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inf131 - Advanced Topics in Human Computer Interaction (Complete module description)
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Module label Advanced Topics in Human Computer Interaction
Module code inf131
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Faculty/Institute Department of Computing Science
Used in course of study
  • Master's Programme Business Informatics (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Computing Science (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Computing Science (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Engineering of Socio-Technical Systems (Master) >
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This course aims to provide a sample of some of the most recent and significant advances in this exciting area. Topics may include: situational awareness, designing for attention, ambient/peripheral interaction, computer support cooperative work and social computing (CSCW), ubiquitous and context-aware computing, haptic and gestural interaction, audio interaction, gaze-based interaction, biometric interfaces, and embedded, physical and tangible computing, mobile and wearable interfaces.
This course is explicitly not focused on the methods used in HCI practice (i.e., user-centered design cycle), but rather focuses on (recent) research.

Course prerequisite: Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion (Human Computer Interaction)

Professional competences:
The students:
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and critical awareness of a selection of the recent research advances in the area of HCI
  • Evaluate and critique recent developments in the field of HCI on scientific and technological grounds
  • Develop ability to conceptualize, design, implement, and evaluate user-centered systems and techniques.
  • Plan and implement exploratory projects directed at envisioning and prototyping novel interactive artifact

Methodological competences:
The students:
  • Analyze, review and critique research papers
  • Carry out original research from start to finish
  • Summarize and present research findings
  • Work in a team to produce and evaluate prototypes of novel interactive artifact

Social competences:
The students:
  • Work collaboratively in groups to analyze and review research papers
  • Summarize and present research findings to rest of class
  • Discuss how HCI concepts and methods can be applied in analysis, design, and evaluation of interactive technologies.
  • Discuss social and ethical implications of interactive technologies

Self-competences:
The students:
  • Be comfortable tackling original research questions
  • Aptitude in conceptualizing and running both qualitative and quantitative HCI experiments
  • Ability to summarize, analyze, and critique published (peer-review) research papers
Module contents
HCI is a fast-growing field, where scientific research in this area crosses multiple disciplines. The body of theoretical and empirical knowledge that can inform the design of effective systems is rapidly developing, which underscores the importance of current research in the field.

This course aims to provide a sample of some of the most recent and significant advances in this exciting area. Topics may include: situational awareness, designing for attention, ambient/peripheral interaction, computer support cooperative work and social computing (CSCW), ubiquitous and context-aware computing, haptic and gestural interaction, audio interaction, gaze-based interaction, biometric interfaces, and embedded, physical and tangible computing, mobile and wearable interfaces.

Structure of the Module:


The course will consist of lectures and lab sessions. Lab sessions will cover assignments (writing paper reviews, presentations, and peer assessment). In addition to assignments and a final exam, a small part of the course includes a mini group-based HCI project.

Lectures: 2 hours per week
Lab: 2 hours per week

This lecture will be held in English. All assignment submissions and exams will be in English.

The primary audience for this class are Master students of Computer Science following the Human Computer Interaction track.
Reader's advisory
Suggested reading:
  • The Computer for the 21st Century, Mark Weiser, Scientific American, September 1991, pp. 94 - 104. Bush, V. (1945).
  • As We May Think. Atlantic Monthly. Design of Everyday Things, Chapters 1 to 7 Greenberg, S. and Buxton, B. (2008).
  • Usability Evaluation Considered Harmful (Some of the Time). Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2008), 111-120. Olsen, D.R. (2007).
  • Evaluating User Interface Systems Research. Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Techno
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Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency semi-anual
Module capacity 24
Modullevel AS (Akzentsetzung / Accentuation)
Modulart Pflicht o. Wahlpflicht / compulsory or optioal
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program V+P
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Interaktive Systeme
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Lecture 2.00 SuSe or WiSe 28 h
Practical 2.00 SuSe or WiSe 28 h
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
At the end of the lecture period
Project and oral exams

Missing the exam
If you cannot attend the exam with valid reasons (medical reason, exam schedule conflicts), you need to inform us before the exam, and submit a scanned copy of the evidence (medical certificate, course registration, boarding passes) within 5 days after the exam.
• If the reason for missing the exam is valid, you will do your first try of the exam for the parts that you missed on the same date as the second chance exam.
• If the reason is not valid, you will not get any score from that exam. If your overall score passed the course, you will not have a chance to take the exam again.
Grading:
Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Scored Items%
Final40
Assignments A01-0330
Mini HCI research project20