Research Trends in Media Informatics (Seminar)

Media Informatics is a broad field spanning many research directions and topics. The Internet, Web 2.0, Social Networks, Ubiquitous Computing, Usability, Social Interaction, HCI, Privacy, Trust and new Security mechanisms are just a few examples. This seminar aims to provide an overview of different research directions and current challenges that are focus of active research around the world and at our institute.

RTMI Conference

The RTMI Conference is taking place on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 at the Villa Eberhardt. Anyone interested is welcome to register for free via a quick email to Katja Rogers.

9:35Keynote by Jan Gugenheimer, M.Sc.:
A Glimpse into the MIT Media Lab: Current and Future Research Topics
10:30Coffee break
Session 1: Affective Interaction
10:45Current Strategies for Modeling Behavior of Personal Agents
11:15Emotion Recognition: State of the Art
11:45Lunch break
Session 2: Games
13:00Player Motivation in Games
13:30Evolutionary Algorithms in Games
14:00The Role of Background Music in Games
14:30Coffee break
Session 3: Human-Machine Interaction
14:45Credibility and Persuasion in Autonomous Driving
15:15Multi-Device Interaction: Classification, Issues and Application Scenarios
16:00Closing Remarks & Best Paper Award


The conference will take place at:

"Villa Eberhardt", Heidenheimer Straße 80, 89075 Ulm


To successfully complete the seminar the following requirements have to be fulfilled:

  • Written paper on a selected topic
    6-8 pages, German or English (English preferred)
  • Active participation
    Active participation in peer reviews and discussions
  • Presentation
    20 minutes, German or English


The seminar organization and schedule follow the style of a typical technical conference. Participants prepare a full paper on a topic, which is then peer-reviewed by at least two other students. Participants then must integrate the reviewer comments before submitting their camera-ready version of the paper. The presentations will be held in a conference-style final event.

The seminar proceedings with all final papers will be published on Uni Ulm VTS.

14.10.Topic assignment and overview (see below)
21.10.Research introduction
02.11.Submission paper proposal
3.-6.11.Proposal discussion with adviser* 
04.11.LaTeX introduction
21.12.Submission full paper
22.12.Assignment of reviews
07.01.Submission peer reviews
8.-15.01.Discussion of required changes with adviser*

Zen presentations - or how to avoid death by PowerPoint

01.02.Submission camera ready version of paper
2.-8.02.Discussion of presentation with adviser*
10.02.RTMI conference 

All deadlines are hard deadlines. No extensions will be granted. All submissions via moodle.

Dates for plenary meetings can be discussed at the first meeting to suit individual schedules.

*Please make an individual appointment with your adviser beforehand.


The final topic assignments can be reviewed in the Moodle course. Please contact your advisor soon to receive a list of starting papers.

Player Motivation in GamesJ. Brich
Multi-Device InteractionD. Dobbelstein
Emotion Recognition - State of the ArtJ. Frommel

Gestural Interaction in Mixed and Virtual Reality

F. Geiselhart & M. Rietzler

Credibility and Persuasion in Autonomous DrivingP. Hock
Current Strategies for Modeling Behaviour of Personal Agents

K. Plaumann

What makes an Agent my Agent?K. Plaumann
Impact Factors and Metrics for Virtual Reality Immersion

M. Rietzler & F. Geiselhart

Evolutionary Algorithms in GamesK. Rogers
The Role of Background Music in GamesK. Rogers
Hey, Don't Fall Asleep! Monitoring the Driver StateM. Walch
Stop Doing This! User Acceptance of Automatic Steering InterventionM. Walch


Students are also encouraged to propose topics of their own. The proceedings of the previous RTMI seminars (RTMI '15, RTMI '14, RTMI'13, RTMI'12, RTMI'11, RTMI '10) may give you some ideas.


Katja Rogers (main contact)
Julia Brich
David Dobbelstein
Julian Frommel
Florian Geiselhart
Philipp Hock
Katrin Plaumann
Michael Rietzler
Marcel Walch



Capacity: 12 students

The final seminar presentations will be held as the RTMI16 mini-conference at the end of the semester.

First meeting:
Date & Time: 14.10. | 14:00h (s.t.)


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Einschreibung via Moodle