Leonard joined the Bits to Energy Lab in October 2019. He holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Tübingen (2014-2018) and a M.Sc. in Human Decision Science (with distinction) from Maastricht University (2018-2019).
During his studies, he gained practical insights working as an intern for a start-up (Appinio), consulting companies (p3, Solcom), and as a thesis intern for OSP in the e-commerce domain. In addition, he supported the Stuttgart-based start-up mecasa, for which he developed an algorithm matching caretakers and people in need of care based on their individual psychological profiles.
Leonard is particularly interested in the behavioral effects of information systems and digital technologies. His work is mainly focused on digital nudging in the consumer and organizational domain, where he investigates the effectiveness of different nudging approaches, their acceptance among individuals, and potential ethical objections associated with their implementation. In addition, he works on the acceptance and effects of artificial intelligence in human decision-making processes. For his research, he relies on quantitative, experimental studies directly investigating the effect of different interventions on individual behavior.
- Data Analytics for Information Systems (WiSe 19/20, WiSe 20/21)
- Master Seminar Information Systems together with Prof. Laumer’s chair (SoSe 21)
Publications and awards
- Michels L., Schmitt K., Ochmann J., Laumer S., Tiefenbeck V.:
Is It All About Transparency? The Effectiveness and Ethics of a Digital Salience Nudge
Proceedings of the 2021 European Conference on Information Systems (Marrackech, Morocco, 14. June 2021 - 16. June 2021)
- Michels L.:
If I Cannot See It, It Is Not There - A Graphical Approach to De-escalating Commitment
SIGMIS-CPR '20: 2020 Computers and People Research Conference
In: SIGMIS-CPR'20: Proceedings of the 2020 on Computers and People Research Conference 2020
- Ochmann J., Michels L., Zilker S., Tiefenbeck V., Laumer S.:
The influence of algorithm aversion and anthropomorphic agent design on the acceptance of AI-based job recommendations
Proceedings of the 41st International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) (Hyderabad, Indien)
In: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) (ed.): Proceedings of the 41st International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2020
- Leonard Michels, Kathrin Schmitt, Jessica Ochmann, Sven Laumer, Verena Tiefenbeck: Best Full Research Paper - Runner-up award (European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)) – 2021