Prof. Dr. Frank Heidmann

Professor für Mensch-Maschine Interaktion

Frank Heidmann is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences.

Frank’s research and teaching interests in Potsdam lie in Human-Centered Design, research methods in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and user experience design including eye tracking technologies, geographic information visualization, and sustainable interaction design. Frank has a diploma and a PhD from the University of Trier, both in Geographical Sciences.

Prior to his professorship in Potsdam, he was head of the Human-Computer Interaction Competence Center at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), Stuttgart. The HCI Group at Fraunhofer IAO is widely regarded as one of the leading research and consulting units in Europe, handling the following topics:

  • Development and application of new technologies for the interaction between people and technology
  • Conception, design, and development of interactive systems
  • Graphic, acoustic, and multimodal user interfaces
  • Development of company-specific style guides and design patterns
  • Prototyping and usability testing



“Stranger Things – Prototyping Inconvenience”: A Case Study On Critical Design In Design Education

ACM DIS 2020 Workshop – Speculative and Critical Design in Education: Practice and Perspectives


On the relevance of cartography — An interaction design perspective

Proceedings of the International Cartography Conference 2019 (ICC 2019) – Tokyo, JapanPDF


Hazards and accessibility: combining and visualizing threat and open infrastructure data for disaster management

Proceedings of the International Cartography Conference 2017 (ICC 2017) – Washington D.C, USAPDF

Communicating landslide risk by combining hazard and open infrastructure data in interactive visualizations

EGU 2017, European Geosciences Union General Assembly

Visualization and Interaction with Multiple Devices. A Case Study on Reachability of Remote Areas for Emergency Management

i-com, Journal of Interactive Media. Special Issue: Human-Computer Interaction in GeovisualizationPDF


Anforderungsanalyse bei IT-Experten mittels Experience-Sample-Methode.

In: Endmann, A., Fischer, H. & Krökel, M. (Hrsg.): Mensch und Computer 2015 – Usability Professionals. Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg. pp. 133-143.


Heattile, a New Method for Heatmap Implementations for Mobile web-based Cartographic Applications.

In: T. Bandrova et al. (Eds.): Thematic Cartography for the Society, Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. International Conference on Cartography and GIS 2014. Berlin: Springer, pp. 33-44.

A Comparison of Location Search UI Patterns on Mobile Devices.