Anke BROCK (PhD)

Research Scientist at Inria Bordeaux in the Potioc Team,
member of Labri Bordeaux

Since October 2014, I am a Research Scientist (CR1) in the field of Human-Computer Interaction at Inria Bordeaux, France. Previously, I have been a Postdoctoral Researcher at IRIT Toulouse and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Toulouse, France. Prior to my career in academia I have worked as an Engineer in Research & Development at Bosch (Hildesheim, Germany). During this time (2004 - 2009), I have worked on navigation systems and driver assistance systems for cars.
I obtained a PhD (2013) and a Master's Degree (2010) in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Toulouse, France. I also hold an engineering diploma in Information Technology from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart, Germany (2004).

Projects

I am a researcher in the area of Human-Computer Interaction. My research currently focuses on two axis 1) making geographic information interactive using advanced interaction techniques, and 2) making geographic information accessible for visually impaired people. Please find a selection of my projects below:

Multisensory maps for the blind
MapSense is a multi-sensory interactive map for visually impaired children providing audio, tactile and olfactory cues. We deployed MapSense in a special education institute during two days. It enables collaborations between children with a broad range of impairments, proposes reflective and ludic scenarios and allows caretakers to customize it as they wish. A field experiment reveals that both children and caretakers considered the system successful and empowering.
Published at CHI'16

Accessible gestural interaction
We investigated how gestural interaction can be integrated in accessible interactive maps that combine multi-touch displays and a raised-line overlay.
Published at Eurohaptics 2014

Code the globe
We present a framework for developing applications for multitouch spherical displays that makes it possible to create interactive content by programming standard GUI applications, as for example interactive web pages. (PhD Thomas Crespel, collaboration with Patrick Reuter)
Published at PerDis'17

Kintouch
Combining the Kinect camera and a multi-touch screen for finger tracking during the exploration of tactile maps by blind people.
Work-In-Progress at CHI 2012

VISTE project
As part of the Erasmus+ VISTE project , we will design and implement an augmented reality prototype that will be used as spatial thinking training tool in special education schools. It will make use of the PapARt technology, an OpenSource augmented reality framework Published at CHI'16

Usability of accessible interactive maps & spatial cognition
We conducted a user study with 24 blind people, demonstrating that interactivity improves usability of accessible geographic maps, and evaluated resulting spatial cognition.
Published in Human-Computer Interaction (T&F) 2015


I have mentored the following Postdocs:

Name Institution Topic Co-Supervisors Year
S. Giraud IRIT, University Toulouse 3D printed interactive accessible maps C. Jouffrais 08/2015 – 08/2016

I have advised the following PhD students:

Name Degree Topic Co-Supervisors Year
S. Rey PhD Université Bordeaux Design and evaluation of a tool for the personalization of museum visits N. Couture (ESTIA) & C. Picard (Berger Levrault) starting 03/2017

I have advised the following master and bachelor students:

Name Degree Topic Co-Supervisors Year
J. Albouys-Perrois Master 2 ENSC & Enseirb Development of an augmented reality map for visually impaired people M. Hachet 2016/17
J. Kelway Master 2 Cognitive Sciences Bordeaux Assistive Technologies for Students with Motor Disabilities P. Guitton 2016/17
C. Rigaud Licence 2 (2nd year Bachelor) Mathematics for Social Sciences Bordeaux Interactive globe application for a spherical display P. Reuter 2015/16
C. Coeurderoy & V. Sudret Enseirb Bordeaux Storytelling GPS J. Chatain 2015/16
J. Chatain Master EPFL Lausanne Interactive map for subjective expression M. Hachet, D. Laval 2014/15
H. Lamqaddam Master 2 HCI Toulouse Interactive 2D/3D map for the Neocampus project E. Dubois, M. Serrano 2014/15
A. Dax Master 2 HCI Toulouse Tangible Interaction for blind people C. Jouffrais, M. Macé, P. Truillet, J. Ducasse 2014/15
M. Demangeat Master 1 Sciences Cognitives Evaluation of interactive devices for a museum M. Hachet 2014/15
K. Bergua, J. Bourdiol, C. Carrère, J. Ducasse Master 2 HCI Toulouse Tangible interaction for accessible maps C. Jouffrais, E. Dubois 2013/14
H. Jonin Master 1 HCI Toulouse Non-visual interaction for spatial exploration on tablets C. Jouffrais, M. Simonnet 2013
S. Razali Master 1 HCI Toulouse Learning Itineraries on accessible maps C. Jouffrais 2013
A. Paoleschi Licence 3 (3rd year Bachelor) CS Toulouse Gestural Interaction on accessible maps C. Jouffrais, P. Truillet 2012
A. Buron, S. Dijoux, A. Dunikowski, R. Le Morvan, A. Lemaire Master 1 CS Toulouse Finger Tracking and recognition C. Jouffrais, P. Truillet 2012
C. Ménard Master 1 Intelligent Systems Toulouse Finger tracking and recognition combining multi-touch and Kinect C. Jouffrais, P. Truillet 2011

Publications

Find my publications on Google Scholar
and HAL (below)

Teaching

I have been teaching since 2010 at University of Toulouse, France.
Since 2014, I am also teaching at Enseirb-MatMeca Engineering School in Bordeaux and the Master Cognitive Science at the University Bordeaux.

Classes in Human-Computer Interaction

  • multi-touch and gestural interaction
  • multimodality
  • accessibility
  • ergonomic criteria and evaluations
  • participatory design
    at Enseirb Bordeaux; Master Cognitive Science at University Bordeaux;
    Master Human-Computer Interaction, Master Intelligent Systems & Master Cognitive Ergonomics & Human Factors at University Toulouse

    Programming

  • Programming Languages Ada, C, Caml
  • Programming of mathematical algorithms in Ada
  • Java data structures
    at University Toulouse

    Others

  • UML
  • Computer Science Certificate (Office Applications)
    at University Toulouse

    I also participated in the MOOC "Se former pour l'Informatique et Création Numérique" (Learning about Computer Science and Digital Creation) with an introductory lecture about HCI.

  • Other Information

    Awards for my research

  • 2015: Ifrath PhD Award
  • 2014: Thesis Innovation Award by Toulouse Metropole and Toulouse Academy of Science
  • 2013: Novela Award by the city of Toulouse
  • 2012: Anita Borg EMEA Scholarship awarded by Google

    Conference Organization

  • ASSETS 2018: Registration Chair
  • CHI 2018: Diversity Lunch Co-Chair with A. Druin, N. Goyal & G. Kannabiran
  • CHI 2017: Diversity Lunch Co-Chair with A. Druin & G. Kannabiran
  • ASSETS 2016: Microsoft Student Research Competition Co-Chair with D. Flatla
  • CHI 2016: Diversity Co-Chair with D. Busse, G. Kannabiran & D. Szostak
  • IHM 2015: Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair with C. Letondal
  • womENcourage 2015: Panel Co-Chair with J. Cauchard

  • Program Committee Member

  • CHI 2018: Program Committee Member
  • ASSETS 2017: TACCESS Special Issue Chair
  • ASSETS 2017: Program Committee Member
  • ASSETS 2016: Program Committee Member
  • MUM 2016: Program Committee Member
  • ITS 2015: Program Committee Member

  • Poster Committee Member

  • CHI 2017: Late Breaking Work Committee Member
  • MUM 2016: Poster Committee Member
  • ASSETS 2015: Poster Committee Member
  • ITS 2014: Poster Committee Member
  • MobileHCI 2014: Poster Committee Member

  • Workshop Organization and Committee Member

  • IHM 2016: Committee Member for the Workshop "HCI for education and training"
  • MuC15: Co-Organizer of the Workshop "Accessible Interaction for Visually Impaired People"
  • CHI 2014: Co-Organizer of the Workshop «Perspectives on Gender and Product Design»
  • CHI 2013: Program committee member 3rd Workshop on Mobile Accessibility

  • Reviewing for Journals

  • ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS)
  • Behaviour & Information Technology
  • IEEE Transactions on Haptics
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage

  • Reviewing for Conferences

  • ASSETS (since 2016)
  • CHI (since 2014)
  • EICS (since 2014)
  • Eurohaptics (since 2012)
  • Handicap (since 2016)
  • Haptics Symposium (since 2016)
  • IHM (since 2013)
  • Interact (since 2015)
  • ITS (since 2014)
  • MobileHCI (since 2014)
  • NordiCHI (since 2014)
  • Ubicomp (since 2016)
  • UIST (since 2014)
  • TEI (since 2016)
  • WomENcourage (since 2014)

  • Community Service

  • Deputy Board Member at Femmes&Sciences (since 2016)
  • Member of the Inria Gender Equality Committee (since 2016)
  • Member of the Committee for Young Researchers at Inria Bordeaux (since 2016)

  • Invited Talks

  • Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences dept, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy (04/2017)
  • Stanford HCI Group, Stanford University, USA (05/2016)
  • HERE, Berkeley, USA (05/2016)
  • Immersion, Bordeaux, France (04/2016)
  • Interact Lab, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (02/2016)
  • DFKI Saarbruecken, Germany (11/2015)
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, Switzerland (08/2015)
  • University Stuttgart, Germany (08/2014)
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA (07/2014)
  • OFFIS, University Oldenburg, Germany (03/2014)
  • ISIR, University Paris 6, France (02/2014)
  • Bosch Corporate Research, Schwieberdingen, Germany (07/2013)
  • PsyClé Lab, University Aix Marseille, France (04/2013)
  • Sachi Lab, St. Andrews, Scotland (10/2011)

  • Science Outreach

  • Regular talks and demos in regional high schools and at University Bordeaux with the local group of "femmes & sciences"
  • Speaker at TEDxUTC, Compiègne, France (01/2016)
  • Panel speaker at the "colloque femmes & sciences" (women in science annual meeting), Toulouse, France (11/2015)
  • Panel speaker at the "Journées Femmes et Informatique" (women and computing days) of the Société Informatique de France (French association on computing) (02/2015)
  • Presenting Inria at Aquitec (job fair for high school students in Bordeaux) (01/2015)
  • Talk about my research and HCI in general at the Girls' Day for Mathematics at University Toulouse (12/2014)
  • Project «Champs Libres»: Presentation and demonstration of my work to the visitors of the Museum of Natural History in Toulouse (03/2014)
  • During the Novela Science Festival in Toulouse I was interviewed about my PhD project in front of approximately 500 people (10/2013)
  • Talk about my PhDResearch at Doc2Me Seminar for Computer Science Graduate Students, IRIT, University Toulouse, France (03/2012)

  • Press Coverage

  • Inria video about my work as a research scientist
  • Podcast about my PhD project (April 2015)
  • Interview for the Inria website for International Women's Day (March 2015)
  • Interview for Inria's Plug'In magazine (February 2015)
  • Report on the website of the "cherchons pour voir" association (December 2014)
  • Report on EENews includes my presentation at the Eurohaptics Conference (July 2014)
  • Report on website of the «Femmes et Sciences» association (March 2014)
  • Novela Festival, Toulouse (October 2013)
  • Interview on LACII website(November 2012) - in French
  • Report on the website of the University Toulouse (July 2012) - in French
  • Report about my project in «Stuttgarter Zeitung / Kornwestheimer Zeitung» (June 2012) - in German
  • Contact

    Anke Brock
    Inria Bordeaux Sud Ouest
    Potioc Team
    200 rue de la vieille tour
    33405 Talence Cedex
    France
    Phone: + 33 (0)5 35 00 26 44