(Inter)Facing Cognition

Psychophysiological research for Usability and HCI

The emphasis of our work is to carry out basic scientific research with a strong connection to application- and user-oriented aspects. We focus the development of cognition-aware systems that incorporate physiological signals of various types, including (but not limited to) pupil size changes, skin conductance responses and EEG oscillations. Such measures are usually applied to determine cognitive and affective dispositions. Among other issues, we aim to evaluate whether and under which conditions physiologic activity can be influenced by high-level cognition. The opportunity of controlling bodily activations - apart from any health aspects - may not only offer new input channels in human-computer interaction but challenges basic assumptions in affective computing.

To find out more about our research projects, click here. Several projects provide the opportunity to participate in the form of a thesis. Please contact us via email for any request concerning assistance or cooperation.

Below you find a compilation of ongoing and recently completed bachelor and master theses. 

Jawad Ahmed, M.Sc.: Determining Cognitive Load during Smart Phone Usage.

Arup Mazumder, M.Sc.: Eye-swiping.

Mohammad Ehtesham Uddin Chowdhury Sajed, M.Sc.: Pupil-based Lie Detection.

Tauqeer Baladuri, M.Sc.: Hypovigilance and Behaviour

Nita Kinanti, M.Sc.: PulseShot

Klara Wichman, B.Sc.: Pair Programming

Mitali Sharma, M.Sc.: Doomscrolling

Jahed Ahmed, M.Sc.: Access through Eye-tracking


Oliver Singler, M.Sc.: Quantifying the Experience of Poetry Recitals by Physiological Means (Defense 08/12/21)

Fauziah Permatasari, M.Sc.: Rob-E: A Field Study of Young Adults InhabitationWith A Social Robot (Defense: 17/09/21)

Yazan Joseph Michael Banna, M.S.: Employing Technology in Enhancing Pro-Environmental Behaviour and Creating Methods for Environmental Protection: A focus on the Role of Individuals at Home (Defense: 15/09/21)

Carlos Pozo, M.Sc.: Eye tracking analysis for evaluating visual attention in a digital environment-implementation showroom (Defense: 13/09/21)

Sebastian Thomas Heckner, B.Sc.: Psy-Mex 2: Constructing a low-cost measuring device for physiological studies (Defense: 06/08/21)

Thi Yen Nguyen, M.Sc.: Exploring Head and Eye movements as an Integrated Concept for Human-Computer Interaction (Defense: 01/08/21)

Akella Sri Harsha, M.Sc.: The Stressbuster: A novel approach to promote relaxation in a 2D Space Shooter Game (Defense: 15/07/21)

Ruxin Zhang, M.Sc.: Effects of Sham Biofeedback on Cognitive Arousal and Decision Making (Defense: 14/07/21)

Ruta Hareshbhai Bakhda, M.Sc.: Retracing the travel path of Marco Polo (First referee: Prof. Benno Stein) (Defense: 10/05/21)

Jenny Duffka, B.Sc.: Motorische Rhythmusleistungen als Maß Mentaler Belastung (Defense: 18/03/21)

Laura Simon, B.Sc.: Augen lügen nicht - Der Einsatz von Augenfolgebewegungen und Pupillendynamiken zur Messung kognitiver Belastung (Defense: 02/11/20)

Dang Thi Hoang Yen, M.Sc.: A practical approach for thumb-to-index interaction as input for ubiquitous screens (Defense: 27/10/20)

Christopher Heiden, M.Sc.: Development of an Augmented Accessory for Nightlife. In collaboration with Prof. Johann Habakuk Israel (HTW Berlin) (Defense: 23/09/20)

Koktsidou, Evangelia Eirini, M.Sc.: Escape from Bauhaus (Defense: 06/08/20)

Muzaffar Ali, M.Sc.: Usability testing of the Bauhaus University Website (Defense: 29/04/20)

Tanveer Al Jami, M.Sc.: The Affective Pupil (Defense: 09/03/20)

Manuel Willem, B.Sc.: Konzeption und prototypische Implementierung einer Systemmigration auf das Bootstrap-Framework. In collaboration with the brain-SCC GmbH (Defense: 21/01/20)

Mohammad Izabul Khaled, M.Sc.: Classyfing Induced Pupil Dilations (Defense: 13/12/19)

Neeta Khanuja, M.Sc.: Designing Way-finding and Environmental Learning Tool for People with Mild to Moderate Dementia. In collaboration with the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Buffalo, USA (Defense: 20/08/19)

Lynn Hoff, M.Sc.: Exploring Mechanisms of Action in Biofeedback Applications (Defense: 19/08/19)

Annika Meinecke, M.Sc.: Applied Pupillometry - Inducing Pupil Size Changes in Noisy Environments (Defense: 27/06/19)