Areas of Work
01 | Research
PhD Project "Where to Go and What to Do: Towards Understanding Task-Based Information Behavior at Transitional Spaces"
In public transitional spaces, such as airports, users are faced with diverse challenges regarding information interaction and use. These challenges arise due to the scheduled and/or location-dependent procedures users are required to perform. Understanding what these users need or desire in the context of such spaces, what information is on offer, both online and in situ, and how these aspects interrelate is important to facilitate the design of systems that are accepted by the users concerned. However, very little is known about human information behavior (HIB) in public transitional spaces. As a starting point to understand how behavior in such spaces relates to or differs from information behavior in other contexts, holistically, I will create an explanatory model of airport information behavior by conducting an exploratory grounded theory based field study and relating my findings to those of existing models.
(Excerpted from: Melanie A. Kilian . 2019. Where to Go and What to Do: Towards Understanding Task-Based Information Behavior at Transitional Spaces. In 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR ’19), March 10–14, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland Uk. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 4 pages.)
Advanced Seminar on Information Ethics and Philosophy: Ethics for Software Engineers & Data Scientists
Winter 2017/18 | Winter 2018/19 | Winter 2019/20 | Winter 2020/21
Hands-On Course on Qualitative Interviews and Grounded Theory Analysis
Summer 2017 | Winter 2017/18 | Winter 2018/19
Information Ethics and Philosophy
Summer 2016 | Winter 2016/17 | Summer 2017 | Summer 2018 | Summer 2019 | Summer 2020 | Summer 2021
Research Seminar on Conducting Qualitative and Mixed Methods Human Information Behavior Research
Winter 2019/20 | Winter 2020/21
Research Seminar on GIScience & Human Information Behavior (in cooperation with Markus Kattenbeck)
Research Seminar on Human Information Behavior (in cooperation with Markus Kattenbeck)
Seminar on Qualitative and Quantitative Data Collection (in cooperation with Christina Bauer)
Research Seminar on Requirements Engineering & Air Travel Information Behavior
PhD Candidate at the Chair of Information Science (University of Regensburg)
Research Associate and Lecturer at the Chair of Information Science (University of Regensburg)
2012 – 2015
MA Media Studies (University of Regensburg)
2009 – 2012
BA Media Studies and Business Administration (University of Regensburg)
Talks & Presentations
„Big Data, Big Brother, Big Problems – Ethical Challenges in an Increasingly Digitalised World“ (translated title) as part of the 2nd general meeting 2018 of the Green Youth Ostbayern, May 19-20, 2018, Kelheim, Germany.
Doctoral Consortium Presentations
“Where to Go and What to Do: Towards Understanding Task-Based Information Behavior at Transitional Spaces” as part of the Doctoral Consortium of the ACM SIGIR 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR), March 10–14, 2019, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
„Facing Information Behavior in Public Spaces: Using Procedure Adaptation for Sustainable Assistance at Airports“ as part of the 1st Doctoral Workshop of the Network Internet and Digitization Ostbayern (INDIGO), June 20, 2018, University of Passau, Passau, Germany.
“Theory Construction through Thick Data - How to Model Airport Information Behavior Holistically” as part of the 1st Regensburg Big Data Day, October 30, 2018, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany.
Services to the Community
CHIIR 2022 (Webmaster and Member of the Local Arrangements Team)
European iSchools Doctoral Seminar Series (2020-11 - now: Organizing Committee Member)
CHIIR 2019 (Student Volunteer)
Tasks at the Chair of Information Science Besides Research and Teaching
- Organizing and moderating the seminar for PhD students of the chairs of information science and media informatics at the University of Regensburg
- Web editing/content management and public relations
- Managing qualitative research equipment
- Teaching and counseling degree candidates in qualitative research methods
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
SIGIR Student Travel Grant ($1,000) for CHIIR'19
Literaturhaus Munich & Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts
Grant of the Bavarian Academy of Writing