The 7th inventors workshop of GI-Fachgruppe “Begreifbare Interaktion” (German Informatics Society Workgroup on Tangible Interaction) will be held on February 20-21, 2015 in Saarbrücken, Germany.
This year’s inventors workshop will focus on printed electronics for tangible interaction. Printed electronics is a powerful enabling technology for customized, thin, and deformable sensors and displays. It enables new kinds of physical objects and surfaces, in which interactivity is seamlessly integrated within the material and the form factor. As printed sensors and displays are highly customizable and can be rapidly fabricated, this is an ideal highly promising technology for making and prototyping. More information on this new approach can be found here, here and here.
This hands-on workshop will familiarize participants with current trends for printed electronics in Human-Computer Interaction. In practical sessions, participants will develop concepts for new tangible interfaces and then realize them using conductive inkjet printing and Arduino-based processing. For instance, teams can realize customized touch-sensitive tangibles, interactive paper applications, or wearable interfaces.
We are delighted to announce Wendy Mackay (INRIA and University Paris Sud) as the keynote speaker.
The inventor workshop is part of the activities of the Tangible Interaction workgroup within the German Informatics Society.
We are opening up this workshop series and are cordially inviting members of the French tangible interaction community to participate in the workshop. Saarbrücken is located right at the German-French border, in a bilingual region, and therefore the ideal location for a Franco-German event.
Participation & Registration
We welcome participants with backgrounds in Computer Science, EE, Media, Design, Arts, Psychology or Cognitive Science. No prior knowledge in printed electronics, hardware, or microcontrollers is required (but will be helpful). Knowledge about tangible interaction will be helpful. We will balance groups, such that both novices and people with experience in physical computing will benefit from the workshop.
To participate, please register using the following form until January 23, 2015. We recommend to register early, as the number of places is limited due to the practical work.
Participation is free of charge. We thank the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction for generous support.
Friday, February 20, 2015
|1:00 pm||Registration and lunch buffet|
Start of the program, Welcome note
Keynote by Wendy Mackay, INRIA and University Paris Sud
|3:00 pm||Introduction to printed electronics and print lab tour|
|4:00 pm||Coffee break|
|4:15 pm||Hands-on session 1|
|7:20 pm||Bus to city center|
|8:00 pm||Dinner (Gasthaus “Zum Stiefel” in city center)|
Saturday, February 21, 2015
|9:00 am||Hands-on session 2|
|10:30 am||Coffee break|
|11:15 am||Presentation of results|
|12:30 pm||Meeting of the GI workgroup on Tangible Interaction — Fachgruppe Be-greifbare Interaktion (optional, open for everybody)|
|1:30 pm||Lunch buffet|
The workshop will be held in the Embodied Interaction Lab and close-by rooms, located in building E 1.7 (Cluster of Excellence MMCI) on the campus of Saarland University.
General directions to the university campus are available here:
Building E 1.7 is located north-east on the university campus, close to the bus stop “Universität Mensa”.
When arriving at the bus stop “Universität Mensa” coming from the city, you will find the MMCI building Campus E 1.7 right across the street.
When arriving at the bus stop “Universität Mensa” coming from the other direction (St. Ingbert, Dudweiler), walk downhill until you find the building on your left side.
The following map and table show several options for accommodation with approximate rates.
|Domicil Leidinger||from 82 Euro||link|
|Hotel Mercure City||from 79 Euro (use keyword „Erfinderworkshop“)||link|
|Motel One||from 69 Euro||link|
|Hotel Meran||from 49 Euro||link|
|Hotel Weller||from 39 Euro||link|
|Jugendherberge||from 28 Euro||link|