In memory of Ina Rixen (1971–2015)

The Media Computing Group

An Endowed Chair of the B-IT Foundation at RWTH Aachen University

interactive. media. research.


Headed by Prof. Dr. Jan Borchers, we work in Media Computing and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Grounded in Computer Science, we develop and study new interaction theories, techniques, and systems in areas like interactive audio and video streams, ubiquitous computing environments, multitouch tables and interactive surfaces, tangible and wearable user interfaces, Physical Computing, personal digital fabrication, user interfaces for software development, and HCI design patterns. Our goal is to make the Brave New World of interactive technologies useful by making it usable. See our older Research Overview, or the research projects listed to your left. Since starting in October 2003, we have become one of Germany's best-published individual research groups at CHI, the premier international conference in the field.

We're part of the Computer Science Department at RWTH Aachen University, Germany's top-ranked University of Technology and one of Germany's nine Elite Universities. Our group is an Endowed Chair of the German B-IT Foundation.


We offer courses in Human-Computer Interaction, both at RWTH and in the international MSc in Media Informatics at the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (B-IT Center). We teach how people interact with computers and technology, and how computer science can open up new ways of interacting with technology and information. See our Teaching Overview, our courses listed to the left, or watch our classes on iTunes U!


We provide

Our clients include AirBus, Apple, Bayer, Children's Museum Boston, Handelsblatt, OTIS, Scout24, TEDx, and Telekom.

Our presentations at CHI 2015

HaptiCase: Back-of-Device Tactile Landmarks for Eyes-Free Absolute Indirect Touch
AudioScope: Smartphones as Directional Microphones in Mobile Audio Augmented Reality Systems
Statsplorer: Guiding Novices in Statistical Analysis
Transporters: Vision & Touch Transitive Widgets for Capacitive Screens
(Work in Progress)
by Corsten et al. by Heller et al. by Wacharamanotham
et al.
by Heller et al.

Our previous conference presentations: CHI 2014, CHI 2013, CHI 2012, UIST 2011, CHI 2011

Usability for Everybody in 18 Minutes: Prof. Borchers' TEDx Talk

News & Events

  • 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)

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Media Computing Group at RWTH Aachen