Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble Équipe Ingénierie de l'Interaction Homme-Machine

Équipe Ingénierie de l'Interaction

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 [3].

In this research project, we have two goals: 1) implementing deformable modules based on Morphees+ features [3] 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.

Research Question

How much does a shape-changing taxonomy such as Morphees+ [3] can help designing interfaces?

Required Skills and Experiences

Objectives of the Internship

During the internship, the student is expected to:

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 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.


Hyunyoung Kim
Ph.D. Candidate, CNRS
Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble

Céline Coutrix
CNRS Researcher
Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble

[1] 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.
[2] 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.
[3] 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.


Hyunyoung Kim, Céline Coutrix