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We are looking for PhD students!

Our group, headed by Prof. Dr. Jan Borchers, works in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Grounded in Computer Science, we develop and study new interaction theories, techniques, and systems in areas like personal digital fabrication and personal design, mobile, wearable, and shape-changing user interfaces, soft robotics, interactive textiles, handheld augmented reality, interaction with AI, and visual coding environments. Our goal is to make the Brave New World of interactive technologies useful by making it usable. Since starting in October 2003, we have become one of Germany's best-published research groups at CHI, the premier international academic conference in the field.

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


Our CHI'23 Contributions

We regularly present our work at ACM CHI, the world's premier conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Here's what we shared there this year:

What's That Shape?
Investigating Eyes-Free Recognition of Textile Icons

Paper by Schäfer et al., CHI '23

How Seamless, Live, Flow-Based Programming Impacts Learning to Code for Embedded Electronics

TOCHI Paper by Brocker et al., CHI'23

Exploring Shape Designs for Soft Robotics and Users’ Associations with Them

Late-Breaking Work by Brocker et al., CHI'23

Enhancing Notification Awareness for Online Presenters via a Wrist-Worn Device

Late-Breaking Work by Schäfer et al., CHI'23

Combining Textiles and 3D Printing for Maker-Friendly Folding-Based Assembly

Late-Breaking Work by Wagner et al., CHI'23

The Aachen Lab Demo:
From Fundamental Perception to Design Tools

Interactivity Demo by Borchers et al., CHI '23

Eight Challenges of Future Electronics Toolkits

Workshop Paper by Brocker and Borchers, CHI '23

News & Events


Usability for Everybody in 18 Minutes


Teaching Winter 2022/23

Designing Interactive Systems 1

iOS Application Development


FLApp, our mobile Future Lab Aachen App for iOS and Android, is the city's official science-focused walking tour through Aachen's inner city. But instead of historical facts, you'll learn about the latest discoveries and inventions made by engineers and scientists at each location, with some locations using Augmented Reality.


Interested in HCI?

Media Computing Group / Lehrstuhl Informatik 10 (Medieninformatik und Mensch–Computer–Interaktion) • Prof. Dr. Jan Borchers • RWTH Aachen University • Ahornstr. 55 • 2nd floor • Room 2208 • 52074 Aachen • Germany • +49 (0)241 80-21051 • Contact & Directions

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