Media Computing Group: Our Research Landscape

In HCI@Aachen: Experiments in the Future of Media and Mobility (PDF, 2.6 MB) we present the Media Computing Group at RWTH Aachen University and its goal to explore the future of collaborative, ubiquitous interaction with audiovisual media. It explains how this initial research vision has led to work on the levels of HCI theory, algorithms, toolkits, testbeds, and design patterns.

It also introduces some of our external collaborations, in particular the Excellence Initiative, Germany’s most fundamental change in government research funding to date, which supports RWTH and our group. The article appeared in the CHI 2008 Extended Abstracts.

Vision: New Interactions With Ubiquitous Media

Summary matrix of our 3 research directions and 4 contribution levels, with project names in each cell:

Requires work on: Audiovisual Aspects Ubiquitous Aspects Collaborative Aspects
Theories & Algorithms PhaVoRIT Semantic Time
TWEND Selexels
Design Space of Mobile Input
Haptic Languages
Social Proxemics
Toolkits Semantic Time Framework LumiNet Multitouch Framework iStuff Mobile SLAP iStuff
Testbeds Personal Orchestra Corona REXband DiMaß DiskPlay Aixplorer REXplorer Associative PDA Snowboard Assistant Fly Aachen Media Space HumTec Spaces Table Lemmings The Logistics Table
Patterns Design Patterns for Interactive Exhibits Pattern Language for Interactive Tabletops Media Space Design Patterns


Some of our research projects are exhibited in museums or as city guides:

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