Sensorimotor Interaction Group

The Sensorimotor Interaction group (senSInt) is a newly formed research group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI-INF). The group is led by Paul Strohmeier, we conduct research into human perception and computer sensing to improve Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Our research topics include Tactile Rendering, Sensorimotor Augmentation, and On-Body Systems.

The Sensorimotor Interaction Group is co-located with the Human Computer Interaction Lab of Saarland University.

Check out Talks and Research for more details about the research directions of senSInt.

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senSInt family at CHI '23


We experience the world through and because of our bodies. Our perception has adapted to respond to relevant information, which we use to actively create our experience of the world. Perception is a process which combines motor (efferent) output with sensory (afferent) input. The motor and sensory elements are inseparable, hence, sensorimotor.

We conduct research on such sensorimotor loops and explore their role in Human Computer Interaction. Our research focuses on understanding these sensorimotor loops themselves, designing how they might be deployed in on-body systems, and creating the technology, materials, and infrastructure for implementing these.

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June 1st, 2023
We are having an exciting research summer. Yuran Ding is joining as a PhD student, Rachel Freire is joining to work on new wearable interactive garment interfaces, and Konrad Fabian will be applying his experience in generative modeling to our projects.

May 1st, 2023
We published 3 papers at CHI '23. Our Haptic Servo paper was awarded an Honourable Mention.

May 1st, 2022
The senSInt team co-hosted the Sustainable Haptic Design Workshop at CHI this year. Exciting keynote talks by Eric Vezzoli, Vincent Levesque, & Hasti Seifi.

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Recent Publications

2023: Designing Interactive Shoes for Tactile Augmented Reality – Dennis Wittchen, Valentin Martinez-Missir, Sina Mavali, Nihar Sabnis, Courtney N. Reed, Paul Strohmeier

2023: Tactile Symbols with Continuous and Motion-Coupled Vibration: An Exploration of using Embodied Experiences for Hermeneutic – Nihar Sabnis, Dennis Wittchen, Gabriela Vega, Courtney N. Reed, Paul Strohmeier

2023: Negotiating Experience and Communicating Information Through Abstract Metaphor – Courtney N. Reed, Paul Strohmeier, Andrew MacPherson

2023: Haptic Servos: Self-Contained Vibrotactile Rendering System for Creating or Augmenting Material Experiences – Nihar Sabnis, Dennis Wittchen, Courtney N. Reed, Narjes Pourjafarian, Jürgen Steimle, Paul Strohmeier

2022: Examining Embodied Sensation and Perception in Singing – Courtney N. Reed

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