Artifact-based Computing and User Research

Computers have become an integral part of our everyday lives. While in the past we have used these machines only occasionally to perform calculations, manage data, run simulations, or browse the web, they are now substantially embedded in our private and working environments. Mobile devices, smart speakers, or home automation have become mass markets, but these technologies are just the beginning.

What We Do

Recent advances in sensing, processing, and machine learning are expected to gradually transition our world into a new era where machines take initiative and proactively approach their users, while gradually fading into sensitive application areas with societal and ethical consequences. This development is propelled by new modalities of interaction, such as voice, virtual/augmented reality, emerging sensing opportunities introspecting users, and new capabilities of predicting user needs and intentions.

Main research focus

  • Research through design in transdisciplinary settings
  • AI-driven assistance and companion systems
  • Human-machine and human-AI cooperation in a variety of contexts
  • Adaptive and attention-aware information systems
  • Explainability, transparency, and accountability of AI systems
  • New interaction modalities such as voice and AR/VR
  • Human-centered design in all stages from ideation to implementation
  • User experience design
  • Co-creation of common artifacts
  • Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of digital artifacts
  • Societal, ethical, and gender-related implications of emerging technologies


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motor learning

We investigate the influence of body actuation on motor learning and user acceptance.

eternity bike

We develop and evaluate the implementation of a self-balancing assisted bicycle. We integrate safety features, integrate devices and add connected driving features from the driving domain.

aspern.mobil LAB

The aspern.mobil LAB creates a space where residents, researchers, municipalities and companies can collectively contribute to the development of new, urban mobility in Seestadt Aspern. It aims to locally establish and support a new culture of mobility and innovation that can become a local flagship project for Austria as a location for innovation. Mobility and innovation culture should be carried by the community emerging around aspern.mobili LAB. The lab serves as an infrastructure for research and development. The core areas of innovative mobility solutions include active mobility, shared mobility as a service, as well as first/last-mile logistics and the analysis of their spatial, economic, ecological and social added value.



Our People


Andrea Birbaumer

External Lecturer

Florian Cech

Research Assistant

Michael Habiger

Research Assistant

Khaled Kassem

Research Assistant

Gerfried Mikusch

Research Assistant

Ioana Nicoara


Ambika Shahu

Research Assistant

Hilda Tellioglu


Marlene Wagner

Research Assistant

IT Services

Find us

Favoritenstrasse 9-11
2. Stock (Stiege 3)
1040 Vienna

Office Services
Ioana Nicoara