Stefan Oppl

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Stefan Oppl


I am an assistant professor at the Department of Business Information Systems - Communications Engineering at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria. I'm currently on leave from this position, as I have been granted an Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellowship by the Austrian Science Fund to spend 10 months with the Department of Software Science at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

I have studied computer science (MSc) and applied knowledge management (MBA) at the Kepler University of Linz and finished my PhD in computer science at the Technical University of Vienna in 2010. Since 2003, I am working as a researcher at the Kepler University of Linz.

I was first affiliated with the Department of Pervasive Computing, where I was working in the area of context-aware group support and mobile learning support systems. Since 2005, I am affiliated with the Department of Business Information Systems - Communications Engineering, where I am developing means to support collaborative work and knowledge externalization and alignment processes in organizational settings.

I was involved in several national and EU-founded research projects. I have been the coordinator and lead scientist of the EU FP7-founded research project IANES and also have coordinated the Leonardo-da-Vinci Transfer-of-Innovation project FARAW and the Erasmus Intensive Programme SURGEOM.

Selected Publications

  • Oppl, S., Stary, C., & Vogl, S. (2016). Recognition of paper-based conceptual models captured under uncontrolled conditions. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine-Systems, in press.
  • Oppl, S. (2016). Evaluation of collaborative modeling processes for knowledge articulation and alignment. Information Systems and E-Business Management, in press.
  • Oppl, S. (2016). Supporting the collaborative construction of a shared understanding about work with a guided conceptual modeling technique. Group Decision and Negotiation, in press.
  • Oppl, S. and Alexopoulou, N. (2016). Linking natural modeling to techno-centric modeling for the active involvement of process participants in business process design. International Journal of Information System Modeling and Design, 7(2).
  • Oppl, S. (2016). Articulation of work process models for organizational alignment and informed information system design. Information & Management, 53(5), 591–608.
  • S. Oppl and C. Stary, “Facilitating shared understanding of work situations using a tangible tabletop interface,” in Behaviour and Information Technology, 33(6), pp.619-635, Taylor and Francis, 2013.
  • S. Oppl and C. Stary, “Effects of a Tabletop Interface on the Co-Construction of Concept Maps,” in Proceedings of the 13th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2011), no. 6948 in LNCS, pp. 443–460, Springer, 2011.
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Selected Projects

  • Scaffolds for Work Process Modeling (Erwin-Schrödinger Fellowship)
  • IANES - Interactive Acquisition, Negotiation and Enactment of Subject-oriented Business Process Knowledge (FP7 Marie Curie IAPP)
  • FARAW - Facilitating Articulation and Reflection about Work (Leonardo-da-Vinci Transfer of Innovation)
  • SURGEOM - Subject-driven Role-guided Externalization of Organizational Models (ERASMUS Intensive Programme)
  • Comprehand - A tool for facilitation of shared understanding of work situations
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I am teaching Business Process Modeling and Distributed Interactive Systems as well as selected topics in IT basics and scientific work practices. My main teaching activities are focused at the Kepler University of Linz but I also teach at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Details about my teaching in Linz can be found at my department's website.