To assess situations, multimodal sensory data needs to be acquired and interpreted by the interface. For intuitive control, it is important to give appropriate feedback to the users, considering that their capabilities might be limited, e.g., by disease or disability. Regarding body-proximal robots such as prostheses or exoskeletons, interfaces are major aspects to achieve satisfaction and an integration of those artifacts into the body schemata of their users.
Research issues concern understanding human perception and human factors to design human-oriented interfaces.
Our research deals with human-computer interaction systems that enable people with neuromuscular diseases to control a personal computer and human-robot interfaces aiming at the improvement of body schema integration of body-proximal robots. In both, perceptual channels are investigated regarding their suitability. Regarding interfacing personal computers, focus is set on developing input devices and software that demand low physical effort. To improve human-robot interfaces, fundamental aspects of body schema integration are investigated and considered for technical implementation.