Design, Interaction, Visualization & Applications team [DIVA]

The Design, Interaction, Visualization & Applications (DIVA) team focuses on the fundamental and applied research of human-computer interaction (HCI). This research is characterized by a two-fold challenge: representing and interacting with ever larger quantities of data, and achieving this not just on standard computers but also on small mobile and non-traditional devices.

Our key contributions are in the following fields:

Innovative interactions: techniques, physical artifacts and software paradigms

New forms of interaction

  • Gesture-based interaction and other novel modalities
  • Mobile/wearable interfaces and wall-sized displays
  • Tactile feedback and social interaction
  • Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality

Physical artifacts, tangible interaction, design

  • Tangible objects
  • On-body interaction
  • Shape-changing interfaces

New interaction and design paradigms

  • Multi-device and multi-surface interaction and collaborative work
  • Malleable software
  • Computer science education and interactive teaching software

« Homo digitalis »: Visualization, sense-making and behavior models

Data visualization and sensemaking

  • New graphical representation systems
  • Sensemaking
  • ·Data physicalization

Behavior models

  • Pointing (Fitts’ law) and information theory
  • Predictive performance and navigation models in multi-scale interfaces

Novice / Expert Transition

  • Discovery, learning and memorization
  • Interactive techniques that leverage semantic/spatial/image memory

Team members

Key words

  • Human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • Information visualization, data visualization
  • Behavior models
  • Virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality