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My current research focus lies on multitouch and gesture-based interaction. I am also looking at using AI method for teaching (Intelligent Tutoring Systems).

In the past I have done research on intelligent, emotional virtual agents and on gesture and sign language generation. During my time at DFKI (German Research Center for AI) I worked on dialog systems in the area of computational linguistics. My diploma thesis dealt with neural networks.

As a scientific reviewer I have been active for the EU and national research agencies (Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Iceland), for international conferences (CHI, UbiComp, SIGGRAPH) and journals (e.g. ACM TIIS, ACM TOG, ACM TACCESS). I am also member in the editorial board of the Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces (Springer) und the journal on Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (MDPI).

2007, 2015 and 2023 my co-authors and me were able to win the Best Paper Award of the conferences IVA, INTERACT and ECSEE respectively.

You can find more about my research on my Orchid, Google Scholar and ResearchGate pages.

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  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Gesture-based Interaction
  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems


The video annotation research tool ANVIL allows the multi-level annotation of videos for systematic analysis of e.g. multimodal communication.

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Selected publications:

Jell, L., List, C., Kipp, M. (2023) Automated Interactive Tutoring - Focussing on Misconceptions and Adaptive Level-Specific Feedback. In: Proc. of the 5th European Conference of Software Engineering Education (ECSEE 2023), pp. 226–235. Best Paper Award.

List, C. and Kipp, M. (2019) Is Bigger Better? A Fitts' Law Study on the Impact of Display Size on Touch Performance. In: Proceedings of the 17th IFIP TC 13 International Conference (INTERACT).

Lehmann, F. and Kipp, M. (2018) How to Hold Your Phone When Tapping: A Comparative Study of Performance, Precision, and Errors. In: Proc. of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS), ACM Press, pp. 115-127.

Nguyen, Q., and Kipp, M. (2015) Where to Start? Exploring the efficiency of translation movements on multitouch devices. In: Proceedings of INTERACT. Best Paper Award

Kipp, M. (2014) ANVIL: The Video Annotation Research Tool. In: Durand, J., Gut, U., Kristoffersen, G. (eds.) Handbook of Corpus Phonology, Oxford University Press, Chapter 21, pp. 420-436.

Kipp, M., Martin, J.-C. (2009) Gesture and Emotion: Can basic gestural form features discriminate emotions? In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII-09), IEEE Press. Nominated for Best Paper

Kipp, M. (1998) The Neural Path to Dialogue Acts. In: Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI).

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Selected talks:

04/2019: Teaching methods, digital tools, learning management, Technical University of Kenya (TUK), Nairobi, Kenya

01/2016: Digital vs. Präsenz: Beispiele aus der Informatikausbildung, Tag der Lehre, Hochschule Augsburg

03/2015: Anvil - Efficient Annotation, Videos and Motion Capture, LIMSI, Paris

11/2012: Keynote Tools for Multimodal Behavior Analysis and Synthesis, 4th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication, Gothenburg, Sweden

09/2012: Gebärdensprachavatare im Internet - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen, Di-Ji-Kongress "Verständlich informiert - im Job integriert", Aktionsbündnis für barrierefreie Informationstechnik, Berlin

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