Our research 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 VR. We employ participatory and experience-centered methods in system design, and have expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods that we apply in user studies that take place in lab and field settings.

Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology

We investigate the potential of interactive and body-based technology in the context of assistance and rehabilitation. Ongoing projects in this area range from theory-driven development of interactive technology to support physical therapy among children, the critical exploration of challenges and opportunities of technology to support physical activity among older adults, to wearable systems that can be leveraged by disabled people to support mobility and orientation.

Inclusive Interactive Technology

Interactive systems such as digital games or virtual reality offer the opportunity of creating enriching and accessible experiences for broad user groups. Ongoing projects in this area include playful interventions to reduce stigma in sensitive settings, and game design approaches that support disengagement from play to support positive gaming experiences for vulnerable players. 

Real-World Lab "Accessibility"

We are part of the Real-World Lab “Accessibility”, a cross-disciplinary and participatory research effort that is concerned with the design, development and evaluation of novel technologies and spatial configurations that can be leveraged by disabled people. Within the real-world lab, our aim is to build technology that facilitates equitable participation in society, that contributes to individual safety and comfort in spaces, and that facilitates access to enriching and engaging experiences.