Stefan Oppl

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Stefan Oppl


I am an associate professor at the Department of Business Information Systems - Communications Engineering at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria.

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.

In November 2016, I submitted my habiliation thesis to receive the venia docendi in business informatics. On September, 29th, 2017, I defended my thesis in a public colloquium (recording only available in German) and subsequently was granted the venia docendi and tenure 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 learning and knowledge 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. In 2016-17, I have been working as a research fellow at the Department of Software Science at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands funded by an Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellowship by the Austrian Science Fund.

For further information on my research interest and teaching activities, you can download my comprehensive CV.


Selected Publications

  • Oppl, S., Reisinger, F., Eckmaier, A., & Helm, C. (2017). A flexible online platform for computerized adaptive testing. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education. Springer, 14(1), pp 1-21.
  • Oppl, S., Milas, A., & Waid, M. (2017). Vielfältiges Lernen in universitären Großlehrveranstaltungen. Proc. of Momentum Kongress 2017, Hallstatt, Austria. (available in German only)
  • Oppl, S., & Hoppenbrouwers, S. (2016). Scaffolding Stakeholder-centric Enterprise Model Articulation. Proc. of the IFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference on the Practice of Enterprise Modeling. LNBIP vol. 267, pp 133-147. Springer.
  • 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. (2017). Supporting the collaborative construction of a shared understanding about work with a guided conceptual modeling technique. Group Decision and Negotiation, 26(2), pp 247-283.
  • 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.
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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.