Current Topics in HCI (2021)

  Class Information

Consultation Hours Wednesday mornings, by agreement
Language English
Credits 6


First Exam 05.08.2021
Second Exam 26.08.2021

Announcement: Self-study Format

Despite Prof. Borchers’ research sabbatical this semester, we decided to offer you the opportunity to take this class for graded credits. It is in a self-study format which will require the same amount of work as usual, and likely a bit more self-discipline to stay on top of the material. We won't offer any labs or assignment gradings. Also, the project won't happen. We will provide lecture videos and assignment sheets from last year for your studies. You only have to write the final exam at the end of the semester. You should still form groups of three to help you stay on track, do the weekly assignments, and come to the office hours with your questions. We will offer a Moodle forum which you can use for discussions with the other students in the course.

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 first part of the class consists of weekly lectures about HCI research methods. In the second part of this class, the lectures present new topics in HCI research.

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


Prof. Dr. Jan



For any questions about the class, please contact Marcel Lahaye and Oliver Nowak.


  • Class Organization & Research Contributions in HCI Part 1

  • Research Contributions in HCI Part 2 & Contribution Statements

  • Research Approaches in HCI Part 1

  • Research Approaches in HCI Part 2 & Experimental Research Part 1

  • Experimental Research Part 2 & Writing a Review

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses

  • HCI Design Pattern Part 1

  • HCI Design Pattern Part 2

  • Force Input – Oliver Nowak
    Data Science Programming – Krishna Subramanian

  • Personal Fabrication – Marcel Lahaye
    Soft Robotics & Jewellery – Anke Brocker

  • Tangibles on Tabletops – Christian Cherek
    Input Devices for Games – Adrian Wagner

  • Experience with Virtual Reality – Sebastian Hueber
    Augmented Reality and Handheld AR Interactions – Philipp Wacker


Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Final Exam 100%


Assignments will be given out weekly. You can find them in the Moodle course room. Assignments won't be graded.

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. Only 30 seats are available for this course. Priority is given to Master students in Computer Science, Media Informatics, Software Systems Engineering, and Technical Communication.
  • Make sure that you have access to Moodle after the registration phase is over.


Previous Offerings

SS 2020 - 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

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