Dear colleagues and friends,

we hope you received your exclusive hcilab crib construction kit, version 3.0 (instructions for last year’s Christmas kit you find here). To fully enjoy the hcilab Christmas experience, here are 9 quick steps to a successful assembly:

First (spoiler alarm), take a sneaky peak at the expected result:

The Christmas crib construction kit (C3k) ingredients:

Step 1: Cropping the loot!

Step 2: There’s a mirror! Attach it and don’t forget to remove the protection foil! Make sure to leave out the hole or cut it out again 🙂

Step 3: Constructing the crib:

Step 4: The silver band runs between mirror and back wall:

Step 5: Touchy points:  Connecting the brass fasteners to the silver band (straighten them first!). Make sure all three fasteners are connected:

Step 6: Roofing time! The roof slides into the slot:

Step 7: A shooting star!

Step 8: Planting the palm tree! Tuck the trunk, cross it, and plant it:


Unfold the leaf, place it on top of the trunk, and give it a home:


Step 9: Get out your mobile phone (or tablet) and go to: Place the crib on the screen while touching the silver bands. lean back, count the sparkles and watch what happens!

As always, we are curious about your result and are keen to receive a picture of the final version of your ornament. Feel free to email it to us, to share your accomplishment with us on facebook or link to it in a blog comment.

So much for this year’s handcraft. Whatelse happend this year at hcilab:

We lost 3 PhD Students

This year we lost 3 PhD students due to graduation. We are out of one digit numbers – Oliver Korn (#7), Alireza Sahami Shirazi (#8), and Elba del Carmen Valderrama Bahamondez (#9) finished their PhD and graduated this year in Stuttgart. Congratulations again! They are not really lost – we are happy that Oliver and Ali are still here as PostDocs and Elba is back in Panama as a professor.

The dissertations are available in the digital library of our university.

OliverOliver Korn. Context-aware assistive systems for augmented work: a framework using gamification and projection. PhD Dissertation 2014 (PDF)



AliAlireza Sahami Shirazi. Exploiting & sharing context : computer mediated nonverbal communication. PhD Dissertation 2014. (PDF)



Elba Elba del Carmen Valderrama Bahamondez. Exploring application, interaction and interface design for educational use of mobile phones in schools in Panama. PhD Dissertation 2014. (PDF)

New book with research highlights

Our institute is growing and we created a book to highlight ongoing projects and research in Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision, and Human-Computer-Interaction. The book is in German and online available as PDF. For the project in Human-Computer-Interaction and Socio-Cognitive Systems see from page 53 onwards.


Selected Projects

The group is growing and we fill now all the space we have (and a bit more) in our building. There are many ongoing projects – too many to describe all of them. If you are around in Germany please take the chance and visit us. Here are some pointers to the larger projects:

MotionEAP (BMWi funded): increasing efficiency in manual production through projected augmented reality.

Recall (European Project): Re-thining and re-defining memory augmentation. Augmenting the human mind has many facets. We co-organized WAHM 2014 a Workshop on Ubiquitous Technologies for Augmenting the Human Mind at Ubicomp 2014.

SimpleSkin (European Project): Cheap, textile based whole body sensing systems for interaction, physiological monitoring, and activity recognition. At the Smart Garments workshop at Ubicomp 2014 we got the discussion started on computers that are embedded into garments.

meSch (European Project): Material EncounterS with digital cultural Heritage

SimTech (DFG funded): Interaction with simulation systems.

We are looking forward to a set of projects starting early in 2015!

Some Publications

Given the number of researchers and the many ongoing collaborations it is not surprising that we had interesting publications coming out of our work this year. It is really hard to choose highlights, hence this is more a random draw than a selection. We are especially proud that many of these papers are the results of long standing (or new) collaborations.

ThermalAlireza Sahami Shirazi, Yomna Abdelrahman, Niels Henze, Stefan Schneegass, Mohammadreza Khalilbeigi, and Albrecht Schmidt. “Exploiting thermal reflection for interactive systems.” In Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems, pp. 3483-3492. ACM, 2014.


notification  Alireza Sahami Shirazi, Niels Henze, Tilman Dingler, Martin Pielot, Dominik Weber, and Albrecht Schmidt. “Large-scale assessment of mobile notifications.” In Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems, pp. 3055-3064. ACM, 2014.


Nigel Davies, Marc Langheinrich, Sarah Clinch, Ivan Elhart, Adrian Friday, Thomas Kubitza, and Bholanathsingh Surajbali. “Personalisation and privacy in future pervasive display networks.” In Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems, pp. 2357-2366. ACM, 2014.


waitaminuteMiriam Greis, Florian Alt, Niels Henze, and Nemanja Memarovic. “I can wait a minute: Uncovering the optimal delay time for pre-moderated user-generated content on public displays.” In Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems, pp. 1435-1438. ACM, 2014.


prototypingNora Broy, Stefan Schneegass, Florian Alt, and Albrecht Schmidt. “Framebox and mirrorbox: Tools and guidelines to support designers in prototyping interfaces for 3d displays.” In Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems, pp. 2037-2046. ACM, 2014.


cinemaJonna Häkkilä, Maaret Posti, Stefan Schneegass, Florian Alt, Kunter Gultekin, and Albrecht Schmidt, “Let me catch this! Experiencing Interactive 3D Cinema through Collecting Content with a Mobile Phone,” In Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems. ACM, 2014.


comparingpointing  Katrin Wolf and Niels Henze. “Comparing pointing techniques for grasping hands on tablets.” In Proceedings of the 16th international conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices & services, pp. 53-62. ACM, 2014.


childrenpanamaElba del Carmen Valderrama Bahamóndez, Bastian Pfleging, Niels Henze, and Albrecht Schmidt. “A long-term field study on the adoption of smartphones by children in panama.” In Proceedings of the 16th international conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices & services, pp. 163-172. ACM, 2014.


experiencemapsBastian Pfleging, Alexander Meschtscherjakov, Stefan Schneegass, and Manfred Tscheligi. “Experience Maps: Experience-Enhanced Routes for Car Navigation.” In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, pp. 1-6. ACM, 2014.


3dtouchPatrick Bader, Valentin Schwind, Niels Henze, Stefan Schneegass, Nora Broy, and Albrecht Schmidt, “Design and Evaluation of a Layered Handheld 3D Display with Touch-sensitive Front and Back,” in Proceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational, New York, NY, USA, 2014, pp. 315-318.


locationsMarkus Funk, Robin Boldt, Bastian Pfleging, Max Pfeiffer, Niels Henze, and Albrecht Schmidt. “Representing indoor location of objects on wearable computers with head-mounted displays.” In Proceedings of the 5th Augmented Human International Conference, p. 18. ACM, 2014.


Manfred Broy and Albrecht Schmidt. “Challenges in Engineering Cyber-Physical Systems.” Computer 47, no. 2 (2014): 70-72.


automotiveBastian Pfleging, Stefan Schneegass, Dagmar Kern, and Albrecht Schmidt. “Vom Transportmittel zum rollenden Computer–Interaktion im Auto.” Informatik-Spektrum 37, no. 5 (2014): 418-422.


Special Issue on Interaction beyond the desktop in German

We are happy that Eva Hornecker, Jürgen Steimle and Albrecht Schmidt had the chance to edit a special issue of the German Jounral “Informatik Spektrum” on Interaction beyond the desktop. For the whole issue see:



Merry Xmas.