Current Topics in HCI (2020)

  Class Information

Lecture Tue, 10:30 - 12:00
  2222, i10 Seminar room
Lab Wed, 12:30 - 14:00
  2222, i10 Seminar room
Language English
Credits 6

  Exams

Midterm Mon, June 8th, 08:30
Final PT1 Mon, Jul 27th, 11:30
Final PT2 Mon, Aug 17th, 11:30

Announcement

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak the course will launch with lectures and labs accessible via Zoom videoconferencing. We recommend that students install the Zoom client beforehand.

Update (Mar, 31st): The first lecture takes place April, 7th at 10:30 am. On Monday we will send an email with information how to join the video conference to everybody who has registered for the course in RWTHonline until Sunday evening.

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. 
The class consists of weekly lectures, labs, group assignments, reading assignments, a group project, and graded written midterm and final examinations. 

The first part of the class consists of weekly lectures, labs, reading assignments and group assignments.  In the second part of this class, the lectures are dedicated for presenting new topics in HCI, and the labs are for project work and discussions. The lecture includes also a graded written midterm and final examinations.

This course has limited seating. You need to register to obtain a seat in this course.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Jan
Borchers

Anke Brocker

For any questions about the class, please contact Anke Brocker, MSc.

Syllabus

  • Introduction & Research Contribution Types

    • Lecture: Class Organization & Research Contributions in HCI

      Tue, Apr. 7th

    • Assignment 1: Search and Identify Contribution Types

      Due: Apr. 14th

    • Lab: Organization of Excercises and Lab

      Apr. 8th

  • Research Approaches in HCI

    • Lecture: Research Approaches in HCI

      Apr. 14th

    • Assignment 2: Benefit & Contribution Statements

      Due: Apr. 21st

    • Lab

      Apr. 15th

  • Experimental Research

    • Lecture: Experimental Research Part 1 & Writing a Protocol

      Apr. 21st

    • Assignment 3: Reverse Engineering User Studies

      Due: Apr. 28th

    • Lab

      Apr. 22nd 

  • Experimental Research

    • Lecture: Experimental Research Part 2 & Writing a Review

      Apr. 28th

    • Assignment 4: Writing reviews for scientific articles

      Due: May 5th

    • Lab

      Apr. 29th

  • Experimental Research

    • No Lecture: Dies

      May 5th

    • Assignment 5: Conducting a First Experiment by Replication

      Due: May 12th

    • Lab: Analyzing Experimental Data and Alternative Analysis Methods

      May 6th

  • Statistics & Analysis in HCI

    • Lecture: Understanding Statistics in HCI Research

      May 12th

    • Assignment 6: TBA

       Due: May 19th

    • Lab

      May 13th

  • QDA Analysis in HCI

    • Lecture: QDA Analysis in HCI Research

      May 19th

    • Assignment 7: Mini HCI Research Experiment

       Due: Different dates

    • Lab

      May 20th

  • HCI Design Patterns

    • Lecture: HCI Design Pattern

      Tue, May 26th

    • No Assignment

       

    • Lab: Midterm Preparation

      Wed, May 27th

  • Midterm Exam 

  • Virtual & Augmented Reality

    • Lecture: Guest Presentations

      Experience with Virtual Reality – Sebastian Hueber
      Augmented Reality and Immersive Sketching – Philipp Wacker
      Tue, Jun. 9th

    • Lab

      Wed, Jun. 10th

  • Collaborative Work & Data Science Programming

  • Personal Fabrication

    • Lecture: Guest Presentations

      Personal Fabrication – Marcel Lahaye
      Soft Robotics & Jewellery – Anke Brocker
      Tue, Jun. 23rd

    • Lab

      Wed, Jun. 24th

  •  Tangibles

    • Lecture: Guest Presentations

      Tangibles on Tabletops – Christian Cherek
      Input Devices for Games – Adrian Wagner
      Tue, Jun. 30th

    • Lab

      Wed, Jul. 1st

  • Project Presentations

    • Student Project Presentations Part 1

      Tue, Jul. 7th

    • Student Project Presentations Part 2

      Wed, Jul. 8th

Grading

Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Assignments 25%
Midterm 30%
Final Exam 45%

Assignments

Assignments will be assigned weekly. You can find the assignments in the Moodle course room. Late assignments will not be accepted.

Fields of Study

  • Informatik (M.Sc.)/Angewandte Informatik
  • Informatik (GYM+GS,SII)/Hauptstudium/B. Praktische Informatik
  • Technik-Kommunikation (M.A.)/2. Hauptfach (Technisches Fach)/Grundlagen der Informatik/isierung Informatik
  • TK 2. Fach-Grundlagen der Informatik (M.Sc.)/Wahlpflicht Informatik/Angewandte Informatik
  • Media Informatics (M.Sc.)/Multimedia Technologie
  • Media Informatics (M.Sc.)/Multimedia Technologie/in Aachen
  • Software Systems Engineering (M.Sc.)/Applied Computer Science
  • Software Systems Engineering (M.Sc.)/Practical Computer Science
  • Software Systems Engineering (M.Sc.)/Areas of Specialization/Media Informatics

Course Allocation and Registration Guide

Number of SWS: V3+Ü2 (Aachen)
ECTS Credits: 6
Course language: English for all lectures, assignments, and exams

To get a seat in this course, follow these steps before:

  • Register for the course in RWTHonline (Registration will be open on the 23.03.2020). Only 30 seats are available for this course. Priority to Master students of Computer Science, Media Informatics, Software Systems Engineering, and Technical Communication. Registration will stay open until the 29.05.2020.
  • Erasmus students can register during the first lab or studio.
  • Sign the Declaration of Compliance and hand it in before 2pm, Wednesday, 8th April. Note: Due to the current situation scans or pictures are valid. Please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and add the mail subject prefix [CTHCI]. We will give priority to students who hand in the Declaration of Compliance before this deadline. 
  • Make sure that you have access to Moodle after the registration phase is over.

 

Previous Offerings

SS 2019 - SS 2018 - SS 2017 - SS 2016 - SS 2015 - SS 2014 - SS 2013 - SS 2011 - SS 2010 - SS 2009 - SS 2008 - SS 2007 - SS 2006 - WS 2004/2005

Writing reviews for scientific articles

 

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