Prof. dr. Kortuem, G.


Dr. Gerd Kortuem is Professor of Internet of Things at the Design Engineering department, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology. He also holds an associate professorship at The Open University in the UK, where he was deputy-director of the Milton Keynes smart city project MK:Smart between 2013-2016.

His research focuses on the Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Human Computer Interaction and Data Science and explores the design of connected products and services for a sustainable future. 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. 

Gerd has worked in various roles in the software industry (IBM, Apple and an internet start-up), and advises SMEs and startups on developing data-driven products and business solutions. He has taught Software Entrepreneurship at a number of universities (including at Saïd Business School at Oxford University) and was co-lead of a FutureLearn MOOC on Smart Cities.  

Gerd holds a PhD and MSc from the University of Oregon, USA and a Diplom from Stuttgart University, Germany. He is an associate partner at strategic consultancy Fronesys Inc. and founder of the Urban Data School, an initiative to promote data literacy education.


  • 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
  • 2006-2011
    Senior Lecturer in Computing
    School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, UK
  • 2003-2006
    Lecturer in Computing
    School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, UK
  • 2005
    Visiting Researcher
    Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
  • 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

Specialisation / field of research

  • Internet of Things
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Data Science
  • Smart Cities
  • Intelligent Energy and Transport 

Secondary employment

  • 2011-present
    Professor in Ubiquitous Computing 
    Department of Computing and Communications, The Open University, UK
  • 2011-present
    Associate Partner 
    Fronesys Inc. 

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: 2nd European Conference

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

Published in 2007


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