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Steve Stein: Research Scientist


Master of Science & Lecturer in Digital Media

Biography

    Steve Stein is a former research scientist and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern / Department of Computer Sciences. He was teaching in the area of Digital Media and held lectures and tutorials in classes about Media Management and Production, Media Design Foundations and Media and Communications. He is involved in various scientific projects which cover areas such as social networking (online communities), search engine engineering (semantic web) and information architecture (user experience design & usability). Within his research projects he evaluates, advises and manages the development of prototypic implementations and student projects.

    Mr. Stein also is currently working as an Information Architect in Karlsruhe. He is active in the area of user-experience design, usability, accessibility and security as well as web design, e-commerce and online marketing.

Papers & Conferences

     Steve Stein has produced several publications in the area of information architecture. This includes both, his diploma and his master thesis, which both investigate, analyze and improve the structure of information systems.

     Mr. Stein is a panelist and conferences speaker who has contributed with talks and presentations in area of business models and opportunities. He was also appointed advisor to a federal committee to review and assess business proposals exploring the next generation of intelligent search, information retrieval and visualization systems.

Cooperations

     Steve Stein is always looking for interesting research projects and cooperations, especially involving the field of information architecture. Mr. Stein advices bachelor theses for students with a background in computer sciences, social networks, search engine optimization, SEO, social, mobile, and viral marketing. Please do not hesitate to contact him if you have interesting projects, wishes or concrete proposals.

     Mr. Stein is also available for speaking engagements, workshops, and forums held by academic institutions, think tanks, professional or industry trade groups, or independent organizations. He offers training for executives and managers and delivers competent high-impact presentations, which can be used for public relations, marketing, strategy, and business development in public or corporate environments. Feel free to contact him to schedule a speaking engagement or request additional information.

Contact

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Classes

Media Management and Production

     The course offers a broad, rigorous orientation for understanding the basic elements of media production, management and planning and intends to equip the student with the skills necessary to complete complex projects across various media. Students will also explore their personal strengths in various technologies, positions and tasks as well as their individual roles within the production process.

     In addition to discussion sessions, group projects and presentations, lectures will help students handle typical problems of media management and production and focus on topics as intellectual property, media technologies, communication, distribution, competition, team organization, project management and marketing.

     Group projects will demonstrate the proficiency level in project management, problem analysis and solving, programming, coding, visualizing, presenting and marketing. Proposals include methods and elements of information retrieval, databases, CVS (concurrent versions system), web services, technologies to be explored, methods and data to be visualized, and results presented and documented.

Media Design Foundations

     This course will provide a solid introduction into media design and hyper media design, including color, color theory, typography, multi media, and corporate identity design. The class will teach how to create basic Web pages using Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML), devise and develop basic multi media projects; understand and apply color theory, and use fonts, type and typography. The course will cover the basic HTML framework, font, type, and text formatting, images and graphics, as well as different color and perception models. Students will focus on design and aesthetic considerations but special attention will be devoted to readability, usability, coding syntax and implementation methods.

Media and Communications

     This course introduces the student to the history, philosophy, epistemology and analysis of media and mass communication. The class covers social, cultural, and political changes triggered by new media and communication technologies and presents current theory and research models. Students will specifically focus on the implications of the phonetic alphabet, the invention of the printing press, television, and cyberspace and will participate in a mixture of lectures, readings, discussions, experiments and projects.

Projects

     HelloWorld Goes Mobile, a scalable and decentralized social network for Google Android compatible mobile phones, is location aware and provides mapping, friend-locating, as directions and distance features for objects and services. The software relies on open standards (XML, OpenID and OpenSocial), public key infrastructures (private- and public key concepts), signatures, and Java-encryption technologies like RSA, PBEMD5 and AES.
Students: Artur Friesen, Kok-Chee Lim, Tobias Schröter and Julian Weigle. Winter 2008/2009.
     Social Movie Map analyzes and visualizes the movie consumption patterns of MySpace users, focusing on the relationships between listed movies, user profiles, origin, age and gender. Social Movie Map is currently based on a data set of more than 6 million MySpace user profiles, collected by a distributed information retrieval system. The visualization is based on the Adobe Flex and open source visual analytics library “BirdEye RaVis”, the analysis is based on statistics, Bayesian and Levenshtein algorithms.
Students: Philipp Bender and Florian Wilhelm. Winter 2008/2009.
     Bookstats analyzes literature consumption patterns based on the profile data of about 6 million MySpace users. The application uses Java, PHP, MySQL, Flash, ActionScript and Adobe Flex to generate charts and tree-map visualizations in a web based interface, filtering results by age, country of origin, ethnicity, gender, and income. Reflecting the demographic change in media usage, from six million profiles only one million included favorite book titles, "Harry Potter" was featured in all cultures and religions right next to the Bible and the Qur'an.
Students: Sebastian Daum and Anika Faber. Winter 2008/2009.
     WorldMusicTracker analyzes music bands of different genres, audiences, popularity, and interactions across the globe and is based on a data-sample of several million MySpace users, 600.000 bands, and 3 million comments. The application uses MySQL, JSP, HTML, CSS, and Ampcharts for heat-maps and visualizations. WorldMusicTrackers provides solid evidence for the popularity of American, Canadian and British bands and reveals that most user comments are created in the Winter, generally after 8pm.
Students: Thomas Kuhn and Eugen Schäfer. Winter 2008/2009.