Artifact-based Computing & 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 – contextual design thinking in doing
  • User experience design
  • Co-creation of common artifacts – analog and digital
  • Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of digital artifacts
  • Societal, ethical, and gender-related implications of emerging technologies
  • Community building and engagement by design and through design-related activities
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Seminar on Creativity and Infrastructuring
Seminar with presentations and discussions
Hilda Tellioglu (Co-organizer), supported by CTS
30.11.2023, Vienna, Austria [more]

Co-Creation Practices & Technologies for Open Urban Planning
A workshop at the 11th International Conference on Communities & Technologies
Hilda Tellioglu (Co-organizer), supported by EUSSET
30.05.2023, Lahti, Finland [more]

Recent Publications

“Self-Balancing Bicycles: Qualitative Assessment and Gaze Behavior Evaluation” – 01/23
Philipp Wintersberger, Ambika Shahu, Johanna Reisinger, Fatemeh Alizadeh, Florian Michahelles
MUM ’22: The 21st International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia

“Explainable Federated Learning: A Lifecycle Dashboard for Industrial Settings” – 01/2023
Michael Ungersboeck, Thomas Hiessl, Daniel Schall, Florian Michahelles
IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine

“An Experience Sampling Study to Evaluate Why Users Dismiss Smartphone Notifications” – 09/2022
Alexander Neff, Philipp Wintersberger
MobileHCI 22: The ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction

“What Is Happening Behind The Wall? Towards A Better Understanding of A Hidden Robot’s Intent By Multimodal Cues” – 09/2022 
Khaled Kassem, Tobias Ungerböck, Philipp Wintersberger, Florian Michahelles
MobileHCI 22: The ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction

“Nudgit – Reducing Online News Consumption By Digital Nudges” – 09/2022 
Ambika Shahu, Alexander Melem, Philipp Wintersberger, Florian
MobileHCI 22: The ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction

“Development and Evaluation of a Motion-based VR Bicycle Simulator” – 09/2022
Philipp Wintersberger, Andrii Matviienko, Andreas Schweidler, Florian Michahelles
MobileHCI 22: The ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction

“Exploring Human-robot Interaction by Simulating Robots” – 09/2022
Khaled Kassem, Florian Michahelles
Workshop on User Experience and Social Interaction with Robots, at MUC 2022

“User-Centered Design” – 09/2022
Hilda Tellioglu
In: Handbook of e-Tourism. Xiang et al. (eds.), Springer, Cham

“User Experience Evaluation of SAE Level 3 Driving on a Test Track” – 06/2022
Philipp Wintersberger, Shadan Shadeghian-Borojeni, Clemens Schartmüller, Anna-Katharina Frison, Andreas Riener
2022 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV)

“Human-Centered Explainable AI (HCXAI): beyond opening the black-box of AI” – 04/2022
Upol Ehsan, Philipp Wintersberger, Q Vera Liao, Elizabeth Anne Watkins, Carina Manger, Hal Daumé III, Andreas Riener, Mark O Riedl
CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts

“Designing for Continuous Interaction with Artificial Intelligence Systems” – 04/2022
Philipp Wintersberger, Niels van Berkel, Nadia Fereydooni, Benjamin Tag, Elena L Glassman, Daniel Buschek, Ann Blandford, Florian Michahelles
CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts

“Would Users Accept Electric Muscle Stimulation Controlling their Body? Insights from a Scenario-based Investigation” – 04/2022
Ambika Shahu, Philipp Wintersberger, Florian Michahelles
CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts

“Scenario-based Investigation of Acceptance of Electric Muscle Stimulation” – 03/2022
Ambika Shahu, Philipp Wintersberger, Florian Michahelles
Augmented Humans 2022

“Towards a Generalized Scale to Measure Situational Trust in AI Systems” – 03/2022
Lena Dolinek, Philipp Wintersberger
Workshop on Trust and Reliance in AI-Human Teams, at CHI 2022

“Artificial Intelligence for Attention Management in Human-Machine Cooperation” – 03/2022
Philipp Wintersberger, Florian Michahelles
Wirtschaftsinformatik 2022

“In-Situ Analysis of Behavior Patterns and User Experience of Automated Shuttle Bus Users” – 01/2022
Philipp Wintersberger, Andreas Riener
User Experience Design in the Era of Automated Driving. Studies in Computational Intelligence, vol 980. (Springer)

Embodied Gestures – 2022
Enrique Tomás, Martin Kaltenbrunner, Thomas Gorbach, Hilda Tellioglu
TU Wien Academic Press, Vienna (ISBN: 978-3-85448-047-1 | doi)

“Evaluation of Imminent Take-Over Requests With Real Automation on a Test Track” – 12/2021
Philipp Wintersberger, Clemens Schartmüller, Shadan Shadeghian-Borojeni, Anna-Katharina Frison, Andreas Riener
Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

“The influence of experienced severe road traffic accidents on take-over reactions and non-driving-related tasks in an automated driving simulator study” – 11/2021
Klemens Weigl, Clemens Schartmüller, Philipp Wintersberger, Marco Steinhauser, Andreas Riener
Accident Analysis and Prevention (Elsevier)

“Support for Informal Caregivers: Use of Infrastructures” – 09/2021
Hilda Tellioglu
infraHEALTH 2021: 8th International Conference on Infrastructures in Healthcare

“The TOR Agent:Optimizing Driver Take-Over with Reinforcement Learning” – 09/2021
Jakob Kuen, Clemens Schartmüller, Philipp Wintersberger
AutomotiveUI ’21 Adjunct: 13th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications

“Gear Up for Safety:Development and Evaluation of an Assisted Bicycle” – 09/2021
Philipp Wintersberger, David Suppan, Andreas Schweidler, Florian Michahelles
AutomotiveUI ’21 Adjunct: 13th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications

“Human-machine collaboration on data annotation of images by semi-automatic labeling” – 09/2021 09/2021
Tom Haider, Florian Michahelles
MuC ’21: Mensch und Computer 2021

“Living Labs als befähigende soziotechnische Systeme in Smart Cities” (Talk) – 06/2021
Hilda Tellioglu
Konferenz der IKT-Community Österreichs IMAGINE 21

“Space: the final frontier” Open spaces in cities (Talk) – 06/2021
Hilda Tellioglu
Symposium Virtu(Re)al Playgrounds. How to digitally expand a city

“Operationalizing Human-Centered Perspectives in Explainable AI” – 05/2021
Upol Ehsan, Philipp Wintersberger, Q. Vera Liao, Martina Mara, Marc Streit, Sandra Wachter, Andreas Riener, Mark O. Riedl
CHI EA ’21: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

“Let’s Share a Ride into the Future: A Qualitative Study Comparing Hypothetical Implementation Scenarios of Automated Vehicles” – 05/2021
Martina Schuß, Philipp Wintersberger, Andreas Riener
CHI ’21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

“Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Distance Learning at Schools: An analysis of problems through the switch from classroom teaching to distance learning in Austria” – 05/2021
Simon Schwantler, Hilda Tellioglu
ICDEL 2021: The 6th International Conference on Distance Education and Learning

“Embodied Gestures: Sculpting Energy-Motion Models into Musical Interfaces” – 04/2021
Enrique Tomás, Thomas Gorbach, Hilda Tellioglu, Martin Kaltenbrunner
NIME 2021: Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression


Human-Robot Collaboration

Exploring the different ways we can improve collaboration between man and machine, while leveraging their individual strengths.

motor learning

Haptic interactions such as Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) need an understanding of parameters concerning the design of bodily integration systems, and ways to promote appropriate experiences. We investigate the elements that may influence an EMS system’s user experience, notably the user acceptance with having the body actuated, as well as the relationship with motor learning.


eternity bike

We develop and evaluate the implementation of a self-balancing assisted bicycle, with the aim to integrate safety features, devices and add connected driving features. So far, we have developed a high-fidelity VR bicycle simulator to conduct realistic studies with human participants



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.


The SmartHubs project examines mobility hubs, dedicated on-street locations where citizens can choose from different shared and sustainable mobility options. The main objective is to assess if a co-designed, user-centric development can enable mobility hubs to act as a game changer towards inclusive sustainable urban mobility and accessibility. SmartHubs will examine, develop and apply research methods and tools in SmartHubs Living Labs in Brussels, Rotterdam-the Hague metropolitan region, Munich, Vienna and Istanbul.


Open Theses:

Digital Dentist – Investigating the processes involved between patient and dentist (Bachelor)

Interactive turn-off guard for cyclists (Diploma)

Investigating Rotational Motion in Virtual Reality Bicycle Simulators (Diploma)

Physically Realistic Force Simulation for a VR Bicycle Simulator (Bachelor  |  Diploma)

“Green Fifteen” –Concept of dynamic grouping of cyclists in traffic (Bachelor)

Image Classification for Waste Quality Management (Bachelor)

Depth Image-based Respiratory Rate Measurement (Diploma)

Ultra-Wideband Radar-based Remote Respiratory Rate Measurement (Diploma

OpenIBC: Circuit Design for Intra-Body Communication  (Diploma)

Acceptance of Novel Communication Technology (Diploma




Our People


Andrea Birbaumer

External Lecturer

Kevin Blasiak


Sonja Dorfbauer

Student Staff

Khaled Kassem

Research Assistant

Gerfried Mikusch

Research Assistant

Ioana Nicoara


Marcel Peralt-Bonell

Student Staff

Ambika Shahu

Research Assistant

Hilda Tellioglu


Mert Usul

Student Staff

Yu Wang

Project assistant

Philipp Wintersberger

Co-affiliated Professor

Florian Wolling


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