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Deputy Research Area Manager & Senior Researcher @ Data-driven Business

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Inffeldgasse 13/6
8010 Graz

Mobile: +43-664-6191751 

Mail: afessl[at] or afessl[at]

I studied at the Graz University of Technology and graduated with a master degree in Computer Science (MSc) in Telematics and hold a PhD with distinction in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology.

After I finished my studies, I worked at the Hyperwave GmbH, the Austrian Web Applicaiton Center department of the Forschungszentrum Seibersdorf and at the Institute for Linguistics at the Universität Graz.

In October 2008, I joined the Know-Center as a researcher in the area "Data-driven Business". Additionally, since May 2021 I am also employed at the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science (ISDS) at TU Graz.

Hobbies: In my leasure time I am a passionate hobby chef (My foodblog can be found at: and also on Instragram:


My research focus is on (workplace) learning and educational technologies, digital transformation and related digital competences, continuous improvement processes in knowledge management and knowledge transfer. Additionally I do research in human-computer interaction and socio-technical design as well as thoroughtly conducted evaluations. I research, teach and apply these activities also for companies.

My main research interests are 

  • technology-enhanced learning and educational technologies
  • reflective learning 
  • digital transformation and related relevant digital competences and skills
  • competence-oriented education
  • open science
  • human-computer interaction 
  • socio-technical design
  • co-creation, co-design, participatory design

I have more than 13 years of experience in leading and participating in multi-stakeholder research projects dealing with technology-enhanced learning and learning analytics, such as Task Leader in the MOVING project, Work Package Leader for the AFEL and ON-MERRIT project, and leading projects such as  DIGIVID and two TEL-MARKETPLACE projects.