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psy220 - Human Computer Interaction (Complete module description)
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Module label Human Computer Interaction
Modulkürzel psy220
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Psychology
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Neurocognitive Psychology (Master) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
Rieger, Jochem (Module responsibility)
Rieger, Jochem (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Enrolment in Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology or other programs related to the field (e.g. neuroscience, computer science, physics etc.).
Skills to be acquired in this module
Goals of module:
The goal of the module is to provide students with basic skills required to plan, implement and
evaluate brain computer interfaces as devices for human computer interaction. BCIs are an
ideal showcase as they fully span the interdisciplinary field of HCI design, implementation and
evaluation. Importantly, classical BCI-methods can be used for modern data-driven basic neuroscience. 
The module is designed as an "enabler course", meaning that ideally students should be able to understand and start independent studies into the BCI-methods. Therefore, it goes into depth instead of breadth. Good programming skills and some active knowledge of high school maths is strongly advised to maximize the learning outcome.

++ understanding of the foundations of statistical learning techniques
+ basics to understand technical time series processing and machine learning papers
++ interdisciplinary knowledge & thinking
+ experimental methods
++ statistics & scientific programming
+ critical & analytical thinking
+ scientific communication skills
+ knowledge transfer
+ group work
+ project & time management
Module contents
The module will introduce classic BCI paradigms and brain recoding techniques. However the main focus will be on a deeper understanding of the most important signal processing, machine learning, and performance evaluation techniques. The module combines a lecture on the theoretical foundations a seminar/hands on course in which students learn to implement the BCI-processing steps on real neurophysiological data and further elaborate specific subtopics.

Part 1: HCI and BCI Lecture: (Lecture on methodological foundations of BCI): summer

Part 2: Hands on BCI implementation (practical seminar): summer

Topics covered:
  • A brief history of BCIs and examples of HCI control and basic neuroscience using BCI
  • techniques.
  • Data preprocessing (e.g. filtering, projection techniques) and common artifacts and
  • artifact treatment)
  • Feature generation (e.g. fourier transform, spectral estimation techniques, principle
  • components)
  • Machine learning for classification and regression (e.g. model parameter optimization in
  • multivariate regression)
  • Evaluation (e.g. measures of model quality, cross validation to test model generalization,
  • permutation tests)
Where possible the lecture provides mathematical backgrounds of the data analysis techniques.
The practical seminar implements BCI techniques on a real data set and further elaborates
specific topics in seminar form.
There is no required textbook. The lecture slides and notes should be sufficient. However some
resources from which they were developed on are given below:

General tutorial text providing and overview and accompanying python code on github:

Holdgraf, Christopher R., Jochem W. Rieger, Cristiano Micheli, Stephanie Martin, Robert T.
Knight, and Frederic E. Theunissen. 2017. “Encoding and Decoding Models in Cognitive
Electrophysiology.” Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 11. (open access)

Signal processing:

Semmlow, J. L. (2008). Biosignal and medical image processing. CRC press. Basis of most of
the signal processing section. Has some matlab code.


Shlens, Jonathon. 2014. “A Tutorial on Principal Component Analysis.” ArXiv:1404.1100 [Cs,
Stat], April. Great accessible tutorial on PCA

Unsupervised feature Learning and deep learning tutorial: Basis of the multivariate machine learning techniques.
Has some matlab code.

General texts:

Machine learning and AI:

Hastie, Tibshirani, and Friedman. The elements of statistical learning. Covers a wide range of
machine learning topics. Free online.

Russell and Norvig. Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach. A comprehensive reference

Dornhege et al. (2007) Toward Brain Machine Interfacing, The MIT-Press. A collection of essays
on BCI related topics.

Additional literature and material will be provided on the course website.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency The module will be offered every summer term.
Module capacity 15
Reference text
We strongly recommend to take either psy170, psy270, psy280, or psy220 to gain methodological competencies (EEG, fMRI, TBS, HCI) that are needed for most practical projects and Master's theses!
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Part 1: lecture; Part 2: practical seminar
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Basic programming skills, some high-school level maths
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 SoSe 28
Seminar 2 SoSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
last lecture in summer term
The module will be evaluated with an oral exam (max. 20 min). 

Required active participation for gaining credits:
1-2 presentations
max. 24 programming exercises in the seminar
participation in discussions on other presentations
attendance of at least 70% in the seminar (use attendance sheet that will be handed out in the beginning of the term).