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Innovation - The Theme of the World Usability Day 2015 in Hamburg

On 12 November, the World Usability Day (WUD) will be taking place in Hamburg, since 2006 organised in co-operation with HAW Hamburg

On 12 November 2015, 26 countries will be hosting 61 events at the World Usability Day. Since 2006, Hamburg has been hosting the event in co-operation with the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences HAW Hamburg. 2015’s theme is “Innovation” . In the morning, seven workshops will be hosted, In the afternoon, there will be 18 talks in three tracks, addressing issues such as innovation, UX, product management und usability geben. Participation at the World Usability Day is free, prior registration for workshops required.

Seven Workshops

An innovation with a special challenge is the interaction with robots. How will be encountering robots? What do we expect from interaction with robots? In the workshop “Human-Robot Interaction” Prof. Frank Jacob, Simon Cook and Jona Rammler (HID Human Interface Design GmbH) will address these questions. In the workshop “Voice Search” by Sebastian Sünkler (researcher at the Department of Information of the HAW Hamburg and lecturer) and Sonja Quirmbach (Telekom)will offer the opportunity to try out different systems after a brief introduction to the voice-activated search and their suitability for use under live conditions.

Florian Scheppelmann (User Experience Consultant, eparo GmbH) will allow to test the usability and user experience of a website in his orkshop “UX testing in practice”. That “Prototyping with Axure” will allow to save time and energy when creating a prototype for a website or app will be shown by Malte Lücken (Interaction Designer, eparo GmbH).

The workshop “Working Afresh” will offer premises for work and discussions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Scenography meets service and Interaction Design is the theme of the workshop “Attention to the Ordinary – Note for Innovation” by Sven Klomp (Sven Klomp scenography) and Matthias Müller-Prove (Interaction Designer and Human Computer Interactivist)

The Living Place

Kai von Luck (HAW Hamburg) will guide through HAW’s “Living Place” in the seventh workshop. The intelligent apartment is a 130 square metres white loft, equipped with motion sensors, cameras, microphones and a control room. The Living Place thus shows ways in which technology can make life easier. During the tour, also the emotion bike project will be presented. The “Emo Bike” is a stationary bicycle, inviting users to straddle through a virtual world. A bicycle camera captures all mimicry. Based on 3D camera data, the system will thus be able to record in real time the emotional states of users while cycling and to intelligently respond to them. Such “emotional dialogue” can be used in various application fields such as entertainment or fitness.

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