Welcome to the professorship

User Interface & Software Engineering

In April 2012 Raimund Dachselt was appointed full professor for Multimedia Technology at the Technische Universität Dresden. He is now heading the Interactive Media Lab Dresden.

The professorship User Interface & Software Engineering (formerly Computational Visualistics / Software Engineering) is headed by Raimund Dachselt, who was appointed full university professor in April 2011. The group was founded in November 2007 as a Juniorprofessorship and funded by the “Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft” from funds of the Claussen-Simon-Endowment for more than three years.

Combining the exciting research fields Human Computer Interaction and Software Engineering, our main goal is to design, prototype, implement, and evaluate Smart User Interfaces as visual user interfaces for the next generation experience. We are investigating techniques for a seamless interaction in environments with multiple displays and devices with a focus on Tabletop & Surface Computing. As an underlying methodology we are using the User Interface Engineering lifecycle, which is an extension of traditional Usability Engineering approaches with a focus on User Experience. Have a look at the sections Lectures and Courses and Research to get an overview about our current activities and research projects.


Best Paper Award at ACM ITS 2012 in Cambridge (USA)

posted on November 17, 2012 | Categories: Conferences, LEIF-Projekt, Awards, Publications, Talks

November 2012

 ITS 2012 Logo

From 10th to 14th of November 2012, Martin and Raimund attended the ACM ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS) in Cambridge (USA). The ACM ITS is the world’s most important conference in the field of human computer interaction with interactive surfaces. By being a PC member and co-chairing the doctoral symposium, Raimund was one of the organizers of the conference. Besides presenting his doctoral symposium article, Martin gave a presentation about our Tangible Windows paper that systematically investigates the use of magic Lenses in combination with head-coupled perspectives for the exploration and manipulation of virtual 3D worlds in a tabletop environment (full paper, video). We are very proud about the Best Paper Award (103 submissions, 29% acceptance rate) and the very positive feedback we received for this work. A picture gallery shows impressions from the conference and the Boston area. (more…)

Mensch und Computer 2012 in Konstanz

posted on September 25, 2012 | Categories: Demos & Code, Conferences, Publications, Talks

September 2012

 M&C Logo

Also this year the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI)) and the German UPA e.V. organized the Mensch und Computer conference. The Mensch & Computer is the most important and biggest German-speaking HCI conference, which this year took place from September 9th – 12th in Konstanz and listed about 700 participants. Almost in a yearly tradition the group from Prof. Dachselt (Interactive Media Lab Dresden, formerly User Interface & Software Engineering group) also was present with several contributions. An important aspect of this year’s conference was the interactive experience on the basis of live demonstrations, which Prof. Dachselt and Roman Rädle (University of Konstanz) organized as demo chairs. In this context, Sophie Stellmach demonstrated impressive examples for gaze-supported interaction techniques that allow for a seamless interaction with distant displays (Demo Paper and see Photo gallery). In a 20 minute presentation to the paper “Investigating Freehand Pan and Zoom“, she also presented an evaluation of several freehand gesture for the exploration of virtual information spaces, such as GoogleEarth (Full paper).

PhD Defense Mathias Frisch

posted on July 6, 2012 | Categories: General, Doctorate

June 26th

Bildergalerie Verteidigung Mathias

We congratulate our colleague Mathias Frisch most sincerely to his successful PhD defense that was held on June 26th at the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Magdeburg. In his work, Mathias investigated and developed interaction and visualization techniques for editing and exploring node-link-diagrams. The official procedure was followed by some local traditions. So, Mathias and his followers were dressed in historical costumes and Mathias was pulled on a horse (rather a barrel on wheels) through Magdeburg (see our photo gallery). In the evening, Mathias had to pass the “real exam” in which both Mathias and Prof. Dachselt had to prove their knowledge about each other and their commitment. Our photo gallery gives you some impressions of this memorable day.
So, Dr. Frisch, we congratulate you sincerely and wish you the best for your on-going journey!

Best Paper Honorable Mention and great CHI in Austin

posted on May 18, 2012 | Categories: Demos & Code, Conferences, Awards, Publications, Talks

May 5-10

 Image Gallery ACM CHI 2012

On the 4th of May, Sophie, Martin and Raimund were traveling to Austin (Texas) to be part of the 30th ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The anniversary edition of the world’s leading HCI conference was indeed celebrated with 30 large cakes and live music. However, 2555 participants from 46 countries had to share the birthday cakes at the last day of the conference… We had our own reason to celebrate: five UISE contributions, first of all two CHI full papers (acceptance rate: 23%). Martin presented a study on Tangible Magic Lenses (Download Paper) and Sophie novel techniques for gaze-supported target acquisition (Download Paper). We are very proud that we got a Best Paper Honorable Mention for this work (certificate). This means, the paper is among the top 5% of all accepted conference papers. (more…)

Good visibility at ACM ETRA ’12

posted on April 16, 2012 | Categories: Conferences, Publications, Talks

March 28-30, 2012

 UISE @ ETRA 2012

From March 28 to 30 the 7th ACM Eye Tracking Research and Applications Symposium (ETRA) took place in sunny Santa Barbara, California. ETRA is the leading eye tracking conference and attracted 160 participants from 17 countries. The goal of ETRA is to bring together computer scientists, engineers and behavioral scientists to enhance eye tracking technologies, advance the understanding of visual attention and eye movement controls, and to support the development of novel gaze-controlled applications.

Our research group was well represented at ETRA’12 by several contributions from Sophie Stellmach. On the one hand, people had the opportunity to test some of her gaze-based interaction techniques, such as steering through a virtual environment using your eye gaze. Furthermore, Sophie presented work about gaze-supported pan and zoom in combination with a smartphone as a poster: Investigating Gaze-supported Multimodal Pan and Zoom (Download Short Paper). Finally, Sophie gave a talk about gaze-based graphical steering user interfaces to move around in a virtual 3D scene: Designing Gaze-based User Interfaces for Steering in Virtual Environments (acceptance rate 34%, Download Full Paper).

Two full papers and even more at ACM CHI 2012

posted on February 16, 2012 | Categories: Conferences, Publications, Talks

February 2012

 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2012

In May 2012 the premier international conference on human-computer interaction takes place in Austin (Texas) – the ACM SIGCHI Conference. Five contributions of the UISE group were accepted for this conference! We are especially proud about two full papers (acceptance rate 23%). One is a study of handheld display interaction above a tabletop. The other contributes novel target acquisition techniques on remote displays, whereas gaze and touch input on handhelds are effectively combined. Also in the field of gaze-supported interaction (Sophie Stellmach’s PhD topic), a CHI Special Interest Group was accepted on Gaze Interaction in the Post-WIMP World. Another achievement is the accepted CHI Interactivity called “Stackables: Faceted Browsing with Stacked Tangibles”. This is joint work with Petra Isenberg und Jean-Daniel Fekete from INRIA Paris. Finally, we will present a short paper at the CHI-Workshop 3DCHI – The 3rd Dimension of CHI. We are looking forward to a great conference in May!

LEIF Exchange Project: Three Students from Magdeburg now in Canada

posted on December 22, 2011 | Categories: LEIF-Projekt, Projects, Lectures & Courses

December 2011

 LEIF Exchange Project

Three students from Magdeburg – Irina Schumann, Ulrike Kister and Matthias Graf – are doing an internship in Canada since the last winter term (2011/2012). Their internships are part of the transatlantic exchange project LEIF. As research interns they are working on individual projects. Whereas Irina is supervised by and working with Prof. Nicholas Graham from the Queen’s University in Kingston (Ontario), Ulrike and Matthias started working at the University of Calgary (Alberta) supervised by Prof. Sheelagh Carpendale. (more…)

UISE goes Japan (ACM ITS 2011)

posted on November 30, 2011 | Categories: Conferences, Publications, Talks

November 2011

 UISE @ ITS 2011 in Kobe (Japan)

This year, the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces took place from November 13 to 16 in Kobe. Raimund was traveling to Japan and presenting work of our group. On Sunday morning he was co-chairing the Doctoral Symposium followed by an active participation in the DEXIS Workshop, where he presented two papers on data exploration with interactive surfaces. In the very first conference talk on Monday he presented NEAT: A Set of Flexible Tools and Gestures for Layout Tasks on Interactive Displays (Download Full Paper, Video). This paper was well received, not the least since we went beyond the coolness of multitouch and pen interaction and presented truly effective gesture sets for layout tasks. Impressions of the conference, Hiroshi Ishii’s keynote (via Skype), the excellent conference dinners and the rich culture of Japan can be found in the picture gallery.

UISE @ Mensch und Computer 2011

posted on September 21, 2011 | Categories: Conferences, Publications, Talks

September 2011

M&C Logo

Also this year we were part of the Mensch und Computer conference, which took place from 11th-14th September in Chemnitz, Germany (see photo gallery). This most important conference in German-speaking Europe was arranged by the GI in cooperation with the German UPA. During the workshop “Be-greifbare Interaktion in Gemischten Wirklichkeiten” Raimund Dachselt gave a keynote about “Tangible Magic Lenses – Graspable Displays for Exploring Information“. Our conference-paper presented by Jens Heydekorn was about gestural interaction with the title “Evaluating a user-elicited gesture-set” (PDF-article). This article contributes evaluation results regarding the user acceptance of a user-suggested gesture-set.

Talks in Gatersleben and Konstanz

posted on June 28, 2011 | Categories: Talks

May/June 2011

 Invited Talks

In May, Raimund was invited to give a talk about Natural Ways of Interacting with Information Spaces at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben (Germany). This interesting visit of Falk Schreiber’s working group marked the beginning of joint project work in the field of natural diagram editing and using magic lenses for visualizing biological data.
One month later, Raimund also gave an invited talk at the University of Konstanz (Germany). This visit of Harald Reiterer’s HCI group was very inspiring, interesting and full of exciting demos. Harald’s group really conducts great research in the field of modern human computer interaction.

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