Prof. dr. Kortuem, G.


Dr Gerd Kortuem is Professor and Chair of Internet of Things in the Industrial Design Engineering Faculty at TU Delft, principle investigator at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and member of the Delft AITech initiative on Meaningful Human Control Of Autonomous Intelligent Technology. His research focuses on the intersection of the Internet of Things and design and explores data, algorithms, and smart materials as key building blocks for intelligent products and services. 

From 2010-2016 he was Professor at the Open University and Deputy Director of the smart city initiative MK:Smart where he directed research and innovation initiatives on citizen participation, urban energy and smart city education. He currently serves as member of the steering committee of The ACM International Conference on IoT in Urban Space (Urb-IoT), and Associate Editor of the Journal "Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT)" and "Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing" open access journal ("Frontiers of ICT")

In 2002 he completed his PhD in the field of wearable computing and has since then investigated technologies for smart workplaces, public transport, domestic micro-grids, and community energy with companies such as BP, BT, E.On, and Tech Mahindra. Prof Kortuem has worked in various roles in the software industry (IBM, Apple and internet start-ups), and advises SMEs and start-ups on developing IoT products and business solutions. He has taught Software Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University and Saïd Business School, Oxford University, and was co-lead of the FutureLearn MOOC on Smart Cities.  

Prof Kortuem holds a PhD from the University of Oregon, USA and a Diploma in Informatics from Stuttgart University, Germany. 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