Computing technology is becoming pervasive in everyday life and is embedded in many devices and systems, or ordinary objects. This enables novel interaction modes such as multitouch and gestural interaction. These technologies enrich our lives and create an opportunity space for novel applications in everyday situations and work contexts. They also confront us with new design challenges in an increasingly diverse range of application contexts. These challenges require interdisciplinary collaborations and transdisciplinary thinking.
The HCI group focuses on the user side of Ubiquitous Computing, in particular on and embodied interactions where users can grasp and manipulate objects, interact via body movements and where physical spaces are augmented with digital capabilities. We explore new application areas, such as media in Urban space, educational systems, or applications for interactive objects and wearable computing in the performing arts. Our research often investigates how to support collaborative work, learning and interaction. We develop innovative systems, such as installations for museums or public and urban spaces, based on rapid prototyping and physical computing technologies. We further conduct user studies (in-the-wild as well as lab-based), and investigate the usability as well as subjective user experiences and multi-user interaction. We also work on developing theory and concepts, which then support design and analysis activities for these new areas.
For more information on the HCI group see http://www.uni-weimar.de/en/media/chairs/prof-dr-eva-hornecker/