Christian Holz

Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction at Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA

Christian Holz


Looking for interns, summer 2018

Interested in spending the summer at Microsoft Research in Seattle?
We're looking about students with backgrounds in EE, VR/HCI, bioengineering, and related areas.

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  1. Villar, N., Cletheroe, D., Saul, G., Holz, C., Regan, T., Sra, M., Yeo, H.-S., Field, W. and Zhang, H. Zanzibar: A Portable and Flexible Tangible Interaction Platform. To appear in Proceedings of CHI '18, 12 pages. Best paper award.
  2. Strasnick, E., Holz, C., Ofek, E., Sinclair, M. and Benko, H. Haptic Links: Bimanual Haptics for Virtual Reality Using Variable Stiffness Actuation. To appear in Proceedings of CHI '18, 10 pages.
  3. Whitmire, E., Benko, H., Holz, C., Ofek, E. and Sinclair, M. Haptic Revolver: Touch, Shear, Texture, and Shape Rendering on a Reconfigurable Virtual Reality Controller. To appear in Proceedings of CHI '18, 12 pages. Honorable mention.
  4. Zhao, Y., Bennett, C., Benko, H., Cutrell, E., Holz, C., Morris, M. and Sinclair, M. Enabling People with Visual Impairments to Navigate Virtual Reality with a Haptic and Auditory Cane Simulation. To appear in Proceedings of CHI '18, 14 pages. Canetroller project
  5. Choi, I., Ofek, E., Benko, H., Sinclair, M. and Holz, C. CLAW: A Multifunctional Handheld Haptic Controller for Grasping, Touching, and Triggering in Virtual Reality. To appear in Proceedings of CHI '18, 12 pages.
  6. Marquardt, N., Brudy, F., Liu, C., Bengler, B. and Holz, C. SurfaceConstellations: A Modular Hardware Platform for Ad-Hoc Reconfigurable Cross-Device Workspaces. To appear in Proceedings of CHI '18, 12 pages. SurfaceConstellations project
  7. Rädle, R., Jetter, H.-C., Fischer, J., Gabriel, I., Klokmose, C., Reiterer, H. and Holz, C. PolarTrack: Optical Outside-In Device Tracking that Exploits Display Polarization. To appear in Proceedings of CHI '18, 9 pages. PolarTrack project
  8. Holz, C. and Wang, E.J. Glabella: Continuously Sensing Blood Pressure Behavior using an Unobtrusive Wearable Device. In Proceedings of IMWUT '17, 23 pages. show full-format citation Glabella project
  9. Grosse-Puppendahl, T., Holz, C., Cohn, G., Wimmer, R., Bechtold, O., Hodges, S., Reynolds, M. and Smith, J. Finding Common Ground: A Survey of Capacitive Sensing in Human-Computer Interaction. In Proceedings of CHI '17, 3293–3315. show full-format citation Capacitive Sensing Survey project
  10. Cheng, L.-P., Ofek, E., Holz, C., Benko, H. and Wilson, A. Sparse Haptic Proxy: Touch Feedback in Virtual Environments Using a General Passive Prop. In Proceedings of CHI '17, 3718–3728. show full-format citation Sparse Haptic Proxy project
  11. Dementyev, A. and Holz, C. DualBlink: A Wearable Device to Continuously Detect, Track, and Actuate Blinking For Alleviating Dry Eyes and Computer Vision Syndrome. In Proceedings of IMWUT '17, 19 pages. show full-format citation DualBlink project
  12. Benko, H., Holz, C., Sinclair, M. and Ofek, E. NormalTouch and TextureTouch: High-fidelity 3D Haptic Shape Rendering on Handheld Virtual Reality Controllers. In Proceedings of UIST '16, 717–728. Honorable mention. show full-format citation NormalTouch project
  13. Kao, H.-L.C., Holz, C., Roseway, A., Calvo, A. and Schmandt, C. DuoSkin: Rapidly Prototyping On-Skin User Interfaces Using Skin-Friendly Materials. In Proceedings of ISWC '16, 16–23. show full-format citation DuoSkin project
  14. Hinckley, K., Heo, S., Pahud, M., Holz, C., Benko, H., Sellen, A., Banks, R., O'Hara, K., Smyth, G. and Buxton, W. Pre-Touch Sensing for Mobile Interaction. In Proceedings of CHI '16, 2869–2881. show full-format citation Pretouch project
  15. Holz, C. and Bentley, F. On-Demand Biometrics: Fast and Convenient Cross-Device Login. In Proceedings of CHI '16, 3761–3766. show full-format citation On-Demand Biometrics project
  16. Holz, C. and Knaust, M. Biometric Touch Sensing: Seamlessly Augmenting Each Touch with Continuous Authentication. In Proceedings of UIST '15, 303–312. show full-format citation Biotouch project
  17. Jin, H., Holz, C. and Hornbæk, K. Tracko: Ad-hoc Mobile 3D Tracking Using Bluetooth Low Energy and Inaudible Signals for Cross-Device Interaction. In Proceedings of UIST '15, 147–156. show full-format citation Tracko project
  18. Chen, Y., Bentley, F., Holz, C. and Xu, C. Sharing (and Discussing) the Moment: The Conversations that Occur Around Shared Mobile Media. In Proceedings of MobileHCI '15, 264–273. show full-format citation PairappMessaging project
  19. Holz, C., Bentley, F., Church, K. and Patel, M. "I’m just on my phone and they’re watching TV": Quantifying mobile device use while watching television. In Proceedings of TVX '15, 93–102. show full-format citation TV+mobile devices project
  20. Holz, C., Buthpitiya, S. and Knaust, M. Bodyprint: Biometric User Identification on Mobile Devices Using the Capacitive Touchscreen to Scan Body Parts. In Proceedings of CHI '15, 3011–3014. show full-format citation Bodyprint project
  21. Bentley, F., Chen, Y. and Holz, C. Reducing the Stress of Coordination: Sharing Travel Time Information Between Contacts on Mobile Phones. In Proceedings of CHI '15, 967–970. Honorable mention. show full-format citation Time Away project
  22. Holz, C. and Baudisch, P. Fiberio: A Touchscreen That Senses Fingerprints. In Proceedings of UIST '13, 41–50. Best paper award. show full-format citation Fiberio project
  23. Baudisch, P., Pohl, H., Reinicke, S., Wittmers, E., Luehne, P., Knaust, M., Koehler, S., Schmidt, P. and Holz, C. Imaginary Reality Gaming: Ball Games Without a Ball. In Proceedings of UIST '13, 405–410. show full-format citation QuantumBall project
  24. Steins, C., Gustafson, S., Holz, C. and Baudisch, P. Imaginary Devices: Gesture-Based Interaction Mimicking Traditional Input Devices. In Proceedings of MobileHCI '13, 123–126. show full-format citation Imaginary Devices project
  25. Braenzel, A., Holz, C., Hoffmann, D., Schmidt, D., Knaust, M., Luehne, P., Meusel, R., Richter, S. and Baudisch, P. GravitySpace: Tracking Users and Their Poses in a Smart Room Using a 2D Pressure-Sensing Floor. In Proceedings of CHI '13, 725–734. Honorable mention. show full-format citation GravitySpace project
  26. Holz, C., Grossman, T., Fitzmaurice, G. and Agur, A. Implanted User Interfaces. In Proceedings of CHI '12, 503–512. show full-format citation Implanted User Interfaces project
  27. Richter, S., Holz, C. and Baudisch, P. Bootstrapper: Recognizing Tabletop Users by their Shoes. In Proceedings of CHI '12, 1249–1252. show full-format citation Bootstrapper project
  28. Gustafson, S., Holz, C. and Baudisch, P. Imaginary Phone: Learning Imaginary Interfaces by Transferring Spatial Memory from a Familiar Device. In Proceedings of UIST '11, 283–292. show full-format citation Imaginary Phone project
  29. Holz, C. and Wilson, A.D. Data Miming: Inferring Spatial Object Descriptions from Human Gesture. In Proceedings of CHI '11, 811–820. show full-format citation Data Miming project
  30. Holz, C. and Baudisch, P. Understanding Touch. In Proceedings of CHI '11, 2501–2510. show full-format citation Understanding Touch project
  31. Augsten, T., Kaefer, K., Meusel, R., Fetzer, C., Kanitz, D., Stoff., T., Becker, T., Holz, C. and Baudisch, P. Multitoe: High-Precision Interaction with Back-Projected Floors Based on High-Resolution Multi-Touch Input. In Proceedings of UIST '10, 209–218. show full-format citation Multitoe project
  32. Holz, C. and Baudisch, P. The Generalized Perceived Input Point Model and How to Double Touch Accuracy by Extracting Fingerprints. In Proceedings of CHI '10, 581–590. show full-format citation The Generalized Perceived Input Point Model project
  33. Holz, C. and Feiner, S. Relaxed Selection Techniques for Querying Time-Series Graphs. In Proceedings of UIST '09, 213–222. show full-format citation Relaxed Selection Techniques project

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