Current Topics in Media Computing and Human–Computer Interaction


[CAMPUS] [L2P] [iTunes U]


News:


  • 22.04.15 iTunes U link will be published this week
  • L2P: Link (Will be open after the first lab)
  • CAMPUS: Link
  • First lecture: April 14, 10:15am, room 2222. Can't register? We will solve your problem in the first lab on April 16th.

Content:

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
30.3. – 10.4.15Register for the lecture in CAMPUS System • Only 30 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.
• TK students with PO 2010 and students from other majors: drop Nur an email for registration.
21.4.15 16.04.15Registration result announcement. Make sure that you have access to L2P.
05.6.15 on CAMPUS 26.05.15Last date to deregister from course and exam
Before 26.05.15Register for the exam



Times:

LectureTue 10:15h – 11:45hRoom 2222, Ahornstr. 55 First lecture on 14.04.15
LabThu 08:15h – 09:45hRoom 2222, Ahornstr. 55 First lab on 16.04.15


Exams
MidtermTue 09.06.2015, 10:00h – 12:00hRoom 2222, Ahornstr. 55
Final (1st Chance) Tue 28.07.2015, 10:00h – 12:00h Room AH 6, Ahornstr. 55
Final (2nd Chance) Tue 11.08.2015, 10:00h – 11:30h Room 2222, Ahornstr. 55


Missing the exam
See: Exam descision tree
  • 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.
  • If you fail the course in the overall score, you will have to take both parts of the exam in the second chance.

Course Work


LectureTopicPresenterLabTopicReading AssignmentWritten Assignment
14.04.Research literacy 1: Research approaches in HCI

Slides: [S01] (updated: 16.04.15)
Video
Jan16.04.Paper reading and identifying contribution types

[Declaration of compliance]

Slides: [L01] [In-class exercise]
Required:
• (Wobbrock, 2014) 7 Research Contribution Types in HCI

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

Draft: Apr. 23, 6:00 AM
Peer review: Apr. 23–28
Final submission: Apr. 30, 6:00 AM

[A01] [A01 Peer feedback]
21.04.Research literacy 2: Experimental Research (Case study: Text Entry Research)

Slides: [S02]
Video
Nur23.04.Literature searching and contributions & benefit statement

Slides: (Continued the lecture slides) [In-class exercise 1][In-class exercise 2]
Required:
• (MacKenzie, 2007) Evaluation of Text Entry Techniques

Recommended:
• (Wobbrock, 2007) Measures of Text Entry Performance

• (Vertanen & Kristensson, TOCHI 2014) Complementing text entry evaluations with a composition task
A01: Peer review: Apr. 23–28
Final submission: Apr. 30, 6:00 AM
28.04.Topic 1: Research in coding and IDEs

Slides: [S03]
Video
Jan-Peter 30.04.Designing experimental user studies

Slides: [L03]
Required:
• (McGrath, 1995) Methodology matters

• (LaToza et al., ICSE 2010) Developers ask reachability questions

Recommended:
• (Bragdon et al., CHI 2010) Code bubbles: a working set-based interface for code understanding and maintenance
A02: Reverse-engineering User Study Protocol

Draft: May. 07, 6:00 AM
Peer review: May. 07–12
Final submission: May. 14, 6:00 AM

[A02] [A02 Peer feedback]





Course plan (click for full size) (updated 04.05.15)




Grading:

Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Scored Items
%
Midterm
30
Final
45
Assignments A01–03
15
Mini HCI research project
10

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Created by jon. Last Modification: Monday 04 of May, 2015 18:01:07 by hamdan.

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