Human-Centered Computing

Department of Computer Science

Industry Collaboration

New Interactions with Industrial Cleaning Machines

Industry Partner: Nilfisk A/S

Bachelor thesis project - concept development, ideation and prototyping of new interactions with industrial cleaning machines in collaboration with Nilfisk A/S, Denmark. The project was realized at the facilities of Aalborg University and the results were presented to designers and business stakeholders of the company. Outcomes of this project are covered by a non-disclosure agreement.

Students: Amanda Jensen, Christian Bønløkke Pedersen, Gry Thomsen, Kristian Krejbjerg Øllgaard, Simon B. Lindebjerg Jensen, Amalie Sofie Andersen, Anders Amstrup Pajbjerg, Mahdi Mohamoud Ibrahim, Martin Højriis Frandsen, Martin Schack Poulsen

Dates: February-June 2018

Project Supervision: Timothy Merritt, Jesper Kjeldskov


Creating value from big data analytics

Industry Partner: Vestas Wind Systems


Integrating Usability Evaluation practices into SMV's

Industry Partner: Dafolo A/S, Atira A/S, TC Electronics, Neets


The role of UX designers in Agile Software Development Practices

Industry Partner: Mjølner Informatics A/S, Bang & Olufsen A/S, Combine A/S


Shape-changing interfaces for future mobility experiences

Industry Partner: Volkswagen Corporate Research

This project involved user research, ideation, prototyping, and evaluation of innovative interaction technologies in autonomous vehicles. Shape changing and tangible interfaces were explored in relation to wayfinding and navigation needs in future mobility experiences.

This non-public master thesis project was developed in close collaboration with Volkswagen Group Research in Wolfsburg, Germany. The project was realized at the facilities of Aalborg University, Denmark from September 2018 to June 2019 and the results were presented to Volkswagen AG stakeholders in an on-site demonstration and presentation.

Students: Sarah Grace Dellana, Simon Boel Poulsen, Sune Porsmose Johansson, Kim Laranang Hansen, Ulrik Stoch Jensen

Dates: September 2018 - June 2019

Project Supervision: Timothy Merritt, Mikael Skov


Facilitating creative play with 3-5 year old children

Industry Partner: The LEGO Group

Robert Robot – facilitates creative play with 3-5 year-olds and LEGO® DUPLO® bricks.

Meet Robert Robot! He’s a fun playmate designed to shape playful experiences by helping children be creative with LEGO® DUPLO® bricks.

Copenhagen. February 14-17, children and families visiting the LEGO® World event in Copenhagen, Denmark will have the chance to meet and play with Robert Robot! Four child-sized playmates will be placed in and around the exhibition hall enabling visitors to hang out and play. Robert Robot asks kids to find and build special creations with LEGO® DUPLO® bricks and challenges them to find special colors or shapes. Kids become physically active as they work together socially with other kids to find and collect the bricks!

Robert Robot is an interactive playmate in the form of a one-meter tall robot. Automatically controlled by a smartphone, he facilitates playful experiences and learning with DUPLO bricks for 3-5 year old children by requesting them to find various bricks. Children drop the bricks into Robert’s toy box, which causes him to say things like “Thank you for helping me! Can you find any blue bricks?” and “Can you find all the animals?” Robert Robot also encourages imaginative pretend play when he performs as different characters such as the cheerful pirate Captain Brick, who immerses children into a thematic universe of sailing and treasure hunting, all revolving around creative play with DUPLO bricks.

While the technology is a playful experiment, and not a real LEGO product, it is a way we can explore the boundaries of what can be done with simple design and creative use of technology. Concept development, ideation and prototyping of Robert Robot and the play experiences for children took part in collaboration with the LEGO Group, Denmark. The project was realized by students and researchers at the facilities of Aalborg University and the results will be demonstrated at LEGO World 2019 in Copenhagen.

Student Design Researchers: Julie Torpegaard: Nicklas Lind: Morten Præst Linnet: Nilan Paramarajah: Line Søndergaard Knudsen:

Project Supervisor: Timothy Merritt, PhD


Understanding business travel

Industry Partner: Yilu Travel Services GmbH

HCC and Yilu Travel Services GmbH are joining forces in a long-term research collaboration in the intersection of interaction design and transport. Two research activities have been completed so far, both of them focusing on business travelers and door to door smart travel.

The first one was an interview study aimed in exploring how business travelers plan and carry out a business trip, which technologies they use, how do they react on unexpected events, and how do they experience business traveling in general. The second one was a quantitative study that produced a questionnaire in order to validate the findings of the first research activity.

Currently the two research partners are designing future research activities.

Project Members: Enrique Encinas, Dimitiros Raptis, Mikael B. Skov, Jesper Kjeldskov


Mobility for rural, low-populated areas in the region of northern Denmark, "Plustur"

Industry Partner: Nordjyllands Trafikselskab (Regional Transport Authority of Northern Denmark)

Mobility service offers have to be balanced with demands. As rural Denmark is seeing more people moving out and into the cities, the expenses of offering traditional public transportation in these areas have become too costly. Flexible, on-demand transportation services like "Plustur" is a way to accommodate mobility demands in rural, low-populated areas. It adresses the first/last mile problem by shuttling passengers to or from the nearest transport hub and in this way create connections to the main lines of public transportation. PhD student Maria Kjærup will be working together with Nordjyllands Trafikselskab to evaluate and improve the "Plustur" mobility service. It is a joint collaboration with other researchers from Aalborg University and within the DiCyPS project.