August 6, 2018; tb

Andreas Bulling, newly appointed professor at the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS) at the University of Stuttgart, receives an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research 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!

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