Dr. Jochen Huber is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Synaptics. Previously, he was an SUTD-MIT postdoctoral fellow in the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT Media Lab and the Augmented Human Lab at Singapore University of Technology and Design. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and degrees in both Mathematics (Dipl.-Math.) and Computer Science (Dipl.-Inform.), all from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.
Before joining MIT and SUTD, Jochen was head of the Tangible Interaction group at the Telecooperation Lab at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany (2012-2013). At the same time, he held regular positions as an adjunct lecturer in Interaction Design at the Institute for Media Design, University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Germany, since 2009. He was a visiting scholar at FXPAL (2011) and a research assisitant at the European Media Lab (2006-2008).
My research investigates technology that empowers people who find themselves at the edge of sensorial capability—with impairments or lack thereof. I design, develop and study novel interfaces that seamlessly provide enhanced interactive and perceptive capabilities. The novelty of my approach lies in putting sensorial ability and disability on a continuum of usability for certain technology, rather than treat one or the other extreme as the focus.
Such augmenting technology can therefore not only assist impaired users but also assist non-impaired users in developing or enhancing abilities (and vice versa); e.g. a reading aid for the blind that can also be used for literacy development in early childhood education. I call this research thrust Assistive Augmentation, an emerging field at the intersection of human-computer interaction, human augmentation and assistive technology.
My work on assistive augmentation finds its application to e.g. novel input technologies, wearable computing, automotive interfaces, accessibility, personal health and well-being.
I regularly review papers for major conferences (e.g. CHI, ACM Multimedia, IUI, Augmented Human, MobileHCI, TEI, ITS), journals (e.g. Springer PUC, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Computer), as well as books for the Oxford University Press.
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