Augmenting the human intellect is one of the central goals in human-computer-interaction. This can only be achieved when the time between intention and action becomes very small and the user sees the interface as an extension of the self. Wearable and mobile interaction devices supporting near-body interactions can fulfil this vision by reducing the time to access significantly. The talk will cover a number of my research projects that show how I tackle the challenges and potentials in that field such as limited out- and input capabilities, proximity of interaction devices to human sensors and actuators, and concerns regarding obtrusiveness and privacy.


Prof. Dr. Enrico Rukzio Enrico Rukzio is an associate professor of media informatics and head of the human-computer-interaction group at Ulm University. He is interested in designing intelligent interactive systems that enable people to be more efficient, satisfied and expressive in their daily lives. His research focuses on the design of novel interaction concepts, devices and applications in areas such as mobile and wearable interaction, projected user interfaces, computerized eyewear, cross-device interactions, interaction in smart environments, human-technology interaction for elderly people, automotive user interfaces and interactive production planning. Enrico Rukzio publishes his research in leading conferences (e.g. at CHI, UIST, Ubicomp, Mobile HCI or Percom), journals (e.g. IEEE Pervasive Computing), magazines (e.g. ACM Interactions) and holds 3 patents. Together with his students, he has won best paper awards at CHI, EuroVR, ITS, MobileHCI and MUM.