We have moved to TU Dortmund University

This website was dedicated to the Human-Computer Interaction group at the Westphalian University of applied sciences, Prof. Dr. Gerken, from 2015-2023. As of July 2023, we have moved to the TU Dortmund University, where we established the Inclusive Human-Robot Interaction group at the department of rehabilitation sciences. This website will no longer be updated and, probably, at some point cease to exist.

- Team -

Who we are

We introduce ourselves

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- Teaching -

What we teach

We offer a variety of Bachelor and Master courses to select from and deepen your interest in the field of Human-Computer Interaction.

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Various lectures and courses

If you are studying at the Westfälische Hochschule, we offer a variety of Bachelor and Master courses to select from and deepen your interest in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. All of our courses have a strong practical part which allows students to apply the new knowledge right away.

Software projects

Both, Bachelor and Master students can take part in a larger software project, where they work together with fellow students for two semesters on a real world project. The goal is not just to develop a software, but to learn and experience project management, understanding users and customer needs and basing all further development work on an innovative idea and a convincing concept. Finished projects are featured below.

Final papers and theses

We always have topics for final theses, both Bachelor and Master, available - just come and ask. Or in case you have your own idea, you are also invited to talk it through with us. Most of our topics are inspired by our research projects - so please, take a look at these.

Usability & Interaction Lab

Our lab is our social focal point and allows you to easily get in touch with us. The lab is widely used for teaching and research purposes. It provides the tools to collaboratively work together and the technology to create novel interaction designs. We also use it to run user studies and experiments for our research projects.

- Research -

What we research

Get a brief overview of the ongoing projects

Our research projects

Our research projects cover various problem spaces and technologies in the context of Human-Computer Interaction. Currently, we have three larger areas of research with funded projects. One is concerned with the interaction design for Human-Robot Interaction in the context of people with severe physical disabilities. We try to empower people, e.g. with tetraplegia, by being able to collaborate with robotic devices both in the work spaces and at home. The second area of research is concerned with supporting co-located collaborative work spaces through the means of technology. Our challenge is to seamlessly blend technology into existing work practices and thereby preserving the advantages from the analog world. The third area of research investigates Augmented-/Virtual-Reality approaches in combination with Ubiquitous Computing to support sports and rehabilitation activities.


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