Donald Degraen

Doctoral Researcher


Scholar Profile

Research Interests

Virtual RealityUbiquitous ComputingMixed realityInternet of ThingsHuman FactorsHaptic Interaction in Virtual EnvironmentsFabrication

Open Thesis Topics

For this thesis, you will design and prototype support structures able to actuate various parts of living plants to communicate with their users. In a living room setup, these structure will be connected to the local network to form IoT devices. Their behaviour will connected to changes in their environment in different application scenarios.


This work will focus on physical prototyping (3D printing, lasercutting, ...), microcontroller programming (Arduino, ...) and some additional programming depending on the application scenario.


  • Interest in IoT and social objects
  • Knowledge about prototyping
  • Knowledge about basic electronics is a plus
  • Completed HCI lecture and ideally attended at least one seminar at our chair

How to apply

Please send me an email with the following pieces of information (if you do not answer every point, your application will not be considered):

  • When you plan to start the thesis
  • When you plan to finish the thesis
  • A short motivational statement why this topic is interesting for you
  • A summary why you be a good fit for this topic
  • Your transcript of records



Ongoing Thesis

  • A Dynamic Passive Haptic Feedback Device for Texture Interaction in VR (ongoing, bachelor)

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