PITLab Research Themes

Enhancing human capabilities to observe and act in the real world

Sensors used in the right way can enable people to see what is otherwise invisible both in real-time and in retrospect.
Sensors deployed in nature, cities, buildings, or on our bodies can accumulate data over long time, highlight trends, and simplify decision making.
PIT Lab activities: Intelligent buildings improving their energy efficency. High-precision tools the analysis of body motion help elite athletes improve their performance.
Awareness-enhancing systems facilitate spatiotemporally distributed collaborators to work as a coherent team.

Making systems behave smarter by sensing the human body

Having mobile and wearable interactive systems capture data on/from our bodies can make their behaviour more graceful.
PIT Lab activities: More precise capturing of human eye movements can make mobile and stationary digital systems infer
what we are attending to and adapt the system’s behaviour accordingly (e.g. to delay interruptive notifications until the user can better cope with it).

Rethinking play

Prototyping things for play purposes helps us understand the (potential) role of play in different contexts. PIT Lab activities:
We explore how making games tangible can increase player engagement.
We investigate the use of playful approaches to education having students build and explore their own physical artefacts.
Our approach gives us a unique possibility to critically assess the philosophical, social, political and economical articulations of play, games, and fun in society at large.

Enabling computing in new places

Giving interactive systems new shapes and control mechanisms (input and output) can lead to digital systems
able to support human activities which digitalization previously could not reach. PIT Lab activities:
Development of Wearable Personal Assistants that are controllable through non-traditional input and output modalities,
for instance allowing surgeons to control content on visual displays without the use of touch.

PITLab Research Topics