Four Contributions at the 2019 ACM CHI Conference

At this year’s ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), we will present four accepted contributions – 1 full paper, 1 interactivity, 1 doctoral consortium participation, and 1 workshop contributions. The ACM CHI is the biggest and most important conference in the field of human-computer interaction and will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, UK from May 4 to 9, 2019. We are particularly proud to present our full paper Vistribute: Distributing Interactive Visualizations in Dynamic Multi-Device Setups. The paper is the result of a cooperation between Tom Horak and Raimund Dachselt with Andreas Mathisen and Clemens N. Klokmose from Aarhus University as well as Niklas Elmqvist from the University of Maryland. The focus of the work is on automatically distributing interactive visualizations in multi-device setups. Besides on the Vistribute project page, you can also read about the research in a blog post.

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Centre for Perspicuous Computing successfully kicked off!

On April 2nd and 3rd we successfully kicked off our DFG Transregional Collaborative Research Centre for Perspicuous Computing here in Dresden with our collaborators and guests from the Saarland University, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems!
More than 60 involved researchers in 15 projects discussed their upcoming work in many fruitful meetings, got to know their collaborators, and made concrete plans on the research they will engage in over the next four years. We’re looking forward to realizing these plans and to our next meeting in Saarbrücken!

Start of the TRR 248: Foundations of Perspicuous Software Systems

We are happy to announce that the Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 248 “Foundations of Perspicuous Software Systems” was launched at the beginning of the year. In this project, our lab is cooperating with the Saarland University, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems.

The Research Centre focuses on cyber-phyiscal systems of the future, enabling them to explain their functionality and behaviour (so-called Perspicuous Systems).

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Successful Participation at the IEEE VIS 2018 in Berlin

For the second time in its history, the IEEE VIS conference took place in Europe: from October 21 to 26, researchers, students, and practitioners from all over the world came together in Berlin to present and discuss the latest developments in visualization research. From the Interactive Media Lab, Ricardo Langner, Tom Horak, and Raimund Dachselt participated and presented our own work. On Wednesday, Ricardo gave a well-received talk on our paper evaluating Multiple Coordinated Views at Large Displays for Multiple Users. Later on Wednesday, Tom and Ricardo showed two posters during the poster session: Comparing Rendering Performance of Common Web Technologies for Large Graphs and Towards Visual Data Exploration at Wall-Sized Displays by Combining Physical Navigation with Spatially-Aware Devices, respectively.

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UIST 2018 in Berlin, Germany

Pushables: A DIY Approach for Fabricating Customizable And Self-Contained Tactile Membrane Dome Switches

From October 14 to October 17, the 31st ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (short UIST 2018) took place at the center of Berlin, near the “Fernsehturm Berlin”. The doctoral symposium and welcome reception with great research demostratators happend at Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam on Sunday. UIST brings together people from diverse areas including graphical & web interfaces, tangible & ubiquitous computing, virtual & augmented reality, novel devices, and CSCW.

This year, Konstantin Klamka presented our DIY fabrication approach, called Pushables, that allow to easily produce thin, bendable and highly customizable membrane dome switches.

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Research Training Group started with new PhD student

The DFG funded Research Training Group 2323 “Conducive Design of Cyber-physical Production Systems” was launched in September 2018. We will conduct research in the three areas adaptation strategies for changeable systems, development and maintenance of competences as well as assessment and evaluation of human states. Research is focused on two industrial application domains, i.e., mobile agricultural systems and modular process plants.

The Research Training Group is highly interdisciplinary involving PhD students from the fields of psychology, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. For our Interactive Media Lab we are happy to welcome Marc Satkowski as a new research assistant in this RTG starting in October 2018.

Great Success in Excellence Competition

On the 28th of September 2018, important results of the prestigious German Excellence Competition were announced. We are very happy that our university received approval for three Clusters of Excellence and thus can apply for the University of Excellence funding line. Congratulations! Prof. Dachselt and his team are extremely delighted to be principal investigator in two of them: Physics of Life (PoL) investigates the fundamental issues in cell and developmental biology, and the Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop (CeTI) aims to expedite the efficient cooperation between man and machine. We are excited to be part in these interdisciplinary research teams.

“Mensch und Computer 2018” in Dresden!

The Mensch und Computer conference took place from Sep 2 – 5, 2018 in Dresden, Germany. With a notable number of 770 participants from both research and industry the Mensch und Computer 2018 is again one of the largest German-speaking IT and HCI conferences in Europe. Together with our colleagues from the chair of Human-Computer Interaction, we as members of the Interactive Media Lab were particularly involved in the organization of the conference. And one of our goals was to let this conference be an inspiring event for all participants. In the gallery you can find selected photos, in which various impressions of the Mensch und Computer 2018 in Dresden have been captured.