Katrin Plaumann, M.Sc.

Katrin joined the Human Computer Interaction Research Group in 2014. Her research focusses on improving accessibility of mobile devices for people of all age groups, and developing effective mobile health applications. Her research employs Human Centred Design (HCD), including quantitative as well as qualitative methods and UX design principles.
Katrin holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and Media from Stuttgart Media University. 

Research interests

  • Mobile Accessibility
  • Mobile Interaction for Senior Citizens
  • Mobile Health
  • Digital Health



    Due to reasons of age or health, a large number of people live with varying restrictions with regard to their motor skills and their mobility. They can no longer handle many tasks in their homes independently or are dependent on others' help. ASSIST's goal is to remedy this situation. read more

  • SenseEmotion

    The goals of SenseEmotion are the optimization of pain treatment by automatic recognition of physical pain as well as the reduction of mental pain by a person-adapted affect management in order to improve the well-being and the quality of life of older people. read more

  • CircularSelection

    As the availability of smartwatches advances, small round touch- screens are increasingly used. Until recently, round touchscreens were rather uncommon, and so most current user interfaces for small round touchscreens are still based on rectangular interface designs. To overcome this issue for list interfaces, we introduce CircularSelection. read more

  • Solving Conflicts for Multi User Mid-Air Gestures

    In recent years, mid-air gestures have become a feasible input modality for controlling and manipulating digital content. In case of controlling TVs, mid-air gestures eliminate the need to hold remote controls. However, the absence of a single controller and the nature of mid-air gesture detection also poses a disadvantage: gestures preformed by multiple watchers may result in conflicts. read more

  • BodySign

    Deaf individuals often experience communication difficulties in face-to-face interactions with hearing people. We investigate the impact of real-time translation-based ATs on communication quality between deaf and hearing individuals. read more

  • Mobile Interventions for Affective Disorders

    This project is a collaboration between the Institute for Media Informatics and the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Research Group. Its goal is the development and clinical evaluation of a health app for better care and therapeutic support for people with affective disorders like depression. read more


  • Lectures, Projects and Seminars

  • Open Topics for Theses

    If you are interested in a thesis topic in the fields accessibility, mobile interaction for senior citizens, mobile health or human computer interaction, please contact me via email.



K. Plaumann, M. Weing, C. Winkler, M. Müller and E. Rukzio, "Towards Accurate Cursorless Pointing: The Effects of Ocular Dominance and Handedness" , Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 633–646, Aug. 2018. Springer, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00779-017-1100-7.


K. Plaumann, M. Babic, T. Drey, W. Hepting, D. Stooß and E. Rukzio, "Improving Input Accuracy on Smartphones for Persons who are Affected by Tremor using Motion Sensors" , Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 30, Dec. 2017. ACM, https://www.uni-ulm.de/en/in/mi/mi-forschung/uulm-hci/projects/circularselection10/.
M. Rietzler, K. Plaumann, T. Kränzle, M. Erath, A. Stahl and E. Rukzio, "VaiR3: Simulating 3D Airflows in Virtual Reality" , In Proc. of CHI 2017 (SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems), May 2017. https://youtu.be/aqRJX0D7EBk.
J. Gugenheimer, K. Plaumann, F. Schaub, P. Di Campli San Vito, S. Duck, M. Rabus and E. Rukzio, "The Impact of Assistive Technology on Communication Quality Between Deaf and Hearing Individuals" , In Proc. of CSCW 2017 (20th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing), Mar. 2017. https://youtu.be/dKtg_YBgwdY.


K. Plaumann, M. Müller and E. Rukzio, "Circular Selection: Optimizing List Selection for Smartwatches" , In Proc. of ISWC 2016 (International Symposium on Wearable Computers), Sep. 2016. http://www.uni-ulm.de/en/in/mi/mi-forschung/research-group-rukzio/projects/circularselection/.
K. Plaumann, M. Babic, T. Drey, W. Hepting, D. Stooß and E. Rukzio, "Towards Improving Touchscreen Input Speed and Accuracy on Smartphones for Tremor Affected Persons" , In Adj. Proc. (Demo) of Ubicomp 2016 (ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing), Sep. 2016.
K. Plaumann, D. Lehr and E. Rukzio, "Who Has the Force? Solving Conflicts for Multi User Mid-Air Gestures for TVs" , In Proc. of TVX 2016 (ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video), Jun. 2016. https://www.uni-ulm.de/index.php?id=85223.


K. Plaumann, J. Ehlers, F. Geiselhart, G. Yuras, A. Huckauf and E. Rukzio, "Better than you Think: Head Gestures for Mid Air Input" , In Proc. of Interact 2015 (IFIP TC15 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction), Sep. 2015. Springer, http://www.uni-ulm.de/en/in/mi/mi-forschung/research-group-rukzio/projects/assist/.