Mission Statement

The Ubiquitous Media Technologies Lab (UMTL) is part of the Saarland Informatics Campus and the Cognitive Assistants department (COS) at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Our research activities focus on human factors in interactive systems, in particular, in the fields of multi-modal interaction, ubiquitous computing and games.

Our research areas include augmented & virtual reality, assistive technologies in health & sports, gamification & games user research, human-robot interaction & collaboration, interactive & applied machine learning, mobile & wearable computing and usable privacy & security. We publish our research findings at renowned scientific conferences and apply our results in the retail domain in our living lab called the Innovative Retail Laboratory.

Through our activities in the study program Media Informatics at Saarland University, we contribute to the education of the next generation of HCI practitioners and researchers. We offer lectures, courses, media projects, Bachelor’s & Master’s theses and an engaging work environment in which interactive systems are designed, prototyped, fabricated & evaluated.