Monday, 12 March 2007

Visitor from Finland

Jonna Häkkilä, a principle scientist from Nokia Research Center in Helsinki/Oulu, is visiting us for two days. As you can see on the pictures she enjoyed arguing with our students. She also gave a talk on her recent work. We talked a lot about the format of the course and the results are really interesting. I think getting 10 students for 4 weeks into one room (every day from 9-5) makes a lot of sense - it is amazing how quick students learn is such a setting.

Jonna was a co-author of a paper on tactile output at TEI'07 ("Tap Input as an Embedded Interaction Method for Mobile Devices"). We discussed some opportunities for a follow-up project here in Bonn. Perhaps we co-supervise a master student on the topic.

Paul Holleis from my group (he is still in Munich) is visiting, too. While walking along river Rhine we got into an interesting discussion on wearable computing. Cloth cover often the whole body - would they not be great for input?

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