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.


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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May 1st, 2022
The senSInt team co-hosted the Sustainable Haptic Design Workshop at CHI this year. Exciting keynote talks by Eric Vezzoli, Vincent Levesque, & Hasti Seifi.

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

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Recent Publications

2023: Tactile Symbols with Continuous and Motion-Coupled Vibration: An Exploration of using Embodied Experiences for Hermeneutic – Nihar Sabnis, Dennis Wittchen, Gabriela Vega, Courtney N. Reed, Paul Strohmeier

2023: Haptic Servos: Self-Contained Vibrotactile Rendering System for Creating or Augmenting Material Experiences – Nihar Sabnis, Dennis Wittchen, Courtney N. Reed, Narjes Pourjafarian, Jürgen Steimle, Paul Strohmeier

2023: Negotiating Experience and Communicating Information Through Abstract Metaphor – Courtney N. Reed, Paul Strohmeier, Andrew MacPherson

2022: Exploring Experiences with New Musical Instruments through Micro-phenomenology – Courtney N. Reed, Charlotte Nordmoen, Andrea Martelloni, Giacomo Lepri, Nicole Robson, Eevee Zayas-Garin, Kelsey Cotton, Lia Mice, Andrew McPherson

2022: Sustainable Haptic Design: Improving Collaboration, Sharing, and Reuse in Haptic Design Research – Oliver Schneider, Bruno Fruchard, Dennis Wittchen, Bibhushan Raj Joshi, Georg Freitag, Donald Degraen, Paul Strohmeier

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