Hi there, I'm Thiemo.
I'm a PhD student at the Institute of Information Systems at the University of St.Gallen (CH). Currently, I am a research collaborator at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
I strive to conduct interdisciplinary research in the fields of Information Systems, Computer Linguistics, and Human-Computer-Interaction to increase learning success and education across all domains. To do so, I use techniques from Artificial Intelligence such as Natural Language Processing, Transfer and Deep Learning to build AI-powered education tools such as Intelligent-Tutoring-Systems, Conversational Agents, and intelligent writing support systems. You can find information on my work on AI for Education
As part of a research team, I have developed an adaptive argumentation writing support system which helps individuals to develop better writing and reasoning skills (Link to CHI 2020 paper).
Also, I built an intelligent conversational agent that provides students with adaptive and individual argumentation tutoring while writing persuasive essays independent of an instructor, time or location (Link to CHI 2021 paper).
Recently, I designed an empathy writing support tool by modeling the cognitive and emotional empathy structures in student-written texts (Link to ACL 2021 paper).
I believe in the power of collaboration for building better AI-based systems. If you are interested in my work, please contact me via LinkedIn.
Here you find an overview of my publications at Google Scholar and my academic profile at ReserachGate
- Wambsganss, T., Niklaus, C., Söllner, M., Handschuh, S., & Leimeister, J. M. (2021): Supporting Cognitive and Emotional Empathic Writing of Students. In The Joint Conference of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 11th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (ACL-IJCNLP 2021) . PDF
- Wambsganss, Thiemo; Küng, Tobias; Matthias, Söllner & Leimeister, Jan Marco (2021): ArgueTutor: An Adaptive Dialog-Based Learning System for Argumentation Skills In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems PDF
- Wambsganss, T., Höch, A., Zierau, N., & Söllner, M. 2021. Ethical Design of Conversational Agents: Towards Principles for a Value-Sensitive Design. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI). PDF
- Wambsganss, T., Niklaus, C., Cetto, M., Söllner, M., Handschuh, S., & Leimeister, J. M. (2020). AL: An adaptive learning support system for argumentation skills. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-14). PDF
- Wambsganss, T., Winkler, R., Söllner, M., & Leimeister, J. M. (2020). A Conversational Agent to Improve Response Quality in Course Evaluations. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-9). PDF
- Wambsganss, T., Winkler, R., Schmid, P., & Söllner, M. (2020). Unleashing the Potential of Conversational Agents for Course Evaluations: Empirical Insights from a Comparison with Web Surveys. In ECIS PDF
- Zierau, N., Wambsganss, T., Janson, A., Schöbel, S., & Leimeister, J. M. 2020. The Anatomy of User Experience with Conversational Agents : A Taxonomy and Propositions of Service Clues. International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). PDF
- 2021 - today: Visiting Research Collaborator at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, USA
- 2018 - today: PhD. Student and Research Associate at the Institute of Information Management, University of St. Gallen (HSG), CH
- 2016 - 2018: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Industrial Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), GER
- 2017: ME310 Design Thinking Class as part of the Sugar network with Stanford University, USA
- 2015: Bachelor thesis within a scientific exchange at the Software Institute at the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), Beijing, CHN
- 2012-2016: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Industrial Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), GER
Natively Developed Prototypes
I have designed, developed and scientifically evaluated various prototypes based on different technologies such as Flask, TensorFlow, FastText, PyTorch, Keras, SpaCy or Scikit-Learn.
an adaptive argumentation writing support tool based on artificial intelligence(Info)
a chatbot for individual argumentation tutoring (Info)
a Google Docs Add-on for argumentative writing support on business or project pitches (Info)
Elea - an empathy feedback tool
an adaptive empathy writing support tool based on artificial intelligence for students to foster empathic writing independent of an instructor, time and location
Eva - a course evaluation bot
a chatbot for personal course evaluations in large-scale or distance-learning scenarios (Info)
Hermine - a Q&A-Bot designed for educational settings
a chatbot for frequently-asked questions in large-scale or distance-learning scenarios (Info)
Corpora and Data Sets
In order to build HCI innovations, I collected, annotated and scientifically evaluated different corpora and data sets to train novel machine learning or deep learning models. Here is an overview of my work:
German User-Generated Repair Instruction Corpus: 3,157 user-generated posts, with 682 tagged “Instruction” and 2,475 tagged “NoInstruction”, representing different characteristics of the platform motor-talk. Access
Argumentation Annotated Student Peer Reviews Corpus: 1000 persuasive student peer reviews about business model feedbacks annotated for their argumentative components and argumentative relations. Access
Argumentation Annotated Student Business Model Pitch Corpus: 200 persuasive business model pitches annotated for argumentative components, argumentative quality score and argumentative relations.
Cognitive and Emotional Empathy Annotated Student Peer Reviews Corpus: : 500 student peer revies about business model feedbacks annotated for their cognitive and emotional empathy level according to key constructs. Access
Awards and Honors
- 2021 Honourable Mention Award of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
- 2021 1st place DELINA LEARNTEC Innovation award (Info)
- 2021 One-year research fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF, Doc.Mobility) at Carnegie Mellon University (Info)
- 2021 Doctoral Consortium at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
- 2021 Best Reviewer Award at the International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik
- 2021 Nominee Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik
- 2020 Best Reviewer Award at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
- 2020 Best Theory Paper First Runner-Up Award at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
- 2020 Honourable Mention Award of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)