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

Blended Library – Workshop on Project Outcomes in Konstanz

Blended Library Logo

We organized a workshop to present the outcomes of the project Blended Library to the Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts Baden-Wurttemberg and to library directors from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The one-day workshop was held on Thursday July 31, 2014 at the University of Konstanz.

Over 50 participants were invited and in addition to the talks, the Blended Library Vision had its premiere (see embedded YouTube video).

Invited Talk of Prof. Jürgen Steimle: Printed Sensors for Interactive Surfaces on May 21, 2014

Printed Sensors for Interactive Surfaces
Speaker Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle
Institution Head (W2) of the Embodied Interaction Group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Visiting Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab
Date May 21, 2014
Timeframe 5pm – 6pm
Location P 1138

Present-day computers are rectangular and rigid. This limits mobile computing, on-body interfaces and ubiquitous computing. The aim of my research is to contribute to defining and understanding a new paradigm of Human-Computer Interaction: deformable, paper-thin and flexibly shaped interfaces. This will enable making any surface interactive, including arbitrarily shaped physical objects, clothing or even human skin.

In my talk, I will present our recent and ongoing research on inkjet-printed sensor surfaces. PrintSense is a paper-thin, fully flexible, multi-modal sensor surface. In addition to multi-touch input, this sensor captures proximity, pressure input, and deformation. Moreover, it can be cut to various shapes while remaining functional. The sensor can be easily produced and deployed in a variety of scenarios, including deformable smart phones and tablets, interactive paper, smart products, and on-body interfaces.

2 Papers at AVI 2014

Our group contributes two papers to the AVI 2014 conference which will take place in Como, Italy from May 27th to May 30th , 2013.

We will present two papers:

  • SpaceFold and PhysicLenses: Simultaneous Multifocus Navigation on Touch Surfaces
    Simon Butscher, Kasper Hornbæk and Harald Reiterer
  • Back to Tangibility: A Post-WIMP Perspective on Control Room Design
    Jens Müller, Tobias Schwarz, Simon Butscher and Harald Reiterer

Vortrag von Prof. Reiterer im Rahmen des GK CrossWorlds

Am 12. Februar 2014 hat Prof. Harald Reiterer einen Vortrag zum Thema “Die reale Welt als Vorbild – Neue Wege der Interaktion mit digitalen Welten” im Rahmen des GK CrossWorlds an der TU Chemnitz gehalten.

Eine vollständige Fassung des Vortrages (deutsch) ist hier verfügbar:

Eike Kleiner’s master thesis has been awarded the Innovationspreis 2014

Eike Kleiner‘s master thesis “Blended Shelf – Ein realitätsbasierter Ansatz zur Präsentation und Exploration von Bibliotheksbeständenhas been awarded the Innovationspreis 2014.

Eike’s master thesis will be published in the book series „ Innovativ“.

The award presentation will be at this year’s 103. Bibliothekartag in Bremen from 3rd to 6th June.
Eike will also present his work there - so feel free to meet him there!

Congratulations Eike! We’re proud of you!

Paper accepted at CHI 2014

Our paper on “Bigger is not always better: Display Size, Performance, and Task Load during Peephole Map Navigation” has been accepted for CHI 2014. The conference will take place in Toronto, Canada from April 26th to May 1st, 2014.

Eike Kleiner’s master thesis has been awarded the VFI-Förderpreis

Eike Kleiner‘s master thesis “Blended Shelf – Ein realitätsbasierter Ansatz zur Präsentation und Exploration von Bibliotheksbeständenhas been awarded the VFI-Förderpreis 2013.

The committee emphasized Eike’s excellent requirement analysis, implementation and evaluation.

The VFI awards annually a prize for outstanding academic theses since 2006.

Congratulations Eike!

Florian Geyer successfully defended his Ph.D. Thesis

Today, Florian Geyer successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on “Interactive Spaces for Supporting Embodied Collaborative Design Practices”.


Flo, we wish you all the best and hope to see you soon again!

People in the picture (from left to right):
Prof. Dr. Oliver Deussen, Prof. Dr. Harald Reiterer, Florian Geyer and Prof. Dr. Erik A. Stolterman

More information about his referees:

Multiple articles of members of our research group featured in i-com

The german journal i-com – Zeitschrift für interaktive und kooperative Medien features multiple articles of current and former members of our research group in its current issue.

The articles are written in german and can be found here:


i-com is devoted to human-computer interaction, media design, usability, engineering and systems evaluation, software ergonomics, cooperative systems, e-learning, mobile and ubiquitous systems, user-adaptive systems, agent development tools and methods for media in different application fields (including e-business, knowledge management, leisure and entertainment, transport, engineering, and medicine), barrier-free systems design, and the social aspects of information and communication technologies. Disciplines addressed by the journal include computer science, psychology, media design, marketing/branding, sociology, business management, and labor and organizational studies. The journal is an interdisciplinary professional forum for all scientists, business practitioners, and interested parties.
It is devoted to discussing the development, user-appropriate design, and application of new information and communication technologies. The journal seeks to build bridges between research and practice as well as between teaching and business, emphasizing interdisciplinary teamwork and application-oriented solutions. The journal is the official organ of the department of “Human-Computer Interaction” at the German Association for Informatics.

Article about Blended Interaction featured in at – Automatisierungstechnik

The german journal at – Automatisierungstechnik features an article of members of our research group about Blended Interaction in its current issue. at – Automatisierungstechnik publishes articles covering the entire range of automation technology. The journal maintains close ties to research institutes and universities engaged in automation research. It serves the industry as an important guide on matters related to the development of new theoretical methods and their potential areas of application.

The article is written in german and can be found here:

Blended Interaction – Neue Wege zur Vermischung realer und digitaler Interaktionskonzepte im Kontext von Leitwarten
Tobias Schwarz, Simon Butscher, Jens Müller and Harald Reiterer

Blended Interaction is introduced as a novel approach to a holistic design of the work environment of control room operators. It addresses a continuously growing complexity of human-machine interfaces in control rooms. The approach bases on the principles of reality-based interaction styles, which emphasize both, the operators with their innate abilities and the work environment’s situational context. In addition, results of an evaluation with user from a traffic control room will be presented in which a potential paradigm shift to new forms of interaction is examined.