Jan Gugenheimer, M.Sc.
Jan Gugenheimer joined the HCI group in March 2014. Before, he was research associate at the ETH Zurich in the Auto-ID Labs. During his studies he was an intern at the Daimler AG and IBM Research and Developement Germany.
Jan holds a M. Sc. in Media Informatics (2014) from University of Ulm. He wrote his Master thesis in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz Research and Developement North America (MBRDNA) in Palo Alto. The title of the Master thesis was: Implementation and Evaluation of an Easy and Secure User Authentication Method for Web Applications inside the Car.
- Mobile/Nomadic Virtual Reality
- Input for Virtual Reality
- Collaboration in Virtual Reality
Lectures, Projects and Seminars
- CanTouchThis: Exploring the Effect of Physical Contact in a Multiplayer Game on a Single Mobile Device (B.Sc./David Klein)
- VR-Window: Interaktion zwischen Smartphone- und VR-Brillen-Nutzern (B.Sc./Sebastian Schäf)
- Development and Evaluation of a Text Entry Method for Mobile Head-Mounted Displays using FaceTouch (B.Sc./Jörn Hofschläger)
- Magnet-Based Interaction Concepts for Affordable, Mobile VR (B.Sc./Evgeny Stemasov)
- Exploring Pointing Interaction with Nomadic Virtual Reality HMDs Using An Ordinary Smartwatch (B.Sc./Jan Rixen)
- Heartbond - Subtle Connection over Distance (M.Sc./Peter Lang)
- OctiCam: An Immersive and Mobile Video Communication System for Parents and Children (M.Sc./Dennis Wolf)
- Implementation and Evaluation of an In-Car Entertainment Application for Virtual Reality (M.Sc./Sebastian Benedikter)
- SwiVRChair: A Motorized Swivel Chair to Nudge Users’ Orientation for 360 Degree Storytelling in Virtual Reality (Dennis Wolf, Gabriel Haas, Sebastian Krebs)
- The Impact of Assistive Technology on Communication Quality Between Deaf and Hearing Individuals (Patrizia San Vito, Saskia Duck, Melanie Rabus)
- PnoStoryVR: Storytelling in 360 Degree Panoramas with Contextual Multimedia Content (Sebastian Benedikter, Thomas Dreja, Michael Olah)
Open Topics for Theses
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We present FaceTouch, a mobile Virtual Reality (VR) headmounted display (HMD) that leverages the backside as a touch-sensitive surface. FaceTouch allows the user to point at and select virtual content inside their field-of-view by touching the corresponding location at the backside of the HMD utilizing their sense of proprioception. This allows for a rich interaction (e.g. gestures) in mobile and nomadic scenarios without having to carry additional accessories (e.g. gamepad). We built a prototype of FaceTouch and present interaction techniques and three example applications that leverage the FaceTouch design space.
Since 360 degree movies are a fairly new medium, creators are facing several challenges such as controlling the attention of a user. In traditional movies this is done by applying cuts and tracking shots which is not possible or advisable in VR since rotating the virtual scene in front of the user’s eyes will lead to simulator sickness. One of the reasons this effect occurs is when the physical movement (measured by the vestibular system) and the visual movement are not coherent.
Glass Unlock is a novel concept using smart glasses for smartphone unlocking, which is theoretically secure against smudge attacks, shoulder-surfing, and camera attacks. By introducing an additional temporary secret like the layout of digits that is only shown on the private near-eye display, attackers cannot make sense of the observed input on the almost empty phone screen.
GyroVR uses head worn flywheels designed to render inertia in Virtual Reality (VR). Motions such as flying, diving or floating in outer space generate kinesthetic forces onto our body which impede movement and are currently not represented in VR. GyroVR simulates those kinesthetic forces by attaching flywheels to the users head which leverage the gyroscopic effect of resistance when changing the spinning axis of rotation.
- Conference Reviewer: CHI '15/'16/'17 SIGGRAPH '17 IEEE VR '17 MobileHCI '15 DIS '17 CHIPlay '16 ITS '14/'15 TEI '16 AH '15/'16 AutoUI '14/'15
- Journal Reviewer: Universal Access in the Information Society, Springer Multimedia Systems
- Organizer: Local Chair ISCT 2015, PC-Member LBW CHI 2017