Dr. Tanja Döring

Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction · td@tanjadoering.de

I am currently an interim professor for human-computer interaction (HCI) at the University of Bremen (Germany). My research focuses on HCI and materiality, user-centered design, digital fabrication and novel interaction techniques including tangible, embodied, gestural, and mobile interaction as well as AR/VR interaction techniques. I am principal investigator in an interdisciplinary research project on virtual reality and tangible user interfaces for surgery planning and surgeon education (VIVATOP) and in the graduate school "Empowering Digital Media". I teach classes about basic and advanced topics in human-computer interaction, media informatics, and computer science at the University of Bremen or at summer schools such as the Informatica Feminale. Additionally, I serve as chair (Sprecherin) of the steering committee of the German Tangible Interaction Group ("GI Fachgruppe Be-greifbare Interaktion“), as member of the steering committee of the Chapter of Human-Computer Interaction in the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik), in conference organisation committees (e.g. as Programm Co-Chair for MUM 2022, as Short Paper Program Co-Chair for MuC 2022, as Local Co-Chair for CHI 2023, recently as Work-in-Progress Co-Chair for ACM TEI 2021) and in program committees (e.g. ACM CHI ( Associate Chair in the Usability and UX subcommittee), ACM TEI, MUM, Mensch und Computer) as well as as reviewer for international journals and conferences. Since 2019, I am a member of the VDE expert group "Designing the Human-Machine Interface in the Factory 2030". My PhD thesis about a materials perspective on HCI was awarded with the dissertation award for excellent results in researching computer science applications in social systems by the GI CSCW & Social Computing group and the international institute for socio-informatics. I am one of the co-founders of the Fab Lab Fabulous St. Pauli in Hamburg (Germany). From 2008 to 2011, I was a research associate at the University of Duisburg-Essen. I studied computer science and art history at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and the University of Valladolid (Spain) and graduated with a German Diplom in Computer Science from the University of Hamburg.



Max Mühlhäuser, Christian Reuter, Bastian Pfleging, Thomas Kosch, Andrii Matviienko, Katrin Gerling, Sven Mayer, Wilko Heuten, Tanja Döring, Florian Müller, Martin Schmitz: Mensch und Computer 2022 - Tagungsband. In: Mühlhäuser, M., Reuter, C., Pfleging, B., Kosch, T., Matviienko, A., Gerling, K., Mayer, S., Heuten, W., Döring, T., Müller, F. & Schmitz, M. (Hrsg.), Mensch und Computer 2022 - Tagungsband, ACM 2022.

Linda Hirsch, Eleni Economidou, Irina Paraschivoiu, Tanja Döring: Material meets the city: a materials experience perspective on urban interaction design. Interactions 29(1): 58-63, ACM 2022.

Thomas Muender, Michael Bonfert, Anke Verena Reinschlüssel, Rainer Malaka, Tanja Döring: Haptic Fidelity Framework: Defining the Factors of Realistic Haptic Feedback for Virtual Reality. CHI 2022: 431:1-431:17, ACM 2022.

Thomas Muender, Anke Verena Reinschlüssel, Daniela Salzmann, Thomas Lück, Andrea Schenk, Dirk Weyhe, Tanja Döring, Rainer Malaka: Evaluating Soft Organ-Shaped Tangibles for Medical Virtual Reality. CHI Extended Abstracts 2022: 237:1-237:8, ACM 2022.

Ambreen Zaman, Forhad Uddin Ahmed, Abu Nayem, Mahfida Amjad, Tanja Döring, Rainer Malaka: Mapping Multimodel Scrolling Techniques for Foot-based Interaction Depending on the Cursor Position. ICCA 2022: 89-96, ACM 2022.


Rainer Malaka, Tanja Döring, Thomas Fröhlich, Thomas Muender, Georg Volkmar, Dirk Wenig, Nima Zargham: Using Natural User Interfaces for Previsualization. In: EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies 8(26): e5 (2021)

Linda Hirsch, Eleni Economidou, Irina Paraschivoiu, Tanja Döring, Andreas Butz: Material Meets the City: Exploring Novel and Advanced Materials for the Smart Urban Built Environment. TEI 2021: 66:1-66:5, ACM 2022.

Anke Reinschluessel, Thomas Muender, Tanja Döring, Verena Uslar, Thomas Lück, Dirk Weyhe, Andrea Schenk, Rainer Malaka: A Study on the Size of Tangible Organ-Shaped Controllers for Exploring Medical Data in VR. Accepted for: Proceedings of CHI Extended Abstracts, ACM 2021

Timur Cetin, Verena Uslar, Hendrik Huscher, Michael Buschermöhle, Andre Mühlenbrock, Gabriel Zachmann, A Fox, Peter Kohrs, Tanja Döring, Nima Zargham, Rainer Malaka, Sune Montan, Dirk Weyhe: SmartOT – Smart Lighting in the Operating Theater. In: "Deutscher Chirurgen Kongress 2021".

Anke Reinschluessel, Thomas Muender, Daniela Salzmann, Tanja Döring, Verena Uslar, Rainer Malaka: Application of a VR Surgical Planning Tool on Two Liver Surgery Cases. In: "Deutscher Chirurgen Kongress 2021".

Florian Daiber, Donald Degraen, Andre Zenner, Tanja Döring, Frank Steinicke, Oscar Javier Ariza Nunez, Adalberto L. Simeone: Everyday Proxies for Virtual Reality. Accepted for: Proceedings of CHI Extended Abstracts, ACM 2021.

Nima Zargham, Michael Bonfert, Robert Porzel, Rainer Malaka, Tanja Döring. 2021. Multi-Agent Voice Assistants: An Investigation of User Experience. In 20th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM 2021). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 98–107, ACM 2021.


Marc Herrlich, Anke V. Reinschluessel, Markus Willems, Nils Langhorst, David Black, Tanja Döring, Christian Rieder, Ron Kikinis, Rainer Malaka: Put That Needle There: Customized Flexible On-Body Thin-Film Displays for Medical Navigation. ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare 1(3): 16:1-16:17, ACM 2020.

Verena Fuchsberger, Janne Mascha Beuthel, Dorothé Smit, Philippe Bentegeac, Manfred Tscheligi, Marije Nouwen, Bieke Zaman, Tanja Döring: Designing for Tangible (Un-)Connectedness. Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (Companion Volume) 2020: 409-412, ACM 2020.

Dmitry Alexandrovsky, Georg Volkmar, Maximilian Spliethöver, Stefan Finke, Marc Herrlich, Tanja Döring, Jan David Smeddinck, Rainer Malaka: Playful User-Generated Treatment: A Novel Game Design Approach for VR Exposure Therapy. CHI PLAY 2020: 32-45, ACM 2020.

Tanja Döring, Michael Droste, Dietrich Kammer, Beat Rossmy, Sylvia Rothe, Philip Schäfer, Raphael Wimmer: 13. Workshop Be-greifbare Interaktion. Mensch & Computer Workshopband 2020.

Anke V. Reinschluessel, Tanja Döring, Rainer Malaka: Improving User Interfaces for Physicians through New Materials, Tangible Interaction, and Tactile Feedback. ETIS 2020

Tanja Döring, Stefan Lutherdt, Jessica Fritz: Mensch-Maschine-Schnittstelle in der digitalen Fabrikhalle 2030 : DKE : Teil 5: "Umgang mit Unterschieden zwischen Kulturen, Milieus, Generationen, Bildungsniveaus, Überforderungsschwellen". - In: DIN-Mitteilungen + Elektronorm. - Berlin : Beuth, ISSN 0722-2912, Bd. 99 (2020), 8, S. 35-38

Thomas Lück, Hans Nopper, Olav Schendel, Dirk Weyhe, Daniela Salzmann, Verena Uslar, Anke V Reinschluessel, Tanja Döring, Thomas Muender, Rainer Malaka, Andrea Schenk, Christian Schumann: Exploring realistic haptics for 3D-printed organ phantoms in surgery training in VR and AR. In: Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine, 2020.


Dmitry Alexandrovsky, Tanja Döring, Susanne Putze, Thomas Fröhlich, Timo Stabbert, Rainer Malaka: Demonstrating VRBox: A Virtual Reality Augmented Sandbox. CHI Extended Abstracts 2019, ACM 2019.

Thomas Muender, Anke V. Reinschluessel, Sean Drewes, Dirk Wenig, Tanja Döring, Rainer Malaka: Does It Feel Real?: Using Tangibles with Different Fidelities to Build and Explore Scenes in Virtual Reality. In: Proceedings of CHI 2019, ACM 2019.

Jessica Fritz, Sebastian Hallensleben, Peter Gabriel, Tanja Döring, Karl-Heinz Hageni, Thomas Herrmann, Stephan Lutherdt, Verena Nitsch, Katrin Schilling, Matthias Vette-Steinkamp: Die Mensch-Maschine-Schnittstelle in der Fabrikhalle 2030. Mensch & Computer Workshopband 2019

Thomas Muender, Anke V. Reinschlüssel, Nima Zargham, Tanja Döring, Dirk Wenig, Rainer Malaka, Roland Fischer, Gabriel Zachmann, Christian Schumann, Valentin Kraft, Andrea Schenk, Verena N. Uslar, Dirk Weyhe, Hans Nopper, Thomas Lück: Application Scenarios for 3D-Printed Organ Models for Collaboration in VR & AR. Mensch & Computer Workshopband 2019

Benjamin Walther-Franks, Tanja Döring, Meltem Yilmaz, Rainer Malaka: Embodiment or Manipulation?: Understanding Users' Strategies for Free-Hand Character Control. In: Proceedings of Mensch & Computer 2019.

Florian Alt, Andreas Bulling, Tanja Döring: Proceedings of Mensch und Computer 2019, Hamburg, Germany, September 8-11, 2019. GI / ACM 2019, ISBN 978-1-4503-7198-8.

Angelika Bikner-Ahsbahs, Thomas Janßen, Stefan Bollen, Dmitry Alexandrovsky, Tanja Döring, Rainer Malaka, Anke Reinschlüssel: View on Equations - Sequential versus Relational. in: Technology and Psychology for Mathematics Education, 2019.


Anke Reinschluessel, Dmitry Alexandrovsky, Tanja Döring, Angelie Kraft, Maike Braukmüller, Thomas Janßen, David Reid, Estela Valleko, Angelika Bikner-Ahsbahs, Rainer Malaka. Multimodal Algebra Learning: From Math Manipulatives to Tangible User Interfaces. In: I-COM. Journal of Interactive Media. Vol. 17, Iss. 3 Berlin, Boston: Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, 2018.

Thomas Fröhlich, Dimitry Alexandrovsky, Timo Stabbert, Tanja Döring, and Rainer Malaka. 2018. VRBox: A Virtual Reality Augmented Sandbox for Immersive Playfulness, Creativity and Exploration. In: Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. ACM. (Honorable Mention)

Dmitry Alexandrovsky, Tanja Döring, Stefan Bollen, Anke Reinschlüssel, Angelika Bikner-Ahsbahs, Rainer Malaka: Exploring Interactive Systems for Algebra Learning in School. In:New Research Perspectives on Game Design and Development Education. Workshop at CHIPlay 2018, Melbourne, Australia.

Anke V. Reinschluessel, Marc Herrlich, Tanja Döring, Mark Vangel, Clare Tempany, Rainer Malaka, Junichi Tokuda: Insert Needle Here! A Custom Display for Optimized Biopsy Needle Placement. In: Proceedings of CHI 2018, ACM 2018.

Ambreen Zaman, Lars Reisig, Anke V. Reinschluessel, Huseyin Bektas, Dirk Weyhe, Marc Herrlich, Tanja Döring, Rainer Malaka. An Interactive Shoe for Surgeons: Hand-Free Interaction with Medical 2D Data. In: Proceedings of CHI Extended Abstracts, ACM 2018.

Anke V. Reinschluessel, Sarah Christin Cebulla, Marc Herrlich, Tanja Döring, Rainer Malaka: Vibro-Band – Supporting Needle Placement for Physicians with Vibrations. In: Proceedings of CHI Extended Abstracts, ACM 2018.

Anke V. Reinschluessel, Tanja Döring, Dmitry Alexandrovsky, Danny Thieme, Rainer Malaka. Beyond Math Manipulatives: Smart Tangible Objects for Algebra Learning. In: SmartObjects18: 6th Workshop on Interacting with Smart Objects, CHI 2018.

Tanja Döring, Robert Porzel, Rainer Malaka: Human-Computer Interaction with Novel and Advanced Materials. in: Stefan Bosse, Dirk Lehmhus, Walter Lang und Matthias Busse (Eds.): Material-Integrated Intelligent Systems: Technologies and Applications. Wiley, 2018.


Marc Herrlich, Manuel Kramer, Anke Reinschlüssel, David Black, Tanja Döring, Rainer Malaka. Printed Wearable Touch Sensors for Intra-Operative Interaction. In: CURAC 2007.

Tanja Döring, Marius Brade, Thomas Fröhlich, Michaela Honauer, Pascal Knierim, Anke Reinschlüssel: 10. Workshop "Be-greifbare Interaktion". In: Mensch und Computer 2017 Workshopband, Regensburg 2017.

Florian Schröder, Tanja Döring, Henrik Rieß, Rainer Malaka, Peter Klein. Lebendige Daten - Ambient Shape-Changing Interface als Datenrepräsentation in Unternehmen. In: Mensch und Computer 2017 UP - Praktiker Track, Regensburg 2017.

Thomas Janßen, Tanja Döring. Boundary Objects in Interdisciplinary Research on Multimodal Algebra Learning. In: 13th International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Teaching – ICTMT 13, Lyon (France), 2017

Tanja Döring: Leveraging Curiosity by Using Unconventional Materials for Interaction. In: Designing for Curiosity. Workshop at CHI 2017, Denver, 2017.

Thomas Janßen, David Reid, Angelika Bikner-Ahsbahs, Anke Reinschlüssel, Tanja Döring, Dmitry Alexandrovsky, Rainer Malaka and Estela Vallejo: Using tangible technology to multimodally support algebra learning: The MAL project. In: Tenth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME10), Dublin 2017.


Tanja Döring. A Materials Perspective on Human-Computer Interaction. Case Studies on Tangible, Gestural, and Ephemeral User Interfaces. PhD Dissertation. University of Bremen, Germany, 2016.

Tanja Döring. Reflections on Plants as Interaction Material. In: NatureCHI - Unobtrusive User Experiences with Technology in Nature. Workshop at CHI'16, San Jose.

Tanja Döring. The Interaction Material Profile: Understanding and Inspiring How Physical Materials Shape Interaction. In: CHI Ext. Abstracts 2016, ACM.

Tanja Döring. Multisensory Interaction From a Material Perspective. In: Second Workshop on Full-Body and Multisensory Experience at TEI 2016.


Philipp Panhey, Tanja Döring, Stefan Schneegass, Dirk Wenig, Florian Alt: What People Really Remember: Understanding Cognitive Effects When Interacting with Large Displays. ITS 2015. ACM, 103-106.

Tanja Döring, Annika Kaltenhauser, Rainer Malaka: Using Tag Clouds to Explore Text Documents on Small Mobile Devices. In: Mensch & Computer 2015. De Gryuter, 383-386.

Tanja Döring, Franziska Lorz, Rainer Malaka: Assessing the Emotional Experience of Soap Bubbles as Input Material for Interactive Games. In: Mensch & Computer Workshopband 2015. De Gryuter, 559-566.

Kurd Alsleben, Tanja Döring, Antje Eske, Heiko Idensen, Tilo Kremer: Vom Hundertsten in Tausendste verlinken, „Getting Lost in HyperSpace“. In: Reader zur Hyperkult XXV, Lüneburg 2015.


Stefan Schneegass, Alireza Sahami Shirazi, Tanja Döring, David Schmid, Albrecht Schmidt: NatCut: an interactive tangible editor for physical object fabrication. In: CHI Extended Abstracts 2014. ACM, 1441-1446

Tanja Döring: The Return of the Physical: Tangible Trends in Human-Computer Interaction. In: Günther Friesinger, Jana Herwig (Hrsg.): The Art of Reverse Engineering: Open - Dissect - Rebuild, Transcript, 2014.


Tanja Döring, Axel Sylvester, Albrecht Schmidt, Rainer Malaka: Exploring Mobile Representations of Folksonomies to Support the Example Context of a Community Gardening Project. In: Proceedings of Mobile HCI 2013 (Munic, Germany, August 27th-30th) ACM 2013.

Tanja Döring, Axel Sylvester, Albrecht Schmidt: Ephemeral User Interfaces: Exploring the Aesthetics of Interface Components that Do Not Last. In: ACM Interactions Juli/August 2013, ACM, 2013

Tanja Döring, Axel Sylvester, Albrecht Schmidt. Towards a Taxonomy of Interaction Techniques for Ephemeral User Interfaces. CHI'13 Workshop "Displays take new Shape: An Agenda for Future Interactive Surfaces" (Paris, France, April 28th, 2013).

Axel Sylvester, Tanja Döring: Urban Development with FabLabs. In: Julia Walter-Herrmann, Corinne Büching (Hrsg.): FabLab - Of Machines, Makers, and Inventors, Transcript, 2013.

Tanja Döring, Axel Sylvester, Albrecht Schmidt: A Design Space for Ephemeral User Interfaces. in: Proceedings of TEI 2013 (Barcelona, Spain,10.-13. Feb 2013), ACM 2013.


Bastian Pfleging, Tanja Döring, Ignacio Alvarez, Matthias Kranz, Garrett Weinberg, Jennifer Healey: AutoNUI: The Second Workshop on Automotive Natural User Interfaces. In: 4th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Vehicular Applications. ACM, 2012.

Bernard Robben, Tanja Döring, Roman Lissermann, Ernst-Eckart Schulze, Daniel Wessolek: Be-greifbare Interaktion. In: Mensch & Computer 2012 Workshopband, 117-119, 2012.

Bastian Pfleging, Dagmar Kern, Tanja Döring, Albrecht Schmidt: Reducing Non-Primary Task Distraction in Cars through Multi-Modal Interaction. In: it - Information Technology. Jg. 54 (2012) Nr. 4, S. 179-187.

Tanja Döring: Material Selection in Tangible Interaction Design - Connecting Theory and Practice. In: Doctoral Consortium DIS 2012, 2012.

Tanja Döring, Axel Sylvester, Albrecht Schmidt: Exploring Material-Centered Design Concepts for Tangible Interaction. In: CHI Extended Abstracts 2012, ACM, 2012.

Tanja Döring, Hidir Aras, Benjamin Walther-Franks, Marc Herrlich, Patrick Rodacker, Alena Penner, Rainer Malaka: Using Gestural Interaction on Mobile Phones for Navigating 3D Information Spaces on Interactive Walls. In: The 3rd Dimension of CHI (3DCHI): Touching and Designing 3D User Interfaces. Workshop at CHI 2012, 2012.

Tanja Döring: What HCI Can Learn From Material Iconography. In: From Materials to Materiality: Connecting Practice and Theory in HCI. Workshop at CHI 2012, 2012.

Tanja Döring, Axel Sylvester, Albrecht Schmidt: Be-greifen „beyond the Surface“ – Eine Materialperspektive auf Tangible User Interfaces. In: Bernard Robben, Heidi Schelhowe (Hrsg.): Be-greifbare Interaktionen - Der allgegenwärtige Computer: Touchscreens, Wearables, Tangibles und Ubiquitous Computing. Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2012.


Bastian Pfleging, Albrecht Schmidt, Tanja Döring, Martin Knobel: AutoNUI: A Workshop on Automotive Natural User Interfaces. In: 3rd International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Vehicular Applications. ACM, 2011.

Bastian Pfleging, Tanja Döring, Michael Kienast, Albrecht Schmidt: SpeeT: A Multimodal Interaction Style Combining Speech and Touch Interaction in Automotive Environments. In: Adjunct Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Vehicular Applications, 2011.

Tanja Döring: Material-Centered Design of Tangible User Interfaces. In: Reflexionen und Visionen der Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion. Reihe 22 der Fortschritt-Berichte des VDI Verlags, 2011, S. 50-51. Axel Sylvester, Steffi Beckhaus, Tanja Döring, Thorstel Juckel, Roland Schröder-Kroll: Sozialitätssinn und Scheuklappen im Social Web - Erfahrungen aus einer SoundVision Konversation. In: Alsleben K., Eske A. (Hrsg.): felix aestheticus (edition kuecocokue). 2011, S. 65-68.

Tanja Döring: Drei Gedanken zu HCI | MMK. In: Alsleben K., Eske A. (Hrsg.): felix aestheticus, edition kuecocokue. 2011.

Albrecht Schmidt, Tanja Döring, Axel Sylvester: Changing How We Make and Deliver Smart Devices: When Can I Print Out My New Phone? In: IEEE Pervasive Computing10(4), 6-9, 2011.

Tess Speelpenning, Alissa Antle, Tanja Döring, Elise van den Hoven: Exploring How Tangible Tools Enable Collaboration in a Multi-Touch Tabletop Game. In: Interact 2011. Springer, Lissabon (Portugal) 2011.

Tanja Döring, Dagmar Kern, Paul Marshall, Max Pfeiffer, Johannes Schöning, Volker Gruhn, Albrecht Schmidt: Gestural Interaction on the Steering Wheel - Reducing the Visual Demand. In: Proceedings of CHI 2011. ACM, Vancouver (Canada) 2011, S. 483-492.

Tanja Döring: Material-Centered Design and Evaluation of Tangible User Interfaces. In: Proceedings of TEI 2011 (GSC). Funchal, Portugal 2011, S. 437-438.


Tanja Döring, Axel Sylvester, Albrecht Schmidt: Das "Soap Bubble Interface" - eine ephemere Benutzungsschnittstelle. In: Konferenzband Mensch und Computer 2010. Oldenbourg, 2010.

Tanja Döring, Alireza Sahami Shirazi, Albrecht Schmidt: Exploring Gesture-Based Interaction Techniques in Multi-Display Environments with Mobile Phones and a Multi-Touch Table. In: PPD10: Workshop on coupled display visual interfaces (in conjunction with AVI 2010). Rom, Italien 2010, S. 419.

Tanja Döring, Bastian Pfleging, Christian Kray, Albrecht Schmidt: Design by Physical Composition for Complex Tangible User Interfaces. In: CHI '10 Extended abstracts on human factors in computing systems. ACM, Atlanta, GA (USA) 2010, S. 3541-3546.

Max Pfeiffer, Dagmar Kern, Johannes Schöning, Tanja Döring, Antonio Krüger, Albrecht Schmidt: A Multi-Touch Enabled Steering Wheel – Exploring the Design Space. In: CHI '10 Extended abstracts on human factors in computing systems. ACM, Atlanta, GA (USA) 2010, S. 483-492.

Axel Sylvester, Tanja Döring, Albrecht Schmidt: Liquids, Smoke, and Soap Bubbles: Reflections on Materials for Ephemeral User Interfaces. In: Proceedings of the Fourth international Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied interaction (TEI '10). ACM, New York, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 2010, S. 269-270.


Tanja Döring, Antonio Krüger, Albrecht Schmidt, Johannes Schöning: Tangible, Embedded, and Reality-Based Interaction. In: it - Information Technology , Jg. 51 (2009) Nr. 6, S. 319-324.

Alireza Sahami Shirazi, Tanja Döring, Pouyan Parvahan, Bernd Ahrens, Albrecht Schmidt: Poker Surface: Combining a Multi-Touch Table and Mobile Phones in Interactive Card Games. In: Adjunct Proceedings of the 11th international Conference on Human-Computer interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI'09). Bonn, Germany 2009.

Tanja Döring, Steffi Beckhaus, Albrecht Schmidt: Towards a Sensible Integration of Paper-Based Tangible User Interfaces into Creative Work Processes. CHI '09 Extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems. ACM Press, 2009, S. 4627-4732.

Elba Valderrama Bahamóndez, Tanja Döring, Albrecht Schmidt: Mobile Phone and Learning in Latin America. In: International Conference on Mobile Learning 2009. IADIS, Barcelona, Spain 2009.


Tanja Döring, Paul Holleis, Albrecht Schmidt: Playful, Shareable and Creative - Three Examples for New Directions in User Interface Design. In: Shareable Interfaces for Learning Workshop. Shareable Interfaces for Learning Workshop, University of Sussex, Brighton (UK) 2008.

Steffi Beckhaus, Roland Schröder-Kroll, Tanja Döring, Thorsten Juckel: SoundVision — Ton zu Bild und Bild zu Ton, eine vernetzte Konversation. In: Mensch & Computer 2008 (Hrsg.): Workshop Proceedings der Tagung "Mensch & Computer 2008". Oldenbourg, Lübeck 2008.

Tanja Döring, Steffi Beckhaus: Bildmotive be-greifen - Die Verwendung von Bildkarten als Arbeitsmittel in kunsthistorischer Forschung und Lehre. In: Workshop Proceedings der Tagung Mensch & Computer 2008. Oldenbourg, 2008.

Steffi Beckhaus, Tanja Döring, Roland Schröder-Kroll: SoundVision. In: Kurd Alsleben und Antje Eske, edition kuecocokue (Hrsg.): Siebenundzwanzig Bremer Netzkunstaffairen. Bod, Hamburg 2008, S. 38-39.

Tanja Döring: Gestaltung eines papierbasierten Tangible Interface zur Unterstützung kunsthistorischer Arbeitstechniken. In: Gesellschaft für Informatik (Hrsg.): Informatiktage 2008. Fachwissenschaftlicher Informatik-Kongress. GI-Edition Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI), 2008, S. 119-122.


Tanja Döring and Steffi Beckhaus: The Card Box at Hand: Exploring the Potentials of a Paper-Based Tangible Interface for Education and Research in Art History. In: Proceedings of Tangible and Embedded Interaction 2007 (TEI'07). ACM, 2007, S. 87-90.

Tanja Döring: Gestaltung eines papierbasierten Tangible User Interface zur Unterstützung kunsthistorischer Arbeitstechniken. Diplomarbeit. Universität Hamburg, 2007.

PhD Thesis

Up until now, materiality has largely not been in the focus of computing and human-computer interaction (HCI), although it shapes to an increasing degree what we interact with and how we interact, especially in fields such as tangible user interfaces (TUIs) and embodied interaction. While certain aspects such as using the shape of objects for interaction have been discussed within tangible interaction design, the meaning of material qualities for TUIs has not yet been explored and investigated sufficiently. Moreover, new physical-digital types of materials as well as new material-centered application fields such as personal fabrication arise that demand for novel terminology, approaches and design knowledge. These developments lead to the situation that HCI as a discipline needs to better understand how materials shape interactions on a micro and a macro level and how this knowledge can be applied in order to design appropriate, engaging and meaningful interactions. This thesis contributes to the evolving body of works on materiality and HCI by providing a survey, a theoretical research contribution, as well as artifact and empirical research contributions.

As a whole, the prototypes and the empirical work of this thesis exemplarily reveal how material aspects matter for gestural, tangible and ephemeral interaction on different levels. They demonstrate that it is valuable to widen and rethink the canon of typical materials used for interaction in order to design appropriate, engaging and meaningful interactions. Furthermore, the work provides structured approaches revealing how materiality can get more attention in the design and analysis of human-computer interaction.

My personal interest in conducting research on materiality started back many years ago when I studied art history as a minor subject (next to my major subject computer science). It was during these studies when I first learned about how contemporary artists used materials as carriers of meaning beyond the media of form and how it mattered to understand the diverse material aspects to grasp the meaning of artworks. The method of material iconography focuses on this. Then, years later, I attended one of the first public demonstrations of the reactable tangible music interface during Ars Electronica in Linz, which immediately convinced me to work on tangible user interfaces, combining physical materials and digital technology. Throughout my work in this area I found that material aspects, although undoubtedly in the focus of TUIs, yet had not been investigated and explored systematically and sufficiently.

The first part of this thesis by publication (kumulative Dissertation) can be found here: Tanja Döring. A Materials Perpective on Human-Computer Interaction. Case Studies on Tangible, Gestural, and Ephemeral Interaction. PhD Dissertation, University of Bremen, Germany, 2016.


Associate Chair Program & Committee Member

ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

ACM Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) 2014 - 2022

Mensch und Computer 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022

International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM) 2020, 2021

ACM Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS) 2017

ACM Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Media (TVX) 2016

CHI Works-In-Progress 2013, 2014, 2015

MobiWIS "Context-Aware Services" 2012

IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (Interact) 2009 and 2013

Workshop Be-greifbare Interaktion 2017

Physicality 2012 - 4 th International Workshop on Physicality co-located with British HCI 2012 conference 2012

Advisory Board & Jury Member

Since 2022: Member of the Advisory Board of the new German Informatics Society's member magazine

Since 2019: Member of the VDE expert group "Designing the Human-Machine Interface in the Factory 2030"

2014: Member of Jury for TEI Arts Track 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2014)

2017 and 2018: Member of Jury for nextReality Contest Hamburg 2017 and 2018

Conference & Workshop Organisation

Studio "Material meets the City" (TEI 2021)

Workshop "Designing for Tangible (Un-)Connectedness" (ACM DIS 2020)

Workshop "Be-greifbare Interaktion" (Mensch und Computer 2020, Mensch und Computer 2017, Mensch und Computer 2012)

Workshop "High Tech for all!? - Insights from Almost Three Years Open Fab Lab" - Workshop at the DTGF (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und Forschung) annual Conference 2013

Workshop on Automotive Natural User Interfaces" (AutomotiveUI 2011 and 2012)

Member Organisation Committee Mensch und Computer 2010 and Mensch und Computer 2013

Inventors Workshop GI-Arbeitskreis Be-greifbare Interaktion in gemischten Realitäten 2010

Student Volunteer Chair at Mensch und Computer 2013, Mensch und Computer 2010, and TEI 2009

Reviewer for Journals and Conferences

IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine (IEEE)

International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (Elsevier)

Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (Springer)

IEEE Computer Magazine (IEEE)

IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (IEEE)

Digital Creativity (Taylor and Francis)

I-COM Zeitschrift für interaktive und kooperative Medien (Oldenbourg Verlag)

Informatikspektrum (Springer)

ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Late Braking Work/Work in Progress 2015, 2016

ACM Conference on Mobile Human Computer Interaction (MobileHCI) 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017

ACM Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) 2008 - 2013

ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play 2015 (CHI Play) 2015

ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2010, 2012, 2014

ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) 2013 and 2014

ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS, now ISS) 2014

ACM Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces (DPPI) 2013

ACM Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI) 2012

10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) 2008

GI Mensch und Computer (Jahreskonferenz des Fachbereichs Mensch-Computer-Interaktion der Gesellschaft für Informatik) 2008 - 2012

Dagstuhl Seminars & Summer-/Winterschools

Dagstuhl Seminar on Pervasive Public Displays (January 2010)

Dagstuhl Seminar "Touching the 3rd Dimension" (April 2012)

Dagstuhl Seminar "Interaction Beyond the Desktop" (August 2012)

German-Israeli Minerva Summer School for Ubiquitous Display Environments: Intelligent Group Interaction, Foundations and Implementation of Pervasive Multimodal Interfaces (August/September 2009)

Zweites Doktorandenkolleg Informatik Ruhr

ACM TEI 2011 Graduate Student Consortium (January 2011)

ACM DIS 2012 Doctoral Consortium (June 2012)

Winterschool (February 2016): Human-Computer Interaction meets Software Engineering – Measuring and Quantifying Quality

Lecturer at Interdisciplinary College, Spring School (March 2016)

Lecturer at Informatica Feminale, Summer School (August 2017, August 2019)

Awards & Scholarships

2020: Honorable Mention at CHI Play 2020 for our full paper "Playful User-Generated Treatment: A Novel Game Design Approach for VR Exposure Therapy". Together with Dmitry Alexandrovsky, Georg Volkmar, Maximilian Spliethöver, Stefan Finke, Marc Herrlich, Jan Smeddinck and Rainer Malaka.

2020: Our project BETAlight received a nomination for the STARTS PRIZE '20 (Grand prize of the European Commission honoring Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society stimulated by the Arts). Together with Barbro Scholz, Esther Stühmer and Axel Sylvester.

2018: Honorable Mention at CHI Play 2018 for our full paper "VRBox: A Virtual Reality Augmented Sandbox for Immersive Playfulness, Creativity and Exploration". Together with Thomas Fröhlich, Dmitry Alexandrovsky, Timo Stabbert, and Rainer Malaka.

2018: Selected as young researcher for the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2018

2018: SAP Grant for participating at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2018

2017: Dissertation award for excellent results in researching computer science applications in social systems by the GI CSCW & Social Computing group and the international institute for socio-informatics (IISI)

2016: DAAD Travel Grant to attend ACM CHI 2016 (San Jose, USA)

2011: NSF Travel Grant to attend TEI 2011 (Madeira, Portugal)

2008: MAZ Level One Award for the best graduation in computer science (3rd place), Computer Science Department, University of Hamburg

2008: Best Paper Award GI-Informatiktage 2008 (Excellence initiative of the German Computer Science Association GI)

2007: 1st place Award EXPO Department Informatik, University of Hamburg

2007: Travel Grant by the University of Hamburg to attend ACM TEI 2007 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA)

2004: Erasmus Scholarship to study at the University of Valladolid (Spain)