The Human-Centered Interfaces Research Group logo in a collage showing a learning group, a handheld device, a remote control for Interactive Digital Television and a Braille reader

mAIS (2006-2007)

Mobile phones can support elderly people and disabled people in carrying out a more independent life if they are usable and accessible. The mAIS (mobile automatic information assistance system) project deals with public transportation scenarios. Our main objective is to support disabled people when using public transportation. More precisely, we aim at overcoming barriers imposed by traditional printed forms and up-to-date electronic displays used for presenting timetable data. Partners within this project include public transportation companies in Flensburg, Neumünster, and Kiel, as well as local engineering companies.  

Medienproduktion für konvergente Medien

In a co-operation with the International School of New Media (ISNM) in Lübeck concerning media production for convergent media ("Medienproduktion für konvergente Medien" - funded by the Independent Broadcast Station of Schleswig-Holstein), a production line for digital TV has been built.

The authoring tool "Cardinal", a Cardinal playout center and an MHP-compliant settop-box make it possible to develop interactive TV.

These production techniques have been used for various iTV productions during a joint lecture between Professor Schrader (ISNM) and Professor Weber. The lecturers made use of MMC's video conference system. 

BenToWeb (2005-2007)

The BenToWeb project is funded by the European Commission's IST program. The project is intended to create an enhanced European standard for accessible websites with partners from Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, and Canada.

Therefore, benchmarking test-suites for evaluation- and repair-tools will be developed and assed. The entire work should be done in strict harmonization with standardization bodies like W3C/WAI.


  • Enhancement of existing usability standards and methodologies to include accessibility
  • Production of frameworks and APIs for evaluation and repair tools  
  • Supporting harmonization of testing methodologies and mobile applications  


DigiFiSH, a study on digital, interactive television in Schleswig-Holstein, is being carried out in cooperation of the MMC, the chair for Innovation, New Media, and Marketing at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, and the R&D Center at the University of Applied Sciences Kiel. It is sponsored by the Technologiestiftung Schleswig-Holstein (Technology Foundation).


  • Exploring relevant economic potentials, which can be developed through the joint use of (digital) TV broadcast, internet, and back channels.
  • An evaluation, which sevices (including market research and advertising) will be created through the usage of digital TV, and back channels.
  • Evaluation of the study results under the special focus of their relevancy for the media industry in Schlewsig-Holstein. 

The final report of the DigiFiSH study is available for download.

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Last published: 2006-06-06 13:27:51