Preference (In-)Stability: A Matter of Context

Scalable Data Security and Storage Concepts for Industry 4.0 Environments

Promotion am Promotionszentrum „Ingenieurwissenschaften und Informationstechnologien” (IWIT)

Schon während meines Studiums und der Arbeit in einem IT-Startup habe ich mich sehr für hochkonfigurierbare Systeme und deren Datensicherheitsanforderungen interessiert. Da diese Anforderungen insbesondere bei Datenspeicherlösungen im industriellen Kontext, z.B. Cloudsystemen, von enormer Bedeutung sind, fokussiere ich mich in meiner Promotion auf die Industrie 4.0. Das Promotionszentrum IWIT ermöglicht mir, dieses Themenfeld weiter zu erschließen und meinen Teil an der momentanen Forschung in diesen Bereichen beizutragen. Betreut werde ich bei meinem Vorhaben durch Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Leich (Hochschule Harz) und Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Gunter Saake (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg).


  • Software und Requirements Engineering
  • Konfigurierbare Systeme, insbesondere Softwareproduktlinien
  • Datensicherheitskonzepte

Akademische Ausbildung 

  • Master of Engineering: Technisches Innovationsmanagement
  • Bachelor of Science: Medieninformatik (Schwerpunkt Informatik), Auslandssemester im Studiengang Medizininformatik




Richard May, Robin Glauser, Kerstin Denecke. Identifying Reusable Core Assets of Digital Health Apps. Medical Informatics Europe Conference (MIE), akzeptiert.

Richard May, Jacob Krüger, Thomas Leich. How Artificial-Intelligence Incidents Jeopardize Safety and Security. International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES). ACM, akzeptiert.

Richard May, Xenia Marlene Zerweck. Towards Vulnerabilities Caused by Application Configuring: A Meta Analysis of the National Vulnerability Database. Open Conference Proceedings, akzeptiert.

Richard May, Christian Biermann. Challenges of Security and Configurability in Enterprise-Resource-Planning Systems. Open Conference Proceedings, akzeptiert.

Kerstin Denecke, Richard May, LLMHealthGroup, Octavio Rivera Romero. Potentials of Large Language Models in Healthcare: A Delphi Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, akzeptiert Journal of Medical Internet Research. JMIR Publications, akzeptiert.

Richard May, Alen John Alex, Rakky Suresh, Thomas Leich. Product-Line Engineering for Smart Manufacturing: A Systematic Mapping Study on Security Concepts. International Conference on Software Technologies (ICSOFT). SciTePress, akzeptiert.

Richard May, Niklas Baron, Jacob Krüger, Thomas Leich. Pandemic Startup Software Engineering: An Experience Report on the Development of a COVID-19 Certificate Verification System. Journal of Systems and Software. Elsevier, akzeptiert.

Kerstin Denecke, Richard May, Octavio Rivera Romero. Transformer-based Systems in Healthcare: A Thematic Analysis of Benefits, Shortcomings and Risks. Journal of Medical Systems. Springer, 48(23), 1–11.

Richard May, Johanna Daher, Jacob Krüger, Thomas Leich. An Experience Report on Using Video-Creation Tasks in Requirements-Engineering Education. International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering Education and Training (ICSE-SEET). ACM, 1–11.

Richard May, Christian Biermann, Xenia Marlene Zerweck, Kai Ludwig, Jacob Krüger, Thomas Leich. Vulnerably (Mis)Configured? Exploring 10 Years of Developers' Q&As on Stack Overflow. Working Conference on Variability Modelling of Software-Intensive Systems (VaMoS). ACM, 112–122.

Philipp Zellmer, Lennart Holsten, Richard May, Thomas Leich. A Practitioners Perspective on Adressing Cyber Security and Variability Challenges in Modern Automotive Systems. Working Conference on Variability Modelling of Software-Intensive Systems (VaMoS). ACM, 129–133.

Richard May, Kerstin Denecke. Conversational Agents in Healthcare: A Variability Perspective. Working Conference on Variability Modelling of Software-Intensive Systems (VaMoS). ACM, 123–128.


Richard May, Christian Biermann, Andy Kenner, Jacob Krüger, Thomas Leich. A Product-Line-Engineering Framework for Secure Enterprise-Resource-Planning Systems. International Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems (CENTERIS). Elsevier, 1–6.

Kerstin Denecke, Richard May, Octavio Rivera Romero. How Can Transformer Models Shape Future Healthcare: A Qualitative Study. EFMI Special Topic Conference. IOS Press, 43–47.

Kerstin Denecke, Richard May, Elia Gabarron, Guillermo H. Lopez-Campos. Assessing the Potential Risks of Digital Therapeutics (DTX): The DTX Risk Assessment Canvas. Journal of Personalized Medicine, 13(10), 1–14.

Richard May, Jyoti Gautam, Chetan Sharma, Christian Biermann, Thomas Leich. A Systematic Mapping Study on Security in Configurable Safety-Critical Systems Based on Product-Line Concepts. International Conference on Software Technologies (ICSOFT). SciTePress, 217–224.

Richard May, Tobias Niemand, Paul Scholz, Thomas Leich. Design Patterns for Monitoring and Prediction Machine Learning Systems: Systematic Literature Review and Cluster Analysis. International Conference on Software Technologies (ICSOFT). SciTePress, 209–216.

Kerstin Denecke, Richard May, Elizabeth M. Borycki, Andre Kushniruk. Digital Health as an Enabler for Hospital@Home: A Rising Trend or Just a Vision? Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 1137798.

Kerstin Denecke, Richard May. Investigating Conversational Agents in Healthcare: Application of a Technical-oriented Taxonomy. International Conference on Health
and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies (HCist). Elsevier, 1289–1296.

Kerstin Denecke, Richard May. Developing a Technical-Oriented Taxonomy to Define Archetypes of Conversational Agents in Health Care: Literature Review and Cluster Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, JMIR Publications, 25, e41583.


Richard May. Security and Configurable Storage Systems in Industry 4.0 Environments: A Systematic Literature Study. In Open Conference Proceedings, 2, 151–156.

Richard May, Christian Biermann, Jacob Krüger, Gunter Saake, and Thomas Leich. A Systematic Mapping Study of Security Concepts for Configurable Data Storages. International Systems and Software Product Line Conference (SPLC). ACM, 108–119.

Richard May, Kerstin Denecke. Security, Privacy, and Healthcare-related Conversational Agents: A Scoping Review. Informatics for Health and Social Care, 47(2), 194–210.

Kerstin Denecke, Richard May. Usability Assessment of Conversational Agents in Healthcare: A Literature Review. Challenges of Trustable AI and Added-Value on Health, 169–173.


Andy Kenner, Richard May, Jacob Krüger, Gunter Saake, Thomas Leich. Safety, Security, and Configurable Software Systems: A Systematic Mapping Study. International Systems and Software Product Line Conference (SPLC). ACM, 148–159.

Floriana Geshi, Selina. F. Regli, Richard May, Philipp Tschopp, Kerstin Denecke. Developing Intelligent Interviewers to Collect the Medical History: Lessons Learned and Guidelines. Digital Health (dHealth). IOS Press, 18–25.


Günther Schuh, Paul Scholz, Thomas Leich, Richard May. Identifying and Analyzing Data Model Requirements and Technology Potentials of Machine Learning Systems in the Manufacturing Industry of the Future. Information Technology and Management Science Conference (ITMS). IEEE, 1–10.

Kerstin Denecke, Richard May, Annkathrin Pöpel, Sandra Lutz-Hochreutener. Can a Chatbot Increase the Motivation to Provide Personal Health Information? International Conference of Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Health (pHealth). IOS Press, 85–90.

Richard May, Kerstin Denecke. Extending Patient Education with CLAIRE: An Interactive Virtual Reality and Voice User Interface Application. European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL). Springer, 482–486.


Kerstin Denecke, Richard May, Yihan Deng. Towards Emotion-Sensitive Conversational User Interfaces in Healthcare Applications. World Congress of Medical and Health Informatics (MEDINFO). IOS Press, 1164–1168.

Kerstin Denecke, Mauro Tschanz, Tim Lucas Dorner, Richard May. Intelligent Conversational Agents in Healthcare: Hype or Hope? Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 259, 77–84.


Kerstin Denecke, Sandra Lutz Hochreutener, Annkathrin Pöpel, Richard May. Self-anamnesis With a Conversational User Interface: Concept and Usability Study. Methods of Information in Medicine, 57(05/06), 243–252.

Kerstin Denecke, Sandra Lutz Hochreutener, Annkathrin Pöpel, Richard May. Talking to Ana: A Mobile Self-anamnesis Application with Conversational User Interface. International Conference on Digital Health (ICDH). ACM, 85–89.