Research Projects

Research Projects

The following research projects are currently realized by the HCI group.

Scalable Biometrics

to be started

The main challenge this project is addressing is the question how behavioral biometric approaches scale to different pervasive computing environments, containing multiple users with changing behavior, different physicalities, and changing sensing and interaction capabilities. While behavioral biometrics so far was mainly investigated in the lab for single users, we envision this project to enable a significant leap forward towards behavioral biometrics becoming a powerful means for identifying and authenticating users in future pervasive computing environments that combines high usability with strong security.

IoTAssist

03.2020-02.2023

Grundlegendes Ziel des IoTAssist Projekts ist die Entwicklung einer Plattform, die eine Interoperabilität zwischen Geräten und Diensten im IoT- und Wearable-Bereich ermöglicht. Diese Plattform bietet die Möglichkeit intelligente Assistenzsysteme einfach und intuitiv umzusetzen. Hier legen wir besonderen Fokus auf die Integration schon existierender Geräte-Ökosysteme im alltäglichen und häuslichen Umfeld, um dem wachsenden Problem der Insellösungen entgegenzutreten. Damit die verschiedenen Technologien einfach eingebunden werden können, stellen wir eine technologieneutrale Schnittstelle und verschieden Künstliche Intelligenz Module zur Verfügung. In nutzerzentrierten Workshops werden individuelle, auf den Benutzer zugeschnittene Assistenzsysteme aufgebaut und im täglichen Alltag erprobt.

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Functional Biometrics

01.05.2020 - 30.04.2023

In this project, we introduce a novel class of biometrics, called Functional Biometrics. In contrast to physical token and behavior based biometrics, Functional Biometrics exploit the user´s body as a function. Thus, this novel class of biometrics does not only rely on the body itself but also on a specific input signal generated by the system the user wants to authenticate to. This signal (e.g., audio, electrical, haptic stimulus) is modified by the user´s body which in return generates a characteristic response through a user’s unique body reflection (e.g., propagated audio response, muscle reaction). This characteristic response is used as a biometric password. It is measured by the system and compared to a pre-stored response (i.e., the password) to authenticate the user.

ComIC

01.2018-12.2020

The ComIC (Computing for Intercultural Competence) project promotes the intercultural dialog between Islamic and European countries using “computing” and “research” as the common language to tackle emerging challenges. Intercultural dialog refers to proactive awareness and preparedness to integrate within other societies in social and professional aspects. This is particularly important when considering the IT industries in western and Islamic countries. In western countries, there is a gap between the number of available computing jobs and the number of qualified computing professionals. It is known that there are more computer science related job opportunities than computer science students. On the other hand, there is a misconception in Egypt that there are no jobs for computer science graduates.