Open Topics

Generally, I am also open to topics suggested by students, particularly in topics on HCI, Gender and Disability. Here are some topics, I am interested in tackling in the near future. If you are interested in conducting your thesis with me, send an email to katta.spiel[at] with a brief statement of what you would like to focus on and why.

Uncomfortable Wearables (Informatics)

Body-worn technologies, also known as wearables, are often assumed to lead to comfort, increase convenience and be overall positive for the wearer. This is, however, not necessarily the case for disabled people. Drawing on cripping theories, this project would investigate the design and prototypical development of decisively uncomfortable wearables as a mode to critique the normative expectations and exclusionary effects of existing approaches.

This topic involves exploratory design and prototyping. Bachelor theses might be concerned with only partial steps of this project.

Genderfair Language Plugin (Informatics)

Automated translation is everywhere, but often texts are translated using only binary gender models even if the original text was aiming at genderinclusive language. Similarly, many texts originally written in German fail to adequately use genderfair language. Students choosing this topic will develop a browser plugin that allows people to modify the displayed text according to a genderfair schema of their choice.

This topic involves programming (scripting) and testing. Bachelor theses might be concerned with only partial steps of this project.

Reverse Search for Sign Language Libraries (Informatics)

Digital libraries for signs in different sign languages usually allow for searching along distinct words or glosses. This is useful for people learning sign languages later in life, though less useful for signers learning an otherwise verbalised language such as English or German. Students choosing this topic will be involved in the need assessment, algorithmic development and UX implementation of a reverse search sign library for Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS). While at least basic proficiency in ÖGS is desirable, it is not strictly required.

This topic involves ethnography, prototype development and testing. Bachelor theses will only be concerned with partial steps of this project.