Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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Dr. Florian Echtler

"It's hard to say exactly what constitutes research in the computer world,
but as a first approximation, it's software that doesn't have users." Paul Graham

Contact Details

I have left TUM and am currently a visiting professor at University of Regensburg. Please contact me at my personal address below.


My PhD thesis advisor was Prof. Gudrun Klinker, PhD. My thesis with the title "Tangible Information Displays" is available online at the TUM library.

Research Interests and Projects

Theses/Student Projects

Note: if you are interested in one of these topics, it's not mandatory to do a diploma/master thesis.
Subprojects can also be done as bachelor thesis or SEP.



F. Echtler, D. Kammer, D. Vanacken, L. Hoste, B. Signer
Engineering Gestures for Multimodal User Interfaces
Engineering Gestures for Multimodal Interfaces - Workshop at EICS 2014, Rome, Italy (bib)
A. Bazo, F. Echtler
Phone proxies: effortless content sharing between smartphones and interactive surfaces
EICS 2014 - ACM Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (bib)
H. Glücker, F. Raab, F. Echtler, C. Wolff
EyeDE: gaze-enhanced software development environments
CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (bib)
E. Baumer, J. Ahn, M. Bie, E.M. Bonsignore, A. Börütecene, O.T. Buruk, T. Clegg, A. Druin, F. Echtler, D. Gruen, M.L. Guha, C. Hordatt, A. Krüger, S. Maidenbaum, M. Malu, B. McNally?, M. Muller, L. Norooz, J. Norton, O. Ozcan, D.J. Patterson, A. Riener, S.I. Ross, K. Rust, J. Schöning, M. Silberman, B. Tomlinson, J. Yip
CHI 2039: speculative research visions
CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (bib)
F. Raab, C. Wolff, F. Echtler
RefactorPad: Editing Source Code on Touchscreens
Proceedings of the 5th ACM SIGCHI symposium on Engineering interactive computing systems (EICS '13) (bib)
R. Wimmer, F. Echtler
Exploring the Benefits of Fingernail Displays
Extended Abstracts of CHI 2013, Paris, France. (bib)
F. Echtler, R. Wimmer
The Interactive Dining Table
CHI 2013 Workshop on Blended Interaction (Blend13), Paris, France. (bib)
M. Spreitzenbarth, F. Freiling, F. Echtler, T. Schreck, R.T. Hoffmann
Mobile-Sandbox: having a deeper look into Android applications
Proceedings of ACM SAC 2013, Coimbra, Portugal. (bib)
E. Artinger, P. Maier, T. Coskun, S. Nestler, M. Maehler, Y. Yildirim-Krannig, F. Wucholt, F. Echtler, G. Klinker
Creating a common operation picture in realtime with user-centered interfaces for mass casualty incidents
4th international workshop for "Situation recognition and medical data analysis in Pervasive Health environments"(PervaSense?), PervasiveHealth? 2012, May 2012, San Diego, CA, USA, pp. 291-296. (bib)
J. Kramer, N. Burrus, F. Echtler, D. Herrera Castro, M. Parker
Hacking The Kinect
ISBN 978-1430238676, Apress Media, Mar. 2012 (bib)
F. Echtler, A. Butz
GISpL: Gestures Made Easy
TEI 2012, February 19 - 22, Kingston, ON, Canada. (bib)
E. Artinger, T. Coskun, M. Schanzenbach, F. Echtler, S. Nestler, G. Klinker
Exploring Multi-touch Gestures for Map Interaction in Mass Casualty Incidents
3. Workshop zur IT-Unterstützung von Rettungskräften im Rahmen der GI-Jahrestagung Informatik 2011 (bib)
A. Dippon, F. Echtler, G. Klinker
Multi-Touch Table as Conventional Input Device
HCI International Extended Abstracts, July 9 - 14, Orlando, Florida, USA, pp. 237-241. (bib)
D. Pustka, M. Huber, C. Waechter, F. Echtler, P. Keitler, J. Newman, D. Schmalstieg, G. Klinker
Automatic Configuration of Pervasive Sensor Networks for Augmented Reality
IEEE Pervasive Computing, Volume 10, Number 3, July-Sept. 2011, pp. 68-79. (bib)
N. Klügel, M. Frieß, G. Groh, F. Echtler
An Approach to Collaborative Music Composition
International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2011), May 30th, 2011, Oslo, Norway. (bib)
F. Echtler, G. Klinker, A. Butz
Towards a Unified Gesture Description Language
13th International Conference on Humans and Computers (HC 2010), December 8, 2010, Düsseldorf, Germany, pp. 177-182. (bib)
P. Keitler, D. Pustka, M. Huber, F. Echtler, G. Klinker
Management of Tracking for Mixed and Augmented Reality Systems
The Engineering of Mixed Reality Systems, E. Dubois, P. Gray, L. Nigay (eds.), Human-Computer Interaction Series, Springer Verlag, 2010. (bib)
E. Artinger, M. Schanzenbach, F. Echtler, S. Nestler, T. Coskun, G. Klinker
Beyond Pinch-to-Zoom: Exploring Alternative Multi-touch Gestures for Map Interaction
Technischer Bericht: TUM-I1006 (bib)
M. Frieß, M. Kleinhans, F. Forster, F. Echtler, G. Groh
A Tabletop Interface for Generic Creativity Techniques
International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction (IHCI 2010), July 26, 2011, Freiburg, Germany. (bib)
F. Echtler, G. Klinker, A. Butz
Features, Regions, Gestures: Components of a Generic Gesture Recognition Engine
Workshop on Engineering Patterns for Multitouch Interfaces, June 20, 2010, Berlin, Germany. (bib)
F. Echtler, M. Häussler, G. Klinker
BioTISCH: the interactive molecular biology lab bench
CHI 2010 "Works-in-Progress", April 10 - 14, Atlanta, GA, USA, pp. 3439-3444. (bib)
F. Echtler, T. Pototschnig, G. Klinker
An LED-based Multitouch Sensor for LCD Screens
TEI 2010, January 25 - 27, Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 227-230. (bib)
F. Echtler, A. Dippon, M. Tönnis, G. Klinker
Inverted FTIR: Easy Multitouch Sensing for Flatscreens
ITS 2009, November 23 - 25, Banff, Canada, pp. 29-32. (bib)
F. Echtler
Tangible Information Displays
Dissertation an der Fakultät für Informatik, Technische Universität München, 2009 (online version available here) (bib)
F. Echtler, S. Nestler, A. Dippon, G. Klinker
Supporting Casual Interactions between Board Games on Public Tabletop Displays and Mobile Devices
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Special Issue on Public and Private Displays, Springer Verlag, 2009, pp. 609-617. (bib)
M. Tönnis, F. Echtler, M. Huber, G. Klinker
Low Cost 3D Rotational Input Devices: the stationary Spinball and the mobile Soap3D
The 11th Symposium on Virtual and Augmented Reality (SVR), Porto Alegre, Brazil, May 25 - 28, 2009. Best short paper (bib)
J. Schöning, J. Hook, N. Motamedi, P. Olivier, F. Echtler, P. Brandl, L. Muller, F. Daiber, O. Hilliges, M. Löchtefeld, T. Roth, U. von Zadow
Building Interactive Multi-Touch Surfaces
Journal of Graphics, GPU, & Game Tools (bib)
F. Echtler, T. Sielhorst, M. Huber, G. Klinker
A Short Guide to Modulated Light
TEI 2009, February 16 - 18, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 393-396. (bib)
S. Nestler, M. Huber, F. Echtler, A. Dollinger, G. Klinker
Development and evaluation of a virtual reality patient simulation (VRPS)
The 17-th International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision (WSCG'09) (bib)
F. Echtler, G. Klinker
A Multitouch Software Architecture
Proc. of the 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Using Bridges (NordiCHI? 08), Lund, Schweden, pp. 463-466. (bib)
J. Schöning, P. Brandl, F. Daiber, F. Echtler, O. Hilliges, J. Hook, M. Löchtefeld, N. Motamedi, L. Muller, P. Olivier, T. Roth, U. von Zadow
Multi-Touch Surfaces: A Technical Guide
Technical Report TUM-I0833 (bib)
F. Echtler, G. Klinker
Tracking Mobile Phones on Interactive Tabletops
MEIS '08: Workshop on Mobile and Embedded Interactive Systems, Munich, Germany, pp. 285-290. (bib)
S. Nestler, F. Echtler, A. Dippon, G. Klinker
Collaborative problem solving on mobile hand-held devices and stationary multi-touch interfaces
PPD'08. Workshop on designing multi-touch interaction techniques for coupled public and private displays (bib)
F. Echtler, M. Huber, G. Klinker
Shadow Tracking on Multi-Touch Tables
AVI '08: 9th International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, Naples, Italy, pp. 388-391. (bib)
F. Echtler, M. Huber, D. Pustka, P. Keitler, G. Klinker
Splitting the Scene Graph - Using Spatial Relationship Graphs Instead of Scene Graphs in Augmented Reality
3rd International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications (GRAPP '08), Funchal, Portugal, Jan. 22 - 25, 2008, pp.456-459. (bib)
M. Huber, D. Pustka, P. Keitler, F. Echtler, G. Klinker
A System Architecture for Ubiquitous Tracking Environments
The Sixth IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Nara, Japan, Nov. 13 - 16, 2007, pp. 211-214. (bib)
D. Pustka, P. Keitler, M. Huber, F. Echtler, G. Klinker
Ubiquitous Tracking for Quickly Solving Multi-Sensor Calibration and Tracking Problems
Demonstration at the Fourth IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Nara, Japan, Nov. 14 - 16, 2007 (bib)
G. Klinker, F. Echtler
3D Visualization and Exploration of Relationships and Constraints at the Example of Sudoku Games
Technical Report TUM-I0722, Nov. 1, 2007, pp. 1-8. (bib)
F. Echtler, M. Huber, G. Klinker
Hand tracking for enhanced gesture recognition on interactive multi-touch surfaces
Technical Report TUM-I0721, Nov. 1, 2007. (bib)
D. Pustka, M. Huber, F. Echtler, P. Keitler
UTQL: The Ubiquitous Tracking Query Language v1.0
Technical Report TUM-I0718, Oct. 11, 2007. (bib)
S. Nestler, A. Dollinger, F. Echtler, M. Huber, G. Klinker
Design and Development of Virtual Patients
Vierter Workshop Virtuelle und Erweiterte Realität der GI-Fachgruppe VR/AR, Weimar, 15. Juli 2007 (bib)
J. Newman, A. Bornik, D. Pustka, F. Echtler, M. Huber, D. Schmalstieg, G. Klinker
Tracking for Distributed Mixed Reality Environments
IEEE VR 2007 Workshop on 'Trends and Issues in Tracking for Virtual Environments', Charlotte, NC, USA, Mar 11, 2007 (bib)
F. Echtler
Using Semantic Web Languages in Argumentation Models
Forschungsberichte Künstliche Intelligenz FKI-253-06, TU München, 2006 (bib)
J. Georgii, F. Echtler, R. Westermann
Interactive Simulation of Deformable Bodies on GPUs
Simulation and Visualisation Conference Proceedings, 2005 (bib)
F. Echtler
Realization of efficient mass-spring simulations on graphics hardware
Diploma Thesis, TU München, 2004 (bib)
G. Klinker, H. Najafi, T. Sielhorst, F. Sturm, F. Echtler, M. Isik, W. Wein, C. Truebswetter
FixIt: An Approach towards Assisting Workers in Diagnosing Machine Malfunctions
Proc. of the International Workshop on Design and Engineering of Mixed Reality Systems - MIXER 2004, Funchal, Madeira, CEUR Workshop Proceedings (bib)
F. Echtler, F. Sturm, K. Kindermann, G. Klinker, J. Stilla, J. Trilk, H. Najafi
The Intelligent Welding Gun: Augmented Reality for Experimental Vehicle Construction
Chapter 17 in Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications in Manufacturing (VARAM), Ong S.K and Nee A.Y.C eds, Springer Verlag, 2003, pp 333-360. (bib)


Summer Term 2010

Winter Term 2008/09

Summer Term 2008

Winter Term 2007/08

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Winter Term 2006/07

Summer Term 2006

Winter Term 2005/06


Obscure Notes (you probably don't want to see this)

Title: Dr.
Circumference of your head (in cm):  
Firstname: Florian
Lastname: Echtler
Picture: portrait_klein.png
Birthday: 7. Feb. 1979
Nationality: Germany
Languages: English, German
Groups: Ubiquitous Tracking (Sensor Fusion), 3D Information Presentation, 3D Interaction, System Architectures for Ubiquitous Augmented Reality
Expertise: Industrial Augmented Reality, Ubiquitous Tracking (Sensor Fusion), 3D Information Presentation, System Architectures for Ubiquitous Augmented Reality
Position: Scientific Staff
Status: Alumni
Emailbefore: echtler
Emailafter: in.tum.de
Room: MI 00.13.037
Telephone: +49 89 289 17087
Alumniactivity: Visiting professor at University of Regensburg
Defensedate: 4 December 2009
Thesistitle: Tangible Information Displays

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