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Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart

Former Principal Investigator
Niels Pinkwart

Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart is head of the research group "Computer Science Education/Computer Science and Society," the ProMINT College, and the Center for Technology-Assisted Learning at the HU Berlin. From 1995 to 1999, he studied computer science and mathematics at the University of Duisburg. Here, he received his doctorate in 2005 with a dissertation on collaborative modeling systems. After a postdoctoral position with the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), he took up assistant professorships and associate professorships at Clausthal University of Technology. In 2013, he moved to HU Berlin.

In addition to his work at the HU Berlin and the Weizenbaum Institute, Niels Pinkwart is Principal Investigator at the Einstein Center Digital Future. His professional activities also include participation in the program committees of various scientific conferences; he is a reviewer for several journals and an editorial member of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education as well as a member of scientific advisory boards for various projects and organizations.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Principal Investigator (PI):

Research Group "Education and advanced training in the digital society"

Committees and functions

  • Professor at the Institute for Informatik of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Dean of Studies, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (until 04/21)
  • Spokesperson of the ProMINT-Kolleg of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Head of the Center for Technology-Based Learning at the Professional School of Education of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Principal Investigator at Einstein Center Digital Future
  • Head of the research area “Educational Technology Lab” at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence
  • Member of Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Educational Technologies Division of Gesellschaft für Informatik e. V.
  • Spokesperson of the working group Learning Analytics of Gesellschaft für Informatik e. V.

Fields of research

  • Digital Education
  • Learning Analytics
  • Inclusion and eLearning
  • Sociotechnical systems



Lernen auf der Plattform. Inklusives eLearning als Weiterbildungsangebot für eingeschränkte Beschäftigte (Hans-Böckler-Stiftung)

LISA – Learning Analytics für sensorbasiertes adaptives Lernen (BMBF)

Learning Feedback in Intelligent Tutoring Systems / Learning Dynamic Feedback in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (DFG)

Zwei EXIST-geförderte Startups

Learning to Argue: Generalized Support Across Domains (DFG)



S. Gross, B. Mokbel, B. Paassen, B. Hammer, N. Pinkwart (2014). Example-based feedback provision using structured solution spaces. International Journal of Learning Technology, 9(3), 248–280.

Kloft, M., Stiehler, F., Zheng, Z., & Pinkwart, N. (2014). Predicting MOOC dropout over weeks using machine learning methods. In Proceedings of the EMNLP 2014 Workshop on Analysis of Large Scale Social Interaction in MOOCs (pp. 60-65).

Patzer, J. Sell, N. Pinkwart (2016). Anforderungen und ein Rahmenkonzept für inklusive E-Learning Software. In U. Lucke, A. Schwill, R. Zender, eds., GI Lecture Notes in Informatics – Tagungsband der 14. e-Learning Fachtagung Informatik (DeLFI) (pp. 257–268). Bonn, Köllen Druck+Verlag GmbH.

T. Rücker, N. Pinkwart (2017). The things that belong: a grounded theory study of student categorizations of complex technical artifacts. International Journal of Technology and Design Education.

Scheuer, F. Loll, N. Pinkwart, B. M. McLaren (2010). Computer-Supported Argumentation: A Review of the State-of-the-Art. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 5(1), 43–102.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Lehrstuhl für Didaktik der Informatik / Informatik und Gesellschaft