Eva Hornecker

Dipl. Inform, Dr.-Ing.
  eva(at)ehornecker(dot)de or: eva(dot)hornecker(at)uni(slash)weimar(dot)de

Professor of HCI

at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in Germany, chairing the Human Computer Interaction group in the Computer Science and Media department , in the Faculty of Media since February 2013. I now lead our new HCI master (MSc) program

From autumn 2008 I was a SICSA lecturer at the University of  Strathclyde, co-leading the Mobiquitous Lab in Glasgow, UK. I retain an affiliation with the CIS Dept. at the University of Strathclyde. I worked at several places before, including the UK's Open University, Sussex University, the Vienna University of Technology, and the HitLabNZ, following my PhD in Bremen, Germany.


Research Opportunities: These include visiting research periods (for a theses) or if you have any other ideas for collaborations, drop me an email!

Weimar students: if you are interested in doing a bachelor/master thesis in HCI, please contact me!


co-chairing the TEI Graduate Student Consortium with Elise van den Hoven and Connie Goldsteijn for February 2016 in Eindhoven!

Jürgen Steimle, Albrecht Schmidt and me edited a special issue of the German Computer Science Assocatiations main magazine Informatik-Spektrum on 'Interaction Beyond the Desktop' (Vol 37, Iss. 5) Oct. 2014

Joint article accepted for ACM ToCHI!! "Let's Jam the Reactable: Peer Learning during Musical Improvisation with a Tabletop Interface" with Anna Xambó (Open University), Eva Hornecker, Paul Marshall (UCL), Sergi Jordà (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), and Chris Dobbyn and Robin Laney (Open University), appeared late 2013

We've published an interactions article presenting some of the core ideas and motivations of our EU meSch project that UoS is involved in. meSch has the goal of co-designing novel platforms for the creation of tangible exhibits at heritage sites, based on DIY technologies, so that curators can offer visitors new interactive experiences by means of material interaction with smart objects.

My research interests are the design and user experience of 'beyond the desktop' interaction (this includes multitouch surfaces, tangible interaction, whole-body interaction, mobile devices, and physical(ly embedded) computing), support of social/collaborative interactions, and, very generally, the social/societal implications of technology. One of my specific areas of interest is in interactive museum installations.

We continue our work on media facades and urban space installations at BUW, and e.g. run student group projects on these topics. We sometimes collaborate with the Media Architecture Master program, and have jointly developed an interactive facade mapping for a festival in Meiningen.

Report on creatorsproject about the facade mapping event in the city of Meiningen in August 2014, celebrating the 100 year commemoration of Duke George II which was developed as a collaboration between media-architecture and media-computing students from BUW. Our students built a machine for the audience to steer the projections with.

Our 'Interactive Costumes' student project was demoed at the WearIT Festival in Berlin in October 2014

Eva currently is a TPC member for the Creativity&Cognition conference 2015, she was an AC for CHI'14, was an AC for CHI'13, Theme Chair on the Design Processes theme for ACM DIS'12 in Newcastle UK,  ACM CHI'12 Interactivity Explorations chair - Poster co-chair for ITS 2012  and now also for 2013 (Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces) - 2013 was a busy year!

Spring 2011 to end of 2014 I was forum editor for an article series on Tangible and Embodied Interaction for ACM's interaction magazine. Check out my intro article in the ACM DL and the list of published articles !

Old stuff:

The Tangible Interaction Framework thinking about physical space and social interaction

A new, beautifully designed version of the Tangible Interaction Framework Brainstorming Card Game is available (thanks to Elisabeth Eichhorn Berlin/Potsdam!)


Need to update with Weimar photos!!!

The best thing about the Livingstone Tower is the views of Glasgow...

Photos from Glasgow and Scotland - beautiful city and country...

Over summer 2010, we conducted a formative user study of five touchscreen and interactive table prototype installations for the National Trust Scotland. The new Robert Burns Birthplace museum in Alloway hosts the final installations and some of the flash-based games we tested are also available on their website. The museum has had over a million visitors since its opening in Dec. 2010 already...

from beautiful Brighton and surrounds('05/6)     
from a visit home in my PhD-time town BREMEN (07)

Strathclyde's 2nd year students did a group project in physical computing using Arduino in my 'Approaches to Multimedia' class. Here is an overview of the best projects in 2009 and 2010 - some of these are pretty amazing for a 6 weeks project in 3d term of studies... (need to update with 2011 and 2012 images - better each year!)
from NZ ('06/7) on flickr
    (this is only 1/3d...) Most of what I know in beautiful Christchurch is now in ruins due to the recent earthquake. Its painful to look at some of these pictures...

from Boulder, Colorado (2001)