Dr. rer. nat. Thies Pfeiffer

Virtual Reality Lab
+49 521 106-12373

Thies Pfeiffer received the Diploma and Doctoral degree in computer science from Bielefeld University, Germany, in 2003 and 2010.

In 2003, he joined the Psycholinguistics Group of Prof. Dr. Gert Rickheit at the Faculty of Linguistics at Bielefeld University, where his research was focused on sentence processing and the visual world paradigm in a project of the collaborative research centre 360 “Situated Artificial Communicators”. In 2006, Thies Pfeiffer joined Ipke Wachsmuth’s Artificial Intelligence group to work in the FP6 project “PASION – Psychologically Social Interaction Over Networks”. There he worked on telepresence and social network analysis. During that time, he also worked on his doctoral thesis on gaze and gesture in natural virtual reality interfaces, which he completed in 2010. Since then, he was senior researcher (akad. Rat) in the Artificial Intelligence group and technical director of the laboratory for artificial intelligence and virtual reality. In 2013, Thies Pfeiffer joined the central lab facilities of CITEC under the lead of Sven Wachsmuth. There, he is responsible for CITEC’s Virtual Reality Laboratory.

In 2013/2014, Thies Pfeiffer was principle investigator in the project “Interaction Space (C1)” of the collaborative research center 673, “Alignment in Communication”. Within the Excellence Cluster 277, in the period between 2013 and 2018, he was one of the applicants for the successful large-scale equipment proposal for the CITEC CAVE, he worked as a principle investigator on the Intelligent Coaching Space (ICSPACE) project (2013-2017), and in the BMBF project Adaptive and Mobile Action Assistance in Daily Living Activities (ADAMAAS, 2015-2018). He is also active in the It’s OWL project and supervised the transfer project “Mobile Immersive Exploration System for Multi-User Discussions of Virtual Prototypes” (ViPEXP, 2016-2017).

His research interests include human-machine interaction with a strong focus on gaze and gesture, augmented and virtual reality, as well as immersive simulations for prototyping. He received best paper & presentation awards at the GI VR/AR 2016 and the TPCG (UK) 2005, as well as the first place at the programming competition at ECEM 2015.

Thies Pfeiffer has organized several scientific events, such as the GI Workshop on Virtual and Augmented Reality 2016, the Workshops on Solutions for Automatic Gaze Analysis (SAGA) in 2013 and 2015, and several others (PETMEI 2014, ISACS 2014). He is reviewer for Behavior Research Methods, Frontiers in Psychology, KI – Künstliche Intelligenz (Artificial Intelligence), Sensors & Actuators, SPECOM – Journal of Speech Communication, Spatial Cognition and Computation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development, Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, IEEE Virtual Reality, ETRA, ICRA, CHI, ECEM, ICMI, HAI, Ro-Man, ECAI, IVA, JVRC, and VAST.

Thies Pfeiffer is member of the Gesellschaft für Kognititionswissenschaft, the Gesellschaft für Informatik and member of the extended steering committe of the SIG VR/AR, the IEEE and the ACM.

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