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Julia von Thienen

 

Address:

Dr. Julia von Thienen
Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering
at the University of Potsdam
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3
14482 Potsdam, Germany

 

Contact:

Office: H-3.7
Telephone: +49 (0)331 5509 526
E-Mail: Julia.vonThienen(at)hpi.de

Website of the work group: www.hpi.de/neurodesign

 

Julia von Thienen was born in Berlin. She studied psychology (major) with an emphasis on neuroscience, research methodology, philosophy and computer science (minor) at the Free University of Berlin. Her PhD on causation also bridged these fields. Julia has taught research methodology and philosophy of science for social science students and neuroscientists at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Chicago and the University of Potsdam.

In 2008 Julia joined the Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI), specifically the Stanford-Potsdam Design Thinking Research Program. Julia`s studies are concerned with design thinking as an approach to creativity, collaboration and innovation. Her studies draw together observations and theories from micro-levels (the individual’s physiology) to macro-perspectives (policies and populations across continents).

In 2018, Stanford and Potsdam inaugurated a new line of research under the headline of Neurodesign. Since then, Julia builds up the work group of neurodesign at the HPI, which adds intensified studies into the biological underpinnings of creativity, collaboration and innovation in design thinking research and education.

 

Research Approaches:

By means of empirical studies, typcially including randomized experiments, the impact of the “3 Design Thinking Pillars” or “3P” is investigated: Creative People, Processes and Places. How do different strategies in the 3-P-domains impact creativity and innovation?

Sample publications:

  • Testing different collaboration modes of people: von Thienen, J. P. A., Noweski, C., Meinel, C. & Rauth, I. (2011). The co-evolution of theory and practice in design thinking – or – “mind the oddness trap!”. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking. Understand – improve – apply (81-99). Berlin: Springer.
  • Testing different process models: Noweski, C., Scheer, A., Büttner, N., von Thienen, J. P. A., Erdmann, J. & Meinel, C. (2012). Towards a paradigm shift in education practice: Developing twenty-first century skills with design thinking. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Measuring performance in context (71-94). Berlin: Springer.
  • Testing different work places: von Thienen, J. P. A., Noweski, C., Rauth, I. Meinel, C. & Lang, S. (2012). If you want to know who you are, tell me where you are: The importance of places. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Studying co-creation in practice (53-73). Berlin: Springer.
  • A summary can be found in: von Thienen, J. P. A.(10.1.2019). Why and how does design thinking work? A review after ten years of research. Talk for the Digital Engineering Faculty. Potsdam, Germany. Recording available online at: https://www.tele-task.de/lecture/video/7274


Processes of culture development are modelled, based on creative activity and innovation adoption rates in populations.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Paladini, C. & Meinel, C. (2018). Innovation modelling in engineering and scholastic philosophy. Talk at theVIII European Congress of Methodology,July 25 to 27, Jena, Germany.
  • Corazza, G. E. & von Thienen, J. P. A. (2021). Invention [dictionary entry]. In V. P. Glăveanu (ed.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Studies into design thinking history elucidate theoretical beliefs and concepts that inform design thinking practices today.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Clancey, W. J., Corazza, G. E. & Meinel, C. (2017). Theoretical foundations of design thinking. Part I: John E. Arnold’s creative thinking theories. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Making distinctions: Collaboration versus cooperation (13-40). Cham: Springer.
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Clancey, W. J. & Meinel, C. (2019). Theoretical foundations of design thinking. Part II: Robert H. McKim’s need-based design theory. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Looking further: Design thinking beyond solution-fixation (13-38). Cham: Springer.
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Clancey, W. J. & Meinel, C. (2021). Theoretical foundations of design thinking. Part III: Robert H. McKim’s visual thinking theories. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Interrogating the doing (pp. 9-72). Cham: Springer.

 

Neurodesign is developed as a field at the intersection of (i) engineering, (ii) neuroscience and (iii) design thinking: creativity, collaboration, innovation.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A (2018). Design thinking, the body and creativity: Exploring some bridges. Available at: https://www.tele-task.de/lecture/video/7013/
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Szymanski, C., Santuber, J., Plank, I. S., Rahman, S., Weinstein, T., Owoyele, B., Bauer, M. & Meinel, C. (2021). Neurodesign live. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Interrogating the doing (pp. 357-425). Cham: Springer.
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Szymanski, C., Weinstein, T., Rahman, S. & Meinel, C. (2021). Design Thinking, Neurodesign und Curricula für das Innovation Engineering. In C. Meinel & T. Krohn (eds.). Design Thinking in der Bildung. Innovation kann man lernen. Wiley.
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Kolodny, O. & Meinel, C. (forthcoming). Neurodesign: The biology, psychology and engineering of creative thinking and innovation. In N. Rezaei (ed.), Thinking: Bioengineering of Science and Art. Springer Nature.

 

Creative places are investigated, from internet platforms to policies in states and continents.

Sample publications:

  • Bartsch, D., von Thienen, J. P. A. & Hartmann, C. (3.12.2020). Recht als Grundlage der Innovationsentwicklung am Beispiel der Biotechnologie. Talk for the Berlin Scientific Society, Berlin, Germany.
  • Bartsch, D. & von Thienen, J. P. A. (4.10.2020). Modellierung von Innovationsräumen und -prozessen zur Europäischen Biotechnologie. Tagung „Was heißt Innovation in der Bioökonomie?“, Dialogreihe „Innovation und Verantwortung“. Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, in Kooperation mit der Deutschen Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (acatech) und dem Institut Technik-Theologie-Naturwissenschaften (TTN) der LMU München, Tutzing, Deutschland.

  • von Thienen, J., Borchart, K.-P., Jaschek, C., Krebs, E., Hildebrand, J., Rätz, H. & Meinel, C. (2021). Leveraging video games to improve IT-solutions for remote work. IEEE Conference on Games (CoG 2021).

 

The measurement of creativity and innovation is pursued with the aims of comprehensiveness and automation.

Sample publications:

  • Krebs, E., Jaschek, C., von Thienen, J., Borchart, K. P., Meinel, C., & Kolodny, O. Designing a Video Game to Measure Creativity. IEEE Conference on Games (CoG 2020), full paper no. 148, available online at https://ieee-cog.org/2020/papers/paper_148.pdf

  • McKee, H., von Thienen, J., Rahman, S. & Meinel, C. (2020). Comparing different forms of automated creativity measurement in the study of individual and collaborative creative writing. Presentation at the MIC Conference of Creativity, Sept. 8-10, Bologna, Italy.

  • Borchart, K.-P., von Thienen, J. & Meinel, C. (2021) C-Tracer: Automatic creativity measurement for any goal-directed behaviour that leaves digital traces. Presentation at the MIC Conference of Creativity, Sept. 8-10, Bologna, Italy. 

 

Design thinking is practically applied to advance human-centred innovation. In particular, the medical documentation system Tele-Board MED is developed to promote doctor-patient-teamwork at eye-level, and to help medical practitioners as well as patients benefit from new digital opportunities.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Perlich, A. & Meinel, C. (2015). Tele-Board MED: Supporting 21st-century-medicine for mutual benefit. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Building innovators (101-130). Berlin: Springer.
  • Perlich, A., von Thienen, J. P. A., Wenzel, M. & Meinel, C. (2017). Learning from success and failure in healthcare innovation: The story of Tele-Board MED. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Making distinctions: Collaboration versus cooperation (327-345). Cham: Springer.
  • Wenzel, M., Perlich, A., von Thienen, J. P. A. & Meinel, C. (2019). New ways of data entry in doctor-patient encounters. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Looking further: Design thinking beyond solution-fixation (159-177). Cham: Springer.

 

Design thinking education is a subject of practical developments and research, including face-to-face education and online teaching.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Royalty, A. & Meinel, C. (2017). Design thinking in higher education: How students become dedicated creative problem solvers. In C. Zhou (ed.), Handbook of research on creative problem-solving skill development in higher education (306-328). Hershey: IGI Global. 
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Ney, S. & Meinel, C. (2019). Estimator socialization in design thinking: The dynamic process of learning how to judge creative work. In R. Beghetto and G. E. Corazza (eds.), Dynamic perspectives on creativity: New directions for theory, research and practice in education (pp. 67-99). Springer.

 

Theories on creativity and innovation from various disciplines are brought together and compared to design thinking practices.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Meinel, C. & Nicolai, C. (2014). How design thinking tools help to solve wicked problems. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Building innovation eco-systems (97-102). Berlin: Springer.
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Meinel, C. & Corazza, G. E. (2017). A short theory of failure. Electronic colloquium on design thinking research. Available at: http://ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2017/001
  • von Thienen, J. P. A. & Meinel, C. (2019). Balancing child-like and adult approaches in creative pursuits: The sense-focus model of creative mastery. Talk at the European Collaborative Creativity Conference EC3, June 20-22, Bologna, Italy. 

 

Based on innovation theory and empirical research results, new tools are developed for design thinking.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Perlich, A., Meinel, C. & Corazza, G. E. (2017). Success-Failure Analysis: A tool for advancing domain knowledge – design thinking style. Electronic colloquium on design thinking research. Available at: http://ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2017/002
  • von Thienen, J., Traifeh, H., Meinel, C., Schubotz, A., Diez, M., Krogmann, S., Bourazan, A., Radunski, A., Boockmeyer, A. & Gharib, R. (2018). Bring home methods: Additions to the bootcamp bootleg. Electronic colloquium on design thinking research. Available at: https://ecdtr.hpi.de/report/2018/001/

 

Successful design thinking practices are introduced in other work areas, like psychotherepy and medicine, to facilitate collaboration and innovation in these fields.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A. & Meinel, C. (2014). A design thinking process to tackle individual life problems. Electronic colloquium on design thinking research. Available at: http://ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2014/002
  • von Thienen, J. P. A. & Meinel, C. (2016). Tele-Board MED: Supporting creative problem solving in behaviour psychotherapy. In G. E. Corazza and S. Agnoli (eds.), Multidisciplinary contributions to the science of creative thinking (233-258). Singapore: Springer.

 

Design thinking studies on creativity and innovation are pursued in dialogue with other fields, such as philosophy or multi-disciplinary research methodology.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Wallisch, P. & Meinel, C. (2014). Uncovering and overcoming inconsistencies of causal analyses in socioscientific versus biological research. Talk at the VI European Congress of Methodology, July 22-25, Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • von Thienen, J. P. A. (8.11.2017). Science as humanity‘s grand creative endeavour. Talk in the Philosophical Colloquium of Mike Beaney, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. 
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Paladini, C. & Meinel, C. (2017). Do creative ideas give rise to unique private-mind or private-language problems? Talk at the25th Annual Conference of theEuropean Society for Philosophy and Psychology, August 14-17, Hertfordshire, Great Britain.

 

Explorations in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Data Interaction focus on benefits of different sense channels, recently with an emphasis on sonic thinking, and on the facilitation of free body motion.

Sample publications:

  • D’Aleman Arrango, N., von Thienen, J. & von Coler, H. (2020). The Brainwave Virtual Instrument: Musical improvisation and brainwave sonification via Faust programming. Proceedings of the 2nd International Faust
  • Strauch, T., Hartmann, L., Hilbrich, L., Steigerwald, P., Chafe, C. & von Thienen, J. (2020). Audible spatialization of EEG data in the context of creativity studies. Presentation at the MIC Conference of Creativity, Sept. 14-16, Bologna, Italy.
  • von Thienen, J., Borchart, K.-P., Jaschek, C., Krebs, E., Hildebrand, J., Rätz, H. & Meinel, C. (2021). Leveraging video games to improve IT-solutions for remote work. IEEE Conference on Games (CoG 2021).

 

A list of publications can be downloaded here.