PD Dr. Andrea Schankin

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Campus Süd
Institute of Telematics
Chair for Pervasive Computing Systems / TECO
Vincenz-Prießnitz-Straße 1
76131 Karlsruhe

Building 07.07, Room 212

phone: +49 721 608-41709
fax: +49 721 608-41702

Short CV

since 2015 Research Associate at TECO
2014 Habilitation (advanced PhD) in psychology, based on research papers on implicit learning
2008-2014 Research Associate and Senior Researcher in the Section of Personality Research at the University of Heidelberg (Germany)
2007-2008 Research Associate in the Cluster of Excellence “Cognition for Technical Systems (CoTeSys)” at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany)
2006-2007 Research fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in the Laboratory of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Missouri-Columbia (USA)
2005 Dr. phil. Dissertation on the relationship between visual attention and awareness
2002-2005 Ph.D. student in the Junior Research Group “Cognitive Psychophysiology of Action” at the Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Munich (Germany)
1996-2002 Study of Psychology at the University of Potsdam (Germany)


  • 2014 – 2018: Prosperity4All – Identify and develop key elements for accessible IT
  • 2011 – 2015: Electrophysiological correlates of individual differences in visual awareness (funded by the DFG)
  • 2006 – 2007: Event-related lateralizations of the EEG in binocular rivalry (funded by the DFG)

Research Interests

  • Programmer personality and code comprehension
  • Attention processes in Augmented Reality
  • Usability of APIs
  • Measuring user experience
  • Effects of learning, distraction, and context on selective attention
  • Biological basis of selective attention
  • Individual differences in selective attention
  • Stimulus-response compatibility

Bachelor- and Master Theses


  • Code reading and program comprehension
  • An empirical examination of reference application blueprints for technical components on the SAP Cloud Platform
  • Impact of aesthetics on usability
  • Developing a tool for user studies in augmented reality


  • Practicality of password input methods that are proof to shoulder surfing
  • Effect of domain knowledge and domain-driven design principles on reading and understanding source code
  • Effect of spatiotemporal tactile stimulation patterns on the feet of healthy men
  • A user study about the effect of identifier names on code comprehension
  • Programmers’ personalities and their social network usage are linked: Leveraging GitHub for meaningful indicators
  • The smartphone as a 3D input device
  • A user study to determine the focus of attention while using handheld augmented realty in smart-home applications
  • A user study about the perception of data privacy statements in online shops

Peer-reviewed Publications


Anja Exler, Matthias Budde, Erik Pescara, Andrea Schankin, Till Riedel, Michael Beigl (2018) Challenges and Lessons from Working with Data Collected by Crowdfunding in the Wild, International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp'18), Adjunct Proceedings, pdf, doi:10.1145/3267305.3267545

Lena Reinfelder, Andrea Schankin, Sophie Russ, Zinaida Benenson (2018) An Inquiry into Perception and Usage of Smartphone Permission Models, Trust, Privacy and Security in Digital Business. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference "TrustBus", Steven Furnell, Haralambos Mouratidis, Günther Pernul (ed.), p. 9-22, Springer Nature Switzerland, url, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-98385-1_2

Norman Hänsch, Andrea Schankin, Mykolai Protsenko, Felix Freiling, Zinaida Benenson (2018) Programming experience might not help in comprehending obfuscated source code efficiently, Proceedings of the 14th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), p. 341-356, pdf

Andrea Schankin, Annika Berger, Daniel V. Holt, Johannes C. Hofmeister, Till Riedel, Michael Beigl (2018) Descriptive compound identifier names improve source code comprehension, Proceedings of the 26th Conference on Program Comprehension - ICPC '18, p. 31-40, New York, New York, USA: ACM Press, url, doi:10.1145/3196321.3196332

Anja Exler, Marcel Braith, Kristina Mincheva, Andrea Schankin (2018) Smartphone-Based Estimation Of A User Being In Company Or Alone Based On Place, Time, And Activity, Proceedings of the 2018 EAI 9th International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MobiCASE), doi:10.1007/978-3-319-90740-6_5


Erik Pescara, Alexander Wolpert, Matthias Budde, Andrea Schankin, Michael Beigl (2017) LifeTact - Utilizing Smartwatches as Tactile Heartbeat Displays in Video Games, 16th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM 2017), pdf, doi:10.1145/3152832.3152863

Andrea Schankin, Daniel Reichert, Matthias Berning, Michael Beigl (2017) [POSTER] The Impact of the Frame of Reference on Attention Shifts Between Augmented Reality and Real-World Environment, 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR-Adjunct), p. 25-30, Nantes, France: IEEE, url, doi:10.1109/ISMAR-Adjunct.2017.24

Matthias Budde, Andrea Schankin, Julien Hoffmann, Marcel Danz, Till Riedel, Michael Beigl (2017) Participatory Sensing or Participatory Nonsense? — Mitigating the Effect of Human Error on Data Quality in Citizen Science, Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT) 1(3), pdf, doi:10.1145/3131900

Matthias Budde, Anja Exler, Till Riedel, Michael Beigl, Andrea Schankin (2017) Lessons from Failures in Designing and Conducting Experimental Studies – a Brief Anecdotal Tutorial, Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, pdf, doi:10.1145/3123024.3124392


Anja Exler, Andrea Schankin, Christoph Klebsattel, Michael Beigl (2016) A wearable system for mood assessment considering smartphone features and data from mobile ECGs, Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Adjunct - UbiComp '16, p. 1153-1161, url, doi:10.1145/2968219.2968302

Anja Exler, Matthias Urschel, Andrea Schankin, Michael Beigl (2016) Smartphone-Based Detection of Location Changes Using WiFi Data, Proceedings of the 2016 EAI 6th International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare (Mobihealth)

Anja Exler, Marcel Braith, Andrea Schankin, Michael Beigl (2016) Preliminary investigations about interruptibility of smartphone users at specific place types, Adjunct Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, p. 1590-1595, doi:10.1145/2968219.2968554

Julio De Melo Borges, Matthias Budde, Oleg Peters, Till Riedel, Andrea Schankin, Michael Beigl (2016) EstaVis: A Real-World Interactive Platform for Crowdsourced Visual Urban Analytics, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on IoT in Urban Space - Urb-IoT'16, Best Paper Nominee, url


Anja Bachmann, Robert Zetzsche, Andrea Schankin, Till Riedel, Michael Beigl, Markus Reichert, Philip Santangelo, Ulrich Ebner-Priemer (2015) ESMAC: A Web-Based Configurator for Context-Aware Experience Sampling Apps in Ambulatory Assessment, Proceedings of the 2015 EAI 5th International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare (Mobihealth), Best Paper Award, doi:10.4108/eai.14-10-2015.2261679

Anja Bachmann, Christoph Klebsattel, Andrea Schankin, Till Riedel, Michael Beigl, Markus Reichert, Philip Santangelo, Ulrich Ebner-Priemer (2015) Leveraging Smartwatches for Unobtrusive Mobile Ambulatory Mood Assessment, Adjunct Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, doi:10.1145/2800835.2800960

Anna-Lena Schubert, Dirk Hagemann, Andreas Voss, Katharina Bergmann, Andrea Schankin (2015) Decomposing the relationship between mental speed and mental abilitiess, Intelligence, 51, 28-46

Katharina Bergmann, Anna-Lena Schubert, Dirk Hagemann, Andrea Schankin (2015) Age-related differences on the P3 amplitude in change blindness, Psychological Research, 80, 660-676

Andrea Schankin, Dirk Hagemann, Edmund Wascher (2015) Simon effects in change detection and change blindness, Psychological Research, 79, 1022-1033

Before 2015

Marie-Ottilie Frenkel, Simona Maltese, Andrea Schankin (2012) Befunde aus EEG-Untersuchungen zum Mentalen Training: Ein Überblicksartikel, Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 19, 16-25

Andrea Schankin, Dirk Hagemann, Daniel Danner, Marieke Hager (2011) Violations of implicit rules elicit an early negativity in the ERP, NeuroReport, 22, 642-645

Daniel Danner, Dirk Hagemann, Andrea Schankin, Marieke Hager, Joachim Funke (2011) Beyond IQ: A latent state-trait analysis of general intelligence, decision making, and implicit learning, Intelligence, 39, 323-334

Daniel Danner, Dirk Hagemann, Daniel Holt, Marieke Bechtold, Andrea Schankin, Sascha Wüstenberg, Joachim Funke (2011) Measuring performance in dynamic decision making: Reliability and validity of the Tailorshop simulation, Journal of Individual Differences, 32, 225-233

Andrea Schankin, Dirk Hagemann, Anna Schubö (2011) Is contextual cueing more than the guidance of visual-spatial attention?, Biological Psychology, 87, 58-65

Sonja Stork, Laura Voss, Andrea Schankin, Anna Schubö (2010) Context information in guiding visual search: The role of color and orientation, USAB 2010, Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences (LNCS), 6389, 291-304

Andrea Schankin, Anna Schubö (2010) Contextual cueing effects despite spatially cued target locations, Psychophysiology, 47, 717-727

Andrea Schankin, Fernando Valle-Inclan, Steven A. Hackley (2010) Compatibility between stimulated eye, target location, and response location, Psychological Research, 74, 291-301

Dirk Hagemann, Johannes Hewig, Christoph Walter, Andrea Schankin, Daniel Danner, Ewald Naumann (2009) Positive evidence for Eysenck’s arousal hypothesis: A combined EEG and MRI study with multiple measurement occasions, Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 717-721

Andrea Schankin, Dirk Hagemann, Edmund Wascher (2009) The N2pc as electrophysiological correlate of attention in change blindness, Journal of Psychophysiology, 23, 43-51

Andrea Schankin, Anna Schubö (2009) Cognitive processes facilitated by contextual cueing. Evidence from event-related brain potentials, Psychophysiology, 46, 668-679

Andrea Schankin, Anna Schubö (2009) The time course of attentional guidance in contextual cueing, Attention in Cognitive Systems, Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences (LNAI), 5395, 69-84

Andrea Schankin, Edmund Wascher (2008) Unvoluntary attentional capture in change blindness, Psychophysiology, 45, 742-750

Andrea Schankin, Olaf Stursberg, Anna Schubö (2008) The role of implicit context information in guiding visual-spatial attention, Cognitive Vision, Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences (LNCS), 5329, 93-106

Andrea Schankin, Edmund Wascher (2007) Electrophysiological correlates of stimulus processing in a change blindness paradigm, Experimental Brain Research, 183, 95-105

Steven A. Hackley, Andrea Schankin, Andreas Wohlschläger, Edmund Wascher (2007) Localization of temporal preparation effects via trisected reaction time, Psychophysiology, 44, 334-338