Frank Soboczenski

Favourite Thing: Making medical devices safer and tricking people in my experiments!



University of Applied Sciences Deggendorf, Germany; Saarland University, Germany


BSc/MSc in Computer Science; DiplWInf;

Work History:

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) (2007); UN special projects Africa (2009);

Current Job:

PhD student in Computer Science


The University of York

Me and my work

I focus on Human-Computer Interaction with the spotlight on medical devices. I run a lot of studies where I let people work with different interfaces to discover what errors they make.

My Typical Day

It starts with a biiiig cup of coffee; then I create new programs for my studies; after I taught students in how to program I trick my participants in my experiments; this is followed by an analysis of the data and an even bigger cup of coffee :)

What I'd do with the money

organise/host science days for schools at universities where students can get engaged in a variety of science projects

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

funny, geeky and a bit crazy :)

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Hm…Bryan Adams or Aerosmith generally rock music :)

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Flying and landing a plane while my instructor could not assist.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

travel the world; to be rich to create my own research institute; play guitar on the international space station

What did you want to be after you left school?

A Computer Scientist! Yep that is true! Well…ok a Computer Scientist on board a spaceship :) I am still working on the spaceship though :)

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Me? Uhm…no? ;)

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

being able to hand on my knowledge to people in Africa so that they can have better chances to get a job; otherwise they would not have a chance to care for their families; discovered a new method to reduce human error in medical devices

Tell us a joke.

Red sticker on a car: “If this sticker is blue, you’re going too fast”

Other stuff

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