Donald Degraen

Doctoral Researcher


Scholar Profile

Research Interests

Virtual RealityUbiquitous ComputingMixed realityInternet of ThingsHuman FactorsHaptic Interaction in Virtual EnvironmentsFabrication

Open Thesis Topics

Different types of paint have different finishes to them. Some might feel smooth, while others have a rougher feeling to them, e.g. chalkboard paint. By applying these types of paint to certain surfaces, one can imaging to create patterns that change the feeling of existing objects. This could be used to augment tactile information and add affordances to objects.

In this thesis, you wil investigate how different types of paint alter the feeling of different surface textures. Using this information, you will then implement a toolkit able to create pattern designs using a lasercutter or a 3D printer such that you can use these patterns to apply textures onto surfaces.


  • Interest in VR and perception
  • Knowledge about Unity or WebGL related tools
  • Knowledge about psychophysical experiments 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):

  • The intended start and end date of the thesis
  • A short motivational statement (half a page)
    • why this topic is interesting for you?
  • A resume describing previous work/projects you have worked on and related experience
  • Your transcript of records

After revising your application, you will receive a short assignment to assess your fit before starting the thesis topic.





Ongoing Thesis

  • FamilyFlower - an Artificial Flower to foster Distant Family Connections (Bachelor)
  • Understanding Autonomous Device Behavior in a Social Internet of Things environment through Personality Traits (Master)
  • Look at those hands, are they small hands? (Master)
  • Tangible Gamification (Master, collaboration with Max Altmeyer)
  • Everyday Objects in VR (Master, collaboration with André Zenner)
  • Japanese Motivational Garden (Master)
  • Social Aspects of Motivational Gardens (Master)

Finished Thesis

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

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