The research group “Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility” (Prof. Dr. Kathrin Gerling) at the Institute for Anthropomatics und Robotics (IAR) explores digital accessibility with focus on novel and assistive technologies that can be leveraged by disabled people to participate in society and lead self-determined lives. From a technical perspective, the research focus lies on interactive systems that are closely intertwined with users’ bodies, ranging from sensor-based wearable systems to immersive experiences such as digital games and virtual reality. Central to the research of the group is the question how interactive technology can be designed in a way that supports experiential accessibility – accessibility that strives for equitable experiences, extends beyond the removal of barriers, and seeks to provide positive and enriching user experiences.

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