Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel

User Requirements Engineering for Digital Health Interventions


In an increasingly complex tech world, how can digital health solutions become more user-centered, i.e., meeting real user needs beyond technology for its own sake?

While it's essential to understand the needs of users when developing software, many software projects still fail due to a technology-centered mindset. Recently, research has shown that a more comprehensive elicitation of user requirements is achieved through a combination of social science approaches (e.g., interviews, observation) with data science (e.g., text mining). Accordingly, we employ those techniques to derive user requirements for theory-based digital health interventions. A current project focuses on women’s health.

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Research Questions:

  • How can health analytics methods help us extract, classify and prioritize knowledge from digital trace data?
  • How can the application of health analytics methods identify insights and inform the development of more effective digital health interventions?

Expected Outcomes:

  • A theory about the use and nature of self-management solutions for increased health outcomes (sexual well-being, pain interference, quality of life, and mental well-being).
  • A methodology to derive user requirements for digital health interventions from user-generated content. 
  • A framework for the design of effective interventions for the self-management of chronic pelvic pain.

Research Team:

  • Project Owner: Dr. Danielly de Paula
  • Chair Owner: Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel
  • Project Collaborators from Academia:
    • Hasso Plattner Institute: Florian Borchert, Vincent Beermann
  • Project Collaborators from Practice
    • Hale UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

Project Period:

2022 - 2024


Industry partners in the healthcare domain.

Thesis Topics:

Pauline Gieseler (2023 – ongoing): Designing and Validating a Patient Centered Chatbot for Patient Reported Outcomes

Daniel Jühling (2023 – ongoing): Uncovering Design Requirements for mealth Interventions for Chronic Pelvic Pain Patients

Asma Aborobb (2023 – ongoing): Designing Gender-Aware mHealth Apps for Women’s Physical Activity Analysis of User Reviews to Identify Design Knowledge for Effective Interventions

At the moment, we do not have available thesis topics.

Related 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 Journal 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 Journal 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).