Prof. Dr. Tilman Michaeli


Computing Education

Academic Career and Research Areas

In his work in the field of computing education, Prof. Tilman Michaeli (*1992) not only aims at explaining the digital world and its phenomena but also wants to enable everyone to actively and creatively shape this world. To this end, he combines empirical and design-oriented research with a strong focus on teaching practice. His main research areas are debugging in K12 education, Data and AI Literacy, collaborative programming projects, digital competencies for teachers of all disciplines, and quantum computing as a topic of computing education.

Before joining TUM, Tilman Michaeli studied computer science for the teaching profession in secondary education at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg until 2017.  Afterwards, he worked as a research assistant at the Professorships for Computing Education in Erlangen and at Free University of Berlin in the group of Prof. Dr. Ralf Romeike, where he finished his PhD in 2020. In 2021, he took over the Professorship for Computing Education at the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology in Munich.


  • Doctoral student prize of the German Association for Computer Sciences (GI) special interest group for computer science education (2019)

Seegerer, S., Michaeli, T. & Romeike, R. (2021). Quantum Computing As a Topic in Computer Science Education. In Proceedings of the 16th Workshop on Primary and Secondary Computing Education. USA: ACM.


Michaeli, T., & Romeike, R. (2020). Investigating Students' Preexisting Debugging Traits: A Real World Escape Room Study. In Proceedings of the 20th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, New York, NY, USA: ACM.


Jatzlau, S., Michaeli, T., Seegerer, S., & Romeike, R. (2019). It’s not Magic After All - Machine Learning in Snap! using Reinforcement Learning. In 2019 IEEE Blocks and Beyond Workshop (Blocks and Beyond). Memphis, TN, USA: IEEE.


Michaeli, T., & Romeike, R. (2019). Improving Debugging Skills in the Classroom – The Effects of Teaching a Systematic Debugging Process. In Proceedings of the 14th Workshop on Primary and Secondary Computing Education (pp. 57-63). Glasgow, UK, GB: New York, NY, USA: ACM.


Michaeli, T., & Romeike, R. (2019). Current Status and Perspectives of Debugging in the K12 Classroom: A Qualitative Study. In 2019 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON) (pp. 1030-1038). Dubai, AE.