Applied Informatics Group

Interaction Design

Digitalisation, the Internet of Things and machines become increasingly integrated in our lives, in our everyday domestic lives as well as in broader socio-economic structures. Consequently, while the complexity of machines, computers and autonomous systems rises continuously interaction design needs to take up these developments and turn them into meaningful user experiences and effortless interactions.

Research Questions

Currently our group focuses on two main fields of interaction design: Human-robot interaction and interaction design in smart home environments. While the first one is mainly about social interaction with and shaping the behaviour of robots the second one focuses more on how design helps to envision and improve the interaction with complex, automatized and assisting systems like the smart home environment.

Interaction Design in Smart Home Environments

The Smart Home can be seen as a complex in which interaction and information exchange can happen at any time, place and surface through a variety of multimodal devices. We find ourselves confronted with the task to find new methods to optimize information flow and multimodal interaction in those environments. How do we for instance bundle and pre-structure information to a relevant minimum? How can we personalize interactions and make them more efficient? How can we handle occurring false positives and communicate them to the user? With our research we try to answer these questions by focusing on various aspects like context knowledge, user profiling and user experience. This implies that we also need to find tailor-made evaluation methods to validate and strengthen the underlying choices.

Social Interaction with Robots

Regarding the robot's social behaviors, one important aspect is to design affective interactions. During Social interaction people choose and combine a large number of patterned behaviors to achieve their communicative goals. Robots had to seamlessly integrate different social behaviors for a given interaction context in order to achieve effective and believable human-robot communication. The feedback of the robot can be provided over several channels. One channel on which feedback could be provided are emotional expressions. In case of emotional feedback we are mainly interested in the effects of emotions during interaction and how the interaction is influenced by providing emotional feedback.


Britta Wrede

Related Projects

Recent Best Paper/Poster Awards

Goal Babbling of Acoustic-Articulatory Models with Adaptive Exploration Noise
Philippsen A, Reinhart F, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) 


Are you talking to me? Improving the robustness of dialogue systems in a multi party HRI scenario by incorporating gaze direction and lip movement of attendees
Richter V, Carlmeyer B, Lier F, Meyer zu Borgsen S, Kummert F, Wachsmuth S, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human-agent Interaction (HAI) 


"Look at Me!": Self-Interruptions as Attention Booster?
Carlmeyer B, Schlangen D, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human Agent Interaction (HAI)


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