Researchers from Design Lab will be presenting three papers at the the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI’ 14). The conference will take place between 26-30 October 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. Researchers from Design Lab will attend the conference to present their work.

The first paper, “DubTouch: Exploring Human to Human Touch Interaction for Gaming in Double Sided Displays” by Oğuz Turan Buruk and Oğuzhan Özcan, investigates the potential of mediating social touch and face-to-face interaction through a conceptual interactive environment. The work has been received well due to its novel topic – the investigation of the social aspects of emerging interaction techniques – and hands-on design approach.

The second paper, “Hotspotizer: End-user Authoring of Mid-air Gestural Interactions” by Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Yücel Yemez and Oğuzhan Özcan presents knowledge gained from the design and evaluation of Hotspotizer, an application for authoring mid-air gestures for use with the Kinect sensor. The work has received praise for its innovative and hands-on approach.

The third paper, “Notes from the Front Lines: Lessons Learnt from Designing for Improving Medical Imaging Data Sharing” by Paweł Woźniak, Andrzej Romanowski, Asım Evren Yantaç and Morten Fjeld, presents results from participatory design studies in a children’s hospital, aiming to identify needs and design constrains in a foetal-heart imaging unit. This work is the result of an international collaborative effort involving researchers from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology and Poland’s Lodz University of Technology.

Wearable Device Design
Industrial Product Design
Non-Thesis Masters in Design with Scholarship

Koç University’s Design Lab and Optical Microsystems Lab are working on a new wearable eyewear device (similar to Google Glass).

We are looking for Industrial Product Design graduates to design the wearable device and manage its production process.

The accepted candidate will undertake design practice rather than a written thesis, and they will take part in the every stage of the design process. A masters degree from Koç University will be awarded at the end of the 1 year, along with partnership in an international design registration.

The project is funded by Prof. Hakan Urey’s prestigious European Research Council.

Requirements for the scholarship:

  • ALES EA min 55
  • English level sufficient to follow courses
  • Portfolio with high-quality design projects


  • Monthly stipend: 1675 TL
  • Private health insurance

Submission link:
(Design Thinking Group should be selected in submission form)

Submission deadline:
7 July 2014 17:00