News & Upcoming Events

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Past News & Events


  • Prof. Borchers is on research sabbatical at UCSD in the U.S. for the winter semester from Oct 2016 until March 2017.
  • Prof. Borchers speaks as an invited speaker at RWTH's annual teaching summit ("Talk Lehre") about teaching as motivation, after receiving the computer science teacher of the year award by RWTH's CS department in December. (Jun 29, 2016)
  • Last night, in a packed coronation hall at Aachen City Hall, Sophy and her brother Henric Stönner's startup Laserkatze was elected one of the three recipients of the prestigious AC² Startup Award! From among 170 contestants overall, they placed third in the startup category. Founded just recently, Laserkatze offers custom laser cutting and engraving, from design to manufacture, to businesses and consumers, from their cute store in Aachen's hip Frankenberger Viertel. Check it out if you are in the area. Since Sophy got hooked on lasercutting in our fab lab, you could consider this our first award-winning spinoff! (Jun 3, 2016)
  • Today, our lab starts work on the Personal Photonics project, a new three-year research project that aims to create new interaction techniques and user interfaces for photonics components, systems, and tools, to make them easier to use for makers, designers, artists, and other non-engineers, putting the photonics industry on center stage of the Open Innovation movement. This project is funded by the German Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF) through its Open Photonics Initiative. (June 1, 2016)
  • Join us at our next boardgame night - it takes place each 2nd and 4th Monday of the month (May 23, 2016)
  • As part of RWTH Aachen University's HCI Center, our lab heads the new three-year TABULA research project exploring the use of interactive tangible objects on multitouch surfaces in education. This project is funded by the German Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF) through its Tangible Learning Initiative, starting today. (May 1, 2016)
  • Podcast "Maker - digitale Schöpfer demokratisieren die Produktion" (eco Verband der Internetwirtschaft e.V.): (Feb 25, 2016)


  • Prof. Borchers presents the future of 3D printing, personal fabrication, and personal design at the Aachen 2025 work group. (Dec 8, 2015)
  • Prof. Borchers receives the Teacher of the Year Award ("Lehrpreis") by RWTH Aachen University's Computer Science Department. In particular, the laudatio honored "his captivating lecture Designing Interactive Systems I, and the high-quality video recordings of all his classes". (Dec 4, 2015)
  • Today the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) opened the Light Cares exhibition in its new Berlin offices, showcasing Maker solutions using photonic tools and technologies to help people with disabilities. Prof. Borchers guided minister Johanna Wanka through the exhibition. Prof. Wanka took over an hour out of her busy schedule for the tour, engaging with many of the makers discussing their projects. Our haptic vest OpenVNAVI for blind users that uses a depth camera and a matrix of 128 vibration motors to render the space in front of the user onto their chest was one of the exhibits. Open Innovation and Maker Culture are thus becoming increasingly hot topics at BMBF, even beyond their highly innovative photonics research department. The exhibition shares the BMBF foyer with our permanent interactive installation ROBOLED there, a steampunk robotic arm driving an OLED wall display. (Oct 12, 2015)

  • Our Fab Lab Aachen will receive 1M€ of funding from the EU and the state of NRW through their Regio.NRW initiative, for research into future user interfaces for personal design and personal fabrication. The work is part of a collaboration headed by the University of Applied Sciences Rhein-Waal, and with the University of Applied Sciences Ruhr-West, to form a digital fabrication competence center over the next three years. The partners will also collaborate with the MIT to offer the FabAcademy curriculum at each of their three locations. Government press release (Sep 9, 2015)
  • Prof. Jan Borchers' free book Arduino in a Nutshell has been downloaded over 80,000 times. (Jul 28, 2015)



  • The iWall, a 1920x10 pixel large scale (60m) media facade and public display is operational in time for this year's Computer Science Day which we organized (Dec 6, 2013).
  • Prof. Jan Borchers speaks on 3D printing at the RWTH Science Night on Nov 8, 2013 (in German).
  • Prof. Jan Borchers speaks about 3D Printing, Personal Fabrication and Personal Design at the BMBF Future Congress on Technology for Life in Berlin on Oct 22, 2013.
  • WaterPong wins the ACM UIST 2013 Student Innovation Contest People's Award! With over 240 conference attendees participating in the voting, Water Pong received the First Prize from 26 competing entries at tonight's demo exhibition during the ACM UIST 2013 Conference in St. Andrews. Congratulations to our students Hesham Omran, Nacho Avellino and Jan Zimmermann, who each received a Surface RT tablet from sponsor Microsoft! ACM UIST is the top international conference for research in user interface software and technologies. (Oct 10, 2013)
  • Our BendDesk video has been watched 1 million times. (Sep 17, 2013)
  • iEat Mobile, our iPhone App for the RWTH Mensa menu, has been downloaded over 7,000 times! (Sep 10, 2013)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Award for Christian Corsten: The Friedrich Wilhelm Foundation selected Christian Corsten (now our PhD student) to be one of the recipients of their Friedrich Wilhelm Award for his Master's Thesis "Co-Optjects: Instant User Interfaces through Everyday Objects". The thesis explores how everyday objects can be "abused" to control devices and technical systems - a pen becomes a clicker for your PowerPoint presentation, the glass on your sofa table a volume knob for your TV. His related paper was just accepted for presentation at the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS 2013) conference. Each year, the foundation selects from RWTH's top MSc, PhD and habilitation theses for this award. It comes with a 500€ prize; the ceremony will be on Nov 29 at 5pm in the Aula 1 in the main RWTH building. (Jul 31, 2013)
  • Prof. Jan Borchers' free book Arduino in a Nutshell has been downloaded over 25,000 times. (Jul 31, 2013)
  • We are hosting FabLabCon 2013, the First Fab Lab Conference Europe, on Sep 9, 2013.
  • Dorkbot Aachen turns 4: Join us for celebrating four years of strange projects with electronics, interaction, design and art (July 17, 2013)
  • We hosted the PhotonikCamp II: Road To Makerfaire on June 15, 2013.
  • Thorsten Karrer defends his PhD thesis on semantic navigation in digital media with distinction - congratulations! (May 24, 2013).
  • Jan-Peter Krämer, Thorsten Karrer, Joachim Kurz, Moritz Wittenhagen, and Prof. Jan Borchers receive an Honorable Mention for their CHI 2013 paper How Tools in IDEs Shape Developers’ Navigation Behavior. (May 2, 2013)


  • Thorsten Karrer's DisplayMenu becomes the #1 free app on the German Mac App Store (Nov 15, 2012)
  • The new UIST Conference App for iOS, by our own Jonathan Diehl, made it to the App Store just in time for this year's UIST conference. Browse, search, take notes, and tweet with this great tool for conference attendees! (Oct 8, 2012)
  • We hosted the Idea Recognition Night: 3D-Printing (Oct 2, 2012)
  • We hosted the PhotonikCamp (Sep 14+15, 2012)
  • Prof. Jan Borchers has published a free booklet, Arduino in a Nutshell, introducing the latest version of this microcontroller board popular with designers and makers. (Aug 15, 2012)
  • RWTH Aachen University was confirmed as one of Germany's 11 Excellence Universities today. These are the nation's top research universities selected and funded through the Excellence Initiative, Germany's largest government research funding initiative in history. Selection and funding is coordinated by the DFG, Germany's National Science Foundation. RWTH Aachen University was one of the Excellence Universities selected in the first 5-year Excellence Initiative in 2006, and again today for another 5 years. (Jun 15, 2012)
  • We successfully launched the Humberg Guide, an iPod-based mobile guide for museum visitors in the Humberg House in Dingden. (Jun 8, 2012)
  • From Apr 1 to Sep 30, Prof. Borchers was on a research sabbatical in the U.S. Designing Interactive Systems II, the M4 Multimodal Media Madness undergraduate lab and the Media Computing Project graduate lab took place with some minor limitations.
  • Our project AURA: Ad-Hoc Interaction with Non-Planar Objects received a 300k€ research grant from DFG, the German National Science Foundation. Max Möllers and Christian Corsten will be exploring this exciting new topic in HCI. (May 16, 2012)
  • Nur Al-Huda Hamdan received a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. The 7,000€ scholarship includes a networking retreat at Google Zurich in June. (Apr 24, 2012)
  • We offer an Interactive Fashion Workshop in our Fab Lab during this year's Girls' Day event on April 26. Contact René for details. (Feb 12, 2012)
  • National Science TV magazine Galileo on the PRO7 channel reports on our experiments in printing food in 3D (Feb 9, 2012).
  • Prof. Borchers speaks on Personal Fabrication and Personal Design at the 18. Handelsblatt-Tagung, Munich (Jan 25, 2012).


  • Project MACS acquires 180,000 € of research funding to create the control bridge of the future for large maritime vessels (Dec 12, 2011)
  • First iOS/Cocoa Coding Night at our Chair (Dec 1, 2011)
  • 2,500 downloads of iEat Mobile, our free Mensa menu app for the iPhone and Mac (Nov 30, 2011)
  • Simon Voelker, Malte Weiss, Chat Wacharamanotham and Prof. Jan Borchers receive best note award at ITS 2011 for Dynamic Portals (Nov 16, 2011)
  • Prof. Borchers speaks on "Making Things Usable" at the TEDx Conference in Belgium (Nov 7, 2011).
  • REXplorer, our 2007 locative city game for Regensburg, was placed into the Computer Game Museum Berlin (Nov 2, 2011).
  • Malte Weiss, Chat Wacharamanotham, Simon Voelker and Prof. Jan Borchers receive award at ACM UIST 2011 for FingerFlux (Oct 18, 2011)
  • Jonathan Diehl develops the official UIST 2011 app (Oct 17, 2011).
  • Our Java and iPhone classes become the Top 2 Downloads on iTunes U in Germany (Oct 11, 2011)
  • Programming Your Clothes: Florian Heller and René Bohne ran a successful Arduino workshop at the ANTalive info event for 22 high school students. Download our workshop slides (in German). (July 20, 2011)
  • We hosted the 1st RWTH Computer Science Starcraft II Cup on July 9th. 29 participants from 7 different CS chairs and the student association (Fachschaft) competed with live commentary. The audience room was packed, the casters provided great live commentary, and Christian Samsel from i4 took home the first prize, followed by our very own Patrick Zimmer from i10 and Bernd Schamberg from i1 - see games and results roster. Thanks to Patrick and the other organizers!
  • Check out our Fab Lab hands-on demo booth at the ErstInfoTag, the university's orientation day for high school students (Abiturienten). (July 2, 2011)
  • dorkbot Aachen turns 2! This monthly meeting of artists, designers, and geeks "doing strange things with electricity" was initiated by our chair with the help of many volunteers in 2009. Thanks everybody, and check out the video!
  • The first German 3D Printer Master Class took place on Feb 18-20, 2011 at our Fab Lab Aachen. 10 selected participants got a chance to build their own 3D printer.
  • We are co-hosting the two-day workshop Werkzeug - Denkzeug on transmedia processes in creative design thinking with Prof. Thomas Schmitz from the architecture department (Feb 11-12, 2011)


  • The iPhone Idea Generation Event will take place on Tuesday, December 14th at 7pm in the Super C. During this event we will bring our students from the iPhone Lab together with innovators from the industry to brainstorm ideas for their final projects.
  • Prof. Jan Borchers was nominated CS Teacher Of The Year as one of four nominees selected among all faculty in the CS department, based on student nominations. Thanks for your support! (Dec 3, 2010)
  • Our BendDesk multi-surface workstation is featured in Handelsblatt Online and receives over 200,000 hits on YouTube. (Dec 1, 2010)
  • Yvonne Jansen and Thorsten Karrer win Best Note and Best Demo awards for their haptic multitouch feedback system MudPad at ITS 2010. (Nov 10, 2010)
  • We've collected some helpful information for students and RWTH institutes to get started as iPhone developers. (Aug 6, 2010)
  • Madgets, our actuated widgets for interactive tabletops, were accepted as full paper at UIST 2010, and have been featured on Engadget, Gizmodo and elsewhere. (Aug 2, 2010)
  • Our Silhouettes interactive experience at the World EXPO Shanghai 2010 was extended until EXPO closes at the end of October, thanks to its great success. (July 1, 2010)
  • Our ThoMoNetworking cocoa framework for quick and simple communication on your local network is now available for all iPhone OS devices. (May 26, 2010).
  • Germany's Federal President Horst Köhler visited the Silhouettes interactive experience at EXPO today. Over 60,000 people have enjoyed the exhibit to this day. Spiegel Online and other press outlets report (May 19, 2010).
  • Today the Media Computing Group and the Chair for Computer-Aided Architectural Design launched the Silhouettes Interactive City Game at the World EXPO 2010 in Shanghai (May 1, 2010).
  • Make your own light-up clothing: At this year's Girls' Day on April 22, we offered a very successful workshop to make your own T-shirt embroidered with interactive light-up effects. Read more (Apr 22, 2010).
  • Yvonne Jansen receives CHI 2010 Student Research Competition Award: Yvonne Jansen, Diploma student at Prof. Jan Borchers' Media Computing Group, a B-IT endowed Chair at RWTH Aachen University, won the 2nd place in the Undergraduate Student Research Competition at ACM CHI 2010 today. Three undergraduate and three graduate (PhD) students received awards after a three-phase selection process from a total of 56 submissions. As a result, Yvonne received a medal and a monetary prize from ACM. Yvonne received the award for her work on Mudpad, a new technique to bring localized, active haptic feedback to multitouch tables and similar surfaces using magnetorheological fluid. Just for the competition, Yvonne created a small "travel" version of her table-size system, using the prototyping facilities at the group's Fab Lab. After Gero Herkenrath in 2008 and Marcus Reul in 2009, this is the third year in series for the Media Computing Group to bring home an award in this competition. CHI is the premier international conference in Human-Computer Interaction, organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), with a below-25% acceptance rate. The Media Computing Group conducts research in Human-Computer Interaction, and continues to be Germany's most successful research group in terms of archival publications at CHI (Apr 15, 2010).
  • 3 Day Startup: start your own technology business over 3 days! We support creative new ideas and passionate students. First session will be at the beginning of June.
  • Tom Igoe, Associate Professor from the renowned Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU, author of Physical Computing and Making Things Talk, and one of the co-founders of the Arduino project, will visit the Media Computing Group to teach a B-IT Research School Seminar in the second or third week of June, 2010. Topics will revolve around Physical Computing and Sustainable Technology.
  • iPhone Application Programming lecture enters the Top 5 on iTunes U. (Feb 4, 2010). Screenshot


  • iPhone Application Programming lecture enters the Top 100 on iTunes U. (Dec 21, 2009). Screenshot
  • In collaboration with the CAAD group, we are developing an interactive collaborative gesture-based experience for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
  • On Dec 7, the Media Computing Group opened Germany's first Fab Lab. These labs let anybody get from an idea for a new device to a prototype quickly, offering a glimpse of the future of personal fabrication in which 3d printers at home let you print out your personal cell phone cover in plastic. Fab Labs started at the MIT Media Lab and exist in many countries already - thanks to RWTH there is now also a Fab Lab in Germany. From soldering stations and Arduino microcontroller boards, to a PCB mill, 3D printer and laser cutter the Media Computing Group's Fab Lab offers a set of tools to turn ideas into prototypes in unprecedented ways. See the Fab Lab page for details on the opening and lab.
  • Today, the House Of Music Vienna launched our redesigned Personal Orchestra exhibit. Using an infrared baton, visitors can conduct the Vienna Philharmonic by controlling speed, volume, and the emphasis of different instrument sections. The new system now features our PhaVoRIT continuous real-time high-quality audio stretching, six new recordings of the orchestra in full HD video, an electronic music stand displaying the score, and helpful hints by maestro Zubin Mehta. Our original exhibit was installed in 2000, and has been used by 1.5 million visitors since, making it the most successful station in the house, and a top tourist attraction. (Nov 27, 2009)
  • Prof. Patrick Baudisch from the Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam visited the Media Computing Group for a two-day compact seminar on Human-Computer Interaction. (Nov 3, 2009)
  • Our assembler support becomes part of the official Arduino IDE for physical computing.
  • BallMeR won the 2nd place in the UIST 2009 Student Innovation Contest in the category "Best Implementation".
  • CocoaHeads meeting for all people interested in programming on Mac OS X and iPhone, on the last Thursday of each month.
  • Dorkbot Aachen launched: Dorkbot is an international network of people doing interactive art and electronic hacks. Next meeting: Third Wednesday of each month.
  • Benutzerfreundliche Technik: a talk by Jan Borchers about usability for everybody, as part of the Uni im Rathaus series, on Jun 25, 2009.
  • Springorum Medal for Media Computing Group student: Christian Mattar, who did his final thesis at our chair, received the Springorum medal for graduating with distinction from RWTH Aachen University, at a ProRWTH event in the Audimax on June 19, 2009. In his thesis, Christian developed "Table Lemmings", a tabletop game that explores casual collaboration on multitouch table surfaces and became a successful exhibit for the Dutch Industrion museum. (May 27, 2009)
  • Media Computing Group student Marcus Reul wins 3rd place in undergrad Student Research Competition at CHI 2009. 3 undergrad and 3 grad students were selected from a total of 93 submissions (see press).
  • In the press: Die Tastatur denkt mit. Presentation of four projects at CHI 2009. (Mar 31, 2009).
  • We are looking for student assistants to work as Infotrainer in the Route Charlemagne exhibition in the Aachen City Hall. (Mar 30, 2009).
  • Professor Jim Hollan from USCD will be a visiting faculty at our group this summer (Mar 13, 2009).
  • We are developing a series of interactive exhibits for the Route Charlemagne that rethinks the tourist experience in Aachen (Mar 13,2009).
  • Anna Ostberg (UCSD) and David Haslem (Georgia Tech) will join our group as visiting students in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) this summer (Mar 13, 2009).
  • Tips for students taking oral exams at our chair (Mar 13, 2009).
  • At CHI 2009, we presented 4 Full Papers and Notes, 2 also as Interactivity exhibits, and 6 additional submissions:
    • Fly, a concept-map based tool for presentations (Full Paper),
    • SLAP, rear-projected input devices from silicone and acrylic for multitouch tables (Full Paper and Interactivity),
    • Tactile Motion Instructions, using haptic feedback to correct posture errors (Full Paper),
    • TypeRight, a keyboard that makes keys harder to press when they would lead to a typo (Note and Interactivity),
    • Associative Personal Information Management (Doctoral Consortium),
    • CORONA, a virtual audio reality for the coronation hall in the Aachen city hall (Work in Progress),
    • Saltate!, a sensor-based system to support dance beginners (Work in Progress),
    • Systematic Usability Verification (Work in Progress),
    • Usability in Industrial Test Systems (Student Research Competition), and
    • Semantic Time in Interaction Design (Workshop Contribution).
  • See TWEND and DRAGON in action at the inauguration ceremony of the new UMIC building for the Mobile Computing Excellence Cluster at RWTH Aachen University on Mar 18, 2009.
  • Next NSCoder Night is on March 12, 2009
  • The AATCe (Apple Authorized Training Center Education) at our chair is offering two courses, Mac OS X Support Essentials and Mac OS X Server Essentials, between March 2 and 12. (Feb 5, 2009).
  • Media Computing Group extends its publication lead among German HCI research groups (Feb 2, 2009)




  • The Bauhaus Europe project has been stopped. We leave our materials online for archival purposes (Bauhaus Europe Pages) (Dec 11, 2006).
  • Coverage of Personal Orchestra 1 in Vienna City Guides after 6 years
  • Nov 14, 2006: Aachen local event for the World Usability Day
  • Nov 1, 2006: Our chair is a member of the new UMIC Research Cluster on Ultra-highspeed Mobile Information and Communication, established as part of the German government's Excellence Initiative. UMIC is funding Thorsten Karrer's PhD work on Organic and Adaptive User Interfaces.
  • Oct 01, 2006: In WS06/07, the DIS I lecture was moved to Tuesdays from 2-5pm to join Bonn and Aachen classes via video.
  • Jul 10, 2006: Check out the DIS2 Project Competion Video and the DIS2 Project Websites.
  • Jun 22, 2006: Our "Helle Köpfe" workshop for school kids took place this Thursday (22-06-2006). We demonstrated how to build your own music instrument with a computer.
  • Apr 27, 2006: Poultry.Internet was a big hit at CHI 2006 Interactivity:
  • Apr 22, 2006: Check out the CHI 2006 Interactivity sneak peek (med. res, high res), produced by the Media Computing Group.
  • Feb 01, 2006: DIS student projects - Designing an Interactive Large Public Display Application


  • Dec 2, 2005: We organized the annual Tag der Informatik this year. We also showed several of our research projects, and the DIS 2 student projects there.
  • Oct 27, 2005: Top Talent Quality Seal 2005 for coJIVE, our interactive jazz improvisation system, as one of the top 42 out of 411 submissions.
  • Oct 15, 2005: * Video podcasts of our lectures are now available, beginning with DIS 1.
  • Oct 01, 2005: Important change in teaching schedule: Starting WS05/06, we offer DIS1, Patterns, the seminar and the "Softwarepraktikum" in Winter, and DIS2, Current Topics, the "Praktikum" and the "Proseminar" in Summer, in order to better suit our students' needs. See CAMPUS for details.
  • Sep 26-27, 2005: We show various interactive demos at the
  • Sep 26, 2005: Details on the Sun-Softwarepreis 2005 are available now
  • Jun 8, 2005:
  • Apr 28, 2005:
  • We were the only German research group with a full paper at CHI 2005, the world's premier conference on Human-Computer Interaction. 2004 only had U Magdeburg, 2003 we were again the only ones (then still at Stanford), 2002 had no German full papers. (CHI acceptance rates)
  • Apr 05, 2005: Check out the CHI 2005 Interactivity Venue sneak peek (med. res, high res), produced by the Media Computing Group.
  • Mar 07, 2005: Schüler-Informationstag
  • Register for our seminar (11-21.01.2005) or for our proseminar (12-20.01.2005) during the next summer term.
  • Jan 27, 2005: Prof. Bernt Schiele from the Lehrstuhl Multimodale Interaktive Systeme, TU Darmstadt will be giving a talk on "Multi-Sensor Context Awareness for Ubiquitous and Wearable Computing". See the streaming video of the talk and the presentation slides.
  • Jan 19, 2005: Personal Orchestra presentation at the User Centered Computing in NRW Event, NRW House, European Union, Brussels. (View the Flyer)
  • Jan 13, 2005: CrossY talk by Georg Apitz in room 2212 at 13:00 hours today.


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