We are pleased to announce that one of our newest colleagues, Christian Holz, was recently recognized with a Best Paper award at the 26th annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST). Christian is is a research scientist in our Mobile Innovations Research group, which explores future interaction technologies and devices that will enable entirely new user experiences - beyond today's mobile paradigm.
Christian authored his paper, entitled “Fiberio: A Touchscreen that Senses Fingerprints,” while writing his doctoral dissertation at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany.
Christian describes Fiberio as a “rear-projected multi-touch table that identifies users biometrically based on their fingerprints during each touch interaction.” Christian says, “Fiberio accomplishes this using a new type of screen material: a large fiber optic plate. The plate diffuses light on transmission, thereby allowing it to act as projection surface. At the same time, the plate reflects light specularly, which produces the contrast required for fingerprint sensing.” Christian adds that “in addition to offering all the functionality known from traditional diffused illumination systems, Fiberio is the first interactive tabletop system that authenticates users during touch interaction — unobtrusively and securely using the biometric features of fingerprints, which frees users from carrying identification tokens.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1a5yLzuTqA&feature=youtu.be
The UIST symposium was held in St. Andrews, UK, between October 8 and 11. It is billed as the “premier forum for innovations in the software and technology of human-computer interfaces” and only 62 papers out of 317 submitted were accepted (slightly less than 20%). UIST brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse areas that include traditional graphical & web user interfaces, tangible and ubiquitous computing, virtual and augmented reality, multimedia, new input and output devices.