Philipp Wacker

Philipp Wacker

Research Assistant

Office location:   Room 2206
Office hours:   by appointment. See my basic schedule.
Telephone:   +49 241 80 - 21057

Research Teaching Publications

I'm a research assistant at the Media Computing Group.
I take a look at how Augmented Reality can be used to simplify the creation of digital models (e.g., for Personal Fabrication). Projects I'm involved in include interactive museum guide systems and using motion tracking for 3D modeling.

Research Projects

ARPen: Create digital models in mid-air You can now track a pen in 3D using just your smartphone! We have built an ARKit-based iOS app that can track a pen. We will analyze how this novel interaction technique enables users to create 3D models. (read more)

For instructions, head over to the GitHub repo
FLApp: The Future Lab Aachen App Our lab develops "FLApp", the mobile app that guides the user on a walking tour through the inner city, pointing out places of scientific discovery and innovation along the way.

Aixplorer is a mobile audio and multimedia tour guide that helps you explore Aachen's town hall and the Centre Charlemagne. (read more)

Note at CHI 2016
Personal Photonics 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. (read more)

Researching ARPen interaction techniques


SS 2018 Designing Interactive Systems II
Lecture TA and Lab tutor, with Paulina Reijsmeijer
WS 2017/18 Media Computing Project
Tutor, with Christian Cherek
WS 2017/18 iOS Application Development
Lecture TA and Lab tutor, with Simon Völker
SS 2017 Designing Interactive Systems II
Lecture TA and Lab tutor, with Paulina Reijsmeijer
SS 2016 Current Topics in HCI
Lecture TA and Lab tutor
WS 2015/16 Designing Interactive Systems I
Lecture TA and Lab tutor, with Krishna Subramanian

Thesis Students

NameTopicThesis type
Felix WehnertARPen—Sketching in Augmented Reality on Mobile DevicesBA
Adrian WagnerIn Place Computer Aided Design with Holograms and a Pen​MA
Luka RaljevićVisualization of Changes in ARMA
Jayan JevanesanEffect of Viewport Limitations on Posture in AR and VRMA
Niklas KaulitzInfluence of Holograms on Viewing BehaviourMA
Pascal ZenkerHoloConnector: A framework enabling remote holographic definitions in the context of CNC Machine Simulation with Microsoft HoloLensBA
Luisa HoffmannEliciting User Gestures for the Interaction with a Pen-Based 3D Modeling DeviceBA
Jan KasselFLApp: Bringing Augmented Reality to Mobile Tourist Guide SystemsBA

Student Assistants

Kerstin Kreutz Future Lab App, Aixplorer
Sebastian Hueber Future Lab App
Oliver Nowak Personal Photonics

As a student assistant I was helping Simon Völker by working with the eye-tracker and user study software.

Thesis Supervisor: Leonhard Lichtschlag

In my thesis I looked at the effects of a canvas presentation (e.g. with Fly) on the presenter.


An arrow marks a major peer-reviewed archival publication.


Philipp Wacker, Adrian Wagner, Simon Voelker, and Jan Borchers. Physical Guides: An Analysis of 3D Sketching Performance on Physical Objects in Augmented Reality. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA '18, pages LBW626:1–LBW626:6, New York, NY, USA, April 2018. ACM. Homepage PDF Document BibTeX Entry.


Philipp Wacker, Chat Wacharamanotham, Daniel Spelmezan, Jan Thar, David A. Sánchez, René Bohne, and Jan Borchers. VibroVision: An On-Body Tactile Image Guide for the Blind. In CHI '16 EA: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pages 3788–3791, New York, NY, USA, May 2016. ACM. Homepage PDF Document BibTeX Entry.
Philipp Wacker, Kerstin Kreutz, Florian Heller, and Jan Borchers. Maps and Location: Acceptance of Modern Interaction Techniques for Audio Guides. In CHI '16: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pages 1067–1071, New York, NY, USA, May 2016. ACM. Homepage PDF Document BibTeX Entry.


Leonhard Lichtschlag, Philipp Wacker, Martina Ziefle, and Jan Borchers. The Presenter Experience of Canvas Presentations. In INTERACT 2015: Proceedings of the 15th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, pages 289–297, September 2015. PDF Document BibTeX Entry.


Philipp Wacker. How Does It Feel? Presenter Experience and Evaluation While Using Canvas Presentation Tools. Master's thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, October 2014. PDF Document BibTeX Entry.

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