Designing Interactive Systems II SS 2008 (Aachen)
Course schedule is tentative and subject to change. Links to lecture notes and assignments will be posted as the semester progresses.
Note: You must be registered with the class to download the lecture notes and assignments.
- Oct 16: The final table of the course grades is online. Sorry for the delay, a deadline came in between. Note that not all who have taken part and worked for a grade have done a user test yet.
- Aug 15: The updated results of the second chance final exam are online. Just click on the link in the table.
- Jul 25: The date of the second chance exam changed again: Now it is Monday, August 11th, 10:30am, room 2010. You can take this exam only if you failed the final exam and are a BA or MA student. You have to register for it by sending a mail to gero(at)cs.rwth-aachen.de!
- Jul 21: The updated results of the final exam are online.
- Jul 18: The results of the final exam are online. Just click on the link in the table. You can inspect your exam paper on Monday, Jul 21, 2pm, Room 2010.
- Jul 14: Have a look at the DIS 2 Project Galery.
- Jul 4: For the Final Project presentation on Monday, students are supposed to prepare their systems in the lab at their desks. Prof. Borchers will then walk around and have a look at all the projects. Also keep in mind that your website has to be finished by the time of the lab. It should document not only the final state of your system but also the different prototypes/presentations you have made.
- Jun 20: The Java slides (from Wednesday's lecture) received a small update on slide 28.
- Jun 16: The updated results of the midterm exam are online. Just click on the link in the table.
- Jun 10: The results of the midterm exam are online. Just click on the link in the table. You can inspect your exam paper on Monday, Jun 16, 3:30pm, Media Lab.
- Jun 9: You find the RSS feed for the project "Room 5056" at this location: http://coleman.informatik.rwth-aachen.de:8000/rss5056.
- Jun 2: The midterm exam will take place on Wednesday, June 4, 10am, in room 5056.
- May 26: Due to the small number of students attending the second lab session (15:3017:00) each Monday we will stop offering that session. Today it will be held for the last time. From next week on, please attend the first lab session (14:0015:30).
- May 21: For those who have problems with the Motif assignment:
- OpenMotif and X11 have to be installed on your system. If you don't know what either is, you must have slept through the last two lectures.
- If you cannot install both on your system you can use the Macs in our media lab. In this case you have to first edit makeconfig.cfg and replace /sw/ by /opt/local/ since we switched from fink to Darwin Ports.
- May 19: Despite anything that parts of this website or the assignment sheets say - we are not accepting late submissions of assignments any more!
- Apr 22: Everybody who has not yet registered via the DIS2 registration form, please do so before the end of the week!
- Mar 25: Welcome to this year's DIS2 course! (:cool:) The teaching schedule is still preliminary and may be subject to changes (this is true for the exam dates, too!).
Video Recordings (Right click and save)
|16.04.08||Introduction, Taxonomy of Input Devices||1-up 4-up||Video||Input devices (Card)|
|17.04.08||Window Systems Architecture, Graphics Event Library||1-up 4-up||Video||Window System Architecture (Gosling)|
|23.04.08||Base Window System||1-up 4-up||Video|
|24.04.08||Window Manager||1-up 4-up||Video|
|30.04.08||User Interface Toolkit Layer, Smalltalk, Morphic||1-up 4-up||Video||Smalltalk-80 user manual, Morphic User Interface (Maloney)|
|07.05.08||Morphic cont., Macintosh Toolbox||1-up 4-up||Video||Squeak pp. 20-35 (Maloney), The X Window System (Scheifler)|
|08.05.08||X Window Systems||Part1 1-up Part1 4-up Part2 1-up Part2 4-up||Video|
|21.05.08||X Window Systems cont., OSF/Motif||1-up 4-up||Video (last year)|
|28.05.08||Mac OS X, Part 1||1-up 4-up|
|29.05.08||Mac OS X, Part 2||1-up 4-up||Video (last year)|
|05.06.08||Mac OS X, Part 2 (continued), MAX/MSP||1-up 4-up||Video|
|18.06.08||JAVA, Qt||Java (1-up) Java (4-up) Qt (1-up) Qt (4-up)||Video|
|25.06.08||Mobile Window Systems (android, iPhone)||1-up 4-up||Video (incomplete)|
|26.06.08||Web 2.0||1-up 4-up||What is Web 2.0, Emotionally-centered Design|
|02.07.08||Interactive Multimedia: Audio Output||1-up 4-up||Video||Sonic Finder (Gaver), ARKola (Gaver)|
|03.07.08||Interactive Multimedia: Audio and Speech Input||1-up 4-up||Video|
|09.07.08||Interactive Multimedia: Displays, Video Input and Output||1-up 4-up||Video|
|10.07.08||Haptics||Haptics 1-up 4-up Summary 1-up 4-up||Video|
|16.07.08||Looking Forward & Course Evaluation|
|11.08.08||Second Chance Final Exam|
The Platinum Award for the greenest solution
The Gold Award for the best explanation why Yetis aren't around anymore
The Silver Award for the most musical reinterpretation of Space Invaders
The Silver Award for the project most likely to actually get a job
The Silver Award for the project most likely to get censored
|28.04.08||Windows (not the Microsoft kind)|
|05.05.08||Now you see me, now you don't|
|19.05.08||RAT - Really Awesome Toolkit|
|26.05.08||The X Factor|
|09.06.08||Final Project Lab|
|16.06.08||Final Project Lab|
|23.06.08||Final Project Lab|
|30.06.08||Final Project Lab|
|07.07.08||Final Project Presentation|
|Assignment No.||Topic||Materials||Due Date|
|1||Hello GUI||Assignment 1 Sheet||21.04.08|
|2||Windows (not the Microsoft kind)||Assignment 2 Sheet, Material||28.04.08|
|3||Now you see me, now you don't||Assignment 3 Sheet||05.05.08|
|4||RAT - Really Awesome Toolkit||Assignment 4 Sheet||19.05.08|
|5||The X-Factor||Assignment 5 Sheet, Sample Code, xmTutor||26.05.08|
|6||X-Squared||Assignment 6 Sheet, Demo Code||02.06.08|
|7||Final Project Idea||Final Project Proposals||09.06.08|
- June 04: Midterm Exam (cf. announcements)
- Jul 17: Final Exam (cf. announcements)
Important: Please note the date of the midterm exam and final exam. In the event that you cannot make it on those dates, it is your responsibility to notify us by May 8 for the midterm exam and by Jul 1 for the final exam, or you will receive a grade of zero.
If you wish to take the course for credit, you must complete all assignments and exams. You will receive a schein upon successful completion of the course with a grade. The grade will be calculated as follows:
- 20% - lab exercises, assignments
- 20% - project
- 25% - midterm exam
- 35% - final exam
Note that you must achieve a cumulative score above 4.0 and pass the final exam to pass the course.
Assignments will be assigned weekly. They are to be completed in groups of 2 or 3. Assignments will be graded on the following scale:
- 1.0 - exceptional work that clearly went above and beyond what was given on the exercise
- 2.0 - exercise was completed satisfactorily as per the assignment specification
- 3.0 - exercise was completed, but has some problems
- 4.0 - incomplete exercise
- 5.0 - little or no effort was put into the exercise
The assignments are designed to be completed in the Media Computing Lab in 2U13, consisting of Apple PowerMac G5 machines. However, many of the tools we will be using are cross-platform -- you are welcome to complete the assignment on your platform of choice. However, it will be your responsibility to ensure your program(s) run on the machines in the lab. Programs that do not run correctly on the lab machines will be graded as incomplete. We will be able to provide technical support for the lab machines only. Please note that submissions with a written component that do not meet the basic standards of university-level English will not be graded (example). They will be returned to you, and you will have the option of resubmitting the assignment with the usual late penalty.
Late assignments will be graded with a penalty of one grading step per 24 hour period after the due date. Exceptions will be granted only for valid (i.e. medical) reasons.