The HII research group explores innovative natural interaction concepts between users and digital information. These interactions are generally mobile and multimodal and include new modalities such as gestures, speech input and output as well as mixed reality interactions.
Since mobile users place high demands on the usability and user experience of mobile applications and services, these must be developed in a user-centered manner from the outset and must be continuously evaluated in real contexts with real users. Classical lab-based approaches to usability testing are not well suited for mobile applications and hence there is a need for new usability test concepts.
When developing user interaction concepts, it is also important to consider accessibility aspects, to ensure that the interaction is accessible for as many users as possible including, in particular, those with disabilities and older users.
The Mobile Usability Lab investigates the latest interaction modalities (speech, gestures) and fosters user-centered development of mobile applications and services. It leverages innovative sensors and interaction possibilities of current and future mobile devices to achieve an optimal user experience.
The ICT-Accessibility Lab focuses on accessible interaction with information for older people and people with disabilities. The Lab has established deep expertise in the area of accessibility of websites, documents and mobile apps. It evaluates websites and apps for accessibility and develops tools and plug-ins to make PDFs accessible.
The Visual Computing Lab deals with the generation, processing and analysis of digital images. Through the combination of advanced computer graphics and computer vision techniques, the lab develops innovative solutions in the fields of augmented reality, virtual reality and data visualization.
ZKB: Accessible digital channels
The aim of this project is to provide know-how and to raise awareness of digital accessibility issues among software developers and other stakeholders at the ZKB. To that end, a combination of training, consulting and accessibility testing is offered.
NQuest – Natural Language Query Exploration System
There is a huge amount of valuable information hidden in a company's database which is not easily accessible to business people. To query these databases, end users need to know the technical query language SQL as well as the database structure. However, typical end users do not have enough SQL skills to formulate ...
Smart Mobility Experience
In this project, a virtual reality environment will be created to bring concepts around smart mobility closer to a broad audience. These concepts include smart sharing offers (and thus a change of mentality from owning to using), automated driving (which could reduce the number of vehicles in cities to one tenth ...
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