My main research area is processes to improve the workflows around project-documentation in the area of personal and digital fabrication, especially hobbyist crafters and makers.
The maker community relies on process documentation and sharing knowledge to get inspired for new projects and reduce the repetition of errors within the community. However, process documentation can interrupt the crafting workflow and feel tedious. To help makers optimize their processes to document, I want to understand the documentation selection process and provide guidelines and templates based on observations and interviews to improve the documentation quality. Additionally, I want to create systems and interfaces that support the maker during the crafting process by tracking what they are doing and generating a template of used materials and tools to include in a documentation where the maker only needs to add their personal touch in the end.
The end goal is a system that acts as a supportive guide without distracting or interrupting the crafting workflow which is at the core of the maker hobby while improving the quality of the resulting documentation as a benefit for all stakeholders of the maker community.
This are currently open thesis topics
- I currently have no open topic
- Additionally, I am always interested in your own research ideas in the area of personal fabrication.
To find your own research topic for your thesis which you can propose to me (or the other research assistants) I suggest looking at the latest papers from leading HCI conferences. You can find a good ranking of HCI conferences here. Get yourself inspired by the latest research papers and look especially at the Future Work sections to find open questions that you can tackle in your thesis. You can start with papers that got a Best Paper - Award or an Honorable Mention. You can also look for keywords that spark your interest. Like Digital Fabrication or Virtual Reality.
To learn more about research methods in HCI in general we always recommend the book with the matching name Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction.
If you are then finally interested in doing a B.Sc. or M.Sc. thesis with me, drop me an email with your résumé, grade sheet(s), and idea(s) that interest you.
|Bachelor Thesis about exploring augmented reality visualisations for physical indoor search Supervisor: Nur Al-huda Hamdan with Co-Supervisor Christian Corsten|
|Master Thesis about Modeling Reachability on Curved Mobile Touchscreens Supervisor: Simon Voelker and Christian Corsten|
|Video capturing and editing
Programmierung für Alle (Java) '13, iPhone Application Programming WS 13/14
|Mobile conference App
The mobile schedule of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) 2012 in Cambridge, MA, USA. (in collaboration with IKA)
Interdisciplinary Project to develop future interfaces of computer aided manufacturing and to improve the quality of future working environments in this area.
|Student Volunteer at Mensch und Computer 2016
German Conference about Human Computer Interaction and Usability Professionals
|Fab Academy 2016 Graduate
Fab Academy 2017 Instructor
The Fab Academy is a fast paced, hands-on learning experience where students plan and execute a new project each week. Each individual documents their progress for each project, resulting in a personal portfolio of technical accomplishments. (Source)
|Maker Faire Rome 2016 Staff at the Media Computing Exhibition Booth
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. (Source)
|Summer 2020||Designing Interactive Systems 1
|Winter 2019/20||Proseminar: Human-Computer Interaction
|Winter 2019/20||Seminar: Post-Desktop User Interfaces
|Summer 2019||Current Topics in HCI
|Winter 2018/19||Proseminar: Human-Computer Interaction
|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.
|2021||Michael Assad||Magora: A live maker process documentation platform||(Bachelor Thesis, co-supervised with René Schäfer)|
|2020||Lia Schulze Dephoff||Why are you using a screwdriver? Exploring virtual process documentation assistance agents in the maker community||(Master Thesis)|
|2020||Vivian Huff||"Why is the Parts List Missing?" Understanding User Parameters for Hardware Documentation Selection in the Maker Community||(Master Thesis)|
|2019||Tanja Golinski||Understanding Hardware Documentation Processes in the Maker Community||(Master Thesis)|
|2018||Reding Jeff||Don’t Touch Me:Communicating Immovability of Tangibles on Interactive Tabletops||(Bachelor Thesis, co-supervised with Christian Cherek)|
|2018||Frederik Menke||Tracking Manufacturing Workflows in Makerspace Environments||(Bachelor Thesis)|
Supervised Theses (Second Supervision)
|2019||Hong An Nguyen||Die Auswirkung von ästhetischem Empﬁnden und Benutzerfreundlichkeit auf den Erfolg in Multi-Touch-Lernspielen.||(Master Thesis,
first supervision: Prof. Dr. Ulrik Schroeder (i9))
|2019||Yasmin Döhner||Guideline zum Lernen mit dem Gerät über das Gerät für verschiedene Zielgruppen.||(Bachelor Thesis,
first supervision: Svenja Noichl (i9))
|2019||Prudhvee Nalluri||Improve basic Computer Science competences using Video Infographics||(Master Thesis,
first supervision: Svenja Noichl (i9))
- Jan Borchers, Anke Brocker and Marcel Lahaye. Lernkarten-Set 3D-Druck. Bombini Verlag, December 2021.
- 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.
- Christian Corsten, Marcel Lahaye, Jan Borchers and Simon Voelker. ForceRay: Extending Thumb Reach via Force Input Stabilizes Device Grip for Mobile Touch Input. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '19, pages 212:1–212:10, ACM, New York, NY, USA, May 2019.
- Marcel Lahaye. Modeling Reachability on Curved Mobile Touchscreens. Master's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, April 2019.
- Nur Al-huda Hamdan, Marcel Lahaye, Christian Corsten and Jan Borchers. Presentation Strategies for Micro-Navigation in the Physical World. In Extended Abstracts of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA '16, pages 3062–3068,May 2016.
- Marcel Lahaye. Augmented Reality in Hierarchical Micro-Navigation. Bachelor's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, March 2015.