Life is often hectic and challenging. That is why about a quarter of the population in western countries suffers from poor to very poor sleep quality. This has many negative consequences, also on society. To change this, the Salzburg-based sleep researcher Manuel Schabus began to develop an app. The Nukkuaa app does not only offer effective sleep therapy, but combines it with highly precise sleep analysis, almost like in a sleep lab. To this end, a sensor regularly measure biological data during sleep. The analytic algorithm achieves the highest accuracy in the field and makes Nukkuaa a real advancement.
Head of the Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness Research Laboratory at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience Salzburg & psychotherapist & psychologist
Responsibility in Management Team: Scientific master plan | translating scientific findings into applied practice | AI concept for classification of sleep staged & AI based, individualized sleep training
15 years of experience in leading and managing international expert teams; Managing Director of international consulting company; extensive organizational development experience; educational & research background in Cognitive Neuroscience
Responsibility in Management Team:
Link between business & science | Business Model Planning | Customer Oriented Product Development | Online Performance Marketing | Relation to investors
10 years of experience in managing one of the major APP development companies in Austria, allaboutapps
Responsibility in Management Team: Business Model Planning | Customer Oriented APP Development | Online Performance Marketing | Relation to investors
Senior Scientist with focus on sleep and chronobiology (University of Basel & UPK Basel, CH)
Christine is a sleep researcher at the University of Basel and a psychologist in the sleep outpatient clinic of the University Psychiatric Clinics Basel. Already during her PhD, which she obtained at the University of Salzburg in 2016, she discovered the fascination of human sleep for herself. In her current research projects, she is particularly interested in the importance of natural daylight and artificial light for sleep. She is also an active and well-known science communicator on sleep-related topics (e.g. Deutschlandfunk Nova, ORF, SRF).
Psychologist & Psychotherapist in training
Core-Responsibility as a research associate: Development of content for individualized sleep training based on evidence-based therapeutic approaches and translation into the digital world.
As an expert partner in the field of performance marketing, domicom is supporting the project. Effective and efficient campaigns are one of the key success factors for the further development of nukkuaa.
As an expert partner dotsandlines was already supporting Nukkuaa with concept-development, user experience design, screen design, graphic design, corporate identity & branding input. Further development in those aspects will be one of the key success factors.
Polar is an established supplier of high quality yet affordable sensors. To ensure smooth communication between the sensors and the APP (software updates) as well as to adapt the handling of the sensors to customer needs (local storage of data on the sensors), we work together with Polar as a competence partner.
The focus and performance promise of the RB Athlete Performance Center is performance enhancement for selected top athletes. This also includes the optimal utilization of regenerative processes such as healthy sleep. In coordination with the APC, the APP offer can be expanded to include an additional target group.
As Scientific Director of the Red Bull Athlete Performance Center, Thomas leads and manages all initiatives around performance optimization at Red Bull. This also includes the optimal utilization of regenerative processes such as healthy sleep.
It is of high scientific interest to further accompany and research the classification of sleep phases based on AI algorithms, the effectiveness of the digital therapy as well as its individuation also in a scientific framework. The laboratory acts as a cooperation partner for the science-based evaluation and further development of the Nukkuaa product offer.
Through the IP exploitation agreement between PLUS and Nukkuaa GmbH, the economic exploitation of scientific know-how is on a legally sound and economically fair footing.
As part of the WISS 2025 research project, "Das Gesundheitshaus" has developed an off-body mattress sensor that accesses the AI algorithms developed in the project and can validly classify sleep phases. As soon as this sensor is ready for market, the plan is to also integrate this sensor into the Nukkuaa APP.
As the Dean of the newly founded faculty, Arne is also guiding the department of “Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces”. Arne is supporting the development of nukkuaa in his role as senior advisor.
The Lab for Intelligent Data Analytics Salzburg (IDA Lab) funded by Land Salzburg (WISS 2025) serves as central facility for basic and applied research, as well as for knowledge and technology transfer in Data Science, Machine Learning and Statistics & Prof. Borgelt and his team are consulting and actively supporting the further development of AI algorithms to classify sleep stages in nukkuaa.