Research Group for Pervasive Computing and User Interface Engineering

The Research Group for Pervasive Computing and User Interface Engineering was until Dezember 2010 led by Prof. Dr. Albrecht Schmidt. Prof. Dr. Albrecht Schmidt is now supervisor of the Human-Computer-Interaction Group (hciLab)which is part of the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS) of the University of Stuttgart

Independent of this change to the University of Stuttgart Prof. Dr. Albrecht Schmidt is still part of the executive board of the paluno - The Ruhr Institute for Software Technology.

Focus in Research and Teaching

We were interested in various aspects of pervasive computing; in particular our focus was on systems, user interfaces and novel applications. Small and yet powerful processors, wireless communication, new sensors and computer controlled actuators all ubiquitous embedding and integration of information technology into our world. We see a clear trend towards embedding distributed and networked computers into environments, cars, cloths, furniture and everyday objects which results in new functions and novel applications.

In our research and in teaching we investigated and developed modern computer systems, new input and output devices and innovative applications pervasive computing applications. We focused on computing beyond the desktop and we see a great challenge in creating effective, efficient and pleasant ways for humans to interact with complex information environments. We followed an experimental research approach, where we invented, developed and evaluated novel computing systems and applications.

The following list shows the major topics we were interested in:

  • user interfaces for mobile devices and phones
  • human computer interaction in the automotive context, in-car user interfaces
  • sensors and actuators for user interfaces
  • location and context-aware information systems
  • interaction with tangible and embedded systems
  • methods and tools for developing pervasive interactive systems
  • evaluation of ubiquitous computing systems (beyond the lab)
  • modelling complex interactive systems
  • applications of sensor- and actuator networks
  • wearable computing
  • mobile interactive systems and applications