Thomas Grah is a Research Fellow at the Center for Human-Computer Interaction, University of Salzburg. He describes himself as an interaction designer, researcher, and tinkerer. His main focus lies on design driven research around sensory augmentation and tangible interaction. He holds an MA in Media Direction and a BA in Digital Media – Interactive Media Design from University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt. In his dissertation, Thomas explores the potentials of embodied sensory augmentation for data interaction during demanding main tasks (i.e., driving a car, skiing).

He’s currently working on the project Digital Motion in the realm of real-time feedback for sking.


  • Hello Internet of Things, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Lecturer, 2014
  • Create Yourself: Tinkering and Hardware-Hacking with Arduino and old Electronics, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Lecturer, 2013/14


Thomas Grah, MA

Center for Human-Computer Interaction
University of Salzburg

Jakob-Haringer-Straße 8 / Techno 5
5020 Salzburg, Austria

Phone: +43 662 8044 4817



show more news

Research Activities



Smit, Dorothé; Grah, Thomas; Murer, Martin; van Rheden, Vincent; Tscheligi, Manfred

MacroScope: First-Person Perspective in Physical Scale Models Inproceedings

Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, pp. 253–259, ACM, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-4503-5568-1.

Links | BibTeX


Smit, Dorothé; Murer, Martin; van Rheden, Vincent; Grah, Thomas; Tscheligi, Manfred

The Evolution of a Scale Model As an Impromptu Design Tool Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, pp. 233–245, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2017, ISSN: 978-1-4503-4922-2.

Links | BibTeX


Mirnig, Alexander; Kaiser, Tim; Lupp, Artur; Perterer, Nicole; Meschtscherjakov, Alexander; Grah, Thomas; Tscheligi, Manfred

Automotive User Experience Design Patterns: An Approach and Pattern Examples Journal Article

International Journal On Advances in Intelligent Systems, 9 (3&4), 2016.

Abstract | BibTeX

Grah, Thomas; Epp, Felix; Meschtscherjakov, Alexander; Tscheligi, Manfred

Dorsal Haptic Sensory Augmentation: Fostering Drivers awareness of their surroundings with a haptic car seat Inproceedings

Meschtscherjakov, Boris De Ruyter Alexander (Ed.): PERSUASIVE 2016, Adjunct Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, pp. 59–62, Salzburg, Austria, 2016.



Grah, Thomas; Epp, Felix; Wuchse, Martin; Meschtscherjakov, Alexander; Gabler, Frank; Steinmetz, Arnd; Tscheligi, Manfred

Dorsal Haptic Display: A Shape-changing Car Seat for Sensory Augmentation of Rear Obstacles Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, pp. 305–312, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2015, ISSN: 978-1-4503-3736-6.

Links | BibTeX