Bjoern Hartmann, Assistant Professor in EECS at UC Berkeley Photo
Segal Seminar Series

Bjoern Hartmann, Assistant Professor in EECS at UC Berkeley

December 3, 2013, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
1.350 (ITW Classroom)
2133 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208

Designing Bespoke Interactive Devices


My research in Human-Computer Interaction focuses on design, prototyping and implementation tools for the era of post-personal computing. As computation moves away from single-user desktop applications, I investigate how new algorithms, applications and design principles can support the creation of novel user interfaces. 

In this talk, I'll present one slice through my group's work: research that enables designers and developers to rapidly prototype and later robustly implement post-desktop interfaces. Making headway in this area involves working in both hardware and software. For example, my group is developing authoring tools that leverage digital fabrication processes to construct functioning prototypes of physically embodied user interfaces in a matter of hours. Our work on input architectures supports developers that have to write robust gesture recognition code for devices that use such sensors. 

Our work on these tools is motivated by our experience of building and teaching in the CITRIS Invention Lab - a space for 21st century product design and engineering education with courses at the intersection of EECS, Mechanical Engineering, and New Media. I will give an overview of lab activities and student projects, and how they inform our ongoing research agenda.


Bjoern Hartmann is an Assistant Professor in EECS at UC Berkeley. He co-founded the CITRIS Invention Lab and also co-directs the Berkeley Institute of Design and the Berkeley Swarm Lab. His research has received numerous Best Paper Awards at ACM CHI and UIST, a Sloan Fellowship, Okawa Research Award and an NSF CAREER Award in 2012. He was recently co-chair for the first AAAI conference on Human Computation.

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