Within our research group we have three sub-domains in which we perform projects. These domains are: awareness systems, co-located mediated interactions, and explorations in interactions.
This line of research concerns systems, applications and appliances that people can use to build and sustain awareness of each other, without necessarily engaging in direct communication in the form of messages. From a technical perspective, interesting research questions concern the automated capture and interpretation of information about the activities of people using techniques such as logging of activity, sensors, computer vision and audio processing. From a user perspective, issues that are studied include privacy needs, the interpretation and evaluation of awareness information by humans and the embedding of such systems in extant patterns of usage of communication media. From a design perspective, interesting issues concern the appropriate visualization of awareness information, aesthetics, complexity of displays, the disruptiveness of such displays and the notions of ‘calm technology’ and ‘information decoration’. Our current work focuses on developing a range of related design concepts, theoretical models, technical infrastructure and psychometric approaches to the evaluation of awareness systems and privacy, and solutions for supporting the end-user development of these technologies which are currently produced primarily in research laboratories.
The aim of the project is to examine how intelligent concepts can support social and physical activities of older adults. We...Read more
Supporting Mediated Communication
Informal communication between coworkers is considered as an optimal way to exchange rapid feedback, share local context and...Read more
Persuasion in Ambient Intelligence
The mere fact that people treat computers and digital media as social actors ‘opens the door' for technology to use the same...Read more
End User Programming of Awareness Systems
The main objectives of the this project are to develop a formal model for awareness systems, and to design and develop a set of...Read more
The project (started November 1, 2004) shall investigate a novel type of technology that we call Ambient Awareness. This concept...Read more
Co-located Mediated Interactions
Computers play an increasingly important role in supporting the work of individuals as well as in supporting the interaction between people involved in joint activities. Such systems need to be designed from a user perspective if they are to accomplish truly mediated interaction, i.e. interaction that is supported by the (in some cases embedded) computer in a natural way, without requiring explicit attention for the human-computer interaction (interaction through the computer, rather than with the computer). We are, for instance, focusing on supporting and documenting the design activities of both individual designers and design teams. We are continuously pursuing new support for core design activities such as sketching, brainstorming, group negotiations etc. and working towards creating a technology-enhanced design studio of the future, the so-called Concept Lab.
Other UCE research activities within this area focus on intelligent systems that support co-located collaboration by exploring the combination of speech-based interaction with other interaction technologies, especially tangible interfaces, in order to create new interaction styles.
We are contributing in several ways to the domain of tangible interaction, both in the theoretical development of the field (work on taxonomies) and in the practical development and evaluation of new interfaces for two-handed manipulation of real objects in augmented and virtual spaces.
Such new interaction styles are studied and applied in various application contexts. One important and successful application domain concerns intelligent playgrounds in which children interact with each other and their intelligent environment to stimulate and develop physical and social interaction skills in game-like settings.
User Experience Design is the upcoming field of interest in design industry where designers intend to establish an effect upon the...Read more
Comparing Early Design Methods with Children
At present it is unclear what method is best suited to involve an extreme user group like young children in the design process....Read more
P2P Haptic Interaction
This project explores opportunities to enrich the experience of interpersonal communication by adding the haptic modality. The...Read more
Head Up Games
Currently much research is carried out on the subject of pervasive gaming. With the advances in technology, computers can easily...Read more
An intelligent Playground is an environment with interactive objects that, using advanced technology in the form of sensors and...Read more
QUASID (Quantitative Spatial Interaction Design) is a multidisciplinary research project, which has the objective to develop a...Read more
Explorations in Interactions
This sub-domain within our research is about ‘decentralised systems’, ‘automotive’ and ‘multimodal interaction’. The following projects are currently performed within this context.
The REPAR project is a collaborative project between Eindhoven University of Technology, Twente University and several Dutch...Read more
Creative Color Changing
Creative Color Changing (abbreviated as C3) is a Kenniswerkersregeling-project which is funded by NWO and the Dutch Ministry of...Read more
Dynamics of Users' Experiences
Longitudinal methods are considered as the gold standard in understanding the use and acceptance of interactive products beyond...Read more
The VERIFIED project is a collaborative project between Dutch companies and research labs/universities, including NXP, TNO and...Read more
Connect & Drive
The Connect & Drive project is a collaboration between Dutch companies and universities, sponsored by the HTAS program (HighTech...Read more
The Datafountain is connected to money currency rates on the internet. It is refreshed every five seconds. This mobile fountain...Read more
Powercursor is a software toolkit in Flash for designing interfaces you can touch. Tactile sensations like stickiness, roughness,...Read more
In everyday life, we interact in and with the physical world in many different ways, often without specifically paying attention...Read more
Storytelling Tools for Aphasics
An important part of our personal life is being able to share with others different stories. In a regular family gathering, when...Read more
Diversity in User Experience
How do we measure users' responses to early conceptual designs? Traditional approaches employ the use of standardized...Read more