Areas of Research

We are currently working on different research topics in the area of contextualized and human-centered human-machine systems and interactive media. In order to study and optimize communication and interaction processes between humans and machines, we apply psychological, aesthetical, cultural and technical models on the foundations of fundamental media theories like those of Marshall McLuhan ("Extensions of Man") or Lev Vygotsky ("Cultural Tools").

The most important areas of research at the IMIS are:

  • Software Ergonomics, Interaction Design and Usability Engineering
  • Emotional Computer Systems, Affective Computing and Experience Design
  • Information and Learning Spaces
  • Mixed Physical and Digital Spaces
  • Safety Critical Human-Machine Systems
  • Virtual Communities and Cooperation Spaces

Our research areas are chosen in a way that current important research questions and central aspects of interactive systems and media will be covered.