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Hi. I'm Otto Lutz.

I work across engineering, design and psychology, creating new ways of interaction between humans and technology.
Catch words: multimodal interaction, eye-tracking, gaze interaction, cyber security, safety-critical information infrastructures.

On the other side, my big passion is making music, on handpan, piano and electronic instruments.
Check out my handpan artist page on facebook!
And I love photography. I'm amazed by faces that emanate a whole story of a lifetime.


I design and create new ways of computer-human interaction.

Particularly, I am interested in multimodal interaction and the effects of using eye gaze, which is primarily a modality of perception, for human-machine interaction.
My current research field is in assessing the human factor in cyber security, particularly the transformation of mental models average users have of cyber security threats. I work for Fraunhofer FOKUS, in the business unit ESPRI (Electronic Safety and Security Systems for the Public and Industries) and I am affiliated with the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. Earlier, I worked for the chairs of Human-Machine Systems and Industrial Automation Technology at TU Berlin.


One of my projects was Mousey, which simulates mouse movements, clicks and keyboard events based on gaze interaction, eye and head gestures. Additionally, it supplies several useful functionalities for experimentation with custom gaze-based interactive systems, e.g. global hotkeys and message pipelining. For the mouse simulation, there are several filtering and detection algorithms available which can be adjusted by parameterisation.

I am proud that Mousey has been selected as a finalist in the the ECEM2013 Student Competition, where I was invited to demonstrate it to the delegates.
For academic purposes, Mousey (incl. sourcecode) is available for free on request. Download the documentation here.

HuMiTec Barcamp

I am looking forward to the
Human-Machine-Interaction Technology Barcamp
Last year I hosted a session on eye-based gestures and new interaction design for gaze-based interfaces.
This year I am responsible for all technology-related issues (stage equipment, electronics, network) of the event. Nevertheless, I plan to hold a session on an idea of making music play to the way we dance - opposite the usual way.



I love taking pictures, especially of interesting faces.
I am a freelance photographer based in Berlin, feel free to contact me!


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Last but not least a great source of inspiration for exploring, designing and creating new amazingly inspiring artifacts. There is so much possible, even with few ressources and only fundamental knowledge - you just need to have an idea and the will to pursue it.