since 2019 she has been working in research projects that investigate the influence of digitalization on the city, the society and civic participation. She is interested in the extended possibilities of participation formats through digital tools as well as as the handling of the provided technology by the civil society.

Contact: antonie.casper(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Dr. Jesús López Baeza

Research Associate / Science Lead

Dr. Jesús López Baeza is a PhD in Architecture. He has led and participated in several national and international projects in Europe and Asia. His work encompasses social cohesion, activities and livability of urban spaces, and citizen preferences in urban public spaces, urban identity production, spatial perception, agent-based modeling, among other dynamics in the field of advanced socio-spatial analysis.

Contact: Jesus.Baeza(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Dr. Katharina Borgmann

Research Associate

Katharina M. Borgmann (Dr.-Ing.) graduated from architecture and urban design, and obtained her PhD in city planning. She has gained several years of professional experience during her work as an architect and urban designer in Israel, China, and India. As a post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer across Asia and Germany she taught bachelor, master, and doctoral students. Her main research focus is centred around local context and urban pattern analysis in Asia as well as the cross-cultural transfer processes of sustainable urbanisation strategies and their impact on local contexts in South-East and East Asia. Before joining the CityScienceLab, she was involved in projects dealing with alternative mobility concepts and scenario development. These research topics as well as her teaching activities are aimed at contributing to a better understanding of sustainable urban development and the role therein of city-building scholars and professionals. Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and she has received grants and scholarships from German and European funding institutions to support her work.

Contact: katharina.borgmann(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Dr.-Ing. Jan Barski

Research Associate

Dr.-Ing. Jan Barski holds a Master of Science degree in spatial planning from the Wroclaw University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English studies (translation) from the University of Wroclaw. His PhD thesis was dedicated to the topic of industrial suburbanization, while his experience as assistant teacher revolved around regional development, European policies, city-building, and spatial analysis. His further academic interests include European programmes and the overlaps of planning and language sciences. In his career, he has been both a member and the leader of international and cross-disciplinary teams which have worked on scientific research and project applications. His responsibilities at the CityScience Lab consist of an overall engagement in the Lab’s project involvement, with special focus put on European programmes, as well as of research activities.

Contact: jan.barski(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Maša Avakumovic

Research Associate

Maša studied at the University of Zagreb and Ghent University and holds an M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics. During her studies she successfully completed an internship as Data Scientist at a leading telematic solutions company in London. After her graduation, Maša worked as IT Business Consultant in the private sector. She then worked as Research Associate at the Logistics Department at the Helmut Schmidt University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, before joining the City Science Lab in October 2019. Her research focus lies on strategic planning and developing decision support systems.

Sarah Adam

Communication and Events 

Sarah Adam M.A. studied History and English Literature at the Universities of Freiburg, Naples,Italy and Hamburg. She is an experienced Arts & Cultural Manager, Event Producer as well as Marketing, and Project Manager. Before joining the CSL-team she curated and organized the dokumentART, Neubrandenburg in 2018. In addition to that she works as a freelance curator for several film festivals and institutions, is a member of the cinema collective B-Movie and of the artist group A Wall is a Screen.

Contact: sarah.adam(at)hcu-hamburg.de


Inken Reimer

Student Assistant

Inken Reimer studied Urban Planning at HafenCity University as well as Spatial Planning at Blekinge Institute of Technology. She is currently enrolled in the M.Sc. Program Urban Planning at HafenCity University. Her research focus lies in planning and studying qualitative open spaces. Since May 2018 she is working as a student assistant at the CityScienceLab and supports the project SmartSquare.

Contact: inken.reimer(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Yuxiang Zhang

Research Associate

Yuxiang Zhang studied architecture and urban planning at Tsinghua University and TU Berlin and has worked at CHORA Conscious City Lab, MAD architects, and Li Xiaodong Atelier. He is currently developing web-based systems for data-driven social planning and urban knowledge dissemination at the CityScienceLab, HCU.

Contact: Yuxiang.zhang(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Oliver Behncke

Research Associate

Oliver Behncke studied Environmental Sciences at Leuphana University Lüneburg (Diplom) as well as Applied Computer Science at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and Victoria University Wellington (B.Sc.). He worked as a software developer in the fields of backend applications, data transformation, and web applications for several years, before joining CityScienceLab in January 2017 as a research assistant.

Contact: oliver.behncke(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Jan Behrens

Research Associate

Jan Behrens studied Digital Media in Bremen and graduated in the International Cartography Master programme at TU Munich, TU Vienna and TU Dresden. He has also worked as a software developer for several years. He is experienced with programming for rich internet applications, web mapping, usability engineering, and open source methodologies.

Contact: jan.behrens(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Dr. Titusz Bugya

Research Associate

Dr. Titusz Bugya holds a Master's degree in geography from the University of Pécs, Hungary, with a specialization in urban studies and geomorphology. He has a PhD. in Earth Sciences. His main filed (if exists) is the data analysis by statistical and GIS methods, and his academic interests mainly target inter/multi-disciplinary researches. He has publications and cooperations with researchers from various fields of sciences: ecology, clinical sciences, urban studies, earth sciences, regional development.

He has 20 years of experience in higher education, mainly in the field of GIS, process automatization (scripting), cartography and surveying. He is committed to the open-source solutions -- open-source software and open-source data -- in the practice and in the education as well.

Gustavo Brant

Student Assistant

Gustavo is an aspiring Architect and Urban Designer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from RWTH Aachen University. In between working and studying in Germany, France and Switzerland, he supported the United Nations Program for Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) for the Child Friendly Cities Initiative project Public Spaces for Children in Mozambique. He currently studies Urban Design at the HafenCity University Hamburg, where he is writing his Master's Thesis on "Youth Participation and Self-empowerment through (Digital) Action Research in the Complexo do Alemão, Rio de Janeiro". Since March 2019, Gustavo Brant has been part of the City Science Lab Team. He was a tutor for the seminar Mobilität von morgen - für Städte und Arbeitgeber (The Mobility of Tomorrow - For Cities and Employers) and currently works as student assistant in programming and communication.

Contact: gustavo.brant(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Maria Dauwalter

Research Associate

Maria Dauwalter completed an engineering degree in computer science and mathematics. Since December 2017 she has been a research associate at CityScienceLab. In the project DIPAS (digital participation system) she works on the conception and development of applications for informal citizen participation in planning projects.

Contact: maria.dauwalter(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Lucy Henriques

Student Assistant 

Lucy Henriques studied Architecture and Urban Planning in her Bachelors and Sustainable Construction as a Certificate Program in Brazil. She is currently a candidate of the M.Sc. Program Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning (REAP) at the HCU. Over the years, she has acquired experience in diverse urban projects in Brazil, Germany, Egypt and Denmark. Her research focus lies in exploring the interactions between people and the built environment that surrounds them, in order to devise more resource-efficient, human-centered measures. Lucy was part of the CSL-Team as a student assistant from April 2017 to September 2018 at the SmartSquare Project.

Contact: lucy.henriques(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Katrin Hovy

Research Associate

Katrin Hovy studied architecture in Konstanz and Urban Design in Hamburg. During her studies, she worked in urban planning and architecture offices, at the international building exhibition (IBA) Hamburg and as a student assistant at the HCU.  In 2014 she was a scholar at the ‘Brennerei next generation lab’ in Bremen. Since October 2015 she is research assistant at the City Science Lab@HCU.

Contact: katrin.hovy(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Nina Hälker

Research Associate

Nina Hälker studied "Next Media" at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, and Social and Educational Science at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. Before she came to HCU, she worked as editorial assistant at "Mittelweg 36", the journal of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. Since September 2015 she is research assistant at the City Science Lab@HCU. Her work focuses on urban research at the intersection of social and computational science.

Contact: nina.haelker(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Julia Hellmanns

Student Assistant

Julia Hellmanns studied Geoinformatics at Bochum University of Applied Science. After her Bachelor’s degree in March 2015, she worked in regional planning at the Regionalverband Ruhr in Essen for six month.  Focusing on  geoinformation technology, Julia is currently in the Geomatics master program of HafenCity University Hamburg.  Since March 2016 she supports the City Science Lab in geographic information systems (GIS) and Python programming.

Contact: julia.hellmanns(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Uli Hellweg

Experienced Researcher

Uli Hellweg is an architect and urban planner. He was managing director at “IBA Hamburg GmbH” (International Building Exhibition) from 2006 to 2015. Before, he worked as Managing Director of the public-private development corporation “agora” in Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxemburg and in the public and urban development sector, such as in the municipalities of Berlin and Kassel. Additionally, he has been coordinator of “Urban Renewal in the Berlin district of Tiergarten” and in the International Building Exposition 1984/87. 

Uli Hellweg has given many presentations in Europe, US, Asia and Australia. He is a member of diverse juries in architectural and urban competitions (i.e., Chairman of the international urban competition HafenCity 1999). He has been awarded with the Hünebeckpreis (RWTH Aachen) and with the Sempermedaille des Architekturzentrums Hamburg.

Contact: Uli_Hellweg(at)t-online.de

Tobias Holtz

Research Associate

Tobias Holtz studied Architecture at RWTH Aachen University and Urban Planning at HafenCity University as well as at Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi (M.Sc.). From April 2017 to September 2018 he was research assistant at the CityScienceLab. His research interests include the socio-cultural impacts of smart city technologies in the field of urban planning. He worked in the interdisciplinary research project SmartSquare, focusing on the revitalization of an inner city square through the implementation of digital cultural services.

Contact: tobias.holtz(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Vanessa Junge

Student Assistant 

Vanessa Junge is in the last year of the Urban Planning Bachelor’s program at HafenCity University. She works for the professorship for Urban Development and Quantitative Methods of Urban and Regional Research, guided by Jörg Pohlan. For nearly two years she has been working for the ResearchPilot (previously known as “StadtLabor”) as a student assistant. Vanessa Junge was also the tutor of a study project, which dealt with demographic change in Hamburg and which was managed by Jörg Pohlan.

Contact: vanessa.junge(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Martin Knura

Student Assistant 
Martin Knura studied geography, political science and computer science at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and wrote his diploma thesis in the field of sustainable tourism. He started his master program in Geomatics at the HCU in Hamburg in October 2016; additionally, he worked until October 2018 at the CityScienceLab as well as for nextMedia Hamburg, the city’s joint initiative for the media- and digital industry. His main focus in Geomatics is Geoinformation Technology.

Contact: martin.knura(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Parisa Shah Mohamadi

Parisa Shah Mohamadi is a trained architect and urban planner with a wide range of experience in Middle East, Asia and Europe. She is the founder of Resilience Urban Planning+Development (RUPD) GbR in 2013. Parisa was a post-doctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Meteorologie from 2011 until 2012. She holds a Ph.D in urban climate with focus on ''urban heat island'' from National University of Malaysia and studied her Master and Bachelor of Architecture in Iran. Her main research interests cover sustainable urban development and planning; urban climate change planning, climate change and cities, urban heat island effects, climate intelligent cities and urban resilience.

Contact: parisa.mohamadi(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Experienced Researcher

Dieter Läpple is Professor Emeritus for International Urban Development at the HCU and Senior Fellow at the “Metropolitan Policy Program” at the Brookings Institution, Washington. He was, for several years, Head of the Institute of City and Regional Economy at the TU Hamburg-Harburg, and at the HCU. Additionally, he has worked in Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Aix-en-Provence/Marseille and Leiden. For four years, he has been Co-President of the “Scientific Advisory Committee” at the “Future Cities Laboratory” in Singapore. Since 10 years, he has been an advisor and collaborator of the “Urban Age” program at the London School of Economics. In 2007, he was awarded the Building Culture Award by the “BDA Hamburg” (Bund Deutscher Architekten).

Contact: dieter.laepple(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Claus Lucas Letsch

Student Assistant 

Claus Lucas Letsch studies Urban Planning at the HafenCity University since October 2013. He has worked for Prof. Dr. Jörg Pohlan, especially in the field of urban development and the shrinking and growth of cities. Furthermore, he was a tutor for a lecture giving the first-semester students an impression of the topics, methods and work in urban planning. Claus Lucas Letsch works for the Research Pilot (formerly known as “StadtLabor”) since May 2014, with a break of one year (October 2015 until September 2016).

Contact: claus.letsch(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Thomas Mensing

Research Associate

Thomas Mensing studied Geomatics at HafenCity University Hamburg. His area of concentration is Geoinformation Technology. Mensing's master's thesis was about designing and implementing web-based "Story Maps" (WebGIS) for the purpose of education. Since May 2016 he is research assistant at the City Science Lab@HCU.

Contact: thomas.mensing(at)hcu-hamburg.de 

Michael Koch

Experienced Researcher

Michael Koch is an architect and urban planner. Since 2004, he has been Professor for Urban Planning and Head of the Institute for Urban Development at the HCU. Before, he worked as Professor for Urban Development at the Department of Architecture at Bergische Universität Wuppertal and at TU Berlin as well as at various other universities in Switzerland.

His research and publications focus on urban planning, e.g., the morphology of cities, the relationship between transport infrastructures and settlement development, current problems of urbanized territories outside nucleated towns, and sustainable renovation of existing urban structures. He is joint partner of “yellow z urbanism architecture” in Zurich und Berlin; as a freelance planner, he realized residential as well as street renovation projects, won several competitions and is part of juries and advisory boards.

He is a member of diverse professional associations in Germany and Switzerland and member of the Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung (DASL).

Contact: michael.koch(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Nina Pohler

Research Associate

Nina Pohler studied Socio-Economics and Sociology at Vienna University of Economics and Business (Mag.a) and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (M.A). Her research interests include (Digital) Urban Studies, Organization Studies and Convention Theory. In her PhD project she studies practices in innovative and alternative organizations.

Contact: nina.pohler(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Nese Sezgin

Student Assistant

Nese Sezgin studies business administration and economic psychology (B.Sc.) at the Fachhochschule für Ökonomie & Management in Hamburg. After her instruction as a merchant for the wholesale trade, she worked at the marketing and promotion sector and successfully completed her training as a NLP & wingwave Coach. October 2018 to November 2019 she supported the CityScienceLab as a student assistant.


Lukas Schaber

Student Assistant 

Lukas Schaber studied Geoinformation Management at the University of Applied Science Karlsruhe, where he graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Since October 2015 he is studying the Geomatics Master program at HCU Hamburg. Lukas is working in the CityScienceLab since February 2016 and is writing his master thesis about the development and visualization of dynamic and interactive impact-models on CityScopes.

Contact: lukas.schaber(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Benedikt Schröter

Research Associate

Benedikt Schröter completed his vacational training as a construction assistant at Carl-Severing-Berufskolleg für Handwerk und Technik (Bielefeld). He studied civil engineering at the HafenCity University for four semesters before changing to the study program City Planning. As a student assistant he currently supports the EU project Cities-4-People.

Contact: Benedikt.Schroeter@hcu-hamburg.de

Camille Tarsiguel

Camille Tarsiguel is a French student of Mechanics, Computer Science, Command and Signal at ENSTA ParisTech, an engineering school from the Paris-Saclay University. She studied Mathematics and Physics in “classes préparatoires” at Lycée Saint-Louis in Paris. She has been a research intern at CityScienceLab for three months, working on people detection and people tracking on videos.

Contact: camille.tarsiguel(at)ensta-paristech.fr

Marc-André Vollstedt

Research Associate

Marc has studied Computer Science (Bachelor of Computer Science) and Business Information Systems (Master of Science) at the University of Paderborn. During his studies as well as in private he already gained insight the area of metaheuristics, optimization and machine learning. After he has finished his studies he worked for around five years as an IT-Project Manager and Data Scientist at the Otto Group. Now he joined our CityScience Team as an data scientist, system architect and developer.  

Contact: marc.vollstedt(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Asta Vonderau

Asta Vonderau is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology Stockholm University. In her research she investigates social and environmental effects of IT industries and infrastructures. She asks how processes of digitization shape social differences and new forms of urbanity, subjectivity and governance. Vonderau is a founding member of the international research network CityIndustries: Urban Industrial Entanglements in the Baltic Sea Region.


Bonan Wei

Graphic Designer

Bonan Wei studied Communication Design at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing (China) and University of Applied Sciences Mainz in Germany. Since April 2015, he is a PhD student and a guest researcher at the Lab for Geoinformatics and Geovisualization (g2lab) at the HafenCity University Hamburg.
His main research focus lies on UGI (Graphical User Interface) and user-centered presentation of geographic information for pedestrian orientation in combining indoor and outdoor environment. He has worked as an Art Director and Marketing Specialist for more than five years. Currently, he is working for the company SIS (Sign Information System) in Hamburg and is responsible for development of a Digital Wayfinding System.

Contact: bonan.wei(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Thorsten Werbeck

Student Assistant

Thorsten Werbeck is studying Urban Planning at HafenCity University Hamburg. In summer 2015 he obtained his Bachelor´s degree and is now pursuing his master studies. Before joining the City Science Lab in May 2016, he worked for an urban development company for more than three years. Additionally, he organizes guided architectural and urban planning walking tours in Hamburg.

Contact: thorsten.werbeck(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Lena Wilborn

Student Assistant

Lena Wilborn studies Metropolitan Culture at HafenCity University since October 2017. From February 2018 to October 2018 she worked as student assistant at the CityScienceLab and supported the CityScopeCruises Project. 


J. Ira Winder

Research Scientist

Ira leads the design and development of MIT CityScope, an initiative to create tangible, interactive, augmented reality decision-support systems for cities. CityScope is effectively a suite of hardware-software platforms with integrated analytics that facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration. Ira's range of expertise includes Computer Science, Mathematical Modeling, City Planning, Architectural Design. He is a Master of City Planning (MIT, 2013) and Bachelor of Science and Design (MIT, 2010).

Contact: jiw(at)mit.edu