Prof. dr. Kortuem, G.

Gerd Kortuem is professor of Internet of Things at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. His research centres on the intersection of the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Design, and explores how data, algorithms, and smart materials can be turned into creative design materials. This covers foundational technologies, design methods, ethical issues and the dynamics of large-scale, multi-stakeholder projects where designers have to deal with  tensions between commercial and societal concerns.

Academic Background

Gerd Kortuem joined the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in 2016. Prior to that, he worked as software developer at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (Germany), IBM (Germany) and Apple (USA), held positions at Lancaster University (UK) and the Open University (UK) and taught at Oxford University. Prof Kortuem holds a PhD from the University of Oregon (USA) and a Diploma in Informatics from Stuttgart University (Germany). He currently serves as Associate Editor of the Journal "Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies” and is a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Pervasive Computing magazine. He is an associate partner at strategic consultancy Fronesys Inc.


  • 1995 – 2002
    PhD in Computer and Information Science 
    University of Oregon, USA 
  • 1993 – 1995
    MSc in Computer and Information Science
    University of Oregon, USA 
  • 1986 – 1991
    Diplom in Informatik
    University of Stuttgart, Germany


  • 2016 – present
    Professor of Internet of Things
    Department of Design Engineering, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 2012 – 2013
    Instructor for Software Entrepreneurship
    Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2011 – 2016
    Professor of Computing
    Department of Computing, Open University, UK
  • 2003 – 2011
    Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Computing
    School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, UK
  • 2000 – 2002
    Director of Engineering
    Living Networks Inc., USA
  • 1995 – 1996
    Software Architect
    Artifice Inc., USA
  • 1994 – 1995
    Software Developer
    Apple Computer, Cupertino, USA
  • 1989 – 1992
    Research Assistant
    IBM Science Centre, Germany

Secondary employment

Associate Partner at Fronesys Inc. 

Involved in the research projects


Smart Sensing and Context: 5th European Conference

Paul Lukowicz, Kai Kunze and Gerd Kortuem
ISBN: 978 36 4216 981 6

Published in 2010

Smart Sensing and Context: 3rd European Conference

Daniel Roggen, Clemens Lombriser, Gerhard Tröster, Gerd Kortuem, Paul Havinga
ISBN: 978 35 4088 792 8

Published in 2008

Smart Sensing and Context: 2nd European Conference

Gerd Kortuem, Joe Finney, Rodger Lea and Vasughi Sundramoorthy
ISBN: 978 35 4075 695 8

Published in 2007