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Camera.png Siegfried B. Olschner

Sigi (Ziggy) Olschner

  • Usability engineer at SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, a Novell Business
Messenger.png Contact
  • Name: Dr. Siegfried B. Olschner
  • Address: SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, Maxfeldstrasse 5, 90409 Nuermberg
  • Email:
  • ICQ: 289735093
  • Phone: +49(0)911-740-53-192
  • Nickname: Sigi [pronounced as "Ziggy"]
Knewsticker.png News
  • 2006-03-01: My objectives for this year are certain. One goal is to provide a kind of user analysis to create better personas for openSUSE. Other goals are to enhance the YaST installation and the YaST look and feel consistency.
  • 2006-04-22: My co-worker Evamaria Fuchs an I attended at the Computer Human Interaction 2006 (CHI'2006) conference. It was a great experience.
Lassists.png Steps in my life (some of the links lead to German websites)
  • Date and place of birth: In the sixties in Bamberg, Germany
  • School: Dientzenhofer Gymnasium Bamberg - where I made some illustrations in the fine arts courses Dragon 1 (based on artwork by Rodney Matthews) -- Dragon 2 (based on artwork by Boris Vallejo) -- Shoes (I loved them!) -- SF 1 (first concept study for a comic) -- Klaus Kinski (based on a picture out of the film "Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes")
  • 1983: A lot of performance at the Bundeswehr
  • 1984: Trainee in an advertisement company - responsible for the pre-print stage in the darkroom
  • 1984: Study of MA with major filed Dramatics and minor field Psychology at the University of Erlangen-Nuermberg
  • 1984 - 1994: Vacation work at the German Post - I sorted your packages
  • 1986: Change of my major field to Certificated Psychology
  • 1988: Student Assistant of Prof. J. Brunstein - investigator and contributor in many psychological studies concerning motivation and emotion at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 1988 - 1993: Working student at tpm - a training and consulting company where I got an insight into the personnel development in big companies like Mercedes, British Petrol, Opel, ...
  • 1989: The get-together with a challenging girl named Doris produced my son Manuel. It was a perfect timing, he was born nine month after the marriage
  • 1991: Very bad news: My wife got the diagnosis Multiple Sclerosis (I you have questions, don't hesitate to ask, I can share some tips and tricks)
  • 1994: Diploma in Psychology at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg with Computer Science as minor field of study
  • 1994: Research Associate in the project VAGCT (Analysis Of The Memory Load Caused By User Interfaces)
  • 1995: Research and Teaching Assistant (Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg) - Dept. of General Psychology (Prof. H. Werbik) and Industrial Psychology (Prof. H. v. Benda)
    • Courses in General Psychology: Cognition (hands-on seminar), Perception (hands-on seminar), Thinking and Troubleshooting
    • Courses in Applied Psychology: Leadership and Motivation, Organizational Psychologiy, Personnel Development, Human Computer Interaction
    • Other courses: The Psychology of Love, Children and New Media
  • 1999: Promotion in Psychology (Univ.Erlangen-Nürnberg) - Thesis: Memory Load During Use Of GUI Interdepend To Mouse And Keyboard Skills
  • 2000: Birth of my son Marwin
  • since 2000: SUSE Linux employee. I made a lot of work for former versions of the SUSE LINUX Professional and at the moment I'm a member of the Interfaces and Applications Team.
  • 2001: Birth of my daughter Miriam
  • 2004: Novell came into my life, the SUSE Linux AG changed to "SUSE Linux, a Novell business"
  • 2005: To understand him and to get back a closer contact to my 16 years old son I revived my old player qualities and now I make slow process within WoW at Alexstrasza (German) with Alrescha a nightelves warrior ;-)
  • 2006: We will see...
Gimp.png Selected examples of my work
Folder documents.png Publications
  • v. Benda, H., Gourmelon, A., Just, S., Knabe, G., Olschner, S. & Prager, W. (1994). Softwaregestaltung und -bewertung aus gedächtnispsychologischer Sicht. Inst. f. Psychologie I, Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg, Memorandum 81
  • Olschner, S., Gourmelon, A. & v. Benda, H. (1995). Evaluating Software: Demands On Human Memory Concerning The Age Group 50 Years And Older. Proceedings of the 2nd TIDE Congress, pp 106-109, Paris, France, April 1995
  • Brunstein, J. C. & Olschner, S. (1996). Goal commitment, performance feedback, and motivation to engage in substitute action. In T. Gjesme & R. Nygard (Eds.), Advancesin motivation (S. 23-34). Oslo: Scandinavian University Press.
  • Olschner, S. (2000). Der Einfluß der Interaktionskomplexität einer Dialogschnittstelle und derInteraktionsfähigkeit des Benutzers auf die Vergessensrate. Shaker Verlag GmbH
Network.png Memberships
  • Association of Computing Machineries (ACM)
  • German Chapter Usability Professionals Association (GC-UPA)
  • Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI)
  • Greenpeace Germany


Kaddressbook.png SUSE Usability Campus Project / openSUSE Usability Knowledge Base
  • "... brings Open Source Developers and Usability Experts together".
Apply.png Better Desktop Project
  • "... is dedicated to the analysis and discussion of our data in relation to Linux Desktop Usability".
N-64.png Usability Portal @ innerweb.NOVELL