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These are some of the current topics for final theses projects in our group. Not all ideas for projects are listed here, so please get in contact if you like the general flavour of topics or if you have project ideas that fit within our area of work, and we can discuss!

Most topics can be done in German or English - please contact us for further information!

Mapping signals in different modalities - M.Sc (or very advanced B.Sc)

If we represent data in different modalities of representation (auditory, visual, haptic, etc), how would these different representational modalities align with each other? What haptic signal would correspond to a given auditory signal? Or to a visual representation= This theses project is to run an experiment where participants will map auditory signals to vibration levels, or colour output (or light intensity), while doing think-aloud. Besides of systematizing how people align the different signals, we want to know how people go about this talk, and their thought process.
Required skills:  user studies, systematic organisation of studies and analysis skills (potentially also basic electronic prototyping),

This will be a collaboration with Dr. Trevor Hogan at Cork Institute of Technology (for this reason ideally the studies should be conducted in English).   Contact: eva.hornecker(at)uni-weimar(dot)de

Fairy Tale Ballet Costume – B.Sc./M.Sc.

This is your chance to work on practical real-life project! In cooperation with the Kinder- & Jugendballett in Altenburg (http://www.tpthueringen.de/mitmachen/kinder-jugendballett.html) we are going to create a few interactive costumes for an underwater topic. The task for thesis students is to realize one interactive costume based on an existing concept. Next to the software and hardware development, the main research focus lies on the power of e-textiles in performance arts. Technologies to be used are e.g. Arduino LilyPad, Processing/Java, Xbee. You will also get creative and you will work together with the team in Altenburg (choreographer, dancer, costume-designer/dresser, technicians, …). Your work will be completed by a qualitative user study (e.g. attending rehearsals or conduct test sessions). The costume to develop will be used on stage in June 2017. Possible start is summer/autumn 2016 or later. German skills are essential.

Contact: michaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.de

Designing a Wearable Microcontroller – B.Sc.

The major task of this thesis proposal is to develop a tiny programmable system that can be used for wearable or e-textile HCI research projects. The hardware development needs to compromise needs such as digital/analog I/O-connections, low-power-consumption, USB-access, wireless communication, cleanability, low-cost-replication, etc. You will start with analyzing and comparing existing wearable microcontrollers like LilyPad, Gemma, Flora, and TinyLily. Furthermore, part of this thesis will be an elaborated online documentation and preparing how-to-tutorials.

Contact: michaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.demichaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.de

Textile Interfaces for Kids & Youth – B.Sc./M.Sc.

The idea of this thesis proposal is to design and develop an application for kids or youth that consist of fabrics. This could be a garment or a toy that engages this user group to interact with an innovative interface, like e.g. an MP3-Player integrated into a hoodie or a soft cube for babies containing light/sound/haptic elements. You are free to come up with an own idea and suggest a specific application. The interface should consist of textile materials. Sensors and actuators are to be carefully embedded into it. Technologies you will use are e.g. Arduino LilyPad or Adafruit Feather. Further useful materials are e.g. conductive fabrics, zippers, snaps, threads and yarns. Your thesis work will be completed by a qualitative user study.

Contact: michaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.de

Whole-Body Performance Suit – M.Sc.

The major task of this thesis proposal is to create an interactive suit for a dancer that implements an existing concept on a high design and tech level. Next to the software and hardware development, the main research focus lies on the power of e-textiles in performance arts. Technologies to be used are e.g. Arduino LilyPad, Processing/Java, Xbee. You will also get creative in order to co-design the technical details of the suit hand in hand with the design concept, and you have to sew for finally integrating the computational elements into the textiles. Your work will be completed by a qualitative user study.

 

Contact: michaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.de

A Textile Display – B.Sc.

The major task of this thesis proposal is to implement an own segment display into a piece of clothing and display information received wirelessly (e.g. from mobile phones or Twitter). Next to the software and hardware development, the main focus lies on e-textiles. Technologies to be used are e.g. Arduino LilyPad, Processing/Java, Xbee. You will also get creative in order to develop a pattern for your display and you have to sew for finally integrating the display into the garments.

Contact: michaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.de

Enquiry of Spatial Influence on User Experience - M.Sc. HCI

Interaction with façade projections is producing various types of user experience. This thesis proposal aims to investigate in what way different positions in front of an interactive façades affects user experience. The student is asked to run several studies to systematically reveal which dimensions of user experience are affected the most and which spaces in front of the façade are most distinctive. The method to apply is based on so called Semantic Differentials similar to UEQ or AttrakDiff. This thesis is an extension of an existing study. The outdoor “Lab Study” was carried out on the façade of the DBL and the BUW library. The aim of the thesis is to find statistically significant evidence about the spatial influence by using the above mentioned method.

Expiry date for registration: June 2017
Contact: patrick.tobias.fischer[at]uni-weimar.de

Happy or Not? Low-cost crowd experience evaluation - B.Sc.

Collecting data in public events is often tedious and prone to spatial sampling errors. The aim of this thesis is to build several voting stands, which allow spectators of façade projections to judge what they see by pressing one of voting stands buttons. Research questions of this topic are not just aimed to analyze the results from the answers, but also include questions on how reliable the resulting data is, how questions should be asked and how different stand positions effect the outcome.

Expiry date for registration: June 2017
Contact: patrick.tobias.fischer[at]uni-weimar.de

Understanding unowned, movable public Interfaces - M.Sc.

First tests in the wild

Understanding and analyzing urban situative human computer interaction is just in its infancy and few facts are available that allow us to integrate new interfaces gracefully into our public space. What impact has the public space on interaction techniques? How can we profit from certain urban settings (plaza, walkway, pedestrian zones)?

As a starting point, we have developed the “Plazapuck”, which now shall be tested to understand influences of the environment and context. For example, the natural drift of the device or which people are most likely to interact with it. One study has already been undertaken, but we are seeking for additional hypotheses to test with this movable device.

For this the Plaza puck needs to be refurbuished, 3-4 hypothesis formed and tested in-situ.

Expiry date for registration: June 2017
Contact: patrick.tobias.fischer[at]uni-weimar.de

Shadow UI – B.Sc.

Interfaces for public spaces prompt for innovative interaction techniques. The idea of this thesis proposal is to utilize shadow silhouettes casted by object in the built environment for human computer interaction. The main aim of this thesis is produce a working solution including main challenges such as changing position of the sun, large light intensity range and useful interaction design.

Expiry date for registration: June 2017
Contact: patrick.tobias.fischer[at]uni-weimar.de