Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart is Scientific Director of the Research Group Educational Technology Lab at DFKI Projektbüro Berlin. He is also Professor of Computer Science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Pinkwart studied computer science and mathematics at the University of Duisburg from 1995 to 1999. He received his doctorate in 2005 with a dissertation on collaborative learning technologies. After a postdoctoral position at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (2005/2006), he worked at Clausthal University of Technology. In 2013 he moved to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where he heads the Chair for “Didactics of Computer Science / Computer Science and Society” and the Center for Technology-Based Learning at the Professional School of Education. At the HU Berlin he is currently also speaker of the interdisciplinary ProMINT-Kolleg.
In addition to his work at HU Berlin, Prof. Pinkwart is Principal Investigator at the Einstein Center Digital Future and at the Weizenbaum Institute for Networked Society (German Internet Institute). Within the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Informatik Prof. Pinkwart is currently speaker of the working group Learning Analytics and member of the executive committee of the department Educational Technologies.
Prof. Pinkwart has led a large number of research projects in the field of educational technologies in the course of his professional career and has published more than 200 papers in this field. He is active in the national and international research community by organizing symposia such as the DELFI-GMW 2019 and the LAK 2020.