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How can smarter interfaces Make Human Actors Smarter?

To be able to address the question of appropriate design for cognitive interfaces, it is important to differentiate between two functional areas. The area of information design investigates the question as to which information is selected out of the environment and how it needs to be treated in order to support “knowledge work“ in the best possible way. The area of interaction design investigates the possibilities for action that those involved (individuals or groups) need to be given to use the information offered by the interface efficiently. Information design and interaction design interconnect with each other in their practical development, but they focus on different issues and different theoretical constructs.

Research in the area of information design focuses on the questions as to which information from the individual’s or group’s environment can be made accessible and how this information can best be presented in order to support optimally knowledge intensive processes and to counteract distortions in information processing.

Project 01     Debiasing Social Media Use
Project 02     3D Knowledge Spaces
Project 03     Use of Medical Online Platforms
Project 04     Use of Product Evaluation Portals
Project 05     Fostering Image Reading Skills of Dentists
Project 06     Attention Awareness in Classrooms
Project 07     Contact Recommendation Systems
Project 15     Emotion and Argument (associated) 

Project 16     Context Changes in Social Media Contributions (associated)

Interaction Design

Research in the area of interaction design focuses on the possibilities for action that should be made available to individuals or groups in order to process optimally the information given in the interface. In this area, management strategies based on touch and gesture play an especially important role.

Project 08      Interactive Ward Round Table
Project 09      Osteoarthritis Exercise App
Project 10      Touch and Offloading
Project 11      Digits grasp digits
Project 12      Game-based number learning
Project 13      Citizen Science in the Classroom
Project 14      Learning and Social Identification via Touch