Our research lab is hosted at the Department of Digital Media at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria | School of Informatics, Communication and Media in Hagenberg. The Media Interaction Lab integrates research with education, providing students with a project-based learning environment. The lab was founded back in 2004. After years of extensive research in virtual reality and tabletop interaction, our lab continued its journey towards large interactive surfaces, creative environments, and smart textiles, which is still a major research focus within our lab. In the last couple of years we have increased research efforts in more hardware-related domains, such as sensing technologies and hardware design. These efforts also manifest in recent projects with automotive companies, where one major goal is to develop and investigate next-generation interfaces for cars.
We work on machine-learning algorithms to process, understand, and retrieve information from images, videos, and similar sensor data. For example, the project BAMBI uses camera drones and artificial intelligence to monitor animals in the wild. The project aims to analyze the long-term development of wildlife populations to identify impending ecological problems, such as biodiversity loss or overpopulation, on time.
TextileUX proposes the creation of a multi-functional textile-based sensing platform to enable computational environments to be embedded seamlessly into our lives. It aims to broaden the knowledge base at the intersection of material, textile and computer science.