(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 interaction concepts 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 or enable systems to adapt to user states. 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 - would not only question the validity of physiological user sensing but may offer new input channels in human-computer interaction.

To find out more about the projects we are currently engaged in, 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. 

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

Jenny Duffka, B.Sc.: Motorische Rhythmusleistungen als Maß mentaler Belastung.

Dang Thi Hoang Yen, M.Sc.: Advanced Handwork: An Intuitive Concept for Finger-based Interaction in Human-Machine Environments.

Evangelia Eirini, M.Sc.: Escape from Bauhaus.

Laura Simon, B.Sc.: Eye and Cognition.

Christopher Heiden, M. Sc.: Development of an Augmented Accessory for Nightlife.

Erich Flock, M.Sc.: Train & Touch. A Mobile Application that uses Real-time Face Tracking to Move the Content on the Screen. (First Referee: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Florian Echtler) (Defense: 06/07/20)

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

Trautner, Lukas, B.Sc.: Exploiting Argumentation Knowledge Graphs for Argument Generation. (First referee: Prof. Dr. B. Stein) (Defense: 30/03/20)

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

Roth, Josef, B.Sc.: TempoWatch: A Wearable Music Control Interface for Dance Instructors (First referee: Jun.-Prof. Dr. F. Echtler) (Defense: 12/03/20)

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)

Pauline Bimberg, M.Sc.: Joint Navigation of Spatially Distributed Partners in Immersive Virtual Environments. (First referee: Prof. Dr. B. Fröhlich) (Defense: 06/08/19)

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

Sunjay Shalawadi, M.Sc.: Exploring and Evaluating Inter Modal Interfaces using Pneumatics. (First referee: Prof. Dr. E. Hornecker) (Defense: 11/06/19)

Asif Iqbal, M.Sc.: Privacy Aspect of Human Behaviour on the Internet. (First referee: PD Dr. A, Jakoby) (Defense: 28/03/19)

Ibni Amin, M.Sc.: Investigating spatial impact on user experience of interactive media facades. (First referee: Prof. Dr. E. Hornecker) (Defense: 12/03/19)

Hauke Sandhaus, M.Sc.: An Ambient Display for Feedforward Information in Autonomous Vehicles. (First referee: Prof. Dr. E. Hornecker). In collaboration with Bosch, USA. (Defense: 07/09/18)

Martin Johr, B.Sc: Effekt fovealen Renderings auf die Wahrnehmung von Qualität bidirektionaler Texturfunktionen. (First referee: Prof. Dr. C. Wüthrich) (Defense: 18/06/18)

Georg Erfurt, M.Sc.: Hands-On Math - A Finger Counting Training System for Children with Dyscalculia. (First referee: Prof. Dr. E. Hornecker). In collaboration with the Institut für Pädagogische Förderung Gotha (IPF). (Defense: 16/05/18)