Hedda R. Schmidtke is an independent researcher and software engineer based in Hamburg, Germany. Her main research interest is on intelligent applications for light-weight mobile and distributed systems, including computing platforms such as RFID, mobile phones, and Smart Spaces. She has published in the areas Smart Environments, Internet of Things, Ubiquitous/Pervasive Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation, Wireless Sensor Networks, Geographic Information Systems, and Cognitive Science. She is co-editor in chief of the new Journal of Reliable Intelligent Environments (Springer).

Research Interests

My research focuses on the notion of context. I am interested in

  • Context-dependent reasoning systems
  • Granularity and level-of-detail phenomena
  • Scalable systems
  • Context in cognitive reasoning processes
  • Neuronal basis of context-dependency

Moreover, I am interested in how technology can be used to overcome the negative consequences of colonization and globalization and leverage opportunities of globalization for development.


Most of my publications are accessible through DBLP or Scholar or this page.


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Office hours outside the semester by appointment.
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Education and Experience

 Since 2015Independent research scientist and software engineer
ICT Center of Excellence in Rwanda (Carnegie Mellon University), assistant teaching professor
 2010-2011 TecO research group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, research director
 2009 Technical University of Braunschweig, research associate
 2006-2009 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, research associate, research professor
 2000-2005 University of Hamburg, doctoral student and research assistant, research associate