Current Topics in HCI (2024)

  Class Information

Lecture Tue, 10:30 - 12:00
(Starting Tue, Apr 9)
Room: 2222
(i10 Seminar Room)
Lab Wed, 12:30 - 14:00
(Starting Wed, Apr 10)
Room: 2222
(i10 Seminar Room)
Language English


1st Final Jul 22, 2024
2nd Final Aug 30, 2024

Limited Course Seats

This course is limited to 39 seats. To take part in this course, you need to:

Deadline: Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 23:59

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 Sarah Sahabi.



Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Project 30%
Final Exam 70%

You must pass both partial exams to qualify to pass the course

Note: You can only deregister from the course up to three days before the final project presentations (July 16)

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 39 seats are available for this course. Priority is given to Master students in Computer Science, Media Informatics, Software Systems Engineering, and Technical Communication.
  • Sign the Declaration of Compliance, scan it, and upload it to this Sciebo folder. Name the file CTHCI24_DoC_matriculation number_last name.pdf 
(E.g.: CTHCI24_DoC_123456_sahabi.pdf)
  • Make sure that you have access to Moodle after the registration phase is over.

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

Previous Offerings

SS 2023 SS 2022 SS 2021 - 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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