Experience Foundations

The foundation of experience

There is need for elaborate reflections on what people expect and demand of technical solutions they are surrounded by.

The main aim and focus of the Experience Foundations Research Field is the execution of foundational research on: Understanding and structural formation of the key ingredients of Technology Experience; Future approaches to investigate users in different situations, uncovering experience needs and expectations; Methods, tools and infrastructures to measure, validate and observe people’s experiences with existing as well as future experience approaches; Emerging interaction paradigms as the building blocks for future experiences.

Research is needed to further develop existing methodological approaches and tools to support them. Based on the inherent complexity of understanding the various dimensions of user experience, a multi-faceted approach is necessary. This means a combination of qualitative and quantitative means as well as the utilization of technological advancements. To further advance the creation of Technology Experience we have to learn more about these factors and how these factors contribute to a given situation (or not).

Over the past few years, technological development yielded a variety of new possibilities to be used in the creation of new experience approaches. Examples are developments in gesture controllers, movement-based interaction, pico-projection, or tangible interaction. This leads to a foundational need to experiment with existing as well as upcoming (e. g. food interfaces as another way of conveying specific meaning) interaction paradigms to build specific and successful contextual experiences of the future.