Diana Nowacka

d.nowacka@ncl.ac.uk | Doctoral Trainee

I'm a third year PhD Student supervised by David Kirk. My decision to pursue a PhD in Computing Science at Newcastle University is driven by my desire to investigate modern technologies for Human-Computer interaction. This applies particularly to the use of new technologies like interactive surfaces, actuators or embedded sensors. In the months prior to my PhD I had already had the opportunity to be part of Open Lab while working on my Master's project and dissertation. During the course of this work, I gained insights into various research projects which further strengthened my decision to work in this field. My Master's dissertation explored the connection and communication of tangible objects with optical multi-touch surfaces and emerging interaction techniques. Furthermore, during the majority of my studies at my home institution in Germany, I was a research assistant in the Mobile Human-Computer-Interaction group led by Professor Enrico Rukzio. By working on various projects concerning interaction techniques such as projector phones, I gathered considerable experience in an academic environment which sparked my interest to pursue a career in research. I made an instructable about my latest project, check it out here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Diri-the-actuated-helium-balloon/

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Associated Projects

  • Actuated Tangibles on Multi-Touch Tables
    Touchbugs: Actuated Tangibles on Multi-Touch Tables
    Touchbugs is an open source hardware and software framework for a novel actuated tangible technology. Touchbugs are small tangibles that use directed bristles and vibration motors for actuation (giving them the ability to move independently). Their inf...
    August 30, 2011
  • Diri
    Autonomous Behaviour in Tangible User Interfaces as a Design Factor
    The use of autonomous behaviour in Tangible User Interfaces can potentially create a compelling and new kind of interaction between humans and computers. I motivate this argument by reviewing related research, which indicates that people are engaged by...
    August 30, 2011
  • The six Mindfulness Spheres of the Spheres of Wellbeing Research Project.
    Spheres of Wellbeing
    The Spheres of Wellbeing are a set artefacts specifically designed for a group of six women who live in the medium secure services of a forensic hospital in the UK. These women present a very vulnerable group due to the severity of their mental heal...
    August 30, 2011
  • photo of touchbridge hardware
    TouchBridge was an active tangible marker system for optical based multi-touch surfaces. It built on a previously proposed method of marker tracking based upon the augmentation of physical objects with IR Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). In this previ...
    August 30, 2011
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