My research vision
I am doing research about reuse in fabrication. It surprises me to see that we constantly re-invent the wheel when it comes to modelling machines. Take a bicycle as a simple machine. It consists of elementary parts like a chain drive, pedals, a steering mechanism, wheels, gears etc etc. I want to develop tools so in the future non-mechanical experts can model machines like that and invent new, more advanced machines. Rather than remodelling each gear separately, it makes more sense to think of the bike as a series of mechanisms that are linked together. By using functional mechanisms as primitives for modelling we can guarantee that functionality is maintained while the user has the freedom to link the mechanisms to one another as he/she wishes. This is what my current research at the Hasso Plattner Institute (supervisor: Patrick Baudisch) is focused on. An overview of earlier work can be found below. In the sidebar you can also directly navigate to the different sections.
within my PhD at the Hasso Plattner Institute
UIST2016 - Mobile Fabrication
CHI2016 - Linespace: a sense making platform for the blind
UIST2015- Turkdeck: Physical virtual reality based on people
As Research Assistant at the National University of Singapore
CHI2015 - Notiring: a comparative study of notification channels for wearable interactive rings
CHI2015 - OmniVib: Towards Cross-body Spatiotemporal Vibrotactile Notifications for Mobile Phones
Before my research career I studied design (BSc in Industrial Design and MSc in IT Product Design) and have worked as an entrepreneur., with my two companies we launched a series of products. Apart from that I also have been heavily engaged in a series of maker projects.
full publication list: http://www.thijsroumen.eu/publications