Welcome to Telecooperation

Welcome to the Telecooperation Website. The Telecooperation Lab (TK) represents a group of about 30 people at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Department of Computer Science. Our research addresses Smart Spaces of various sizes (smart assistants and products, smart cooperative work spaces, smart cities, smart critical infrastructures, smart online communities). Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser is heading this group together with several senior researchers and group leaders. Our lab is deeply involved in two national cooperative research centers: one on the Future Internet (MAKI) and one on IT security (Crossing). We are coordinating a doctoral school (DFG Research Training Group) on privacy and trust for mobile users, and conduct various research projects funded by the EU, federal and state ministries, and industry. Research at our lab is structured along three research axes: human computer interaction & telecooperation, smart networks & IoT middleware, and privacy/security/trust (read more).

Featured projects and activities


Capricate: A Fabrication Pipeline to Design and 3D Print Capacitive Touch Sensors for Interactive Objects

3D printing is widely used to physically prototype the look and feel of 3D objects. Interaction possibilities of these prototypes, however, are often limited to mechanical parts or post-assembled electronics. In this paper, we present Capricate, a fabrication pipeline that enables users to ... read more


Permulin: Mixed-Focus Collaboration on Multi-View Tabletops

Interactive tables are well suited for co-located collaboration. Most prior research assumed users to share the same overall display output; a key challenge was the appropriate partitioning of screen real estate, assembling the right information “at the users’ finger-tips” through simultaneous ... read more


Leveraging the Hand Surface as an Eyes-free TV Remote Control

User input on television typically requires a mediator device such as a handheld remote control. While being a well-established interaction paradigm, a handheld device has serious drawbacks: it can be easily misplaced due to its mobility and in case of a touch screen interface, it also requires ... read more



da_sense is Telecooperation's data platform for Smart Cities. da_sense offers easy read and write APIs for sensor data, advanced data processing and visualization. The focus of da_sense is to offer sensor data in high quantity and quality. This is achieved by correlation data on different data ... read more


CoStream: In-situ Co-construction of Shared Experiences

Mobile live video broadcasting has become increasingly popular as means for novel social media interactions. Recent research mainly focused on bridging larger physical distances in large-scale events such as car racing, where participants are unable to spectate from a certain location in the ... read more


Xpaaand: Interaction Techniques for Rollable Displays

In this project we designed and developed a device concept and a prototype of a future mobile device. By featuring a rollable display, its display size and its form factor can be dynamically changed. Moreover, we investigate how physical resizing of the display can be used as an input technique ... read more



Noise pollution is ever increasing in urban environments causing major health problems. The European
Union acknowledges the potential damage of noise in
their Environmental Noise Directive. Unfortunately, capturing noise pollution is very expensive both in hardware as well as manpower. Thus, to ... read more


Member of TK awarded prestigious national Software Campus sponsorship:

Software Campus is a new German government initiative for excellent young computer scienceresearchers proven to have outstanding talents in both research and leadership. The aim of the program is to increase the number of top talented IT specialists who eventually become entrepreneurs or ... read more


GTNA - Graph-Theoretic Network Analyzer

GTNA is a Java-based framework that allows for the graph-theoretic analysis of arbitrary network topologies. Snapshots can by imported from network simulators in various formats. Also, they may be generated using network topology generators implemented in the GTNA framework.
GTNA is easily ... read more


Hybrid Interactive Surfaces

Interactive tabletop displays are increasingly wide-spread. They provide very natural ways of interacting with digital media. Information is displayed on a horizontal display and people can use touch input to interact with this information, very much the way we interact with physical objects in ... read more


PaperVideo: Interacting with Videos On Multiple Paper-like Displays

Sifting and sense-making of video collections are important tasksin many professions. In contrast to sense-making of paperdocuments, where physical structuring of many documents hasproven to be key to effective work, interaction with video is stillrestricted to the traditional "one video at a ... read more


dialog+: Intelligent House Control with Speech

Dialog concepts for enabling a smart command & control interface via voice in a house environment. In combination with a semantic background information service for assisting the user during discussions. The goal for the user is that the system gives additional topic-related information, but not ... read more



Max Mühlhäuser, Werner Sesink, Andreas Kaminski, Jürgen Steimle (Hrsg.) 

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Technology-enhanced Learning – 

Interdisziplinäre Zugänge zum technologiegestützen Lernen



Traditional paper remains a key medium in many domains of our daily lives. We use handwritten grocery lists, we sign contracts on paper and read printed articles because of the mobile, robust and highly flexible nature of paper. Instead of being replaced by digital systems, paper artifacts ... read more


Social IPTV

“P2P-based Social IPTV” project defines an advanced TV service efficiently integrating the legacy
IPTV service and Internet-based social network service including personal/group
broadcasting, game, advertisement, telemedicine, etc. This is a cooperation between
Electronics and Telecommunications ... read more


HD-Version des Virtuellen Dirigenten mit digitalem Notenpult

Das Fachgebiet Telekooperation am Fachbereich Informatik der TU Darmstadt und die Media Computing Group der RWTH Aachen haben eine HD-Version des so genannten "Virtuellen Dirigenten" (interner Projektname: Personal Orchestra) entwickelt.

Im Wiener Haus der Musik fand der Relaunch mit ... read more


Brochure Telecooperation Lab

The history and current research activities of our Lab are described in our recent brochure.

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