Face of Moritz Alexander Messerschmidt

Moritz Alexander Messerschmidt

Student Assistant

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I am studying computer science (M. Sc.) at the RWTH Aachen University and about to write my master thesis. Meanwhile I am working as student assistant for the Media Computing Group (chair i10). I am involved in the Personal Photonics research project, funded by the Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF), in which we are developing our Haptic Vest together with our Haptic Toolkit and the ARPen.

My interests comprise haptics and personal fabrication, as well as intelligent user interfaces together with the different areas of HCI and UX Design in general.
My supervisor is Jan Thar. During my working time I usually can be found in the FabLab (room 2213).


Haptic Vest
A vest which should "enable vision impaired users to experience their surroundings by vibratory actuation on the belly" (VibroVision Project). I developed the software for our Haptic Toolkit and am still maintaining the software and hardware for our new prototype of the Haptic Vest we are carrying around and presenting at different exhibitions.
Front-of-Device Tactile Landmarks for Eyes-Free Absolute Indirect Force Touch
Nowadays, smartphones are replacing a variety of tools like presenters or remote controls for smart televisions. In these cases the users' eyes are focusing on a distant screen while the interaction remains on the smartphones touch display. During the CTHCI18 course we tried to overcome the problem of missing haptic feedback on the touch-surface by taking advantage of force-touch and porting tactile landmarks (introduced by Hueber et al. 2015) on the front of the smartphone device. By conducting a small user-study and performing a statistical analysis we showed that the transparent landmarks indeed can improve the user performance for target selection tasks on distant screens.
SOS Buddy - Easily Inform Friends and Family in an Emergency Situation
During the practical course UCTD at Fraunhofer (FIT) we developed an emergency system comprising a small keychain pendant and smartphone application, allowing to easily dispatch a notification message in case of an emergency. The development covered an in-depth user-centered design process in which we applied common UX Design principles and techniques. After understanding the actual context of use, we iteratively evaluated, and incrementally improved our low-, mid- and high-fidelity prototypes based on the users needs.
Badge Maker (Bachelor Thesis)

My bachelor thesis has been about "Developing an Easy-to-use System to Design and Build Illuminated Acrylic Name Tags for Children" which covered the development process of a CNC milling machine with a user friendly interface; enabling unexperienced people to gather first experiences with the personal fabrication technology.

Attended Conferences

UIST 2018 - Berlin, Germany
AI4U 2018 - Munich, Germany
atec 2017 - Aachen, Germany

Attended Exhibitions

We attended several exhibitions as exhibitor, presenting our work and projects together with the Make Light Photonics Research Initiative.

Medica 2018 - Dusseldorf, Germany
Cebit 2018 - Hannover, Germany
Open House Event of BMBF 2017 - Berlin, Germany
Hannover Messe 2017 - Hannover, Germany
LaserWorld of Photonics 2017 - Munich, Germany
MakerFaires (2016-2018) - Rome, Berlin, Hannover, Stuttgart

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