Michael Knierim

Dr. Michael Knierim

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
    Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Marketing
    Kaiserstraße 89, 76133 Karlsruhe


Forschungsinteressen & -methoden

My research endeavors are driven by an interest in creating knowledge and artifacts that aid in profoundly improving human lives. Focus lies especially on the augmentation of mental and social functioning through design and engineering of innovative technological means. Innovation activities (e.g. in organizations and in collaboration with external actors) provide fertile ground for this approach.

While previous work dealt with the potentiality of intrinsically motivated action in customer co-creation platform, current research activities are focused on the augmentation of social interaction and group performance through psychophysiological feedback mechanisms.

Therefore current interests include:

  • Individual and social functioning: Emotional & Collective Intelligence, Flow, Emotion regulation
  • Technical augmentation means: Psychophysiological Feedback Mechanisms & Designs, Cognitive & Affective State Detection

Topics of Interest:

  • Flow Psycho- & Neurophysiology
  • Neuro-Information Systems (NeuroIS) & Physiological Computing Systems
  • Bio- & Neurofeedback Applications


  • Electrocardiography (ECG) – Especially Heart Rate Variability Analysis
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) – Especially Time-Frequency Analysis
  • Experimental Laboratory Research
  • Survey Studies


Vorlesungen, Übungen, Seminare

WS 2017/2018

  • Vorlesungen: Management of Business Networks, Business Data Strategy
  • Seminar: Digital Experience & Participation

WS 2016/2017

  • Vorlesungen: Management of Business Networks, Business Data Strategy
  • Seminar: E-Commerce and Human Computer Interaction

SS 2016

  • Vorlesung: KSRI Service Design Thinking
  • Seminar: Participation and Collaborative Services

Preise und Auszeichnungen

  • 2017: Best Products & Prototypes Award, Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST) 2017


Curriculum Vitae

09.2015 - Today Academic assistant - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - Germany
11.2014 - 08.2015 Head coach female youth - Hockey-Federation Rhineland-Palatinate/Saar - Germany
04.2012 - 11.2014 M. Sc. Management - Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz - Germany
09.2013 - 01.2014 Semester abroad in the M. Sc. Management - Université Montpellier I - France
07.2012 - 08.2013 Working student - juwi Technologies GmbH Wörrstadt - Germany
10.2008 - 04.2012 B. Sc. Business Sciences - Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz - Germany


Feeling the Pain of Others in Need: Studying the Effect of VR on Donation Behavior Using EEG.
Greif-Winzrieth, A.; Knierim, M.; Peukert, C.; Weinhardt, C.
2020. Information Systems and Neuroscience – NeuroIS Retreat 2020. Ed.: F. Davis, 172–180, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-60073-0_19
Detecting Flow Experiences in Cognitive Tasks - A Neurophysiological Approach. Dissertation.
Knierim, M. T.
2020, September 23. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). doi:10.5445/IR/1000123849
Chatbot-based Emotion Management for Distributed Teams: A Participatory Design Study.
Benke, I.; Knierim, M. T.; Maedche, A.
2020. Proceedings of the ACM on human-computer interaction, 4 (CSCW2), Article No.: 118. doi:10.1145/3415189
To Be or Not to Be in Flow at Work: Physiological Classification of Flow using Machine Learning.
Rissler, R.; Nadj, M.; Li, M. X.; Loewe, N.; Knierim, M. T.; Maedche, A.
2020. IEEE transactions on affective computing. doi:10.1109/TAFFC.2020.3045269
Live biofeedback as a user interface design element: A review of the literature.
Lux, E.; Dorner, V.; Knierim, M. T.; Adam, M. T. P.; Helming, S.; Weinhardt, C.
2018. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 43 (1), 257–296. doi:10.17705/1CAIS.04318
Detecting Flow Experiences in the Field Using Video- Based Head and Face Activity Recognition: A Pilot Study.
Berger, C.; Knierim, M. T.; Weinhardt, C.
2021. Proceedings NeuroIS Retreat 2021, Virtual Conference, June 1-3. Ed.: F. D. Davis, 134–141, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-88900-5_14
Detecting Daytime Bruxism Through Convenient and Wearable Around-the-Ear Electrodes.
Knierim, M.; Schemmer, M.; Woehler, D.
2021. Advances in Usability, User Experience, Wearable and Assistive Technology – Proceedings of the AHFE 2021 Virtual Conferences on Usability and User Experience, Human Factors and Wearable Technologies, Human Factors in Virtual Environments and Game Design, and Human Factors and Assistive Technology, July 25-29, 2021, USA. Ed.: T. Ahram, 26–33, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-80091-8_4
Predicting In-Field Flow Experiences Over Two Weeks From ECG Data: A Case Study.
Knierim, M.; Pieper, V.; Schemmer, M.; Loewe, N.; Reali, P.
2021. Information Systems and Neuroscience: NeuroIS Retreat 2021. Ed.: F. D. Davis, 107–117, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-88900-5_11
Exploring the Recognition of Facial Activities Through Around-the-Ear Electrode Arrays (cEEGrids).
Knierim, M.; Schemmer, M.; Perusquía-Hernández, M.
2021. Information Systems and Neuroscience: NeuroIS Retreat 2021. Ed.: F. D. Davis, 47–55, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-88900-5_6
Flow in Knowledge Work Groups – Autonomy as a Driver or Digitally Mediated Communication as a Limiting Factor?.
Knierim, M. T.; Nadj, M.; Li, M. X.; Weinhardt, C.
2019. ICIS 2019, Munich, Germany, December 15-18, 2019, 1–17, AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
Flow and optimal difficulty in the portable EEG: On the potentiality of using personalized frequency ranges for state detection.
Knierim, M. T.; Nadj, M.; Weinhardt, C.
2019. CHIRA 2018 : proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction Research and Applications, Wien, A, September 20-21, 2019. Ed.: H.P. Silva, 183–190, SciTePress
Exploring Flow Psychophysiology in Knowledge Work.
Knierim, M. T.; Rissler, R.; Hariharan, A.; Nadj, M.; Weinhardt, C.
2018. Information systems and neuroscience : NeuroIS Retreat 2018, [Wien, 19.-21.06.2018]. Ed.: Fred D. Davis, 239–249, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-01087-4_29
BrownieR - The R-Package for Neuro Information Systems Research.
Michalczyk, S.; Jung, D.; Nadj, M.; Knierim, M.; Rißler, R.
2018. Information systems and neuroscience : NeuroIS Retreat 2018, [Wien, 19.-21.06.2018]. Ed.: Fred D. Davis, 101–109, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-01087-4_12
Flow Neurophysiology in Knowledge Work: Electroencephalographic Observations from Two Cognitive Tasks.
Knierim, M. T.; Nadj, M.; Hariharan, A.; Weinhardt, C.
2018. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems (PhyCS 2018), Seville, E, September 19-21, 2018. Ed.: J.M. Belda Lois, 42–53, SciTePress
Got Flow? Using Machine Learning on Physiological Data to Classify Flow.
Rissler, R.; Nadj, M.; Li, M. X.; Knierim, M. T.; Maedche, A.
2018. Proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Montréal, Canada, 21st - 26th April 2018, Art.Nr. LBW612, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). doi:10.1145/3170427.3188480
Emotion Feedback in Small Group Collaboration: A Research Agenda for Group Emotion Management Support Systems.
Knierim, M. T.; Hariharan, A.; Dorner, V.; Weinhardt, C.
2017. GDN 2017, the 17th International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation, which will take place at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, 14th -18th August 2017, 191–202, Univ. Hohenheim
The psychophysiology of flow: A systematic review of peripheral nervous system features.
Knierim, M. T.; Rissler, R.; Dorner, V.; Maedche, A.; Weinhardt, C.
2017. Information Systems and Neuroscience - Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS 2017. Ed.: F. D. Davis, 109–120, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-67431-5_13
Designing Live Biofeedback for Groups to Support Emotion Management in Digital Collaboration.
Knierim, M. T.; Jung, D.; Dorner, V.; Weinhardt, C.
2017. Designing the Digital Transformation : 12th International Conference (DESRIST 2017), Karlsruhe, Germany, 30 May - 1 June 2017. Ed.: A. Maedche, 479–484, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-59144-5_35
Live Biofeedback for Digital Collaboration.
Knierim, M. T.; Hariharan, A.; Lux, E.; Dorner, V.; Weinhardt, C.
2016. 37th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Workshop on the Digitization of the Individual (DOTI), Dublin, Ireland, December 11, 2016

Betreute Abschlussarbeiten

Turn that frown upside down...
[Bachelorarbeit, Masterarbeit]
Status: noch nicht vergeben

Are we in Flow?
[Bachelorarbeit, Masterarbeit]
Status: noch nicht vergeben

Development of a R-Package Serving as Swiss Army Knife For Analyzing Neuro and Physiological Data
Status: noch nicht vergeben