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Prof. Michael Zöllner

Assistant Dean Department of Interdisciplinary and Innovative Sciences

Institute for Information Systems (iisys)
Research Group Leader RG Interaction & Data Driven Design

Department of Interdisciplinary and Innovative Sciences

Prof. Michael Zöllner | Hof University of Applies Sciences

Contact details


Hochschule Hof
Alfons-Goppel-Platz 1
95028 Hof


Campus Münchberg | Building X


Interaction Design


"With us, students should be inspired early on to understand new technologies as tools that enable them to design experimentally, confidently and emancipated." 

Prof. Zöllner was appointed Professor of Interaction Design in 2012. He studied design at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt and at the imedia Academy (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Before and during his studies, he worked for several years for interactive agencies such as Pixelpark AG and a.f.i.m. GmbH for clients such as Adidas, Bertelsmann and Vitra, before moving to the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (IGD) in Darmstadt in 2003, first as an assistant scientist and then in 2005 as a research assistant in the Virtual and Augmented Reality department. From 2009 to mid-2010, he was deputy department head and head of the Augmented Reality department. His research focused on the design and development of interaction technologies such as mobile augmented reality applications, interactive trade show and museum exhibits, and multi-touch solutions for industry and cultural heritage. From 2006 to 2009, he served as scientific director of the EU-funded research project iTACITUS. From 2010 to 2011 he led the research projects CHESS (EU) and MotionBank (German Federal Cultural Foundation).

Zöllner, Michael & Zapf, Andreas & Truong, Nhân. (2016)
okinesio – Evaluation and Development of an Open Hardware Activity Tracker.
Conference: International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction HCI
618. 570-574. 10.1007/978-3-319-40542-1_93. 

Michael Zöllner, Andreas Zapf, Nhan Duc Truong, and Stefanie Scheer
Okinesio: the development of open hardware for quantified self
In Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Sensor-based Activity Recognition and Interaction (iWOAR '16).
Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 3, 1–5. DOI:

Kahn, Svenja; Keil, Jens; Zöllner, Michael; Müller, Benedikt
Towards an Affordable Markerless Acquisition of Intangible Contemporary Dance Choreographies at Large-Scaled Stages
Arnold, David (Ed.) et al.: VAST 2012. Short and Project Papers.
Goslar: Eurographics Association, 2012, pp. 33-36

Keil, Jens; Zoellner, Michel; Becker, Mario; Engelke, Timo; Wientapper, Folker; Wuest, Harald:
The House of Olbrich – An Augmented Reality Tour through Architectural History
ISMAR 2011 10th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality

Behr, Johannes; Jung, Yvonne; Keil, Jens; Drevensek, Timm; Zöllner, Michael; Eschler, Peter; Fellner, Dieter W.:
A Scalable Architecture for the HTML5 / X3D Integration Model X3DOM.
In: ACM SIGGRAPH u.a.:Proceedings Web3D 2010 : 15th International Conference on 3D Web Technology.
New York : ACM Press, 2010, pp. 185-193

Zöllner, Michael; Becker, Mario; Keil, Jens:
Snapshot Augmented Reality – Augmented Photography.
In: Artusi, Alessandro (Ed.) u.a.:
VAST 2010. Short and Project Papers Proceedings.
Goslar : Eurographics Association, 2010, pp. 53-56

Zöllner, Michael; Keil, Jens; Wuest, Harald; Pletinckx, Daniël:
An Augmented Reality Presentation System for Remote Cultural Heritage Sites.
In: Debattista, Kurt (Ed.) u.a.:
VAST 2009. VAST-STAR, Short and Project Papers Proceedings.
Msida : University of Malta, 2009, pp. 112-116

Zöllner, Michael; Keil, Jens; Drevensek, Timm; Wuest, Harald:
Cultural Heritage Layers: Integrating Historic Media in Augmented Reality.
In: Sablatnig, Robert (Ed.) u.a.; International Society on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia:
15th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia. Proceedings : VSMM 2009.
Los Alamitos, Calif. : IEEE Computer Society, 2009, pp. 193-196

Behr, Johannes; Eschler, Peter; Jung, Yvonne; Zöllner, Michael:
X3DOM – A DOM-based HTML5 / X3D Integration Model.
In: Spencer, Stephen N. (Ed.); ACM SIGGRAPH u.a.:
Proceedings Web3D 2009 : 14th International Conference on 3D Web Technology.
New York : ACM Press, 2009, pp. 127-135

Didier Stricker, Alain Pagani and Michael Zöllner:
In-Situ Visualization for Cultural Heritage Sites using Novel Augmented Reality Technologies
Invited Paper at the International Conference on Graphic Archeology and Cultural Heritage
Arqueológica 2.0, Sevilla, 17-20 June 2009

Zöllner, Michael; Pagani, Alain; Pastarmov, Yulian; Wuest, Harald; Stricker, Didier:
Reality Filtering: A Visual Time Machine in Augmented Reality.
In: Ashley, Michael (Ed.) u.a.; European Association for Computer Graphics (Eurographics):
VAST 2008. Proceedings.
Aire-la-Ville : Eurographics Association, 2008, pp. 71-77

Webel, Sabine; Keil, Jens; Zöllner, Michael:
Multi-touch Gestural Interaction in X3D Using Hidden Markov Models.
In: ACM SIGCHI u.a.:
Proceedings VRST 2008 : ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology.
New York : ACM, 2008, pp. 263-264

Hodgson, Benjamin; Megliola, Maurizio; Toffolo, Silvana; Zöllner, Michael; Keil, Jens:
Encouraging Cultural Exploration: a Dynamic Tour Guide Based on Personalised Contextual Information and Ad-hoc Planning.
In: Cunningham, Paul (Ed.) u.a.:
Collaboration and the Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications, Case Studies. Part 2.
Amsterdam; Berlin : IOS Press, 2008, pp. 1331-1338
(Information and Communication Technologies and the Knowledge Economy 5).

Zöllner, Michael; Keil, Jens; Behr, Johannes; Gillich, Jan; Gläser, Sebastian; Schöls, Erich:
Coperion 3D – A Virtual Factory on the Tabletop.
In: 5th Intuition 2008. Proceedings : Virtual Reality in Industry and Society: From Research to Application.
Turin, 2008, 7 p.

Yvonne Jung, Jens Keil, Johannes Behr, Sabine Webel, Michael Zöllner, Timo Engelke, Harald Wuest, Mario Becker:
Adapting X3D for multi-touch environments.
In: Dieter W. Fellner, Steven Collins (Eds.): Proceeding of the 13th International Conference on 3D Web Technology, Web3D 2008, Los Angeles, California, USA, August 9-10, 2008. ACM 2008, ISBN 978-1-60558-213-9

Zoellner, Michael; Stricker, Didier; Bleser, Gabriele; Pastarmov, Yulian:
iTACITUS – Novel Interaction and Tracking Paradigms for Mobile AR.
In: Arnold, David (Ed.) u.a.; The European Research Network of Excellence in Open Cultural Heritage (EPOCH):
Vast2007 – Future Technologies to Empower Heritage Professionals : Short and Project Papers from VAST 2007.
Budapest : Archaeolingua, 2007, pp. 110-117

Stricker, Didier; Zoellner, Michael; Bisler, Alexander; Lutz, Bernd:
Traveling in Time and Space with Virtual and Augmented Reality.
In: Baltsavias, Emmanuel (Ed.) u.a.; Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich:
Recording, Modeling and Visualization of Cultural Heritage. Proceedings.
London : Taylor & Francis, 2006, pp. 431-439

Schroeter, P. von; Jürgensen, B.; Zoellner, Michael:
Cercon Move – A Navigation Aid for Dental CAD Applications.
In: International Journal of Computerized Dentistry 7 (2004), 4, pp. 371-377

Interaction and Information Design

Interaction design revolves around the design of the dialogue between people and digital systems. While this dialogue used to focus primarily on human-machine interaction via mouse and keyboard, today it takes place in the midst of a constantly evolving world full of mobile, networked digital systems (smartphones, tablets, installations, physical, IoT, robotics, machine learning...).

As interaction designers, we have the task of actively accompanying and positively influencing this development towards new products and systems from the very beginning. It is about exploring new, experimental forms of interaction to make the dialogue with new technologies a positive experience for the user. These emerging technologies require new forms of interaction that include haptic, gestural, auditory and olfactory interfaces in addition to visual ones.

In addition to traditional design tools, this task requires new digital and analog tools to develop concepts, conduct experiments and develop prototypes. We teach the necessary strategies and knowledge to express oneself creatively and conceptually in this new field, but also to learn to assess future technologies, in seminars and applied projects in collaboration with museums, companies and research institutes.

Current topics we work on in seminars and projects include interactive, informative installations for museums, exhibitions and fairs.

Ausstellung Walderlebniszentrum Mehlmeisel (2021)

Co-Learning Lab (2021)

Symotiv (2019)

Werkleitz Festival Katalog Style Transfer (2019)

Theatrum Mundi (2018)

Co-Learning Lab (2017)

okinesio (2016)