Current Topics in Media Computing and Human–Computer Interaction

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This class covers basic research methods and current research trends in Human–Computer Interaction. We use a mix of recent book chapters and papers from conferences and journals of the last few years to give you an idea of how HCI research is conducted, and of the hot topics that are being worked on in the international research community. Examples from past years include interactive surfaces, tangible user interfaces, human computation, gestural input, interactive textiles, augmented reality, and personal fabrication. The class explains the differences between empirical, ethnographic and systems research in HCI, and how to quickly retrieve and evaluate information from existing literature, a skill you will need for your Master's thesis and future research work in HCI.

CTHCI SS17 course starts on 25.04.2017 to 26.07.2017 (14 weeks), 11 lectures (4 research methods and 6 topics), 12 labs, 3 two-week assignments, and a final project.


  • 19.04.17 Course registration is now opened in Campus system
  • 28.03.17 First lecture will be on Tue 25.04.2017, 10:15h – 11:45h in Room 2222, Ahornstr. 55

Course Allocation

ECTS Credits: 6
Language: English
Students: Capacity 40 students (will be announced after the second lecture). Priorirty to Master students of Computer Science, Media Informatics, Software Systems Engineering, and Technical Communication
Register on CAMPUS.

Course Dates and Locations

LectureTue 10:15h – 11:45hRoom 2222, Ahornstr. 55 First lecture on 25.04.17
LabWed 14:15h – 15:45hRoom 2222, Ahornstr. 55 First lab on 26.04.17
MidtermTue 30.05.2017 (not confirmed) 10:15h – 11:45h TBD
Final (1st Chance) Wed 09.08.2017 11:00h – 12:00h Room 2356 (AH V), Ahornstr. 55
Final and Midterm (2nd Chance) Fri 25.08.2017 14:00h – 15:00h Room 2354 (AH IV), Ahornstr. 55

Course Load

Assignments A01–03
15 %
30 %
Mini HCI research project
10 %
45 %


For any questions about the class, contact Nur Hamdan.

Course Material (here)

Syllabus (last updated Mar 28, 2017)

Previous Offerings

SS 2016 - SS 2015 - SS 2014 - SS 2013 - SS 2011 - SS 2010 - SS 2009 - SS 2008 - SS 2007 - SS 2006 - WS 2004/2005

Created by jon. Last Modification: Wednesday 19 of April, 2017 09:45:53 by hamdan.

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