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Profile: ALUMNI Christian Graf Print E-mail


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Prof. Dr. Christopher Habel
Affiliation Group Knowledge and Language Processing
Project Linguistic and multimodal routes description
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CINACS Background

Christian was part of the CINACS team in 2008 and 2009. He is one of two Ph.D. candidates in the group Knowledge and Language Processing (WSV), Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg.

Christian participates in the 3rd CINACS Summer School in 2008. He contributed to and co-organised the Workshop on the Interaction of Vision and Language in Cross-Modal Comprehension by presenting the talk icon From Interactions between Language and Visual Representations to the Interaction between Language and Haptic Representations. He produced a video of the students' social dinners.

In 2009, Christian participated in the 4th CINACS Summer School 2009 hold at the Tsinghua University in Beijing. During and after the Summer School, he collaborated with partners that are interested in human-computer interaction, especially tactile interaction. One of them was Prof. Cai and his Post-Doc Xinfa Yi. We were working on a cross-language studies to investigate the effect of different languages on the conceptualization of space. This is a project still in progress, projected to end in midth of 2010.  

Thesis Summary

Gaining survey knowledge of a complex spatial environment has proven to be facilitated by so-called You-are-here maps. Following recommendations from the cognitive sciences and psychology You-are-here maps are usually designed as visual medium for visually capable people. The external representation of the spatial environment helps the map-reader to build an internal mental model of his surrounding and to navigate it successfully. The goal of the ongoing doctoral research is to develop a concept of augmenting You-are-here maps with language in such way that the resulting spatial representations support blind people in navigating the represented world independently. Initially the represented world will be limited to parks, zoos and university campuses.

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Short Biography

Christian studied Computervisualistics at the University of Magdeburg , with a minor in psychology and educational science. His studies focused on usability and human computer interaction; other areas of interest included visualisation & graphics, databases, project management and creativity. He wrote his project thesis about interaction in augmented reality at the Human Interface Technology Lab in New Zealand and his Diplom thesis about emotions in the human-computer-interaction at the Fraunhofer-IGD in Rostock. He received his Diplom degree in Computervisualistics in early 2006.

After graduation he worked in the Requirements and Usability Department of the Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern. Among other projects about usability, his main project was about how to design joy-of-use into the interaction with computers (project web site: ).

General Scientific Interests

  • Human-Computer-Interaction
    • Multimodal input and output
    • Usability
    • Interaction Design
  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning
  • Psychology
    • Emotions and their correlates
    • Motivation


See a complete list of publications from 2008 onwards at the project site (related to my PhD project)
See a list of publications done between 2004 and 2007 (mostly unrelated to my PhD project; some in German)


Have a look at pictures from the project, the YouTube Channel , the Google Book Shelf, the Amazon Wishlist , and the Delicious bookmarks.

Presentation of the dissertation project and the research results to date

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 July 2011 )