Sensorimotor Interaction Group

The Sensorimotor Interaction group (senSInt) is a newly formed research group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI-INF). The group is led by Paul Strohmeier, we conduct research into human perception and computer sensing to improve Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Our research topics include Tactile Rendering, Sensorimotor Augmentation, and On-Body Systems.

The Sensorimotor Interaction Group is co-located with the Human Computer Interaction Lab of Saarland University.

Check out Talks and Research for more details about the research directions of senSInt.

Research

We experience the world through and because of our bodies. Our perception has adapted to respond to relevant information, which we use to actively create our experience of the world. Perception is a process which combines motor (efferent) output with sensory (afferent) input. The motor and sensory elements are inseparable, hence, sensorimotor.

We conduct research on such sensorimotor loops and explore their role in Human Computer Interaction. Our research focuses on understanding these sensorimotor loops themselves, designing how they might be deployed in on-body systems, and creating the technology, materials, and infrastructure for implementing these.

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News

March 18th, 2022
Courtney and Paul did a live music improvisation at the in person satellite event of this years Augmented Humans conference. You can watch and listen on YouTube

November 19th, 2021
Paul presented the research work of senSInt at MIT, invited by Hiroshi Ishii. A video of his talk is on YouTube

September 21st, 2021
Paul has been invited to present at the Assistive Augmentation Symposium. You can watch his talk on YouTube

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Recent Publications

2022: Examining Embodied Sensation and Perception in Singing – Courtney N. Reed

2022: Print-A-Sketch: A Handheld Printer for Physical Sketching of Circuits and Sensors on Everyday Surfaces – Narges Pourjafarian, Marion Koelle, Fjolla Mjako Paul Strohmeier, Jürgen Steimle

2022: Singing Knit: Soft Knit Biosensing for Augmenting Vocal Performances – Courtney N. Reed, Sophie Skach, Paul Strohmeier, and Andrew P. McPherson

2022: TactJam: An End-to-End Prototyping Suite for Collaborative Design of On-Body Vibrotactile Feedback – Dennis Wittchen, Katta Spiel, Bruno Fruchard, Donald Degraen, Oliver Schneider, Georg Freitag, Paul Strohmeier

2021: Eyecam: Revealing Relations between Humans and Sensing Devices through an Anthropomorphic Webcam – Marc Teyssier, Marion Koelle, Paul Strohmeier, Bruno Fruchard, and Jürgen Steimle

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