How will we control our home appliances in ten years? Will every new device still be shipped with an extra remote control? A coffee table looking like a mess seems the inevitable.

My thesis focuses on this obvious problem by looking for an alternative to the conventional remote control. As speech-based interfaces are still very prone to error, the investigation of a gesture-based interaction modality seems worthwhile, since in addition to voice gestures represent a natural form of communication for people.

Related Publications

  • Westermann, T. (2010). I'm Home: Smartphone-enabled Gestural Interaction with Multi-Modal Smart-Home Systems (pp. 137–140). Presented at the Informatiktage'10, GI.
  • Kühnel, C., Westermann, T., Weiss, B., & Möller, S. (2010). Evaluating multimodal systems: a comparison of established questionnaires and interaction parameters (pp. 286–294). Presented at the NordiCHI '10: Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Extending Boundaries, New York, New York, USA:  ACM Request Permissions. doi:10.1145/1868914.1868949
  • Westermann, T. (2011). Bring 'em Home: Smartphone-based Gestural Interaction with Smart-Home Systems. Presented at the Body, Movement, Gestures & Tactility in Interaction with Mobile Devices. Workshop at MobileHCI 2011.
  • Kühnel, C., Westermann, T., Hemmert, F., Kratz, S., Müller, A., & Möller, S. (2011). I'm Home: Defining and Evaluating a Gesture Set for Smart-Home Control. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.