We are excited to announce that our Joint Master HCI was ranked among the top 10 Unique Study Programs in Europe:

Living in the days when social media and multimedia are at their peak, it would be interesting to learn how these platforms work and understand what’s behind the scenes. The program is held at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (Campus Urstein) and Paris Lodron University Salzburg (Center for HCI, Campus Science City Itzling), and it has a full-time study mode.

https://erudera.com/news/european-education-area-reveals-top-10-most-unique-study-programs-in-europe/

 

Contact: Laura Helberger

Student Employee / Internship in the topic area of Human-Machine Interfaces for Automated Vehicles

We invite applications from excellent candidates to investigate the design of human-machine interfaces for drivers of automated vehicles (SAE Levels 2-3) at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces, Austria. The work will be situated within the EU-Horizeon2020-project HADRIAN (https://hadrianproject.eu).

Key facts:

  • Deadline for application: June 30, 2022
  • Intended date of beginning: min. 6 months (to be negotiated)
  • Planned duration: 1 year with options to extend
  • Extent of employment: 20 hours per week (up to 40 possible in July-September)
  • Salary: approx. € 1,105.00 gross (14 times per year)
  • Application to be sent to: office@hci.sbg.ac.at

The project and your role in it:

The HADRIAN project investigates and defines the driver role for automated vehicles using a holistic user-centered approach that addresses shortcomings of current development and design processes and targets the transition phase towards full automation, where drivers are still expected to perform driving tasks. HADRIAN proposes a fluid interaction HMI, consisting of several interface elements developed by the individual project partners.

The contribution of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) is an (ambient) light interface that supplements the other HMI elements via high-level baseline information and directs the driver’s attention towards areas of interest. The project is currently underway and will conclude in Q2 2023. Further employment beyond the project’s duration is both possible and intended. Your role will be to develop the microcontroller-based light controls, including processing signals from a central control unit as well as synchronization of multiple devices.

Your profile:

  • Excellent skills and/or practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Tangible Interaction, etc.
  • Experienced in working with microcontrollers (Arduino preferred)
  • Knowledgeable in at least one of: C, C++, Java
  • Skills to conceptualize, design and functionally prototype digital and/or physical interactive artifacts

Additional expertise (recommended but not mandatory):

  • Experience in working with Bluetooth modules and Bluetooth low-energy wireless technology
  • Previous experience with vehicular interfaces or light-based interfaces

What we offer:

  • An interdisciplinary, supportive and vibrant group of researchers that inspire research careers
  • An extraordinary research facility that supports individual styles of working
  • An international, well-established network of industry and research partners

Application:
Please send your application including

  • Comprehensive CV incl. list of publications (if any)
  • Portfolio / website / bachelor thesis (if available based on your background)
  • Contact information

to office@hci.sbg.ac.at no later than June 30 2022 (please state the reference number in your application: HCI_2022_hadrian).

Paris Lodron University Salzburg and the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences particularly welcomes applications from women in accordance with its mission to increase the number of women in academic positions. In case of equal qualification, female applicants will be hired preferentially. Persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses who meet the required qualification criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. For information, please call +43/662/8044-2462 or write to disability@plus.ac.at.

Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses for job interviews will not be reimbursed; if possible, remote interviews can be arranged. Employment will be done in agreement with the University rules 2002 (UG) as well as the Employee rules.

For more information contact Prof. Alexander Meschtscherjakov

 

Contact: Alexander Mirnig

6-months research position at the Salzburg Center for Smart Materials

Deadline for application: June 8, 2022
Intended date of beginning: July 2022
Extent of employment: 30 hours / week

University of Salzburg invites applications for a research position in a multidisciplinary project on smart materials. In a joint effort between three research labs, this project aims to forge new links between material science and human-computer interaction. The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team that aims to create new stable and accessible materials that allow for novel interfaces and meaningful interactions. In order to achieve this aim, the project will address the development of new (functional) hybrid materials based on and apply constructive design research to unveil the potential of those new (interactive) materials.

The Salzburg Center for Smart Materials is a joint project of the Department Chemistry and Physics of Materials and the Division for Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg in collaboration with the research department Forest Products Technology & Timber Construction at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Division for Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces which is a highly interdisciplinary research group at the University of Salzburg. About 30 researchers study the interplay between humans and computers in order to enable desired interactions and explore desirable futures. The Center is committed to contemporary HCI thinking and address current research questions, while also valuing established methodology and formerly prevalent domains.

What we offer:

  • Interdisciplinary, vibrant groups of researchers
  • A research project with a ground-breaking, trans-disciplinary vision
  • Extraordinary research facilities that support individual styles of working
  • An international, well-established network of research and industry partners
  • Salary: € 2,294.00 gross (14 times per year)

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Computer Science, Product Design, or a related programme
  • Excellent skills and/or practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Tangible Interactions, etc.
  • You have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English

Application:
Please send your application including

  • Comprehensive CV incl. list of publications (if any)
  • Portfolio / website / master thesis / publications (if available based on your background)
  • Contact information

to office@hci.sbg.ac.at no later than June 8, 2022 (please state the reference number in your application: HCI_2022_scsm).

Paris-Lodron University Salzburg particularly welcomes applications from women in accordance with its mission to increase the number of women in academic positions. In case of equal qualification, female applicants will be hired preferentially. Individuals with disabilities or chronic conditions, who meet the required qualifications, are explicitly invited to apply. Further information will be provided by via disability@sbg.ac.at.

Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses for job interviews will not be reimbursed; if applicable, remote interviews can be arranged. Employment will be done in agreement with the University rules 2002 (UG) as well as the Employee rules. 

 

This project is co-funded by the European Fund for regional revelopment (www.efre.gv.at).

Contact: Martin Murer

PhD position in the topic area of Human-Machine Interfaces for Automated Vehicles

We invite applications from excellent candidates to investigate the design of human-machine interfaces for drivers of automated vehicles (SAE Levels 2-3) at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces, Austria. The work will be situated within the EU-Horizeon2020-project HADRIAN (https://hadrianproject.eu).

Key facts:

  • Deadline for application:  July 15, 2022
  • Intended date of beginning: to be negotiated
  • Planned duration: 1 year with options to extend
  • Extent of employment: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: approx. € 2,294.00 gross (14 times per year)
  • Application to be sent to: office@hci.sbg.ac.at

The project and your role in it:

The HADRIAN project investigates and defines the driver role for automated vehicles using a holistic user-centered approach that addresses shortcomings of current development and design processes and targets the transition phase towards full automation, where drivers are still expected to perform driving tasks. HADRIAN proposes a fluid interaction HMI, consisting of several interface elements developed by the individual project partners.

The contribution of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) is an (ambient) light interface that supplements the other HMI elements via high-level baseline information and directs the driver’s attention towards areas of interest. The project is currently underway and will conclude in Q2 2023. Further employment beyond the project’s duration is both possible and intended.

You will join the project as a PhD candidate and can pursue your PhD at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces alongside your project work.

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Computer Science, Product Design, or a related programme.
  • Excellent skills and/or practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Tangible Interaction, etc.
  • Skills to conceptualize, design and functionally prototype digital and/or physical interactive artifacts
  • Basic research skills including setting up a study design and conducting studies
  • You have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English
  • Experience in working across disciplinary boundaries
  • Willingness to work both independently as well as in a team
  • Willingness to engage in scientific writing

Additional expertise (recommended but not mandatory):

  • Preferably previous experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods
  • Previous experience with vehicular interfaces or light-based interfaces

What we offer:

  • An interdisciplinary, supportive and vibrant group of researchers that inspire research careers
  • An extraordinary research facility that supports individual styles of working
  • An international, well-established network of industry and research partners

Application:
Please send your application including

  • Comprehensive CV incl. list of publications (if any)
  • Portfolio / website / master thesis / publications (if available based on your background)
  • Contact information

to office@hci.sbg.ac.at no later than April 19 2022 (please state the reference number in your application: HCI_2022_hadrian).

Paris Lodron University Salzburg and the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences particularly welcomes applications from women in accordance with its mission to increase the number of women in academic positions. In case of equal qualification, female applicants will be hired preferentially. Persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses who meet the required qualification criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. For information, please call +43/662/8044-2462 or write to disability@plus.ac.at.

Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses for job interviews will not be reimbursed; if possible, remote interviews can be arranged. Employment will be done in agreement with the University rules 2002 (UG) as well as the Employee rules.

For more information contact Prof. Alexander Meschtscherjakov

 

Contact: Alexander Mirnig

This February, research fellow Dorothé Smit, and Master HCI students Marta Dziabiola, Robert Steiner, Ralf Vetter, and Daniel Nørskov, presented papers at TEI 2022, the internation conference on tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction.

Qude: Exploring Tactile Code in Long-Distance Relationships

Marta Dziabiola, Robert Steiner, Ralf Vetter, and Daniel Nørskov presented a work-in-progress paper Qude: Exploring Tactile Code in Long-Distance Relationships. Qude is a tool that supports people in long-distance relationships. It is a vibro-tactile wearable that enables a person to tap and send a rhythm to their partner; and a supporting app, through which users can assign meanings to the rhythms, thus creating an exclusive, tactile code.

Watch their teaser video here:

Hybrid Design Tools for Participatory, Embodied Sensemaking: An Applied Framework

On behalf of her co-authors, Bart Hengeveld, Martin Murer, and Manfred Tscheligi, Dorothé Smit presented the paper Hybrid Design Tools for Participatory, Embodied Sensemaking: An Applied Framework. In this paper,  two hybrid design tools were analysed based on a framework for participatory, embodied sensemaking.

Watch the full presentation below.

Contact: Dorothé Smit

Starting in autumn 2022, doc.hci, a doctoral college in Human-Computer Interaction, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and offered by Paris-Lodron University Salzburg and Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, will host 5 excellent students to study the complex interdependencies of humans and digital technologies.

Theoretical work mixed with empirical studies in five distinct fields of research is what the prospective students can look forward to. They focus on Mobility (Unobtrusive Interaction with Digital Data in Motion), Health (Sustainable Behaviour Change for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases Through Ambient Technologies), Play (Reframing Hybrid Play – A Body- and Material-Centred Perspective), Education (Opportunity Spaces for Informal Education), and Work (Spaces of Work – Hybrid Realities in the Home Office).

Interested students from a range of backgrounds are invited to apply by June 29, 2022 (second round of application).

All details can be found on the project website: https://hci.sbg.ac.at/doc-funds.

In the context of the project FEM*mad, researchers Verena Fuchsberger, Nathalia Campreguer França, and Dorothé Smit are organizing a workshop at CHI’22 (The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) on the 20th of April, 2022.  Together with project partners from Happylab, Mz. Balthazar’s Laboratory, and AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, as well as academic experts in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, in this one-day, hybrid workshop, we will take a constructive stance towards balancing inclusiveness in access to making.

For more information about the workshop, including the full call for participation, visit the workshop website.

For more information about the CHI conference, visit the conference website.

Contact: Dorothé Smit

Who does the Maker Movement belong to? And who belongs to the Maker Movement?

In the context of the FFG Project FEM*mad, we have conducted a study at Schmiede 2020, interviewing ten women* attendees of the festival about their experiences coming to Schmiede, finding their space — physical, mental and emotional — at the festival, and the contextual characteristics that supported them, or were lacking, during their artistic maker journeys.

The outcomes of these interviews are now published in the Open Access Paper, The Women* Who Made It: Experiences from Being a Woman* at a Maker Festival, by Nathalia Campreguer França, Dorothé Smit, Stefanie Wuschitz, and Verena Fuchsberger.

The findings presented in the paper were wonderfully illustrated by Stefanie Wuschitz, depicting both the artistic work that is often the foundation of women*’s engagement with tech-related making, and the struggles that the interviewees described in performing their artistic work.

The FEM*mad project is ongoing until October 2022. In the upcoming year, based on the findings from this paper and other research activities, several interventions to increase the diversity among makerspace participants, will be implemented and evaluated in makerspaces in Austria.

Contact: Dorothé Smit

After more than 36 months of joint development in the SAAM project, with the beginning of 2021 eight prototypical implementations of the SAAM Basic System were successfully installed in the homes of Austrian older adults in Vienna and Salzburg.

The men and women, who were between 69 and 80 years old, tested the system for 12 weeks and longer and reported the experiences they made back to the researchers of the Center for HCI, who set-up, lead, and accompanied the pilot phase together with project partner EURAG Österreich. The valuable insights that could be gained will be summarized in the project’s final report, which will be publicly available on the project’s official website in the second half of this year.

In Austria, the system was designed to coach the older participants in improving their sleeping habits. After an initial calibration and machine learning phase, during which the system collected data to get to know the participants’ routines and behaviors, in the actual coaching phase the participants received coaching advice based on their sleeping habits and behaviors with the aim to enhance their overall sleep quality and well-being.

Besides Austria, SAAM Basic systems were also installed and tested in Bulgaria, and to some extend in Slovenia. The focus in Bulgaria, was on improving physical activity in older adults and counteracting social isolation, while in Slovenia the focus was not centered on age and age-related issues but on enhancing the mobility of people who suffered from limb amputations.

The SAAM Basic System will be further enhanced and developed based on the data and knowledge, which could be gained during these first successful pilots in the field, by the technical partners in the project.

“Out of Your Mind!? Embodied Interaction in Sports”
– two-day Workshop at CHI2021, Yokohama, Japan.

This workshop aims at exploring how interactive systems can enhance sports experiences beyond performance – highlighting an Embodied Interaction perspective. Activities include hands-on discussion on state-of-the-art research on embodied interaction and sports in HCI, and developing tangible concepts that enhance sports experiences.

Topics of interest include:

  • Sensory Augmentation
    • Motor Memory
    • Sonification
    • EMS
    • Augmented Experiences
    • Wearables
    • Multimodal Interaction
    • Adapted physical activity (APA)

To apply to the workshop, submit your answers to the questions on the Google form, also linked on our website. Here, you should address 3 good and 3 bad examples of embodied interaction in sports arguing the choice of the examples (max 1 good example created by the author). Responses will be reviewed by the workshop organizers, and selected for inclusion based on quality, novelty, and potential to engender discussion, while aiming for a balance of different perspectives. Accepted authors will be notified by February 28, 2021 and the list of participants will be posted on the website sports-hci.com. All participants must register for the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

Important dates:
• Position paper deadline: February 21, 2021
• Acceptance notification: February 28, 2021
• Workshop at CHI2020: May 8th or 9th, 2021

More Information: https://sports-hci.com

Contact: Lisa Reisenzan