Recently offered topics for bachelor and master theses, term papers and practical projects

You can find the recently offered topics for bachelor and master theses, term papers and practical projects above. If you are interested in any topic and want to discuss more detailed questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
 

Title

Supervisor

 

MA: GravitySpot 2.0 (engl.)

Tasks:

  • Build on the two previous projects to implement and evaluate GravitySpot 2.0. Taking some points into consideration e.g. the kinds of situations GravitySpot 2.0 should cover .
  • Review of previous work on interaction with public displays is necessary.
  • Conducting user studies and evaluating the data
  • Handling of depth imaging data from a motion sensor (e.g. Kinect)
Yasmeen Abdrabou

Dw. 7322

 

BA/MA: Gaze-based Authentication in Head Mounted Displays (engl.)

Tasks:

  • Literature review
  • Build and evaluate the system
  • Analyze the results
Yasmeen Abdrabou

Dw. 7322

 

BA: Calibrating while Authenticating (engl.)

Tasks:

  • Build the application
  • Usability and security evaluation
  • Analyze the results
Yasmeen Abdrabou

Dw. 7322

 

BA: Graphical filters to protect password input (engl.)

Tasks:

  • Build the application
  • Conduct a large-scale survey
  • Evaluate the data
  • Analyze the results
Yasmeen Abdrabou

Dw. 7322

 

BA/MA: Have you used this password before? (engl.)

Tasks:

  • Conducting a large-scale survey and evaluating the data
  • Using machine learning to build models that can predict if users have used the given password before
  • Collecting mass data (e.g. 1000 entries)

Yasmeen Abdrabou

Dw. 7322

 

BA/MA: Social Gatherings in Virtual Reality (engl.)

The aim of the thesis is to explore the interaction and visualization techniques for social gatherings.

Radiah Rivu

Dw. 7322

 

MA: Virtual Reality as a Novel Research Paradigm (engl.)

The objective of this thesis is to investigate, which research questions are particularly suitable for investigation in virtual reality. In particular, the task of the student is to review previous work that investigated virtual reality as research tool.

Radiah Rivu

Dw. 7322

 

BA/MA: Usable Security in VR/AR

 

Usable security for virtual and augmented reality systems (VR/AR) is an area that is relatively underexplored. This thesis aims to investigate the feasibility of authentication mechanisms for VR/AR, while considering the usability and security aspects, specifically potential attacks.

Tasks

  • Get familiar with VR/AR hardware and software
  • Get familiar with authentication techniques
  • Find and study related literature
  • Develop\reuse software tracking the body motion and model it in VR
  • Design a user study
  • Conduct a user study
  • Do a statistical evaluation
  • Write all down in a thesis

 

Preferred (but not necessary) qualification

  • Knowledge in the area of human computer interaction
  • Independent thinking and creative problem solving
  • Experience in programming with Unity a plus
Dr. Yomna Abdelrahman  
BA/MA: Usable Security in Smart Homes
 
Our homes are currently equipped with ubiquitous computing services, be it our smart phones, smart TVs, Alex, or lifelogging devices. The availability of these devices offers novel opportunities for user authentication, as well as raises privacy concerns and potential novel security attacks. This thesis, aims to explore the raised opportunities and challenges from the availability of smart devices in our daily vicinity.
 
Tasks
  • Get familiar with VR/AR hardware and software
  • Get familiar with authentication techniques
  • Find and study related literature
  • Develop / reuse software tracking the body motion and model it in VR
  • Design a user study
  • Conduct a user study
  • Do a statistical evaluation
  • Write all down in a thesis
 
Preferred (but not necessary) qualification
  • Knowledge in the area of human computer interaction
  • Independent thinking and creative problem solving
  • Experience in programming with Unity a plus
Dr. Yomna Abdelrahman  
BA/MA: Self Perception in VR
 
Rendering the user's body in virtual reality increases immersion and presence the illusion of being there. Recent technology enables determining the pose and position of the body to render them accordingly while interacting within the virtual environment. However, it is unclear how users perceive different avatar styles. Additionally, how any manipulation in the avatars representation would influence the users' states. In this thesis, we aim to explore the influencing factors of avatar perception.
 
Tasks
  • Get familiar with VR and OptiTracker hardware and software
  • Find and study related literature
  • Develop / reuse software tracking the body motion and model it in VR
  • Design a user study
  • Conduct a user study
  • Do a statistical evaluation
  • Write all down in a thesis
 
Preferred (but not necessary) qualification
  • Knowledge in the area of human computer interaction
  • Independent thinking and creative problem solving
  • Experience in programming with Unity a plus
Dr. Yomna Abdelrahman  

BA/MA: Unobtrusive Stress Detection in Virtual Reality

In the 21st Century, mental health disorders like stress, anxiety and depression have become a part of our daily lives. Current digital systems are largely blind to users'stress states. Systems that adapt to users' states show great potential for creating novel user experiences. However, most approaches for sensing stress, involve obtrusive technologies, such as physiological sensors attached to users' bodies and not yet adapted to VR/AR. In this thesis, we aim to explore unobtrusive sensors for detecting stress, while considering VR/AR setups.

 

Tasks
  • Get familiar with VR/AR hardware and software
  • Get familiar with stress and affective computing
  • Find and study related literature
  • Develop\reuse software tracking the body motion and model it in VR
  • Design a user study
  • Conduct a user study
  • Do a statistical evaluation
  • Write all down in a thesis
 
Preferred (but not necessary) qualification
  • Knowledge in the area of human computer interaction
  • Independent thinking and creative problem solving
  • Experience in programming with Unity a plus
Dr. Yomna Abdelrahman  
BA/MA: Stress-aware User Interfaces in Virtual Reality
 
In the 21st Century, mental health disorders like stress, anxiety and depression have become a part of our daily lives. Current digital systems are largely blind to users' stress states. Systems that adapt to users' states show great potential for creating novel user experiences. In this thesis, we aim to explore unobtrusive sensors for detecting stress and approaches of stress management in VR/AR setups.
 
Tasks
  • Get familiar with VR/AR hardware and software
  • Get familiar with stress and affective computing
  • Find and study related literature
  • Develop\reuse software tracking the body motion and model it in VR
  • Design a user study
  • Conduct a user study
  • Do a statistical evaluation
  • Write all down in a thesis
 
Preferred (but not necessary) qualification
  • Knowledge in the area of human computer interaction
  • Independent thinking and creative problem solving
  • Experience in programming with Unity a plus
Dr. Yomna Abdelrahman  

MA:  Eliciting Emotions in VR

Emotion is a psyscho-physiological process triggered by conscious/unconscious perception of objects or situations. Emotions play an important role in human communication. Emotion assessment is often carried out through analysis of users' emotional expressions and/or physiological signals and eliciting emotion can be purposeful for various research work. The advent of Virtual Reality devices provides an opportunity to explore part of the research in VR which have been conducted in the lab until now.

The objective of this thesis is to obtain a thorough understanding of how suitable Virtual Reality is for conducting psychological research. The student is required to review previous work that investigates the use of VR as a research tool continuing to investigate one use case in more detail. The thesis requires the design and implementation of a user study to compare if VR is as effective as the Real World to measure emotional experience on the valence-arousal scale.

Tasks
  • Comprehensive survey of related work
  • Review of relevant research questions in the application area
  • Running a comparative user study (both in Real and Virtual World)
  • Analysis, reflection and discussion of the outcomes

 

Requirements
  • Independent scientific work and creative problem solving
  • Interest in performing user studies and experiments
  • Interest in VR
  • Nice to have experience with 3D modelling and programming with Unity
Rivu Radiah, Dr. Mariam Hassib  

MA:  Understanding How Visual Appearance in VR Affects Human Behaviour

 

In Human-Computer Interaction research, evaluation is used to understand the strengths and weaknesses of novel user interface concepts and their implementations. The objective of this thesis is to understand the research questions that can be answered using Virtual Reality. The advent of Virtual Reality provides us with an opportunity to transfer parts of the research until now being conducted in the field to the lab. With this goal in mind, we aim to understand how human behaviour is affected by various factors in Virtual Reality. Our objective is to gain an insight on how the visual appearance (for example: design of the room, certain appearance of objects, etc) of the fully immersive environment affect how humans behave in a certain context and how (visual) manipulations of the VR user's context influence behavior.

The task of the successful application is to review previous work and subsequently investigate one application area in more detail. Possible areas are automotive interfaces, large public displays or appliances for smart homes. The work includes a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the approach.

Tasks
  • Comprehensive survey of related work
  • Review of relevant research questions in the application area
  • Running a comparative user study (both in Real and Virtual World)
  • Analysis, reflection and discussion of the outcomes

 

Requirements
  • Independent scientific work and creative problem solving
  • Interest in performing user studies and experiments
  • Interest in VR
  • Nice to have: Experience with 3D modelling and programming with Unity

 

Rivu Radiah  

MA: Understanding Interpersonal Interaction in Virtual Reality

The objective of this thesis is to understand how interpersonal interaction in Virtual Reality differs compared to similar contexts in the real world. This knowledge is valuable in order to understand whether real world studies can be complemented with investigations in the real world.

The successful application is required to study the effects of proxemics and F-formations in VR, delving into one specific application scenario. Possible areas include but are not limited to public displays, automotive user interfaces, e-learning, etc.

Tasks

  • Comprehensive survey of related work
  • Review of relevant research questions in the application area
  • Running a comparative user study (both in Real and Virtual World)
  • Analysis, reflection and discussion of the outcomes

 

Requirements
  • Independent scientific work and creative problem solving
  • Interest in performing user studies and experiments
  • Interest in VR
  • Nice to have: Experience with 3D modelling and programming with Unity
Rivu Radiah  
     

General Information

Master or Bachelor Thesis at the UniBW

A thesis has to be registered at the axamination office after agreeing on a topic. After the registration a bachelor thesis has to be submitted in 3 months and a master thesis in five months. In addition to the submission of the written thesis, an oral presentation is required, too. Find the relevant regulations in ABaMaPO, FPO §5 and in the module manual.
 

 

Our Groups Special Requirements

 The "Usable Security and Privacy" group emphasizes collaboration and exchange of ideas and thus, requires a regular participation in their monthly lab-meetings. An accurate preparation of this meetings is required, too, as the students should prepare a short presentation of their progress in their projects based on some slides.

Please remember to include codes, questionnaires, datasets etc. in the final submission by adding an CD or USB-Stick. We also expect the students to include a short video which presents their project and sums the most important results up (3 to 5 minutes). In general, a documantation of the project with fotos or videos is desired.
 
You can find interesting templates and informations about students' thesis on our downloads page.
 

Examples - Finished thesis

You can find here some examples of finished theses, which can be used as an inspiration for your own thesis:

 

Reauthentication Concepts for Biometric Authentication Systems on Mobile Devices

Bachelors Thesis, Author: Sarah Delgado Rodriguez, LMU Munich, Date of submission 04.10.2018

 

Time-constrained access control for mobile devices

Masters Thesis, Author: Fabian Hartmann, LMU Munich,  Date of submission: 03.08.2015