Internship: Deformable Bricks for End-Users to Explore Shape-Changing Interfaces
Shape-changing interfaces are increasingly investigated and implemented in the research community. Recent work [1, 2] introduces toolkits to enable end-users to implement shape-changing interfaces by themselves. However, the types of the shape-changes of the recent work are limited to linear movement and do not support various shape change vocabularies such as porosity .
In this research project, we have two goals: 1) implementing deformable modules based on Morphees+ features  and 2) exploring applications of shape-changing interfaces using the modules in a user-elicitation study, where participants will build low-fidelity prototypes for the applications by using the built modules.
How much does a shape-changing taxonomy such as Morphees+  can help designing interfaces?
Required Skills and Experiences
- Fast prototyping skills
- Independent working
- Communication skills – the interns need to be able to communicate their problems and ideas in time
- Experience in 3D modeling and printing is a plus
Objectives of the Internship
During the internship, the student is expected to:
- Review related work in shape-changing interfaces and user-centered design fields,
- Build deformable modules that can express Morphees+ features,
- Design a user-elicitation study,
- Conduct the study,
- Analyze the results of the study,
- Write and defend her/his thesis.
For all these steps, previous work, material and experience from both supervisors will help to get a start and improve the student’s work.
Please send your CV and academic transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will restart reviewing the applications mid-December, and you can apply until the position is filled.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
 Hardy, John, et al. "ShapeClip: towards rapid prototyping with shape-changing displays for designers." Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2015. Video, Paper.
 Everitt, Aluna, Faisal Taher, and Jason Alexander. "ShapeCanvas: an exploration of shape-changing content generation by members of the public." Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2016., Paper.
 Kim, Hyunyoung, Celine Coutrix, and Anne Roudaut. "Morphees+: Studying Everyday Reconfigurable Objects for the Design and Taxonomy of Reconfigurable UIs." Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2018. Paper.
Ce travail s'effectuera dans le cadre du projet PhyFlex.