Post-doctoral researcher in Human-Computer Interaction at Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI)

Our inherent understanding of physical space allows us to intuitively navigate spatial environments. Most user interfaces, however, do not leverage the ample space surrounding us. In my research, I scale natural user interfaces to span entire rooms. I create novel interaction technologies and techniques with the goal to enable seamless and powerful interaction across physical space.

Before joining Patrick Baudisch at HPI’s Human Computer Interaction Lab in Potsdam, Germany, I received my Ph.D. from  Lancaster University, UK, where I was part of the Embedded Interactive Systems (EIS) group. Please feel free to drop me a line: dominik.schmidt@hpi.uni-potsdam.de.

Current Research Projects

  • Kickables–tangibles for feet–scale to arbitrarily large spaces, while maintaining the affordance of traditional tangibles
  • GravitySpace is a new approach to tracking people and objects based on high-resolution, pressure-sensing floor.
  • PICOntrol uses an off-the-shelf handheld projector to remote control physical devices through visible light.
  • Personal Clipboards enable individual copy-and-paste on interactive surfaces.
  • PhoneTouch is a novel technique for integration of mobile phones and interactive surfaces. The technique enables use of phones to select targets on the surface by direct touch.
  • HandsDown enables user identification based on biometric hand contour analysis.
  • IdWristbands use infra-red LED to associate touches to users on multi-touch surfaces


  • 16.01.15 | Our papers Ergonomic Interaction on Touch Floors and Level-Ups: Motorized Stilts that Simulate Stair Steps in Virtual Reality were accepted for publication at CHI 2015
  • 14.11.14 | Serving as video chair for MUM 2015
  • 10.12.13 | Our paper “Kickables: Tangibles for Feet” was accepted for publication at CHI 2014
  • 02.10.13 | Presenting my research at Max Planck Institute for Computer Science collaboration retreat
  • 06.09.13 | Presenting GravitySpace at this happened in Hamburg
  • 24.02.13 | GravitySpace received a CHI Best Paper Honorable Mention Award
  • 19.12.12 | Our papers “GravitySpace: Tracking Users and Their Poses in a Smart Room Using a Pressure-Sensing Floor” (YouTube) and “Personal Clipboards for Individual Copy-and-Paste on Shared Multi-User Surfaces” (PDF | YouTube) were accepted for publication at CHI 2013
  • 09.10.12 | PICOntrol was nominated for the best paper award
  • 01.10.12 | Joined the HPI Research School
  • 29.09.12 | Our paper “MobiSurf: Improving Co-located Collaboration through Integrating Mobile Devices and Interactive Surfaces” was accepted at ITS 2012
  • 13.07.12 | Our paper “PICOntrol: Using a Handheld Projector for Direct Control of Physical Devices through Visible Light” was accepted at UIST 2012 (more)
  • 02.07.12 | Joined Patrick Baudisch’s group at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) in Potsdam, Germany
  • 14.06.12] | Presented our DIS paper on PhoneTouch interactions (PDF | Video) in Newcastle, UK
  • 18.05.12 | Serving as technical program chair assistant for CHI 2013
  • 30.05.11 | In Beijing with Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) over the summer
  • 14.12.10 | Received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Studies


  • Full list of publications