PEOPLE / Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle

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PEOPLE / Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle

Lab Director

Jürgen Steimle is a full professor (W3) at the Department of Computer Science at Saarland University and Saarland Informatics Campus. He directs the Human-Computer Interaction and Interactive Technologies Lab.

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 embedded and embodied user interfaces that seamlessly merge with the physical world and the human body, to enable more effective, expressive, and engaging interactions with computers and interactive devices. His current focus areas include flexible sensors and displays, on-body interaction and wearable computing, touch and haptic interfaces, digital fabrication and new materials for interaction.

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. From 2018-2020 he was the Dean of Studies for Computer Science.

CONTACT

Email: last name (at) cs.uni-saarland.de
Phone: +49 (0)681 302 71080 (Administrative assistant Mona Linn), direct extension -71081
Fax: +49 (0)681 302 70155
Office: Building E1.7, Room 2.23
Office Hours:
By appointment

 

SELECTED RESEARCH

Computational Design and Optimization of Electro-Physiological Sensors Abstract Electro-physiological sensing devices are becoming increasingly common in diverse applications. However, designing such sensors in compact form factors and for high-quality signal acquisition is a challeng...more
Computational Design of Physiological SensorsClient Review :
(Nature Communications)
Weirding Haptics In-Situ Prototyping of Vibrotactile Feedback in Virtual Reality through Vocalization Effective haptic feedback in virtual reality (VR) is an essential element for creating convincing immersive experiences. To design such feedback, state-of-the-art VR setups provide ...more
Weirding HapticsClient Review :
(UIST 2021)
bARefoot Generating Virtual Materials using Motion Coupled Vibration in Shoes Many features of materials can be experienced through tactile cues, even using one’s feet. For example, one can easily distinguish between moss and stone without looking at the ground. However, this type o...more
bARefootClient Review :
(UIST 2020)
Soft Inkjet Circuits Rapid Multi-Material Fabrication of Soft Circuits Using a Commodity Inkjet Printer Despite the increasing popularity of soft interactive devices, their fabrication remains complex and time consuming. We contribute a process for rapid do-it-yourself fabrication of soft ci...more
Skills : Best Paper Award
Soft Inkjet CircuitsClient Review :
(UIST 2019)
Tacttoo A Thin and Feel-Through Tattoo for On-Skin Tactile Output Tacttoo is a feel-through interface for electro-tactile output on the user’s skin. Integrated in a temporary tattoo with a thin and conformal form factor, it can be applied on complex body geometries, including the fingertip...more
TacttooClient Review :
(UIST 2018)
SkinMarks Enabling Interactions on Body Landmarks Using Conformal Skin Electronics The body provides many recognizable landmarks due to the underlying skeletal structure and variations in skin texture, elasticity, and color. The visual and spatial cues of such body landmarks can help in l...more
SkinMarksClient Review :
(CHI 2017)
IEEE-Computer-Steimle-Skin
Skin—The Next User InterfaceClient Review :
(IEEE Computer 2016)
iSkin Flexible, Stretchable and Visually Customizable On-Body Touch Sensors for Mobile Computing We propose iSkin, a novel class of skin-worn sensors for touch input on the body. iSkin is a very thin sensor overlay, made of biocompatible materials, and is flexible and stretchable. It can be ...more
Skills : Best Paper Award
iSkinClient Review :
(CHI 2015)
Foldio Digital Fabrication of Interactive and ShapeChanging Objects With Foldable Printed Electronics Foldios are foldable interactive objects with embedded input sensing and output capabilities. Foldios combine the advantages of folding for thin, lightweight and shape-changing objects wi...more
Skills : Best Paper Award
FoldioClient Review :
(UIST 2015)
More Than Touch Understanding How People Use Skin as an Input Surface for Mobile Computing This paper contributes results from an empirical study of on-skin input, an emerging technique for controlling mobile devices. Skin is fundamentally different from off-body touch surfaces, opening up...more
More Than TouchClient Review :
(CHI 2014)
PrintScreen Fabricating Highly Customizable Thin-film Touch-Displays PrintScreen is an enabling technology for digital fabrication of customized flexible displays using thin-film electroluminescence (TFEL). It enables inexpensive and rapid fabrication of highly customized displays in ...more
Skills : Best Paper Award
PrintScreenClient Review :
(UIST 2014)
Flexpad Highly Flexible Bending Interactions for Projected Handheld Displays Flexpad is an interactive system that combines a depth camera and a projector to transform sheets of plain paper or foam into flexible, highly deformable and spatially aware handheld displays. We pr...more
Skills : Honorable Mention Award
FlexpadClient Review :
(CHI 2013)
Pen-and-Paper User Interfaces Integrating printed and digital documents Abstract Even at the beginning of the 21st century, we are far from becoming paperless. Pen and paper is still the only truly ubiquitous information processing technology. Pen-and-paper user interfaces bridge the gap...more
Pen-and-Paper User InterfacesClient Review :
(Monograph, 2012)
Algorithmic Mechanism Design University of Freiburg 2005-2006 Abstract Computer systems with decentralized control structures, such as the internet or peer-to-peer and grid computing, are of growing importance. Their key characteristics are not only those of computer systems, but also ...more
Algorithmic Mechanism DesignClient Review :
(Monograph, 2008)

 

 

CURRENT AND PAST PHD STUDENTS

CURRENT AND PAST POST-DOCS

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

 

TEACHING

  • Core Lecture Human-Computer Interaction (9CP), in winter semesters
  • Lecture Interactive Systems (6CP), in summer semesters
  • Lecture Programming for Engineers (8CP), summer semester 2018
  • Advanced Lecture Physical Computing (6CP), in winter semester 2016/17
  • Lecture User Interface Design (9CP), in summer semester 2016
  • Seminars (7CP) on various topics, including AR/VR, Interactive Skin, Interactive Digital Fabrication, Physical Computing, Developing Embedded Interactive Systems, Embodied Interaction

 

CHAIRING AND ORGANIZATION

  • Guest editor of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI) 2021 special issue “Digital Touch: Reshaping interpersonal communicative capacity and social touch practices” (with Sara Price, Carey Jewitt, Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze)
  • ACM UIST 2020 Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair
  • 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