Dr. Sönke Knoch

Associated Member


Research Interests

Human Computer InteractionActivity RecognitionProcess MiningIndustry 4.0

Open Thesis Topics

Modern technologies allow visual, acoustic, and haptic feedback using projections, speakers, and wearables at the workplace. Such feedback can be used to avoid mistakes during assembly. In this thesis, suitable feedback mechanisms will be designed and implemented at an existing assembly work station, instrumented with sensors and a projector. A study will be planned and conducted to evaluate these mechanisms using various physiological sensors (e.g. Heartrate, EEG, GSR,...). The practical work will be done at the Power4Production Hall at Eschbergerweg 46, Saarbrücken.


The main contribution will be the conceptualization and execution of the user study and its result.


  • Background in planning and conduction user-studies (e.g. from the HCI lecture)
  • Interest in manual assembly
  • Interest in sensors and visual/acoustic/haptic feedback
  • Enrolled in a Bachelor or Master programme in computer science, media informatics or related field

How to apply

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

  • Planned start of the thesis
  • Planned end of the thesis
  • A short motivational statement why this topic is interesting for you
  • A summary why you would be a good fit for this topic
  • Your transcript of records and CV

Recent Projects

Recent Theses

  • A Spatial Augmented Reality Based Worker Guidance for the Empowerment of Cognitively Impaired People in Zero-Defect Manufacturing, with Andreas Luxenburger (finished, Master, Matthias Jost)
  • PARTAS: A Highly Personalizable, Augmented Reality Based Task Adaption System for Impaired Workers, with Andreas Luxenburger (finished, Bachelor, Matthias Jost)
  • Gesture Controlled Mobile Robot in Warehouse and Retail Scenarios, with Dr. Tim Schwartz (finished, Master, Vinit Hegiste)
  • Collaborative Virtual Reality-Based System for Industrial Training, with Christian Murlowski (finished, Master, Mehmood Ul Hassan)
  • Multi-Perspective Online Conformance Checking in Manufacturing Processes (finished, Bachelor, Jakob Metzger)
  • Video-to-Model: Unsupervised Discovery of Workflows in Manual Assembly Using a Single Camera, with Dr. Tim Schwartz (finished, Master, Shreeraman Ponpathirkoottam)
  • Ereignis- und zustandsbasierte Simulation von Betriebsmitteln und Werkern im Kontext von Industrie 4.0 Produktionsanlagen, with Dr. Daniel Porta (finished, Bachelor, Philipp Staudt)

Recent Reviews

  • International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik 2023
  • IEEE International Conference on Business Informatics 2023 
  • IEEE Internet of Things Journal: 2022
  • Journal of Air Transport Management: 2021, 2022


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