b-it Research School
Media Informatics studies the new software architectures, algorithms and data structures, tools, and user interfaces required and enabled by the use of multiple media, in particular time-based media such as audio and video, in computer systems and applications.
Within Media Informatics, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) may harbor one of the biggest upcoming challenges: Inventing and studying new and appropriate user interface devices, techniques, and metaphors for the deployment of new technologies in a world beyond the single-user desktop. Another current key challenge in HCI is the successful collaborative use of interactive systems. People still use email for collaboration because more advanced tools are not interoperational, multipoint- and team-centered yet, or assume very structured, static work environments. Integrated Collaborative Environments (CEs) are the solution—but they pose challenging research questions.