Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle

Jürgen Steimle is a full professor (W3) at the Department of Computer Science and at the DFG-Cluster of Excellence “Multimodal Computing and Interaction” at Saarland University. He is the head of the Human-Computer Interaction and Interactive Technologies Lab. From 2018-2020 he was the Dean of Studies for Computer Science.

Previously, he held positions as Independent Research Group Leader (W2) at Saarland University (2013-2016) and Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (2013-2018). From 2012 to 2014, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Darmstadt University of Technology.

His research investigates user interfaces which seamlessly integrate digital media with the physical world, in order to enable more effective, expressive, and engaging interactions with computers. His current focus areas include flexible displays and sensor surfaces, on-body interaction, embedded user interfaces, and personal fabrication. His work was recognized with an ERC Starting Grant, best paper awards at the premier conferences in human-computer interaction ACM CHI and UIST, and the Best Computer Science Dissertation Award 2009 by the German, Austrian and Swiss Computer Societies. He is serving as co-chair and member of program committees for major international conferences, including positions as general co-chair at ACM ISS 2017, program co-chair for ACM TEI 2017 and workshops track co-chair for CHI 2014 and CHI 2015.

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Selected Research


(CHI 2019)


(UIST 2018)


(CHI 2017)
Skin UI
Skin—The Next User Interface

(IEEE Computer 2016)
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(CHI 2016)


(UIST 2015)


(CHI 2015)


(UIST 2014)

More Than Touch

(CHI 2014)


(CHI 2014)


(CHI 2014)


(CHI 2013)


(CHI 2011)

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Current and Past PhD Students

Selected Awards and Recognitions

  • ERC Starting Grant 2016
  • Holder of the Francqui Chair 2016 at Hasselt University, Belgium (invited guest professor)
  • Best Paper Awards at ACM UIST 2019 (2x), ACM ISS 2018, ACM CHI 2015, ACM UIST 2015, ACM UIST 2014, IEEE ICALT 2008, DeLFI 2007
  • Best Paper Honorable Mention Awards at CHI 2019 (2x), CHI 2016, CHI 2015, CHI 2013
  • Google Faculty Research Award 2015
  • Germany Land of Ideas – Landmark 2015 [Deutschland Land der Ideen – Ausgewählter Ort 2015]
  • Best Computer Science Dissertation Award 2009 by the German Informatics Society (GI), the Swiss Informatics Society (SI), the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) and the German Chapter of the ACM (the most prestigious award for dissertations in computer science in the German-speaking countries)
  • Full scholarship of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) 2002-2006


Chairing and Organization

  • ACM UIST 2020 Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair
  • Guest editor of Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI) special issue “Digital Touch: Reshaping interpersonal communicative capacity and social touch practices” (with Sara Price, Carey Jewitt, Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze)
  • Eurohaptics’20 Workshop “Designing Digital Touch: Social and Sensory Aspects and Challenges” (with Carey Jewitt and Sara Price)
  • Dagstuhl Seminar “On-Body Interaction” 2018 (with Kasper Hornbaek, David Kirsh, Joe Paradiso)
  • ACM UIST 2018 Awards Co-Chair
  • ACM ISS 2017 General Co-Chair
  • ACM TEI 2017 Program Co-Chair
  • ACM UbiComp 2016 Workshop “UnderWare: Aesthetic, Expressive, and Functional On-Skin Technologies” (with Joe Paradiso, Chris Schmandt, Katia Vega, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, Rebecca Kleinberger, Xin Liu, Jie Qi, Asta Roseway, Ali K. Yetisen, Martin Weigel)
  • ACM CHI 2015 Workshops Co-Chair
  • ACM CHI 2015 Associate Chair for Papers and Notes
  • ACM ITS 2014 Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair
  • ACM CHI 2014 Workshops Co-Chair
  • ACM CHI 2014 Associate Chair for Papers and Notes
  • MobileHCI 2014 Workshops Co-Chair
  • Guest editor of the Informatik Spektrum special issue “Interaction Beyond the Desktop” (with Eva Hornecker and Albrecht Schmidt)
  • ACM CHI 2013 Workshop “Displays Take New Shape: An Agenda for Future Interactive Surfaces” (with Hrvoje Benko, Alvaro Cassinelli, Hiroshi Ishii, Daniel Leithinger, Pattie Maes, Ivan Poupyrev)
  • ACM CHI 2013 Special Interest Group “Visions and Visioning in CHI” (with Aaron Quigley, Alan Dix, Wendy Mackay, Hiroshi Ishii)
  • Dagstuhl Seminar “Interaction Beyond the Desktop” 2012 (with Alan Dix, James D. Hollan, Albrecht Schmidt)
  • ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS) 2012 Demos Co-Chair
  • ACM ITS 2012 Tutorial and Workshop “Beyond Flat Displays: Towards Shaped and Deformable Interactive Surfaces” (with Daniel Leithinger, Pol Pla, Pattie Maes)
  • Mensch&Computer 2010 Workshop “Be-greifbare Interaktionen” [Tangible Interactions]
  • Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Technology-enhanced Learning (IATEL) 2009

Program Committees and Scientific Advisory Boards

  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM)
  • ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI) 2021
  • Augmented Humans (AHs) Conference 2020
  • ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI) 2019
  • Mensch & Computer 2018 Conference
  • ACM UIST User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST) 2017
  • Conference on Augmented Human (AH) 2016
  • Mensch & Computer 2016 Conference
  • Intl. Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis) 2016
  • ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI) 2015
  • ACM UIST User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST) 2015
  • IEEE Intl. Conference on RFID 2015
  • Intl. Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis) 2015
  • Conference on Augmented Human (AH) 2015
  • Mensch & Computer 2015 Conference
  • ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI) 2014
  • ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Conference (ITS) 2014
  • Intl. Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis) 2014
  • Mensch & Computer 2014 Conference
  • ACM Intl. Conference on Multimedia (MM) 2013
  • ACM CHI 2013 Workshops Track
  • Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) 2013
  • Conference on Augmented Human (AH) 2013
  • Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) 2013 Posters and Demos Track
  • Mensch & Computer 2013 Conference
  • ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Conference (ITS) 2011
  • ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Conference (ITS) 2010
  • Workshops: CHI Workshop on Assistive Augmentation 2014, Physicality 2012, Coupled Displays 2011, Multimedia Technologies for E-Learning 2010-2013, Be-greifbare Interaktionen [Tangible Interactions] 2011-2013, PaperComp 2010