Rolf Kruse is Professor for Digital Media and Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany since 2012. Originally educated as architect he came in contact with VR in the early 1990s at the Fraunhofer Institute in Darmstadt helping to boot the first VR-Center. Since then he has a long experience in the ideation and implementation of interactive spatial media with innovative technologies. Be it in the area of city planning (at Art+Com, Berlin, 1994-1997), mixed reality serious games for tradeshows, mediatecture installations (with Invirt GmbH, 1997ff.) or the “Cybernarium Edutainment Center” (a Fraunhofer Spin-Off in Darmstadt 2002-2005) – always using newest media technologies to transfer complex knowledge to empower people.
His research focuses on Virtual-/Augmented-/Mixed-Reality as human computer interfaces for intuitive interaction with dynamic spatial information that are seamlessly integrated into our environment. Since many years he is active part of the academic german community (GI VR/AR + E-Learning) as conference chair and reviewer.