Sven Kratz

Sven Kratz

I currently work as Senior Principal Engineer with the Future Experience Group at Harman International.

I am passionate about inventing new interactive technologies that improve the users' experience and empowers them with expanded usage capabilities. I am a full-stack inventor and tinkerer who designs interactive artifacts from electronics up to the user interface software. As a Human-Computer Interaction researcher, I take great interest in studying the usability of new technologies with actual users. My work has resulted in multiple patents and has been published at top venues in the field.

Prior to joining Harman, I worked as a research scientist at FX Palo Alto Laboratory (FXPAL). During my Ph. D. studies, I worked as a research assistant at Media Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Munich , Germany, where I obtained my Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012. From 2008–2011, I worked as a a junior researcher and Ph.D. student within the Quality and Usability Group at Telekom Innovation Laboratories, TU Berlin, Germany. I interned at the Microsoft Applied Sciences Group in the summers of 2010 and 2011. I hold a Diplom degree in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

my full academic CV

Peer-Reviewed Publications

 

2016

 
[P27]
Wijko Rijnsburger, Sven Kratz
Personalized Presentation Annotations Using Optical HMDs
Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTAP),  Springer
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[P26]
Best Paper
Jim Vaughan, Sven Kratz, Don Kimber
Look Where You're Going: Visual Interfaces for Robot Teleoperation
To appear: IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN),  New York, NY
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[P25]
Sven Kratz, Fred Ferreira
Immersed Remotely: Evaluating the Use of Head Mounted Devices for Remote Collaboration in Robotic Telepresence
To appear: IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN),  New York, NY
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[P24]
Honorable Mention
Sven Kratz, Jason Wiese
GestureSeg: Developing a Gesture Segmentation System using Gesture Execution Phase Labeling by Crowd Workers
The 8th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS 2016),  Brussels, Belgium
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[P23]
Matthew Cooper, Jacob Biehl, Gerry Filby, Sven Kratz
LoCo: boosting for indoor location classification combining Wi-Fi and BLE
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing,  Springer
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2015

 
[P22]
Sven Kratz, Daniel Avrahami, Don Kimber, Jim Vaughan, Patrick Proppe, Don Severns
Polly Wanna Show You: Examining Viewpoint-Conveyance Techniques for a Shoulder-Worn Telepresence System
Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2014), Industrial Case Studies,  Copenhagen, Denmark
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2014

 
[P21]
Barry Kollee, Sven Kratz, Tony Dunnigan
Exploring Gestural Interaction in Smart Spaces using Head Mounted Devices with Ego-Centric Sensing
Proceedings of the 2nd ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction,  Honolulu, HI, USA
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[P20]
Sven Kratz, Don Kimber, Weiqing Su, Gwen Gordon, Don Severns
Polly: "Being There" through the Parrot and a Guide
Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2014), Industrial Case Studies,  Toronto, ON, Canada
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[P19]
Jacob Biehl, Matthew Cooper, Gerry Filby, Sven Kratz
LoCo: A Ready-to-Deploy Framework for Efficient Room Localization using Wi-Fi
Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2014),  Seattle, WA, USA
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[P18]
Tanvir Aumi, Sven Kratz
AirAuth: Evaluating In-Air Hand Gestures for Authentication
Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2014),