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Anke Brocker

Research Assistant

Room 2209
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Office hours: 08:30 - 17:30

I'm a research assistant at the Media Computing Group. My interests are personal fabrication and utilising those techniques to build up new interface experiences. At the moment I focus on research regarding 'Interactive Jewellery & Accessories' using techniques from personal fabrication and soft robotics.

If you are interested in a thesis, drop me an E-mail with your CV, grade sheet and your ideas. I usually have topics to discuss about and you are welcome to present your own topics.

Research Projects:



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Demo at CHI 2019

Tangible Awareness

Tangible Awareness: How Tangibles on Tabletops Influence Awareness of Each Other’s Actions:

Players are significantly more aware of other players’ actions using tangibles than those using pure multitouch interaction. (read more)

Paper at CHI 2018



Fab:UNIverse Zukunftsvisionen der Maker Bewegung
Workshop organized by the VINN:Lab at TH Wildau about the future of Fab Labs with a university context.
Discussed topics:

  • What is the difference from Fab Labs with a university context to general makerspaces
  • Which chances are provided by the university context and how can we learn from each other
  • Which purpose/function do we have in the maker movement and how can the movement evolve


SS 2020 Current Topics in Human-Computer-Interaction
Lecture & Lab Tutor
WS 2019/2020 Media Computing Project
Lab tutor
SS 2019 Designing Interactive Systems II
Lecture TA Lab tutor, with Sebastian Hueber
WS 2018/2019 Media Computing Project
Lab tutor, with Christian Cherek
SS 2018 Multimodal Media Madness
Lab tutor, with Jan Thar

Thesis Students

NameTopicThesis type
Ekaterina Nedorubkova  TBA MA
Jakob Strüver  Evaluating SoRoCAD: Enable User to Design their own Soft Robotics MA
Kirill Timchenko SoRoCAD: A Tool to Design Shape Changes in Soft Robotics BA
Ajay Jha Exploration Of Application Areas Of Springlets MA
Siddharth Mehrotra Abhushan: A Design Exploration with Smell in Interactive Smart Jewellery MA
Patrick Bayer SoRoLib: Library of Building Blocks for Pneumatic Shape Changing in Soft Robotics MA
Patrick Feser Foundations of Interactive Jewellery: Understanding Crafting Practices MA
Mitski Piekenbrock Smart jewelry: Appearance changing necklaces & emotions BA
Matthias Sokolowski Wearable Motion Capture for Dancers BA

Student Assistants

Simon Löhr FAB101
Rene Schäfer 3DCC

Master's Thesis

Supervisor: Christian Cherek

My Master's Thesis: Tangible Awareness - How Tangibles on Tabletops Influence Spatial and Situational Awareness


Bachelor's Thesis

Supervisor: Christian Corsten

My Bachelor's Thesis: Repurposing Everyday Objects as Controllers Using Signifiers



An arrow marks a major peer-reviewed archival publication.


  • Anke Brocker, Simon Voelker, Tony Zelun Zhang, Mathis Müller and Jan Borchers. Flowboard: A Visual Flow-Based Programming Environment for Embedded Coding.  In Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA '19, ACM, New York, NY, USA, May 2019.
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  • Oliver Stickel, Melanie Stilz, Anke Brocker, Jan Borchers and Volkmar Pipek. Fab:UNIverse - Makerspaces, Fab Labs and Lab Managers in Academia.  In Proceedings of the FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference, FabLearn Europe '19, pages 19:1–19:2, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2019.
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  • 2018

  • Christian Cherek, Anke Brocker, Simon Voelker and Jan Borchers. Tangible Awareness: How Tangibles on Tabletops Influence Awareness of Each Other’s Actions.  In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '18, pages 298:1–298:7, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2018.
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  • 2017

  • Anke Brocker. Tangible Awareness - How Tangibles on Tabletops Influence Spatial and Situational Awareness. Master's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, September 2017.
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  • 2015

  • Anke Brocker. Repurposing Everyday Objects as Controllers Using Signifiers. Bachelor's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, March 2015.
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