Curriculum Vitae – CV of Jan Kuester

Short Version

A short version of my cv (resume) is also available as pdf. The resume is entirely written in LaTex, the code is also available on github.

Full Version

A digital media graduate (M.Sc.) with work experience in the field of technology based assessment. Specialization came in (software-) development of innovative and rich media item formats including editing, scaling, deployment and scoring. Prior knowledge has been collected in the field of usability and accessibility. Freetime activites include Muay Thai and Grappling as well as making music with FL Studio and Animations with Blender.
Bremen, Germany

Leading the core and component development at the bmbf sponsored project “Care Reflection Online”.

Goal is to realize a revolutionary realtime classroom management system for the healthcare education sector.

Technologies consist of Meteor, Bootstrap and React.

Project: Technology Based Domain Specific Learning Assessment
Facility: Media didactics research unit, faculty 12, university of bremen
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Karsten D. Wolf


Develop software for scenario based assessment of vocational skills. This has been a collaboration with partners of different universities. Targeting industrial trainees, the field test has been proceeded across Germany with a sample around 800.

Project Roles
  • Project meetings with partners across the country to gather requirements and present results
  • Leading a development team of three student assistants (designer, developer and tester)
  • Software design and implementation
  • Software testing and debugging
  • Field testing
Project Outcome
  • Invented a USB based solution for field tests without the need for installing
  • Developed a generic scenario based test framework (ode publishing in progress)
  • Developed innovative rich media items (SpreadSheet Item, Email Simulation Item)
  • Publications
Bremen, Germany

Fulltime work in a great team of XPages and IBM Notes professionals at We4IT Bremen. This included many exciting topics from the area of business information systems and projects with customers from many different sectors.

Technical Topics
  • IBM XPages / Java / SSJS / CSJS / HTML / LotusScript
  • BPMN 2.0 compatible workflow engine for We4IT Aveedo
  • IBM Notes Applications (formula language and Lotusscript)
  • Basics in IBM Domino
IT Consultant Topics
  • Project management
  • Accompany customers with installations
  • Prepare launch of web-based Notes applications in the banking sector with regards to the infrastructure
  • Requirements elicitation and analysis
  • 2nd and 3rd level support
IBM Application Experience
  • IBM Notes client
  • IBM Domino designer
  • IBM Domino server and administration tools
  • IBM connections
Bremen, Germany

Project: otu.lea – Online Diagnosis for Workforce Literacy Development
Supervirsors: Prof. Dr. Karsten Wolf, Dipl.-Päd. Ilka Koppel
Position: Student Assistant

Project Description

otu.lea is a German diagnosis software for functional illiterates and persons below PISA level one. It allows to assess the fundamental levels of reading, writing, math and understanding spoken language. The tests are build upon the lea portfolio. It has been designed and tested together with the target group to adequately address their needs in terms of usability and accessibility. Every textual occurrence is supported by visual and aural informations to overcome dependencies on reading abilities.

Project Roles
  • Developed the software design based on an existing architecture
  • Implemented the majority of the software (Adobe Flex, about 15000 lines of source code)
  • Implemented the server connection (php)
  • Blackbox / whitebox testing
  • Usability testing with target group
  • Documentation
  • Co authoring a publication
Melbourne, Australia


Computer Science Topics
  • Professionalization in computer science (philosophy, professional essay writing)
  • Information visualization
  • Programming the machine (c, assembler)


Soft Skill Development
  • Autonomous organisation and preparation
  • Reorientation within a new cultural environment
  • Expanded communication skills for building relationships


Bremen, Germany

Title: Semi Automated Scoring Support in Technology based Assessment
Categories: Technology Based Assessment, Item Development, Algorithm Design, Reliability Analysis.
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Karsten Wolf, Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter


Develop and evaluate an algorithmic approach to partially evaluate results in a spreadsheet. The results are intended to support a human coder. A great challenge was to respect the extensive model with evaluation rules (determined by third parties).

The inter-coder reliability between a human group and the machine rating has been analyzed and evaluated. Finally, a qualitative analysis of the inter-coder reliabilities has been applied. Conclusions for the algorithm as well for the overall proceeding have been drawn for future efforts in this field.

Title: PrIMA – Priming Information for Medical Assiciation
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter
Role(s): Software Architect, Software Development


Develop a multitouch application to support multilingual understanding of descriptions of symptoms using priming. In the end two papers were committed to conferences (link link) and a yearbook artcle has been published.

Experiences and Outcome
  • One semester full-time project
  • Supervisor-independent organization and management of the project team
  • Daily scrum and weekly story telling
  • Setup and maintain Project Managaement System (Redmine) on a Debian server
  • Software lead architect (Java)
  • Software developer (Java)
  • Software Tester (Java)
  • SVN as collaboration tool

Graduated in August 2015 with overall grade 1.3

Specialization Topics
  • Massive Parallel Algorithms (CUDA)
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Information Management (ITIL)
  • Special Design Topics
  • Media Theory
  • Master Project
  • Master Thesis


Title: Redesigning the Keyboard to Reduce the Cognitive Load and to Support the Learning Process for People with Low Experience in Using the Keyboard (Bachelor Thesis Title)

Original Title (German): Umgestaltung der Tastatur zur Reduktion des kognitiven Aufwands und zur Unterstützung des Selbstlernprozesses bei Tastatur unerfahrenen Personen

Content: Icon Design, Usability, Accessibility
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter, Prof. Dr. Karsten Wolf

Graduated in November 2011 with overall grade 2.1

Fundamental Topics


Mülheim (Ruhr)

Finished a four day training for EASY Archive and EASY EBIS. Courses were held at the EASY Software AG training center in Mülheim (Ruhr), Germany

Topics included among the following

  • Init EASY.x server
  • Using the configuration manager
  • Create import schemes, pools and views
  • Import files and create property files
  • Writing batch files for multiple and complex imports
  • Using Java API for EBIS to create programmatic import, export, archive filtering and file access

Title: Projactivity – “Learning for successful projects”
Supervisor: Getoq Consulting GmbH Bremen
Outcome: Certificate (German)

  • Basic terms and concepts of project management
  • Project goals: quality, costs, deadlines
  • Omportance of process oriented competencies and managing activities in context of projects
    • Customer and supplier contacts
    • Change management
    • Communication structures
    • Controlling
  • Proceeding through all phases of a project
    • Conceptualization and planning
    • Project realization
    • Project closure and evaluation
  • Elements of an efficient controlling and cost projection
  • Risk analysis and stakeholders
  • Roles and management responsibilities
  • Social key qualifications for successful projects