Jan Borchers is full professor of computer science and head of the Media Computing Group, an endowed Chair in the Computer Science Department at RWTH Aachen University.
With his research group, he explores the field of human-computer interaction, with a particular interest in new user interfaces for 3D printing and personal fabrication, augmented reality, mobile, wearable, and tangible computing, interactive tables and surfaces, interfaces for software development, interactive exhibits, and time-based media such as audio and video.
Before joining RWTH, he held faculty positions at Stanford University and ETH Zurich, after receiving his PhD in computer science from Darmstadt University of Technology in 2000.
He is a member of ACM, SIGCHI, SIGCHI Germany, and GI, and has provided usability talks, trainings and consulting, as well as design, prototyping, and evaluation of user interfaces, for clients such as AirBus, Apple, ARD, Bayer, Children's Museum Boston, Daimler, Handelsblatt, OTIS, Scout24, TEDx, and Deutsche Telekom.
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- Communicating with Artificial Intelligence. Keynote, IEEE ProComm 2019, Aachen, Jul 25, 2019.
- Greatest Hits & Misses: 10 Years of Aachen Maker Meetup. Keynote, Aachen Maker Meetup, Jul 17, 2019. (Video)
- Personal Photonics: Neue Benutzerschnittstellen für Open Innovation mit Photonik-Werkzeugen. Invited BMBF Research Project Overview, Laser World of Photonics Congress, Munich, Jun 24, 2019.
- Democratizing Hardware UX Prototyping. Invited Talk, Aachen Usability Meetup, Jun 18, 2019.
- How To Make (Almost) Anything Usable. Invited Recitation, Fab Academy 2019, Mar 11, 2019.
- Previous talks...
- ACM CHI 2020 Associate Chair, Interaction Techniques, Devices and Modalities
- ACM UIST 2019 Reviewer
- ACM CHI 2019 Associate Chair, Interaction Techniques, Devices and Modalities
- ACM UIST 2018 Program Committee Member
- ACM CHI 2018 Associate Chair, Engineering Interactive Systems and Technologies
- Previous activities...
- Tips for taking oral exams (Schwerpunktkolloquien) at our group
- How to write your Bachelor/Master thesis with us
- A must-read when you join our group as Bachelor/Master thesis student or HiWi.
- What makes a good doctoral (PhD) student?
- Older materials for students...
I frequently work for clients in industry and the government as usability consultant, speaker, and trainer. More information
Some Research Pointers
- Jan's Top Ten list of books on Human-Computer Interaction
- Free booklet: Arduino in a Nutshell
- dementiatools.org: A non-profit collection of technical support tools for people with dementia (also in German under demenztools.de.)
- LumiNet: An organic illumination network
- Hardware prototyping toolkits for HCI: An overview (2012)
- The Sweet Spot and Baroque Phase of Interactive Technology Lifecycles: A manifesto for simple technology, and a rant against feature-bloat. Published in the March/April 2008 issue of interactions.
- Easier German umlauts on a US keyboard for macOS
- CHI Pages Template: An Apple Pages document template for archival Papers and Notes for the ACM CHI Conference Proceedings
- Function Keys: UI scripts to toggle between hardware and software function key mappings on Mac OS X
- More on our group's software page
- Jan is the initiator and organizer of the weekly Faculty Lunch at our Computer Science Department
- Information related to Jan's previous role as building coordinator for the CS department, kept for archival and reference purposes: Baubeauftragter
- Portrait pictures for press use (borchers_7154.jpg, borchers_5126.jpg)
- I think eBikes are the best invention since sliced bread, here's more about them
- I play piano in the jazz sextet riffbereit
- SPIEL 2018 report
- My unused blog
- Some Travel Disaster Stories
- Frontotemporal Dementia, notes about a rare illness that my former partner suffered from.
Older information on my Stanford homepage, from my time at Stanford (2001–2003).