Markus von der Heyde

Adjunct Professor

Research interests

Human multi-modal spa­tial cog­ni­tion, spa­tial ori­en­ta­tion, and spa­tial updat­ing:

  • Enabling robust and effort­less spa­tial ori­en­ta­tion in vir­tual and real environments
  • Per­cep­tion and sim­u­la­tion of self-motion; multi-modal cue inte­gra­tion, con­tri­bu­tions, and interactions
  • Experimentation and the­o­ret­i­cal modeling for self-motion per­cep­tion
  • Design, eval­u­a­tion, and iter­a­tive improve­ment of per­cep­tu­ally ori­ented, multi-modal human-computer inter­faces and human-centered, effec­tive vir­tual real­ity simulations
  • Reference frames, immersion and presence

Digital transformation:

  • Development of robust IT governance principles
  • IT strategy for higher education
  • Governance of open research data
  • Modeling of interdependent scaling factors of platforms
  • IT organizations and their value proposition

Markus' Bio

Dr. Markus von der Heyde received his PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Bielefeld, Germany for his work at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen in 2000. His approach to adopt biological principles into distributed computer applications in order to enhance stability and robustness was applied in DFG and EU funded research projects. Between 2003 and 2011 he served as ICT director of Bauhaus University in Weimar and focused on topics such as information security, service management, strategy and governance. Since 2011, he has been the CEO of vdH-IT, a management consultancy firm specializing in IT governance, organization, and digital transformation in higher education. Since 2012 he closely collaborates with various members of the iSpace Lab.



  • BSc & MSc equivalent (diploma), Computer Science, Bielefeld University
  • PhD equivalent (Dr. rer. nat.), Computer Science, Bielefeld University & Max Planck Institute for biological Cybernetics, Tübingen