Dr. Mehmet Aydın Baytaş conducts scholarly research situated at intersections of design and computer science. To date, he has co-authored more than 30 research publications (including ACM DIS Best Paper and ACM CHI Honorable Mention award-winners), as well as research grants which collectively received more than $4M from state, non-profit, and corporate benefactors in Turkey and Sweden.

His current research theme is: artifacts for the home we want to live in. Guided by this theme, in collaboration with other designer/scholars who focus on UX design and fabrication, they analyze practices that cultivate health and benevolence – meditation, yoga, breathwork, huddling around a campfire, sharing a cup of tea… They fabricate designs from computer-driven materials that embody their qualities. They look back at experiences – the designers’ as well as the users’ – through the lens of philosophy and qualitative analysis to make contributions that serve creative work.

His current research projects are on:

In addition to the above “research through design” work, he produces Design Disciplin – a contemporary form of “research into design.”

Dr. Baytaş began his academic work on the inaugural research team of the Koç University Design Lab, where he received the first graduate degree granted by the university’s innovative Design, Technology & Society program. He then served as the founding coordinator of Koç University – Arçelik Research Center for Creative Industries (KUAR), completed a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD fellowship hosted by Qualisys AB, held a postdoctoral research and teaching position at Chalmers University of Technology’s t2i Lab, taught at the University of Gothenburg, and supervised research at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Dr. Baytaş has degrees in mechanical engineering, economics, and design from Koç University, a high school diploma from Robert College of Istanbul, certification as a yoga teacher, and a collection of credentials in topics related to design, engineering, and business.


Publications

Sjoerd Hendriks, Simon Mare, Mafalda Samuelsson-Gamboa, & Mehmet Aydın Baytaş (2021)
Azalea: Co-experience in Remote Dialog through Diminished Reality and Somaesthetic Interaction Design
In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21)
[Forthcoming]

Sara Ljungblad, Yemao Man, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Mafalda Samuelsson-Gamboa, Mohammad Obaid, & Morten Fjeld (2021)
What Matters in Professional Drone Pilots’ Practice? An Interview Study to Understand the Complexity of Their Work and Inform Human-Drone Interaction Research
In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21)
[Forthcoming]

Mafalda Gamboa, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş and Sara Ljungblad (2021)
Wisp: a Design Case for Temporality in Research through Design in Human-Robot Companionship
Paper for the HRI ‘21 Workshop Research Through Design Approaches in Human-Robot Interaction (RTDxHRI)
[PDF]

Simon Mare, Sjoerd Hendriks, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, & Mafalda Samuelsson-Gamboa (2020)
Azalea: Co-experiencing Embodied Information in Remote Communication
In Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2020)
[PDF]

Joseph La Delfa, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Nick Huppert, & Ian Peake, Leah Heiss (2020)
Using Pose Estimation for Cultivating Subtleties in Human-Drone Interaction
Paper for the NordiCHI ‘20 workshop Programming for Moving Bodies
[PDF]

Florin-Timotei Ghiurãu, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, & Casper Wickman (2020)
ARCAR: On-Road Driving in Mixed Reality by Volvo Cars
In The Adjunct Publication of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST ‘20 Adjunct)
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Markus Funk, Sara Ljungblad, Jérémie Garcia, Joseph La Delfa, & Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller (eds.) (2020)
Proceedings of the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Human-Drone Interaction
[Proceedings]

Joseph La Delfa, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Emma Luke, Ben Koder, & Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller (2020)
Designing Drone Chi: Unpacking the Thinking and Making of Somaesthetic Human-Drone Interaction
In Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ‘20)
[PDF]

Joseph La Delfa, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Rakesh Patibanda, Hazel Ngari, Rohit Ashok Khot, & Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller (2020)
Drone Chi: Somaesthetic Human-Drone Interaction
In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20)
[Honourable Mention Award]
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Markus Funk, Sara Ljungblad, Jérémie Garcia, Joseph La Delfa, & Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller (2020)
iHDI 2020: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Human-Drone Interaction
In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ‘20)
[PDF]

Rakesh Patibanda, Nathan Semertzidis, Michaela Scary, Joseph La Delfa, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Anna Lisa Martin-Niedecken, Paul Strohmeier, Bruno Fruchard, Sang-won Leigh, Elisa D Mekler, Suranga Nanayakkara, Josef Wiemeyer, Nadia Berthouze, Kai Kunze, Thanassis Rikakis, Aisling Kelliher, Kevin Warwick, Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller, & Steve Mann (2020)
Motor Memory in HCI
In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ‘20)
[PDF]

Oğuz ‘Oz’ Buruk, Oğuzhan Özcan, Gökçe Elif Baykal, Tilbe Göksun, Selçuk Acar, Güler Akduman, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Ceylan Beşevli, Joe Best, Aykut Coşkun, Hüseyin Uğur Genç, A. Baki Kocaballı, Samuli Laato, Cássia Mota, Konstantinos Papangelis, Marigo Raftopoulos, Richard Ramchurn, Juan Sádaba, Mattia Thibault, Annika Wolff, & Mert Yıldız (2020)
Children in 2077: Designing Children’s Technologies in the Age of Transhumanism
In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ‘20)
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Sara Ljungblad, Joseph La Delfa, & Morten Fjeld (2020)
Agent Archetypes for Human-Drone Interaction: Social Robots or Objects with Intent?
In Proceedings of the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Human-Drone Interaction (iHDI 2020)
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş (2019)
Break
interactions 26:6
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Damla Çay, Yuchong Zhang, Mohammad Obaid, Asım Evren Yantaç, & Morten Fjeld (2019)
The Design of Social Drones: A Review of Studies on Autonomous Flyers in Inhabited Environments
In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’19)
[PDF]

Joseph La Delfa, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Olivia Wichtowski, Rohit Ashok Khot, & Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller (2019)
Are Drones Meditative?
In Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ‘19)
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Mohammad Obaid, Joseph La Delfa, Asım Evren Yantaç, & Morten Fjeld (2019)
Integrated Apparatus for Empirical Studies with Embodied Autonomous Social Drones
In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Human-Drone Interaction (iHDI)
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş (2019)
Religion for Machines: Humanism and Dataism as Perspectives on the Design of Machine Learning Systems
Paper for the CHI ‘19 workshop Emerging Perspectives in Human-Centered Machine Learning
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Aykut Coşkun, Asım Evren Yantaç, & Morten Fjeld (2019)
Appreciating Digital Materials for Longevous Computational Artifacts
Paper for the CHI ‘19 workshop Towards a Responsible Innovation Agenda for HCI
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Damla Çay, Tyler Thrash, Asım Evren Yantaç, Morten Fjeld (2019)
Towards Scalability in Empirical Studies on Nonverbal Communication through Augmented Reality and Motion Digitization
Poster for the DComm conference Deictic Communication – Theory and Application

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş (2019)
Behind Space: through Movement and Embodiment in Human-Computer Interaction
PhD thesis submitted to the Koç University Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Aykut Coşkun, Asım Evren Yantaç, & Morten Fjeld (2018)
Towards Materials for Computational Heirlooms: Blockchains and Wristwatches
In Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ‘18)
[Best Paper Award]
[PDF]

Can İnce, Mert Toka, & Mehmet Aydın Baytaş (2018)
Siren: Interface for Pattern Languages
In Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME ‘18)
[PDF]

Adviye Ayça Ünlüer, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Oğuz Turan Buruk, Zeynep Cemalcılar, Yücel Yemez, & Oğuzhan Özcan (2018)
The Effectiveness of Mime‐Based Creative Drama Education for Exploring Gesture‐Based User Interfaces
International Journal of Art & Design Education, 37:3
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Asım Evren Yantaç, & Morten Fjeld (2017)
LabDesignAR: Configuring Multi-camera Motion Capture Systems in Augmented Reality
In Proceedings of the 23rd ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST ‘17)
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Emmanuel Batis, Mathias Bylund, Damla Çay, Asım Evren Yantaç, & Morten Fjeld (2017)
ViewFinder: Supporting the Installation and Reconfiguration of Multi-Camera Motion Capture Systems with a Mobile Application
In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM ‘17)
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Damla Çay, Asım Evren Yantaç, & Morten Fjeld (2017)
Motion Capture in Gesture and Sign Language Research
Poster for the DComm conference Language as a Form of Action
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Tilbe Göksun, & Oğuzhan Özcan (2016)
The Perception of Live-sequenced Electronic Music via Hearing and Sight
In Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME ‘16)
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Yücel Yemez, & Oğuzhan Özcan (2014)
Hotspotizer: End-user Authoring of Mid-air Gestural Interactions
In Proceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI ‘14)
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Yücel Yemez, & Oğuzhan Özcan (2014)
User Interface Paradigms for Visually Authoring Mid-Air Gestures: A Survey and a Provocation
In Proceedings of the Workshop on Engineering Gestures for Multimodal Interfaces
[PDF]

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş (2014)
End-User Authoring of Mid-Air Gestural Interactions
MA thesis submitted to the Koç University Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities
[Source]

Oğuzhan Özcan, Adviye Ayça Ünlüer, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, & Barış Serim (2012)
Rethinking Spherical Media Surfaces by Re-reading Ancient Greek Vases
Paper for the ITS ‘12 workshop Beyond Flat Displays: Towards Shaped and Deformable Interactive Surfaces
[PDF]