Jürgen Sieck

Jürgen Sieck is head of the INKA research group, which includes the XR_Unites project. He is also a professor of computer science in the Applied Computer Science degree program at HTW Berlin. Previously, he was a visiting professor at Monash University Melbourne, Australia, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and at Old Dominion University Norfolk in Virginia, USA. From 2013 to 2018 he was Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung and since 2019 he is Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2015, he has also been Professor of Computer Science at the Namibia University of Science and Technology in Windhoek. Jürgen Sieck was awarded honorary doctorates from the Odessa National Polytechnic University and the West Ukrainian National University Ternopil.

Maja Stark

Maja Stark studied art history with minors in French and Italian at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the Sorbonne IV in Paris. Her focus as an art scholar has been on art in Extended Reality (XR) for several years, and currently specifically on embodiment.

After a one year traineeship at Deutscher Kunstverlag, she was Editorial Coordinator at the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung at Humboldt University Berlin from 2015. Since 2018, Maja Stark has coordinated the INKA project AURORA School for ARtists and, since 2020, the XR_Unites project at HTW Berlin. She lectures on topics related to XR art, publishes, conceives and organizes events at the intersection of culture and computer science.

André Selmanagić

André Selmanagić studied international media computer science at the HTW Berlin. Since 2012 he is a member of the research group Creative Media. There, his work focuses on the development of concepts and prototypes for applications in the fields of Digital game-based learning and Applied Interactive Technologies (APITs). Since 2018 he is also coordinator of the AURORA School for ARtists.

Dagmar Schürrer

Dagmar Schürrer is a media artist who works with the moving image. She assembles found footage, digitally generated objects and animations, text, drawing and sound into elaborate video-sound montages that often leave the screen through the technology of augmented reality. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the ICA London, the Moscow Biennale for Young Art, the Supernova Festival in Denver, and the Museum of Waste in Changsha, China. In AURORA she supports in the field of digital media production.

Leonid Barsht

Leonid Barsht has been studying media and computing for a M.Sc. degree at the HTW Berlin since 2019. In 2017 he has worked as a software developer for interactive Virtual Reality applications at ImmobilienScout24 in Berlin and at ImproVive in Amersfoort, NL.Since 2018 he is a student employee at the AURORA School for ARtists.

Selina Wernike

Selina Wernike is a student of Applied Computer Science at HTW Berlin. She has been supporting the AURORA team in development as a student assistant since 2021. As part of an internship, she is also involved in the development of other projects of the INKA research group.