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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