August 6, 2018;
Andreas Bulling, newly appointed professor at the
Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS) at the
University of Stuttgart,
receives an ERC Starting Grant from the
Council (ERC) as one of only 403 talented young researchers. For his project "ANTICIPATE:
Anticipatory Human-Computer-Interaction", he will receive a research funding of 1.5 million euros
over the next five years.
Within the awarded project he will try to establish the scientific foundations for a new
generation of user interfaces that pro-actively adapt to users’ future input actions by monitoring
their attention and predicting their interaction intentions – thereby significantly improving the
naturalness, efficiency, and user experience of the interactions.
The European Research Council is an institution of the European Commission for funding
scientific basic research. The ERC encourages high quality research in Europe and supports frontier
research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence. The ERC Starting Grants are
aimed at outstanding young researchers with groundbreaking projects whose doctoral degree dates
back no more than seven years. The funding rate for this call for proposals, to which a total of
3,170 project applications were submitted, was 12.7 percent.
As an expert for
Human-Computer Interaction and Cognitive Systems, Prof. Bulling
also strives for a research project within the SFB-TRR 161 during the hopefully upcoming second
funding period. Here, he plans to investigate computational methods to model visual attention of
users while they interact with information visualizations. These models are planned to be used for
attention prediction as well as attention-driven optimization and real-time adaptation of static
and dynamic visualizations.
Our warmest congratulations on the honor and welcome to the Transregio community!