Ass.-Prof. Dr. Kathrin Gerling (05. März)

Immersive Technology in Sensitive Settings: A Brave New World?

Inhalt des Vortrags: Virtual Reality offers the opportunity to craft experiences that immerse humans in increasingly responsive and realistic virtual worlds. In my talk, I will discuss challenges and opportunities when leveraging Virtual Reality in sensitive settings: Can a VR simulation encourage expecting parents to reflect on the experience of breastfeeding? Is VR gaming an opportunity for people who use wheelchairs to engage in sports that they cannot access in the real world? Building on these two examples, I will discuss physical and emotional risks for users, touch upon the responsibility of researchers working in this space, and I will outline implications for our development and evaluation processes as we move toward a (brave) new world of fully immersive, believable virtual experiences.

Über Ass.-Prof. Dr. Kathrin Gerling: Kathrin Gerling is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at KU Leuven, Belgium, and she is part of the e-Media Research Lab (https://iiw.kuleuven.be/onderzoek/emedia/home). Her work broadly falls into Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility, and explores how interactive technologies including Digital Games and Virtual Reality can be leveraged to support well-being. After studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Kathrin received a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and held a faculty position at the University of Lincoln in the UK.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Schneegaß (06. März)

Wearable User Interfaces for Novel Interactions

Inhalt des Vortrags: Wearable computing is on the brink of moving from research to mainstream. The first simple products, such as fitness wristbands and smart watches, hit the mass market and achieved considerable market penetration. However, they did not achieve the benefit compared to wearable computing interfaces known from fiction. In this talk, we introduce novel wearable user interfaces that can bridge the gap between market and fiction. Different examples and their benefits and current challenges are presented and discussed.

Über Prof. Dr. Stefan Schneegass: Stefan Schneegass ist Juniorprofessor für Informatik an der Universität Duisburg-Essen. Er erhielt seinen Doktortitel von der Universität Stuttgart in 2016. Seit Beginn seiner Promotion in 2012 arbeitete er an verschiedenen nationalen und internationalen Forschungsprojekten und publizierte in den wichtigsten Konferenzen und Journalen im Bereich der Mensch-Computer Interaktion. Stefan hat einen Bachelor und Masterabschluss von der Universität Duisburg-Essen. Während des Studiums arbeitete er als studentische Hilfskraft am Lehrstuhl für Pervasive Computing und User Interface Engineering und am DFKI Saarbrücken. Momentan forscht er im Bereich der Mensch-Computer Interaktion insbesondere im Bereich der mobilen, tragbaren und ubiquitären Interaktion.