Call for Participation
Inventors workshop on tangible interaction for social and emotion communication
February 26-27, 2016 · Oldenburg, Germany


The 8th inventors workshop of GI-Fachgruppe “Begreifbare Interaktion” (German Informatics Society Workgroup on Tangible Interaction) will be held on February 26-27, 2016 in Oldenburg, Germany. This year’s 2 half days inventors workshop will focus on tangible interaction for social and emotion communication. In the context of tangible interaction, we will focus on systems that can convey information about presence, status, activity, mood, etc. between geographically separated groups of people (e.g., work colleagues, family members, friends). Such systems support the experience of and the immersion into the lives of others by exchanging emotions and activities. The exchange is carried out by the design of multimodal, affective and pervasive human-technology interactions, which promote non-verbal interaction and explicit communication if required.

This hands-on workshop will familiarize participants with current trends for activity awareness and tangible interaction techniques in Human Computer Interaction. In practical sessions, participants will develop concepts for new tangible interfaces and then realize them using fabrication techniques, sensors and actuators, and Arduino-based processing. For instance, teams can realize touch-sensitive tangibles, ambient light displays, and wearable interfaces that facilitate social interaction.

The inventor workshop is part of the activities of the Tangible Interaction workgroup within the German Informatics Society. It will be located at OFFIS Institute for Information Technology in Oldenburg, Germany.

Participation & Registration
We welcome participants with backgrounds in Computer Science, Media, Architecture, Design, Arts, Psychology or Cognitive Science. The workshop will be held in English, and we especially encourage international students and colleagues to participate.

No prior knowledge in electronics, hardware, or microcontrollers is required (but surely helpful). Furthermore, interest and knowledge about tangible interaction would be helpful. We will balance groups, such that both novices and people with experience in physical computing will benefit from the workshop.

To participate, please register using the following form until February 7th, 2016. We recommend to register early, as the number of places is limited due to the practical nature of the workshop. We will launch a website soon with more details (including the agenda) — we will keep you informed.

Participation is free of charge. However dinner, travel and accommodation costs are self-paid.

Shadan Sadeghian
Abdallah El Ali
Vanessa Cobus
Torben Wallbaum
Andrii Matviienko
Wilko HeutenSusanne Boll


University of Oldenburg, OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology
If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Shadan Sadeghian (

Best Regards
Shadan Sadeghian

Call For Participation Inventors workshop on tangible interaction for social and emotion communication