Dennis Wolf, M.Sc.

From 2010 to 2016, Dennis Wolf was a student at Ulm University.  In 2016, he became a PhD student in the Human-Computer-Interaction group.

Dennis acquired a B.Sc. (2013) and an M.Sc. in media infomatics (2016) at Ulm univesity, repectively. The title of his master theses was: "OctiCam: An Immersive and Mobile Video Communication System for Relatives and Children".

In the winter of 2016, Dennis spend 3 months  at Cambridge university, UK doing an internship in the  Intelligent Interactive Systems Group lead by Dr Per Ola Kristensson. This lead to a collaboration on two still ongoing projects.

Research interests

  • Mobile Devices
  • Virtual Reality
  • Touch Interaction
  • Ubiquitous Computing


  • SwiVRChair

    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.


  • GyroVR


    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. 





  • OctiCam


    OctiCam is a mobile and child-friendly device that consists of a stuff ed toy octopus on the outside and a communication proxy on the inside. Relying only on two squeeze buttons in the tentacles, we simpli ed the interaction with OctiCam to a child-friendly level. A build-in microphone and speaker allows audio chats while a build-in camera streams a 360 degree video using a fi sh-eye lens. 

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  • SmarTVision


    This project deals with a novel multi-screen interactive TV setup (smarTVision) and its enhancement through Companion-Technology. Due to their flexibility and the variety of interaction options, such multi-screen scenarios are hardly intuitive for the user. While research known so far focuses on technology and features, the user itself is often not considered adequately. Companion-Technology has the potential of making such interfaces really user-friendly. Building upon smarTVision, it’s extension via concepts of Companion-Technology is envisioned. This combination represents a versatile test bed that not only can be used for evaluating usefulness of Companion-Technology in a TV scenario, but can also serve to evaluate Companion-Systems in general.

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  • ColorSnakes


    ColorSnakes is an authentication mechanism based solely on software modification which provides protection against shoulder surfing and to some degree to video attacks. A ColorSnakes PIN consists of a starting colored digit and is followed by four consecutive digits. From the starting colored digit, users indirectly draw a path (selection path) consisting of their PIN. The input path can be drawn anywhere on the grid.

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  • Lectures, Projects and Seminars

  • Supervised Theses

    • An Augmented Reality Framework for Assisted Activities in Dementia Therapy (MA, Daniel Besserer, 2018)
    • C-AR: Improving Situational Awareness for Automated Driving Level 3 through Multi-User Augmented Reality Interaction (MA, Daniel Klein, 2018)
  • Open Topics for Theses

    You can find an overview of all available thesis topics on our homepage.


    If you are interested in writing a thesis, please send me an email or drop by my office. Possible topics could be:

    • Haptic feedback in AR/VR
    • Integration of biometric signals for VR environments
    • Novel actuators/artefacts to increase immersion in VR
  • Completed Theses

    • Intergration of vibro-tactile, thermal, and EMS actuators into a virtual reality head-mounted display for increased immersion (MA, Leo Hnatek, 2017)
    • Exploring Hand-Tracking and Smartwatch-Based Pointing in Virtual Reality (MA, Suhasaleem Holalkere, 2018)

Scientific Activities

  • Conference Reviewer: CHI '17, '18, MobileHCI '18, PerDis '17



Wolf, Dennis; Besserer, Daniel; Sejunaite, Karolina; Riepe, Matthias; Rukzio, Enrico
cARe: An Augmented Reality Support System for Dementia Patients
In Adj. Proc. of UIST '18 (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology),
October 2018
Wolf, Dennis; Hnatek, Leo; Rukzio, Enrico
Face/On: Actuating the Facial Contact Area of a Head-Mounted Display for Increased Immersion
In Adj. Proc. of UIST '18 (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology),
October 2018
Wolf, Dennis; Dudley, John J; Kristensson, Per Ola
Performance Envelopes of In-Air Direct and Smartwatch Indirect Control for Head-Mounted Augmented Reality
Proceedings of IEEE VR 2018 (25th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces),
March 2018


Gugenheimer, Jan; Winkler, Christian; Wolf, Dennis; Rukzio, Enrico
Interaction with Adaptive and Ubiquitous User Interfaces
In Biundo, Susanne, and Andreas Wendemuth, editor,
Chapter 11, page 209-229.
Publisher: Springer,
ISBN: 978-3-319-43665-4


Gugenheimer, Jan; Wolf, Dennis; Eiriksson, Eythor; Maes, Pattie; Rukzio, Enrico
GyroVR: Simulating Inertia in Virtual Reality using Head Worn Flywheels
In Proceedings UIST 2016 (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology),
October 2016
Gugenheimer, Jan; Wolf, Dennis; Haas, Gabriel; Krebs, Sebastian; Rukzio, Enrico
A Demonstration of SwiVRChair: A Motorized Swivel Chair to Nudge Users’ Orientation for 360 Degree Storytelling in Virtual Reality
In Adj. Proc. (Demo) of Ubicomp 2016 (ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing),,
September 2016
Gugenheimer, Jan; Wolf, Dennis; Haas, Gabriel; Krebs, Sebastian; Rukzio, Enrico
SwiVRChair: A Motorized Swivel Chair to Nudge Users' Orientation for 360 Degree Storytelling in Virtual Reality
In Proc. of CHI 2016 (SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems),
May 2016
Gugenheimer, Jan; Honold, Frank; Wolf, Dennis; Schüssel, Felix; Seifert, Julian; Weber, Michael; Rukzio, Enrico
How Companion-Technology can Enhance a Multi-Screen Television Experience: A Test Bed for Adaptive Multimodal Interaction in Domestic Environments
KI - Künstliche Intelligenz,
February 2016


Wolf, Dennis; Gugenheimer, Jan; Rukzio, Enrico
OctiCam: An immersive and mobile video communication device for parents and children
Proc. of ISCT 2015 (1st International Symposium on Companion-Technology),
Gugenheimer, Jan; De Luca, Alexander; Hess, Hayato; Karg, Stefan; Wolf, Dennis; Rukzio, Enrico
ColorSnakes: Using Colored Decoys to Secure Authentication in Sensitive Contexts
In Proc. of MobileHCI 2015 (17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services),
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