Due to the Corona virus epidemic and in accordance with RWTH Aachen University's recommendations, we have suspended all public events (Open Fab Lab Tuesdays, Cocoaheads, Aachen Maker Meetup), and all staff areworking from homewhere possible, until further notice.You can reach us via our standard email and phone numbers and viaZoom videoconferencing. See the university blog for more information. (Mar 16, 2020)
We have initiated a regional initiative to help system-critical institutions with emergency supplies using 3D printing, lasercutting and other rapid digital fabrication techniques. See fightcorona.ac for details.
Headed by Prof. Dr. Jan Borchers, we work 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, tangible, mobile, and wearable user interfaces, interactive textiles, multitouch tables and interactive surfaces, augmented reality, 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.
Check out the awesome projects our Bachelor students have created in our practical lab, Multimodal Media Madness! This year, they have written custom extensions for Ultimaker's open-source 3D printing software Cura that simplify everyday tasks and enable new ways to use your 3D printer. All plugins are available to download, complete with short product videos, user guides, source code, and full documentation. (Jul 16, 2020)
We are coorganizing a workshop on Otherware, a term we are introducing to describe the new class of AI-infused interactive systems that require a rethinking of the interaction with them, beyond naïve anthropomorhism. (Jun 3, 2020)
The City of Aachen was kind enough to feature us in their excellent thank-you video in times of Corona (Apr 27, 2020)
We coordinate efforts at RWTH and in the region to fight Corona through rapid 3D design and 3D printing of required parts and equipment — see http://fightcorona.ac. (Mar 30, 2020)
PhD student Christian Corsten did a great job defending his thesis Use the Force: How Force Touch Improves Input on Handheld Touchscreens today. An excellent introduction to the area, based on several CHI papers and other publications. Congratulations! (Mar 10, 2020)
We will present four archival papers at ACM CHI 2020, the world's premier HCI conference this year. Congratulations Simon, Phil, and Krishna! (Jan 13, 2020)
Our Fab Lab Aachen expands thanks to taking on a key role in the upcoming Excellence Startup CenterNRW at RWTH Aachen University. This multi-year project brings exciting new 3D printers, a UV print-on-everything plotter, and even an industrial robot to our Fab Lab — and funding for the staff necessary to continue and expand our service to startups and the local community. (Jan 13, 2020)
FLApp, our mobile Future Lab Aachen App for iOS and Android that launched in 2017, takes you on a walking tour through Aachen's inner city. But instead of historical facts, you'll find out about the latest discoveries and inventions made by engineers and scientists at each location, some using Augmented Reality.