Telecooperation means targeted cooperation among humans and machines, based on information & communication technology. Ubiquitous Computing concepts enable a new era of Telecooperation, where humans are surrounded by zillions of networked computers that support all aspects of our daily life. Research@TK emphasizes cooperation of different kinds of parties:

  • humans – most of them not using a desktop PC
  • smart services - distributed context-aware software components
  • smart items of all kinds - wearable computers, appliances, "spaces", etc.
  • smart content - knowledge media based on multimedia documents & streams

Main Research Areas

Tangible Interaction

  • Interactive Surfaces
  • Novel Device Concepts
  • Body-based Interaction
  • Mobile Interaction
  • 3D Printed User Interfaces

SPIN (former SST & SSI)

  • Resilient Services and CPSs
  • Secure Group Communication
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Trust & Privacy

Reliabel Interactive Things

  • Voice based Interaction
  • Voice for Ubiquitous Computing
  • Multimodal Tabletop Interfaces

Smart Urban Networks

  • Virtual sensors
  • Resilient and energy-aware wireless communication
  • Service overlays
  • Sensor networks

Smart Proactive Assistance (SPA)

  • Sensing
  • Modeling & Prediction
  • Intelligent Actioning

Areas under Revision / Former Areas

Ambient Learning Structures

  • Digital lecture support for students and teachers
  • Extending Learning portals for CS Education
  • Algorithm and program visualization and animation

Peer-to-Peer Networking

  • Resilience & Privacy
  • P2P user models & social networks
  • P2P live streaming & service distribution
  • Formal analysis of overlays and protocols

Model Driven Interaction

  • Model Driven Development of User Interface (MDDUI) and Development Concepts
  • Model Driven Development of Multimodal Applications
  • Model Transformations, Languages, and Usability

Smart Security & Trust (SST)

Secure Smart Infrastructures (SSI)

Smart Environments

  • Communication Middleware
  • Context-aware Systems
  • Service Self-organization

Smart Interaction

  • Federated Devices
  • Intelligent User Interfaces
  • Interacting with Smart Products
  • Context-aware User Interfaces


  • Our projects are funded by the German Research Foundation DFG, the European Union  (notably the EU FP7 program), the federal ministries of Education and Research (BMBF) and of Economics and Technology (BMWi), and several industry partners. See project funding for further details.
  • For further information on our projects, please refer to the respective main research areas above.
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