usability, design, interaction design, information, web usability, user interface design, usability engineering,user testing, usability inspection, heuristic evaluation, webdesign, UI, GUI, HCI, user-centered design,human-computer interaction, mensch computer interaktion,universität konstanz, usability test, benutzerfreundlichkeit, mensch-maschine-interaktion, mensch-computer-interaktion, human-computer-interaction, usable, website usability, ergonomie, ergonomisch, psychologie, gestalt principles, scenario, information visualization,informationsvisualisierung, User Interface Evaluation, Usability testing, Human Factors, Erogonomic, Ergonomics, User Interfaces, User Interface, Interfaces, informations visualisierung, visual information seeking system, visual search interface, Mensch & Computer 2012Harald Reiterer

Talk of Uta Hinrichs: ‘Visualization as a Process’ on October 23, 2017

We are pleased to welcome Uta Hinrichs from the SACHI Group, University of St Andrews as invited speaker on October 23, 2017. She will give a talk about “Visualization as a Process”. The talk will be held at 4.00 pm in room C202.

 

Abstract:
Over the years, building visualizations has become a process that a wide variety of people engage in independent of their background. People build sophisticated visualizations of their personal data, and it is hard to imagine any discipline that does not use any types of visualization as part of their practice or research. In parallel, a variety of visualization tools have come out that target a large variety of audiences outside of the sciences and traditional data analysis domains (e.g., children, “everyday people”, and researchers in the humanities).

This raises questions around the roles that visualization tools play as part of the visualization creation process. What is important to consider when building visualization tools for non-expert audiences? How do certain approaches enforced by visualization tools influence people’s (thinking) processes? And what is the role of visualization in these new usage contexts?

In this talk, I will examine visualization as a (creative, sometimes speculative) thinking process, rather than a means to an end. I will illustrate the benefits and drawbacks of different visualization tool paradigms on the visualization creation process and outline how an emphasis on “process” may open up new ways of discussing the role of visualization across disciplines and contexts.

 

Bio:
Uta Hinrichs a Lecturer at the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, specializing in Information Visualization and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). She received her PhD in Computer Science with specialization in Computational Media Design from the University of Calgary, Canada. Heavily drawing form fields outside of Computer Science (e.g., Design, Literary Studies, and Information Sciences), Uta’s research is driven by the question of how to facilitate insightful, pleasurable and critical interactions with information in physical and digital spaces, both as part of professional activities and everyday life. She explores this question through the design of visualizations and visual interfaces and through the study of their use in-situ. As a visualization researcher Uta has been involved in number of collaborations with artists, historians, and literary scholars which have fueled her interest in the role of visualization as part of humanities research and practice. Her research has been presented and published at academic venues spanning the fields of Visualization, HCI, Literary Studies, and Digital Humanities, as well as, museums, libraries, and art galleries.

Presentation of Bachelor/Master-Project Topics

This semester we offer a number of Bachelor and Master projects in which students have the opportunity to actively participate in ongoing research projects.

We, therefore, cordially invite you to come visit us in our MediaRoom (Z924) on Monday, October 23 at 11.45 am.

There you will get an overview of open Bachelor and Master projects.

The projects will be presented by members of the HCI Group and can be discussed afterwards if any question remains.

If you’re interested in the study profile “Interactive Systems” and the projects we offer, we highly recommend you to get familiar with the guidelines in advance:

Dies Academicus: Festvortrag von Harald Reiterer

Prof. Dr. Harald Reiterer wird im Rahmen des diesjährigen Dies Academicus der Unversität Konstanz am 20. Oktober 2017 (15 Uhr) einen Festvortrag mit dem Titel “Mensch-Computer-Interaktion – oder wie der Computer lernte, mich zu verstehen.” halten:

Ursprünglich war der Computer ein schwergewichtiges und raumfüllendes Werkzeug und nur ausgewählte Spezialisten – die „Hohepriester der Informationstechnik“ – hatten Zugang zu dieser Technologie. Doch die rasante Entwicklung immer leistungsfähigerer, vernetzter Hardware, in Kombination mit neuen Bedienkonzepten, hat dazu geführt, dass der Computer die Welt der geschlossenen Rechenzentren verlassen und zunächst unsere Arbeitsplätze, dann unser Heim und schlussendlich unsere Hosentasche erobert hat. Der Vortrag wird, anhand ausgewählter Meilensteine, den Beitrag der Forschungsdisziplin „Mensch-Computer-Interaktion“ zu der mittlerweile allgegenwärtigen Verfügbarkeit von Computertechnologien veranschaulichen. Der digitale Wandel hätte niemals diese gesellschaftliche und vor allem auch wirtschaftliche Bedeutung erlangt, wenn nicht intuitive Bedienkonzepte zur „Demokratisierung“ der Computernutzung beigetragen hätten. Die Entwicklung derartiger Bedienkonzepte ist das primäre Forschungsziel der Disziplin „Mensch-Computer-Interaktion.“ Der Vortrag wird die eindrucksvolle Erfolgsgeschichte dieser Disziplin nachzeichnen sowie Wege zukünftiger Entwicklungen der Interaktion mit der „Schönen neuen (digitalen) Welt“ aufzeigen.


Die Veranstaltung findet im Audimax der Universität Konstanz statt. Weitere Informationen zum Programm des diesjährigen Dies Academicus.

Interactive Exhibition “Rebuild Palmyra”

Im BildungsTURM Konstanz findet vom 30.06. bis 17.09.2017 die interaktive Ausstellung “Rebuild Palmyra? – Zukunft eines umkämpften Welterbes” statt.

Alle wichtigen Termine, Öffnungszeiten und Anreise finden sich hier.

 

Our new exhibition: Rebuild Palmyra is open! Feel free to visit the exhibition at the BildungsTURM Konstanz until September 19.

All important dates, opening hours, and the location can be found on the website.

 

 

Harald Reiterer at Dagstuhl Seminar “Ambient Notification Environments”

This week, Prof. Dr. Harald Reiterer attended a Dagstuhl Seminar on “Ambient Notification Environments“.

Presentation of Bachelor/Master-Project Topics

This semester we offer a number of Bachelor and Master projects in which students have the opportunity to actively participate in ongoing research projects.

We, therefore, cordially invite you to come visit us in our MediaRoom (Z924) on Monday, April 24th at 11.45 am.

There you will get an overview of open Bachelor and Master projects.

The projects will be presented by members of the HCI Group and can be discussed afterwards if any question remains.

If you’re interested in the study profile “Interactive Systems” and the projects we offer, we highly recommend you to get familiar with the guidelines in advance:

Papers and Note accepted for CHI ’17

In May we will present three papers, two full papers and a note, at CHI 2017 in Denver. All papers are joint work with our research partners from Aarhus University and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.

Jens Müller, Roman Rädle, and Harald Reiterer. 2017. Remote Collaboration With Mixed Reality Displays: How Shared Virtual Landmarks Facilitate Spatial Referencing. To Appear: In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’17). ACM, May 2017
Thomas Plank, Hans-Christian Jetter, Roman Rädle, Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose, Thomas Luger, and Harald Reiterer. 2017. Is Two Enough?! Studying Benefits, Barriers, and Biases of Multi-Tablet Use for Collaborative Visualization. To Appear: In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’17). ACM, May 2017. Honorable Mention Paper Award.
Johannes Zagermann, Ulrike Pfeil, Daniel Fink, Philipp von Bauer, and Harald Reiterer. 2017. Memory in Motion: The Influence of Gesture- and Touch-Based Input Modalities on Spatial Memory. To Appear: In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’17). ACM, May 2017.

Looking forward to a great CHI conference in Denver!

Roman Rädle successfully defended his Ph.D. Thesis

Roman Rädle successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on “Designing UbiComp Experiences for Spatial Navigation and Cross-Device Interactions”.

Congratulations!

People in picture (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Marc H. Scholl, Prof. Dr. Harald Reiterer, Roman Rädle, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Dachselt

More information about his referees:

Roman started doing his post-doc at Aarhus University. More information.

Roman, we wish you all the best and hope you will miss us and return to Konstanz very soon :) .

Talk of Prof. Vivien Petras: ‘Searching Cultural Heritage – Heterogeneity as a Challenge and as a Key’ on January 20, 2017

On Friday, January 20, Prof. Vivien Petras from the Information Science Research Community will present latest research about searching in cultural heritage information systems:

Searching Cultural Heritage – Heterogeneity as a Challenge and as a Key

Speaker Prof. Vivien Petras, PhD
Web/Url https://www.ibi.hu-berlin.de/en/school/people/petras
Institution Research Group Information Retrieval at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Date January 20, 2017
Timeframe 2pm – 3pm
Location Z 1003
Abstract

Every domain presents different challenges for search environments. Heterogeneity in many variations (content types, data quality, multilinguality, audiences) is the unifying challenge of all cultural heritage information systems. This talk will discuss Europeana, the European digital library, museum and archive, as a case study for cultural heritage portals and introduce domain-specific interaction scenarios for this environment, which differ from general web search. It will present challenges we have identified in integrating cultural heritage resources in a search environment and discuss implementation solutions such as data enrichment, multilingual non-textual information access components that promise improvements but may also introduce other pitfalls.


Talk of Prof. Dr. Jörn Hurtienne: ‘Intuitive Use, Image-Schematic Metaphors and Quantifying Interaction’ on December 19, 2016

We are happy to invite you to the following talk, which is part of the SFB-TRR 161 lecture series:

Intuitive Use, Image-Schematic Metaphors and Quantifying Interaction

Speaker Prof. Dr. Jörn Hurtienne
Web/Url http://joernhurtienne.com/
Institution Psychological Ergonomics at the institute Mensch-Computer-Medien [Human-Computer-Media] at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Date December 19, 2016
Timeframe 4pm – 5pm
Location C 202 (Powerwall Room)
Description

Can we design user interfaces that are intuitive to use, innovative and inclusive – all at the same time? Although it is generally doubted that this would be possible, we found great promise in the cognitive-linguistic theory of image-schematic metaphors. The talk introduces the theory and research into the application of image-schematic metaphors in HCI. Our research suggests that the application of image schemas can contribute to user interfaces that are innovative, inclusive and intuitive to use. Along the way I will highlight aspects of how we quantify innovation, intuitive use and inclusiveness.

Short Bio

Jörn Hurtienne is Professor of Psychological Ergonomics at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Germany). He received his PhD from Technische Universität Berlin (Germany) and previously was a Research Associate and EU Marie-Curie Fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK). His research interests include designing for intuitive use, tangible interaction, embodied cognition, and the psychology of knowledge work.