Current Topics in HCI (2022)

  Class Information

Lecture Tue, 10:30 - 12:00
Lab Wed, 12:30 - 14:00
Language English
(BSc/MSc CS)


Midterm Wed, Jun 1st 12:30
Final PT1 Mon, Aug 1st, 14:00
Final PT2 Thu, Sep 1st, 12:00

Announcement: Online Class Format

Due to the current uncertainty of the Corona situation, we decided to opt for online classes for at least the beginning of the upcoming semester. This decision was not made lightly as we are also looking forward to a potential time where we can have classes safely in presence again. However, the safety of students and our staff is of utmost importance to us and we want to ensure that we can offer our classes even with a potentially strained personnel situation. We are currently investigating possibilities to implement our learnings from the previous online semesters to improve the online teaching situation and support you even in a setting with a mix of online and presence lectures at the university.

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.


  • Understand types of research and methods in HCI
  • Practice how to retrieve and evaluate information from the literature 
⇒ Prepare for thesis and future (research) work
  • Learn about up-to-date developments in Human-Computer Interaction 
from recent HCI conferences and journal articles
  • Meet our PhD students and learn about our research areas, to find a favourite topic and advisor for your thesis

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.


  • 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

  • AR and Immersive Sketching – Philipp Wacker
    Soft Robotics & Jewellery – Sören Schröder

  • Persuasive Systems – Marcel Lahaye
    Personal Fabrication – René Schäfer

  • Textile Interfaces – Oliver Nowak
    Textiles in 3D Printing – Adrian Wagner

  • Experience with Virtual Reality – Sebastian Hueber


Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Assignments 25%
Midterm 30%
Final Exam 45%


Assignments will be assigned weekly. You will be able to find the assignments in the Moodle course room. 

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.


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Previous Offerings

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