Organizers

Benjamin Poppinga, OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology

Benjamin Poppinga is a researcher in the Intelligent User Interfaces Group at the OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology. At the same time he is a doctoral student at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Benjamin’s research focuses on mobile ‘in the wild’ context sensing and evaluation techniques, especially in the domain of mobile navigation and exploration applications. Benjamin is involved in the European project HaptiMap.


Charlotte Magnusson, Lund University

Dr. Charlotte Magnusson, associate professor (docent), Certec, Division of Rehabilitation Engineering Research, Department of Design Sciences, Lund University. Charlotte is the leader of the research at Certec on the design of useworthy haptic and audio interfaces for people who are blind or have low vision. Charlotte is the leader of the haptics group at Certec, and has been responsible for the department participation in the EU projects MICOLE, ENABLED and ENACTIVE. She is currently the coordinator of the EU project HaptiMap.


Wilko Heuten, OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology

Dr. Wilko Heuten studied computing science at the University of Oldenburg and received his Diploma in 2001 in the Department of Information Systems. Since 2001 he works at OFFIS in the division of Multimedia and Internet Information Services. His research is focused on multimodal user interfaces, in particular in developing auditory and tactile displays as well as physical interaction for the non-visual exploration of real and virtual environments. He received his Ph.D. in 2007. Since 2008 Wilko Heuten is leading the technology cluster Human-Machine-Interaction at OFFIS.

David McGookin, University of Glasgow

David McGookin is a research associate at the University of Glasgow. Holding a Ph.D. in computing science, he has spend over 9 years investigating the role of multimodal interaction to improve and expand the ways in which users can access and interact with information systems in novel contexts. He has over 20 refereed publications, several of which have been awarded best paper prizes, and given invited talks to SIGGRAPH Montreal, the Royal Society and the DANA center London. As a researcher on the EPSRC MultiVis II project, he led work on improving access to graph based information for blind and partially sighted users via multimodal presentation. His work on MultiVis was independently rated as outstanding, and he was a co- creator and chair of the successful Haptic and Audio Interaction Design (HAID) workshop which is now in its 4th year. McGookin's current work as part of the EU FP7 project HaptiMap, continues to investigate novel interaction for wayfinding and navigation. In addition to these interests McGookin continues to purse other areas including non-visual tangible interaction and touch screen accessibility.

Niels Henze, University of Oldenburg

Niels works as a researcher and doctoral student in the Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems Group of the University of Oldenburg where he teaches Human-Computer interaction. He is involved in the Intelligent User Interfaces group at the research institute OFFIS where he worked for some national and European research projects and is currently involved in the European project InterMedia. His main research interests are advances in accessing digital information using physical objects to interlink the physical word and digital content. Among his other research interests is interaction with multimedia using mobile devices, tactile and auditory interfaces, and accessibility.

Ginger B. Claassen, C-Lab, Siemens AG

Ginger B. Claassen studied computer science at the University of Paderborn(Germany) and the School of Computer Science at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). For more than 10 years Mr. Claassen worked as a research assistant for the C-LAB, a joined research and development laboratory of Siemens AG and the University of Paderborn, with special focus on “accessibility” respectively “Design for All”. Mr. Claassen is blind, and therefore knows from his own living and working the problems and barriers persons with disabilities are facing in our modern information and communication society.
Since 2008 he works for the Siemens Accessibility Competence Center and for the "Siemens Access Initiative". He has been involved in various commercial and research projects, provides "Design for All" training to colleagues and customers and presents various accessible solutions at international exhibitions and congresses.

Martin Pielot, OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology

Martin Pielot is an associate researcher in the Intelligent User Interfaces Group at the OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology, Germany. At the same time he is a doctoral student in the Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems Group at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Coming from a background of building mobile applications, his research focuses on ubiquitous computing and mobile human-computer interaction in general. In particular, he is interested in non-visual information presentation in the domain of mobile applications and the methods needed to evaluation them.

Håkan Eftring, Lund University

Dr. Håkan Eftring, assistant professor, Certec, Division of Rehabilitation Engineering Research, Department of Design Sciences, Lund University. In his doctoral dissertation he introduced the concept of useworthiness. The concept is related to the user’s values, needs, wishes and dreams, rather than the more technical relation between the user and the technology. His research areas include Rehabilitation engineering and design, Design for dynamic diversity, Accessibility, Usability, Rehabilitation robotics, Haptics, User-centred design methods, Cognitive ergonomics and Learning.

Jörn Peters, Soest District

Jörn Peters, engineer for surveying, works as leader of functional area "Renewal of the real estate cadastral map", department "Land Survey Register and Geospatial Management", Soest District. In 2006 he developed and initiates the project "NAV4Blind - Navigation for blind and low vision people". In the follow-up originated different projects like "Guide4Blind-New ways for and with tourism as well for blind and low vision people" or "Ride4Blind-Tandem cycling for blind people".
His key aspects of activity are high-precision pedestrian satellite navigation, communication techniques and high-precision maps for blind and visually impaired people based on non-visual and visual presentation. Currently he is the leader of the national and EU founded project Guide4Blind and is involved in the European project HaptiMap.