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Dipl.-Inform. René Bohne

Research Assistant

Room 2213
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Current Work and Contact Info

As of 2017, I am Startup Program Manager at Telefónica Germany, where we are developing a consumer IoT platform called geeny. If you'd like to contact me, check out my personal web page: http://www.rene-bohne.de.

Schedule and Away Dates

My schedule has a dedicated page: bohne_schedule

Research Topics

Besides my teaching and research activities, I managed the Fab Lab Aachen, which is part of our chair at RWTH Aachen University.

Master and Bachelor Theses I supervised

StudentThesis TitleBAchelor/MAster/DiplomArbeitFinishedPDF
Mario Lukas FabScan Pi: an open-source stand-alone web-enabled 3D scanner BA 2015 PDF
Salsabil Hamadache LumiCAD - Interactive Organic Generative Design for Personal Photonics with OLEDs BA 2015 PDF
David Anton Sanchez openVNAVI - Open Vibrotactile Navigation Aid for the Visually Impaired BA 2015 PDF
Christian Frohn FabQR - Using QR Codes in the FabLab Workflow BA 2015 PDF
Shadan Sadeghian Parashape - A Web Framework for Interactive Generators for Personal Design MA 2013 PDF
Tim Hemig FabCenter - A Web Framework for FabLab Collaboration DA 2013 PDF
Radek Paluszak FabFAQ - A demand-driven learning platform for the personal fabrication domain DA 2013 PDF
Verena Kuhr Framer: A Personal Design Tool for 3D Picture Frames BA 2013 PDF
Mariana Bocoi LumiNet2: An Organic Interactive Illumination and Sensor Network for Fashion MA 2012 PDF
Zhao He Fabiji - A Tablet Kiosk to Facilitate Creating and Sharing Documentation MA 2012 PDF
Clio Kakoulli IdeaBall - A Physical Artifact for Moderating and Analyzing Brainstorming Sessions MA 2011 PDF
Thomas Oster VisiCut - An Application Genre for Lasercutting in Personal Fabrication BA 2011 PDF
Francis Engelmann FabScan - Affordable 3D Laser Scanning of Physical Objects BA 2011 PDF

Student Assistants

These student assistants helped me in the Fab Lab:


FabLab Aachen

For many years, I was the main contact person for the Fab Lab at RWTH Aachen University. If you are a student at our chair, you can register for our FabLab training courses. These courses allow you to use the FabLab on any date (except Tuesday) without registration.

dorkbot Aachen

I organized the dorkbot Aachen meetings which continue to take place every third Wednesday of the month in room 2222.


I created the software for the robOLED robotic arm that types on an iPad and sends text to an OLED wall. It is a permanent art installation in the new BMBF building in Berlin.


I was part of the iWall team. The iWall is an interactive light installation that opens up new opportunities in Smart Lighting research, teaching, and development for researchers, students, artists and makers. It is installed high up along the entire façade of the Computer Science building at RWTH Aachen University, facing Halifaxstraße.


I was one of the supervisors of the FabArcade project, an open-source games arcade that can be built in any Fab Lab.

Diploma Thesis

My Diploma Thesis was about LumiNet.
I created a distributed bootloader for the network and added support for the LumiNet hardware to the Arduino IDE. My supervisors were Prof. Jan Borchers and Gero Herkenrath.



  • Iris Bockermann, Jan Borchers, Anke Brocker, Marcel Lahaye, Antje Moebus, Stefan Neudecker, Oliver Stickel, Melanie Stilz, Daniel Wilkens, René Bohne, Volkmar Pipek and Heidi Schelhowe. Handbuch Fab Labs. Bombini Verlag, August 2021.
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  • 2016

  • 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 Extended Abstracts of the CHI'16 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pages 3788–3791, ACM, New York, NY, USA, May 2016.
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  • 2013

  • René Bohne. Günstiger 3D-Scan-Automat. In c't Hardware Hacks, pages 32 ff., number 2, May 2013.
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  • René Bohne. Machines for Personal Fabrication.  In FabLab: Of Machines, Makers and Inventors, Cultural and Media Studies, pages 163–171, transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, March 2013.
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  • 2012

  • Jan Borchers and René Bohne. Personal Design: Die Zukunft der Personal Fabrication.  In Werkzeug / Denkzeug: Manuelle Intelligenz und Transmedialität kreativer Prozesse, pages 297–312, transcript-Verlag, Bielefeld, November 2012.
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  • René Bohne. Making Things Wearable - Intelligente Kleidung selber schneidern. O'Reilly,  Book, September 2012.
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  • 2011

  • Max Möllers, Ray Bohnenberger, Stephan Deininghaus, Patrick Zimmer, Karin Herrmann and Jan Borchers. TaPS Widgets: tangible control over private spaces on interactive tabletops.  In Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems,  In CHI EA '11, pages 773–780, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2011.
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  • 2009

  • René Bohne. LumiNet - An Organic Interactive Illumination Network. Diploma Thesis, RWTH Aachen University,May 2009.
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