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Title:New Prospects for Ubiquitous Computing: Smart materials meet interactive computing
Speaker:Prof. Wim Deferme, Prof. Kris Luyten, Steven Nagels, and Raf Ramakers
coming from:University Hasselt, Belgium
Speakers Bio:see below (abstract section)
Event Type:Talk
Visibility:D1, D2, D3, D5, SWS, RG1, MMCI
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Level:Expert Audience
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Date:Friday, 22 July 2016
Duration:120 Minutes
Building:E1 7 - MMCI
Raf Ramakers: End-User Control over Physical User-Interfaces: From Personal Fabrication to Real-Time Adaptability

Abstract: Over the past decade, an increasing number of applications and content moved to the digital world and became digitally embodied. Examples include, games, books, taxi services, digital tags on products, e-cards, social-media, etc. However, with advancements in DIY fabrication machinery and low-cost sensor technology, dedicated physical interfaces can be produced in small volumes at low costs. As such, it becomes possible to physically embody digital information and integrate these physical interfaces seamlessly into the living world. Authoring physical interfaces, however, requires expertise in many different domains, including design/modeling, programming, and electronics. In contrast, a few decades of research in easy-to-use graphical user interfaces have resulted in tools that allows laypeople to easily author digital content, such as social media profiles, search results, UI-themes, photo editing using filters, etc. This talk, covers my latest research on enabling laypeople to author physical user-interfaces using novel design tools and materials. In many ways, these technologies go beyond the traditional IoT vision of interconnecting devices and allow users to customize the appearance as well as the behavior of physical interfaces.

Bio: Raf Ramakers is a final year PhD student and researcher at the Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasselt University. He obtained a master degree in Computer Science/HCI in 2012. Besides having strong software development skills, Raf likes to keep a horizon on electronics, DIY machinery, smart materials, visual programming, and drone technologies. During his PhD research, he filled two patents and published five full papers at top-tier venues in Human Computer Interaction (CHI/UIST) were he also received a best paper honorable mention award. His research is covered extensively by the international press e.g. Fast Company, Discovery Channel, NewScientist, Discovery News, etc. During his PhD, he also worked at the Autodesk Research in Toronto and the Hasso-Plattner Institute close to Berlin.

Steven Nagels: Towards stretchable and flexible tactile sensors

Abstract: Electronics take up a prominent place in modern everyday life. By keeping up with Moore's law, feature sizes shrunk down along with power consumption which gives designers freedom to perform deeper integration than ever before. Think about smartphones, -watches and -sensors, the internet of things, etc. However, one main drawback remains true even for the smallest of electronics boards: they are rigid and hard to reconcile with soft deformable surfaces. Recent advances in materials science now make it possible to also start breaking this boundary. Conductive silicones, hydrogels and liquid conductors along with innovative designs for mechanical strain relieves seem promising tools for constructing electronics that can deform along with their carrier surface, thus opening up further integration of electronics into soft robotics, textiles as well as creating new interaction possibilities towards users. This talk will handle the materials research behind stretchable electronics by giving an updated state of the art and the highlights of my research in this field at UHasselt. 

Bio: Steven Nagels is an electronics engineer in his second year of PhD research at Hasselt University and a big fan of the online electronics maker communities such as e.g. Hackaday and Instructables. His expertise lies mostly in embedded electronics. Furthermore everything electronic which is somehow printed sparks his interest.

Wim Deferme: Functional Materials Engineering: Printing and Coating innovative materials onto a broad range of substrates for versatile applications.

Abstract: Innovative materials, developed at the Institute for Materials Research (IMO-IMOMEC) can be used to formulate inks and to be printed or coated onto several substrates, going from flat glass and PET substrates over rough and absorbing paper and textile substrates to even 3D parts, eventually produced by additive manufacturing. After a general introduction on the different printing and coating techniques, sintering techniques, innovative materials and devices or applications that are researched at the moment in the Functional Materials Engineering group of IMO-IMOMEC a specific project will be presented. In this project, light emitting devices where printed directly onto textiles for applications in indoor, outdoor and wearable applications.

Bio: Wim Deferme obtained an engineering degree in Applied Physics at the Technical University of Eindhoven in The Netherlands in 2003. He obtained a PhD in Materials Physics at Hasselt University in 2009 on the surface termination of synthetic diamond. In 2009, as a postdoc, he started research in the field of Printable Electronics and since February 2014 he is Assistant Professor at Hasselt University heading a group of 5 PhD students, 1 full-time researcher, 1 post-doc and several bachelor and master students in the field of “Engineering of Functional Materials”. His research activities are located in the printing of functional materials. Ink formulation towards functional inks, printing techniques such as inkjet printing, screen printing and ultrasonic spray coating and several applications such as Organic Photovoltaic Devices and Light Emitting Devices, printed sensors,... are among his expertise!

Kris Luyten: Intelligibility

Abstract: The so-called disappearing computer dictates that hardware and software blends — even hides — within the natural environment of its user. The user often interacts with such underhand computer systems through sensors with which the system observes and analyses the user. This makes using the system transparent and apparently automatic, and lets the users believe the environment is behaving in an intelligent way. However, because these systems tend to act without explicitly involving the user, users might be surprised as to why their environment behaves in a certain way. Moreover, context-aware systems will sometimes make mistakes because of the inevitable incompleteness of information. 

Bio: Kris Luyten is an associate professor in Computer Science at Hasselt University and member of the Human-Computer Interaction lab of the iMinds research institute Expertise Centre for Digital Media. His original, and still ongoing, research interest is finding new techniques and methods to engineer and use context-aware interactive systems. Since a few years, he is working within and with his team on various aspects of creating more accessible, usable and approachable ubiquitous systems. One keyword that comes up very often while doing this research, is intelligibility in its various shapes and forms. He thinks writing a bio in third person is a bit weird and likes to point to his website for more information on his endeavours in research and teaching:

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