Human Enhancement

My research is motivated by sensory technology that can track most aspects of our lives and is in many ways better than human senses. This technology can enhance our senses. I want to create systems that allow us to experience the world in a novel enhanced way and boost how we perceive our environment. I want to design enhanced synthetic senses that are easy to use. I believe that extending and augmenting human perception will revolutionize the field of human computer interaction. My research is motivated by sensory technology that can track most aspects of our lives and is in many ways better or complimentary to human senses. I want to work on systems that extend human sensory capabilities in an intuitive way using digital technology. Such extension would be continuously available and transparent in use. A lot of digital sensor technology is already complimentary to human senses and we employ them already in tools (e.g. heat cameras, radiation sensors, x-ray). However, their use is by far not straightforward or intuitive. Affordances of using these tools seamlessly in everyday life are still too high. How can we create human machine interfaces for this sensing technologies to enhance our senses? My future work focuses on how to create new representations of digital sensor information to make it easier for a human to understand their relevancy and in a second step also using these insights to create novel, artificial senses.

Some Publications

Workshop on Amplification and Augmentation of Human Perception. Schmidt, Albrecht and Schneegass, Stefan and Kunze, Kai and Rekimoto, Jun and Woo, Woontack. Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 2017. Bibtex.

atmoSphere: designing cross-modal music experiences using spatial audio with haptic feedback. Fushimi, Haruna and Kato, Daiya and Kamiyama, Youichi and Yanagihara, Kazuya and Minamizawa, Kouta and Kunze, Kai. ACM SIGGRAPH 2017 Emerging Technologies. 2017. Bibtex.

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