Tuesday 12pm, 5 May 2015


Projections. Vibrations. Interactions.

Jessica Cauchard

Post-doc - Stanford University


Mobile devices have evolved in terms of their usage and physical forms. They were initially carried (e.g., mobile phones), then worn (wearable technologies), and can now be independent from the user (e.g., drones). My research work focuses on interaction with mobile devices and more specifically output technologies. I will present three different projects, looking at various output modalities on mobile, wearable, and semi/autonomous devices. More specifically, I will present how pico-projectors can enhance mobile phones and demonstrate that a pico-projector must be carefully positioned on the handset to extend the capabilities of the existing screen. I will then present Ambivibe, a project that investigates ambient vibro-tactile display technology on wearables to support long-term tasks without interrupting the user’s attention, such as when trying to increase one’s fitness level. Finally, I will introduce a study on how people naturally interact with drones and conclude with design guidelines.


Dr. Jessica Cauchard is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Her research focuses on mobile, on-body and out-of-body interfaces. She completed her PhD at the University of Bristol, UK in 2013 in Human-Computer Interaction. Her PhD research focused on mobile, ubiquitous, and wearable computing. She received various scholarships including one for academic excellence from the British Federation of Women Graduate and is a Heidelberg Laureate as well as Anita Borg scholar. Jessica received a Bachelor of Engineering in Robotics and Intelligent Systems from the University of Toulouse III, France. After completing an MSc in Advanced Computer Science at Sheffield University, UK, she specialized in Virtual Reality (VR) systems for public spaces, such as museums. She then worked on EU research projects looking at how VR can improve our future workspaces.