D-Tools 2.0 - Enabling efficient collaboration in digital design spaces across time and distance

PI: Professor Christoph Meinel


In the first year the D-Tools 2.0 project focused on supporting real-time Design Thinking for teams distributed over different locations. We developed a prototype which clearly shows the potential of remote Design Thinking by digital means. Based on observations and the feedback we got we will work on improving the prototype. Moreover we discovered that the digital support of Design Thinking activities is not only useful for synchronous and distributed work settings but also valuable for asynchronous working both co-located and distributed. Concerning synchronous setups we will further investigate how to support the synthesis phase with digital tools as this phase is crucial for all design processes.
Within the scope of the upcoming project year we want to answer these research questions for the D-Tools 2.0 project:

  1. What is the value of navigating through a projects history and linked information artifacts, and how can we make most use of it?
  2. To what extent can the daily handover process of distributed Design Thinking teams who are working asynchronously be improved by identifying project-critical periods of time during their project work? How can digital tools support the synthesis phase of a co-located team, and make it even possible in a distributed setting?


Christian Willems

Christian Willems studied computer science at the University of Trier, received his diploma degree in 2006 (thesis on a … > more

Matthias Quasthoff

Matthias Quasthoff studied Computer Science at the University of Leipzig and received his diploma degree with a thesis on … > more

Raja Gumienny

Raja studied "Technical Communication" (communication and computer science) at Aachen University finishing with a masters … > more

Oliver Böckmann

Oliver completed his bachelor's and master's degree in IT Systems Engineering at the Hasso Plattner Institute and studied … > more

Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel

Christoph Meinel is President and CEO of the Hasso Plattner Institute for IT-Systems Engineering (HPI) and professor … > more

Lutz Gericke

Lutz Gericke has been a student at the Hasso-Plattner institute since 2005. In 2008, he finished his Bachelor degree with a … > more