André Zenner

Doctoral Researcher


Research Interests

Virtual RealityMixed realityAugmented RealityHaptic FeedbackHaptic Interaction in Virtual EnvironmentsRedirection Techniques3D User InterfacesVisualization



Winter 2019/2020:

Winter 2018/2019:

Winter 2017/2018:

Summer 2017:

  • Proseminar: Einführung in 3D User Interfaces

Winter 2016/2017:

  • Seminar: Virtual Reality: Theory & Practice


Open B.Sc. / M.Sc. Thesis Topics

If you are interested in doing a Bachelor's or Master's thesis in my area of interest, feel free to contact me.
I am also open to topic suggestions related to these areas.


Ongoing Supervised Theses

  • Master: Using a Smartphone as an Everyday Proxy Object in Virtual Reality (supervised together with Donald Degaren)
  • Bachelor: Triggering Eye Blinks in Virtual Reality
  • Bachelor: Saccadic Hand Redirection


Finished Supervised Theses


  • 2021 - Tim Düwel
    Generating Optimized Construction Plans for LEGO Duplo-based Dynamic Passive Haptic Feedback
  • 2020 - Fajar Setyo Nugroho - supervised together with Tanja Schneeberger
    [external thesis in collaboration with Daimler Protics GmbH]
  • 2020 - Andreas Thieser - supervised together with Tanja Schneeberger
    VR Presentation Coach - A Virtual Reality Public Speaking Training Framework
  • 2017 - Dominic Gottwalles
    Eingabe diskreter numerischer Werte in Virtual Reality [PDF][Award]
    [external thesis in collaboration with Centigrade GmbH]


  • 2020 - Kora Regitz
    Leveraging Blink Suppression for Hand Redirection in Virtual Reality
  • 2020 - Hannah Kriegler
    A Toolkit for Hand Redirection in Virtual Reality
  • 2019 - Corinna Tasch - supervised together with Felix Kosmalla
    Foot Tracking in Mixed Reality Climbing Environments
  • 2018 - Julien Schuh - supervised together with Christian Lander
    Head-mounted Augmented Reality Productlens




  • Haptic Proxies for Virtual Reality: Success Criteria and Taxonomy
    Niels C. Nilsson (Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark), André Zenner (Saarland University & DFKI, Germany), Adalberto L. Simeone (KU Leuven, Belgium), Donald Degraen (Saarland University & DFKI, Germany), Florian Daiber (DFKI, Germany)


Dynamic Passive Haptic Feedback


Hand Redirection


Combining Dynamic Passive Haptic Feedback & Hand Redirection


Passive Haptic Feedback

  • Smart Devices as Proxy Objects for Virtual Reality Position Paper
    Akhmajon Makhsadov, Donald Degraen, André Zenner, Florian Daiber
  • A Virtual Reality Couch Configurator Leveraging Passive Haptic Feedback
    André Zenner, Felix Kosmalla, Jan Ehrlich, Philip Hell, Gerrit Kahl, Christian Murlowski, Marco Speicher, Florian Daiber, Daniel Heinrich, Antonio Krüger
  • The Importance of Virtual Hands and Feet for Virtual Reality Climbing
    Felix Kosmalla, André Zenner, Corinna Tasch, Florian Daiber, Antonio Krüger
  • Investigating Weight Distribution in Virtual Reality Proxy Interaction
    André Zenner
    • Master's Thesis [PDF]


Immersive Process Models (with Passive Haptic Feedback)


Involving Virtual Reality Bystanders

  • Addressing Bystander Exclusion in Shared Spaces During Immersive Virtual Experiences
    André Zenner, Donald Degraen, Antonio Krüger
  • A Projection-Based Interface to Involve Semi-Immersed Users in Substitutional Realities
    André Zenner, Felix Kosmalla, Marco Speicher, Florian Daiber, Antonio Krüger


Immersive Virtual Reality Notifications

  • Immersive Notification Framework: Adaptive & Plausible Notifications in Virtual Reality
    André Zenner, Marco Speicher, Sören Klingner, Donald Degraen, Florian Daiber, Antonio Krüger


Walking in Room-Scale Virtual Reality

  • Towards Sneaking as a Playful Input Modality for Virtual Environments
    Sebastian Cmentowski (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany), Andrey Krekhov (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany), André Zenner (Saarland University & DFKI, Germany), Daniel Kucharski (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany), Jens Krüger (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, & University of Utah, USA)
  • The Space Bender: Supporting Natural Walking via Overt Manipulation of the Virtual Environment
    Adalberto L. Simeone (KU Leuven, Belgium), Niels C. Nilsson (Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark), André Zenner (DFKI, Germany), Marco Speicher (DHfPG, Germany), Florian Daiber (DFKI, Germany)


Ambient Feedback

  • Ambient Living Media as Haptic Proxy Interfaces for Virtual Reality
    Donald Degraen, Marc Schubhan, Felix Kosmalla, André Zenner, Florian Daiber
  • AmbiPlant - Ambient Feedback for Digital Media through Actuated Plants
    Donald Degraen, Marc Schubhan, Kamila Mushkina, Akhmajon Makhsadov, Felix Kosmalla, André Zenner, Antonio Krüger



I have reviewed for the following conferences and journals:

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