Martin Feick
About me


My name is Martin Feick. I am currently working on my Master’s Thesis in Human-Computer Interaction at the University College London (UCLIC), United Kingdom. During my Masters, I also worked as a research assistant in the HCI-Lab at the Saarland University/Max-Planck Institute for Informatics.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science from the Saarland University of Applied Sciences. For my thesis, I spent 6 months at the Interactions Lab (RICELab, Creativity and Curiosity, and uTouch), at the University of Calgary (Canada) researching Human-Computer Interaction. 

My research interests are in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Especially, in how we can design and develop novel systems to support remote collaboration. I am a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 





Recent Projects


Mixed-Reality for Object-Focused Remote Collaboration: In this paper we outline the design of a mixed-reality system to support object-focused remote collaboration. Here, being able to adjust collaborators’ perspectives on the object as well as understand one another’s perspective is essential to support effective collaboration over distance. We propose a low-cost mixed-reality system that allows users to: (1) quickly align and understand each other’s perspective; (2) explore objects independently from one another, and (3) render gestures in the remote’s workspace. In this work, we focus on the expert’s role and we introduce an interaction technique allowing users to quickly manipulation 3D virtual objects in space.



The Way You Move: The Effect of a Robot Surrogate Movement in Remote Collaboration: In this paper, we discuss the role of the movement trajectory and velocity enabled by our tele-robotic system (ReMa) for remote collaboration on physical tasks. Our system reproduces changes in object orientation and position at a remote location using a humanoid robotic arm. However, even minor kinematics differences between robot and human arm can result in awkward or exaggerated robot movement. As a result, user communication with the robotic system can become less efficient, less fluent and more time intensive.




Perspective on and Re-Orientation of Physical Proxies in Object-Focused Remote Collaboration: Remote collaborators working together on physical object have difficulty building shared understanding of what each person is talking about. Conventional video chat systems are insufficient for many situations because they present a single view of the object in a flattened image. To understand how this limited perspective affects collaboration, we designed the Remote Manipulator (ReMa), which can reproduce orientation manipulations on a proxy object at a remote site. We conducted two studies with ReMa, with two main findings. First, a shared perspective is more effective and preferred compared to the opposing perspective offered by conventional video chat systems. Second, the physical proxy and video chat complement one another in a combined system: people used the physical proxy to understand object, and used video chat to perform gestures and confirm remote actions.