Current Topics in Media Computing and Human–Computer Interaction

[CAMPUS] [L2P] [iTunes U]


  • 18.04.16 You can increase your chances for a spot in the class by handing in the Declaration of Compliance in the first lecture or the first lab!
  • L2P: Link (Will be open after the first lab)
  • CAMPUS: Link
  • First lecture: April 19, 10:15am, room 2222. Can't register? We will solve your problem in the first lab on April 20th.


This class covers basic research methods and current research trends in Human–Computer Interaction and Media Computing. 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, hybrid documents, human computation, gestural input, 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.

Course Allocation:

ECTS Credits: 6
This lecture will be held in English. All assignments submissions and exams will be in English.

The primary audience for this class are Master students of Computer Science, Media Informatics, Software Systems Engineering, and Technical Communication.
For a full list of eligible programs, see CAMPUS

Course Registration

Dates What to doRemarks
08.3. – 20.4.16Register for the lecture in CAMPUS System • Only 30 40 seats are available on this course due to limited resource for the lab.
• We will allocate the slots based on students' background in HCI and in our previous courses.
• You can increase your chances by handing in the Declaration of Compliance in the first lecture or first lab.
• TK students with PO 2010 and students from other majors: drop Phil an email for registration.
20.04.16Registration result announcement. Make sure that you have access to L2p L2P.
27.05.16Last date to deregister from course and exam
Before 20.05.16Register for the exam


LectureTue 10:15h – 11:45hRoom 2222, Ahornstr. 55 First lecture on 19.04.16
LabWed 14:15h – 15:45hRoom 2222, Ahornstr. 55 First lab on 20.04.16


MidtermTue 14.06.2016, 10:15h – 12:30h Room AH 4, Ahornstr. 55 (ONLY)
Final (1st Chance) Tue 02.08.2016, 10:00h – 12:00h Room AH 6, Ahornstr. 55
Final (2nd Chance) Tue 16.08.2015, 10:00h – 11:30h Room 2222, Ahornstr. 55

Missing the midterm
  • If you cannot attend the midterm for valid reasons (medical reason, exam schedule conflicts), you need to inform us before the midterm, and submit a scanned copy of the evidence (medical certificate, course registration, boarding passes) within 5 days after the midterm.
    • If the reason for missing the midterm is valid, you will do your first attempt of the midterm 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 midterm. If your overall score passed the course, you will not have a chance to take the midterm again.
  • If you are writing the final exam on the 2nd chance date and had a valid reason for missing the midterm (see above), you will have to take both the midterm and final exam in the second chance on the same date.

Course Work

LectureTopicPresenterLabTopicReading AssignmentWritten Assignment
19.04.Research Literacy 1: Research Approaches in HCI

Slides: S01 Research approaches in HCI
Jan20.04.Paper reading and identifying contribution types

[Declaration of compliance]

Slides: L01 Paper reading and identifying contribution types
• (Wobbrock, 2014) Research Contribution Types in Human Computer Interaction

• (Griswold, n.d.) How to Read an Engineering Research Paper
A01: Search, Classify, and Summarize

Draft: Apr. 27, 6:00 AM
Peer review: Apr. 27–May 02
Final submission: May 04, 6:00 AM

A01 Search, Classify, and Summarize
26.04.Research Literacy 2: Experimental Research (Case study: Text Entry Research)

Slides: S02 Experimental Research (Topic - Text Entry) (full)
Jan27.04.Literature searching and contributions & benefit statement

Slides: L02 Contribution and Benefit Statement
• (MacKenzie, 2007) Evaluation of Text Entry Techniques

• (Wobbrock, 2007) Measures of Text Entry Performance

• (Vertanen & Kristensson, TOCHI 2014) Complementing text entry evaluations with a composition task
A01 Peer review: Apr. 27–May 02

A01 Peer feedback

Final submission: May 04, 6:00 AM

Course plan (click for full size) (updated 15.04.16)


Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Scored Items
Assignments A01–03
Mini HCI research project


Past semesters:

Created by jon. Last Modification: Thursday 28 of April, 2016 16:06:59 by wacker.

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