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Dr.-Ing Sandro Castronovo (researcher)

Sandro Castronovo

Sandro Castronovo was working as a full member in the automotive group until 2014. His research is focussed on interactive Vehicle2X applications as well as multiparty- and multimodal-interaction in an automotive context. In this area he has finished his PhD entitled  "Beyond the "Push"-Paradigm: Enhanced Forms of Information Access and Novel Application Areas for Vehicle2X-Communication Networks". In the projects CARMINA an SIM-TD he is involved in HMI development and multimodal dialogue systems. Sandro studied Computer Science with minor subject computational linguistics at Saarland University.

During his studies he gathered experience in multimodal dialog systems as a research assistant at DFKI in the projects TALK and i2home. He finished his diploma thesis in 2009 with topic „Robust analysis of multiparty-meetings using a knowledge based discourse memory“ in the EU project AMIDA (Augmented multiparty interaction with distance access). In the same context he worked on constrained-based layout techniques. Please also refer to his list of publications.


Dr. Christoph Stahl (Researcher M2CI Cluster of Excellence)

Christoph Stahl

Dr. Christoph Stahl is a member of the Cluster of Excellence Multimodal Computing and Interaction. From 2009 until end of 2010, he has been consulting the Automotive Group, leveraging his expertise in navigation, 3-D environments, and nomadic devices. His work is focused on pedestrian assistance in intelligent environments. He is working on a methodology to design and develop assistance systems that integrate support for multiple activities and make intelligent use of ubicomp technologies and environments. Christoph is now working at DFKI Bremen


M. Sc. Yujia Cao (Visiting Researcher)

Yujia Cao

From April to July 2009, Yujia Cao was a visiting researcher at DFKI (Automotive IUI group). Yujia is a PhD student at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands). Her research topic is cognitive-aware multimodal information presentation, focusing on the design of multimodal presentations that can be more efficiently perceived and processed by the human cognitive systems. In cooperation with other automotive group members, she designed and conducted a user experiment investigating how local danger warnings can be better presented to drivers.

* Yujia earned her PhD in February 2011.

In 2004, Yujia Cao obtained a bachelor diploma in information science and technology, at the Nanjing University, China. In 2007, she obtained a master diploma in Electronic Engineering, at the Southeast University, China. The thesis work was conducted at the Innovation lab of Philips Consumer Electronics (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), from April 2006 to January 2007. She started her PhD at the University of Twente since February 2007.

Catrin Endres (group assistance)

Catrin Endres

Group assistant Catrin Endres joined DFKI Automotive group in April 2010. Since June 2010, she is also affiliated to the Intel Visual Computing Institute at University of the Saarland. Previously, she worked at DFKI as secretary and receptionist. Former jobs also include editorial office of a local TV news show at SR (Saarländischer Rundfunk) and catering. Catrin is office clerk by training and currently studying Psychology at FernUniversität Hagen.


M. Sc. Ehsan Gholamsaghaee (ehemaliges Mitglied)


Ehsan Gholamsaghaee was member of the group from January to December 2009.The main part of his work focused on multimodal dialog systems and multi-party interaction. Further research interests were intelligent agents, ontology based learning, and indoor navigation systems. Ehsan studied Computer Science and Computational Linguistics (the latter as subsidiary subject) at Saarland University.

During his study, he joined DFKI as  student researcher in 2005 and was involved in various projects such as OMDIP I, OMDIP II, and Virtual Human.

In 2006, he finished his Bachelor thesis on the topic of “Adapting JSHOP to a Dialog Framework with an Ontological Domain Description”. In cooperation with BMW, he finished his Master thesis on the topic of “Developing a Mobile Navigation System for Multi-Story Car Parks Based on Active RFID Tags” in 2007.

Since January 2008, Ehsan has been working as a junior researcher for  DFKI in projects Language Grid and Theseus. At the beginning of 2009, he joined the DFKI’s Automotive Group and is involving in projects CARMINA, SIM-TD, and various related industry projects. In CARMINA, he is engaged in the development of a multi-modal dialog system for car passengers which supports a multi-party interaction of the passengers with the car, mobile internet services, and road environment. The main focus is to extend the current multi-modal fusion, fission, and media allocation algorithms in order to support a multi-party interaction and tangible interfaces in cars.

Dipl.-Inform. Tim Schwartz (Researcher M2CI Cluster of Excellence)

Tim Schwartz

Being a member of the Cluster of Excellence - Multimodal Computing & Interaction at the University of the Saarland, Dipl.-Inform. Tim Schwartz joined the DFKI automotive group in January 2009 as an associate member. His PhD topic is "The Always Best Positioned Paradigm: Fusion of Heterogeneous Sources for Indoor and Outdoor Positioning of Nomadic Devices". Tim is consulting the group in the project SIM-TD (Secure Intelligent Mobility Testfield Germany), where the DFKI team is responsible for the HMI (Human Machine Interaction).

Tim studied Computer Sciences and Computational Linguistics at the Saarland University. He joined DFKI in 2004 as a member of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 378, Resource Adaptive Cognitive Processes, which was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) . In 2005 he joined the follow-up project Transfer Unit 53 RENA (Resource Adaptive Navigation), where he built an indoor positioning system based on active RFID tags and infrared beacons. Tims research interests are indoor positioning, nomadic devices and Human Computer Interaction.

Dipl.-Inform. Christoph Endres (researcher)

christoph endres

Christoph Endres joined the Automotive group in January 2010. His PhD topic is "Instrumented Environment Car: Multimodal Fission and Media Allocation with Explicit Priority Management". Christoph studied computer science at the Saarland University. He received his diploma degree in 1999 for his thesis "Personal Picture Finder - a softbot for the world wide web". He worked at DFKI Wahlsters chair in numerous projects in the area of natural language search engines, P2P networks, computer game playing and ubiquitous computing.

From 2001 until 2003 he lived in the United States and became a Sun Certified Java Professional (SCJP and SCJD).
He currently works as a full time researcher at DFKI.