Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel

Dr. Danielly de Paula

Senior Researcher

Phone: +49 331 5509 4904

Room : Campus II, Building L, L-2.09

Email :  danielly.depaula(at)hpi.de

Web   :  LinkedIn, Research Gate, Google Scholar 



About me

My team and I conduct research on data-driven requirements engineering for digital health, with a focus on developing methods, tools, and principles for deriving requirements for IT-based self-monitoring solutions for chronic care (e.g., women's health). My research has been published in leading academic outlets such as the IEEE Technology Engineering Management Journal (IF: 6.146). Moreover, I have been awarded several scholarships, including a doctoral full-time scholarship from the Brazilian Science Without Borders Program, and the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program in partnership with Stanford University. I am responsible for designing and delivering the class on The Fundamentals of Human-Centred Digital Health Applications and part of the teaching team for the master class called Global Team-based Innovation, which is a member of the SUGAR network (https://sugar-network.org/).



2015 – 2019: PhD, College of Engineering and Informatics, University of Galway – Galway, Ireland

2013 – 2015: MSc in Computer Science, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

2008 – 2012: BSc in Information Systems, Universidade de Pernambuco, Brazil



Since January 2022: Senior Researcher, Design Thinking and Innovation Research Chair (DTIR), Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany

 2019 - 2021: Postdoctoral Researcher, Design Thinking and Innovation Research Chair (DTIR), Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany

2018 – 2019: Research Assistant, Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts Chair (EPIC), Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany

2013 – 2015: Innovation Manager, Blackberry Tech Center Recife, Brazil



Hasso Plattner Institute                       

Since SW 2022 - Main Lecturer: The Fundamentals of Human-Centred Digital Health Applications. Students' Evaluation: 1.3 (1-best; 5-worst).

Since WS 2019/20 - Co-Teaching: Global Team-based Innovation (master)

SW 2021 -  Co-Teaching: Human-Centered Requirements Engineering (master)

WS 2020/21 - OpenHPI Online Course on Mastering Design Thinking in Organizations ( > 6000 participants) Link

SW 2020  -  Co-Teaching: Human-Centered Requirements Engineering  (master)


University of St. Gallen

SW 2020 - Guest Lecture: Executive MBA in Business Engineering

Theme: “A research perspective on measuring human-centered design activities in digital innovation projects.”

Students' Evaluation: 4.2 (1-worst; 5-best).


Tübingen University

WS 2021/22 - Guest Lecture: User Experience (bachelor) by Prof. Enkelejda Kasneci 

Theme: "Methods for user requirements elicitation"                                 

WS 2020/21 - Guest Lecture: User Experience (bachelor) by Prof. Enkelejda Kasneci

Theme: "Methods for user requirements elicitation"



Selected Publications

Paula, Danielly de; Marx, Carolin; Wolf, Ella; Dremel, Christian; Cormican, Kathryn; and Uebernickel, Falk. (2023). “A Managerial Mental Model to Drive Innovation in the Context of Digital Transformation.” Industry and Innovation 30 (1): 42–66.

Paula, Danielly de; Cormican, Kathryn, and Dobrigkeit, Franziska. (2022). “From Acquaintances to Partners in Innovation: An Analysis of 20 Years of Design Thinking’s Contribution to New Product Development.” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 69 (4): 1664–77.

Paula, Danielly de, Zarske Bueno, Jan; Viljoen; Altus. (2021) Defining Archetypes and Requirements for mHealth Interventions in Rural Kenya: An Investigation at CURAFA™ Health Camps. In Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).


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