We are on the lookout for talented students who wish to shape the future of interactive computing and user experience with us. If you are curious, creative, and enjoy solving complex problems with cutting-edge computing technology, then you will fit right in. We’d be happy to have you with us, as you write your Master’s or Bachelor’s thesis in Human-Computer Interaction.
In the HCI Lab, we explore the future of interactive computing. We invent new types of user interfaces, including new mobile interfaces, wearables, interfaces for VR and AR, and haptic interfaces. Our research contributes to the technical foundations of these interfaces, develops user interface software and technologies, and investigates their user experience. We investigate applications in many areas, such as mobile computing, smart homes, health and rehabilitation, the automotive domain, or industrial production facilities.
Depending on your background there are various approaches your thesis might take. If you want to focus on the software side of interactive computing, you can work on cutting-edge technologies from computer science for interactive computing (machine learning, computer vision, graphics), develop mobile applications, or design new user interfaces. If you are interested in physical computing, you can focus on developing embedded interactive systems (for instance with the Arduino) or invent new digital fabrication approaches (for instance for 3D printing). If you want to have a particularly close look at the users and their behavior, you can investigate the user experience in empirical studies in the lab or in the field.
Together with you, we will define the topic such that it best meets your background and interest. We have developed a structured process that guides you all throughout your thesis, with continuous and regular advice and support from our side.
We are interested in students from all backgrounds, first and foremost from Computer Science, but we also accept students from Psychology, Materials Science, and the Fine Arts. Specifically, we are looking for people with basic skills in at least one of the following points:
This reads interesting? Please contact us by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by directly contacting any post-doc or PhD researcher who works on topics that you find particularly interesting. Theses can start at any time throughout the year.
Some examples of previous master’s theses
- Rukmini Manoz Banda: Design and Fabrication of Multi-Touch Sensors and Electro-Tactile Actuators for On-Skin Interaction
- Niza Bozkurt: Interacting With Five Fingernail Displays Using Hand Postures
- Xi Chen: A Framework for Mixed Reality Augmented with Haptic Feeback
- Chaithin Anil Kumar: Taxonomy and Evaluation of Input-Output Modalities for Epidermal Electronics
- Vikram Mehta: An Empirical Study of How People Use Skin as an Input Surface for Mobile and Wearable Computing
- Fereshte Mohebbi: MeBand: Differential Sensing Gesture Recognition System
- Alejandro Quintanar Helgueros: Handy: Robust, Real-Time Gesture Recognition Pipeline
- John Tiab: Design and Evaluation Techniques for Cuttable Multi-touch Sensor Sheets
- Michael Wessely: Fabrication and Control of Flexible Thin-Film Touch-Displays
Some examples of previous bachelor’s theses
- Thierry Bock: Modeling 3D-printed Haptic Guidance Structures for Human-Computer Interaction
- Sven Ehses: Design and Configuration Tool For Laser-cutting Stretchable Conductors
- Julian Haluska: 3D-Printed Volumetric Deformation Sensors for Human-Computer Interaction
- Lena Hegemann: Single-handed Gesture Input Using Finger-to-Finger Touch and Hand pose
- Alice Oberacker: Design And Implementation Of On-Skin Sensors Using Conductive Inkjet Printing
- Ba Thinh Tran: BodyScan – A Computation Tool for Designing Customized On-Body Sensors