Rüller, Sarah

MGK Researcher

Sarah Rüller studied Media Science (B.A.) and Human Computer Interaction (M.Sc.) at the University of Siegen. From 2014 to 2015 she worked as a student assistant at the Universities of Siegen and Bonn. She worked on the research project come_IN (intercultural computer-supported learning) at the Chair of Information Systems and New Media of Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf and for Prof. Dr. Jens Schröter (Chair for Theory and Practice of Multimedia Systems at the University of Siegen, later Chair for Media Cultural Studies at the University of Bonn). From April 2016 to December 2019 she worked as a graduate assistant in the sub-project "B04 - Digital Publics and Social Transformation in the Maghreb" of the Collaborative Research Center 1187 - Media of Cooperation. From January 2017 to December 2018 she coordinated the DAAD-funded research exchange YALLAH! - You All Are Hackers between the University of Siegen and the University Birzeit in Palestine.

In 2020, Sarah Rüller worked as a research associate at the Chair of Information Systems and New Media and the CRC's Sub-Project B04.


  • Ethnography in Human Computer Interaction
  • Intercultural Learning Settings
  • Community Cooperation and Innovation


Rüller, S.; Aal, K.; Holdermann, S.; Tolmie, P.; Hartmann, A.; Rohde, M.; Zillinger, M.; Wulf, V. (2021). „‚Technology is Everywhere, we have the Opportunity to Learn it in the Valley‘: The Appropriation of a Socio-Technical Enabling Infrastructure in the Moroccan High Atlas“. Computer Supported Cooperative Work 31: 197–236. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10606-021-09401-8

Rüller, S.; Aal, K.; Tolmie, P.; Hartmann, A.; Rohde, M.; Wulf, V. (2022). „Speculative Design as a Collaborative Practice: Ameliorating the Consequences of Illiteracy through Digital Touch“. ACM Transactions Computer-Human Interaction 29 (3): Article 23, 1-58. https://doi.org/10.1145/3487917.

Rüller, S. (2022). „Moving beyond illiteracy: Is wearable and touch-sensitive technology the way to go forward? Reflections on ‚speculation‘ and ‚fiction‘ in participatory design with Imazighen in remote Morocco“. In  Sixteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '22), New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery, Article 48, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1145/3490149.3503582.

Wulf, V.; Weibert, A.; Aal, K.; Rüller, S.; Rohde, M. (2021). „The Praxeological Research Programme of Socio-Informatics – the Siegen School“, Acta Informatica Pragensia 10(3): 333-348. https://doi.org/10.18267/j.aip.171.

Rüller, S.; Aal, K.; Mouratidis, M; Wulf, V. (2020). „Messy Fieldwork: A Natural Necessity or a Result of Western Origins and Perspectives?“. In Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, 185-190.

Rüller, S.; Aal, K.; Mouratidis, M.; Randall, D.; Wulf, V.; Boulus-Rødje, N.; Semaan, B. (2020). „(Coping with) Messiness in Ethnography – Methods, Ethics and Participation in ethnographic Field Work in the non-Western World“. In Proceedings of 18th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work. European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET).

Weibert, A.; Mouratidis, M.; Khateb, R.; Rüller, S.; Hosak, M.; Potka, S.; Wulf, V. (2017). „Creating environmental awareness with upcycling making activities: A study of children in germany and palestine“. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Interaction Design and Children, 286-291.

Rüller, S. (2019). „On the Trail of Media & Technology amidst Mountains, Transition & Culture: Design Case Study on the Viability and Sustainability of a socio-technical Intervention with Imazighen in rural Morocco“. Masterthesis.

Rüller, S.; Aal, K.; Holdermann, S. (2019). „Reflections on a Design Case Study - (Educational) ICT Intervention with Imazighen in Morocco“. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities (C&T ’19), Vienna, Austria: ACM Press, 172–177. https://dl.acm.org/doi/pdf/10.1145/3328320.3328406.

Rüller, S.; Aal, K.; Holdermann, S. (2019). „Hands-On vs. Hands-Off - Reflections on an (Educational) ICT Intervention in the High Atlas“. In: ArabHCI Workshop 2019. https://arabhci.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/arabhci-chi19-proceedings.pdf.

Aal, K.; Rüller, S.; Holdermann, S.; Tolmie, P.; Rohde, M.; Zillinger, M.; Wulf, V. (2019). „Challenges of an Educational ICT Intervention: The Establishment of a MediaSpace in the High Atlas” Hg. von Volkmar Pipek und Markus Rohde. International Reports on Socio-Informatics 15(2): 1–20. https://www.iisi.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/IRSI_V15I2.pdf.

Rüller, S.; Aal, K. (2017). „Exploring Technology Opportunities for Developing Countries: The 3D Printer as an Example“. In: 3D printing/digital fabrication for education and the common good: Workshop at the International Conference on Communities & Technologies 2017.

Stickel, O.; Hornung, D.; Rüller, S.; Pipek, V.; Wulf, V. (2015). „3D Printing as a Means for Participation in Developmental Settings – A Field Study“. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/7124/95a609f0a84b73814d001b10432dbfa053c1.pdf.