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  • 01.08.14: The 2nd Chance Exam will take place on Wed., August 6th, 2014, 9.30am–11:00am in room 2222 (lecture room).
  • 21.07.14: The Final Exam will take place on Wednesday, 23.07.14, 9.30am–11.00am in AH VI.
  • 09.05.14: The Midterm Exam will take place on Monday, 26.5.14, 3.15pm–4.45pm in AH II
  • 06.05.14: Please register for the final exam in CAMPUS (deadline: May 23rd, 2014).
  • 11.04.14: The regular lab time is set to 1:15pm–2:45pm. The first lab will start on Monday, April 14, 2014.
  • 09.04.14: Erasmus student or BSc student taking this class in advance for your Master's? Write Christian an email to register for the course.
  • 07.04.14: The midterm exam will be on May 26th, 2014 during the normal lab time.
  • 04.03.14: Course registration via CAMPUS is open as of Tue. March 4, 1pm until Wed. April 30, 6pm.
  • 04.03.14: This course has an L2P Learning Room.
  • 04.03.14: The first lecture will start on Wed. April 9, at 9.15am in Room 2222 (Informatikzentrum, Ahornstr. 55).


Number SWS: V3+Ü2 (Aachen)
ECTS Credits: 6
This lecture will be held in English.


Lecture Wed 9:15–11:45 Room 2222, Informatikzentrum, Ahornstr. 55
Lab Session  Mon 13:15–14:45 Room 2222, Informatikzentrum, Ahornstr. 55

Course Aim:

After this class, students will know how the technology behind interactive systems works. They can analyze, design, and implement graphical and other user interfaces for existing and emerging technologies, both for the desktop and beyond, and including interfaces for multimedia contents. Group-based, project-centered assignments and lab activities convey hands-on experience building user interfaces and foster project management and teamwork skills.


This course builds on the foundations of Designing Interactive Systems I, and provides an understanding of how interactive multimedia systems are built from a computer science point of view. It covers the principles of event-based operating systems, window system architectures, input and output device technology for multiple modalities, as well as User Interface Management Systems and UI development toolkits and their relative merits. In the labs, students will develop a minimalistic window system themselves, but also learn to work with various real-life development environments, including window systems such as Java Swing and multimedia development environments, to develop user interfaces.

Activity Confirmation

Lecture, successful completion of weekly project-based group assignments, graded written midterm and final examinations.


Teaching Schedule

Course schedule is tentative and subject to change. Links to lecture notes and assignments will be posted as the semester progresses.

Required Reading
Recommended Reading
09.04.2014 Introduction, Taxonomy of Input Devices, Window Systems Architecture Jan Borchers > Card, S. et al.: A Morphological Analysis of the Design Space of Input Devices
> Gosling, D.: The NeWS Book, Chapter 3
> Nielsen, J.: Usability Engineering
16.04.2014 Graphics Event Library, Base Window System Jan Borchers    
23.04.2014 Window Manager, User Interface Toolkit Layer Jan Borchers    
30.04.2014 No Lecture      
07.05.2014 The X Window System: An Implementation of the Reference Window System, Wayland Jan Borchers, Moritz Wittenhagen > Scheifler, R. W. et al.: The X Window System  
14.05.2014 Early Window Systems (Smalltalk, Mac OS Classic, Windows pre-NT) Jan Borchers    
21.05.2014 Cross Platform Toolkits (Java, Qt) Jan Borchers, Florian Heller, Moritz Wittenhagen    
28.05.2014 Mac OS X Gero Herkenrath    
04.06.2014 Windows Moritz Wittenhagen    
11.06.2014 Excursion Week – No Lecture      
18.06.2014 Physical Computing and Prototyping (Arduino & Co.) René Bohne    
25.06.2014 Mobile Window Systems (iOS, Android) Nur Al-huda Hamdan    
02.07.2014 Web Toolkits (GWT, Cappucino) Christian Corsten    
09.07.2014 Multimodal Interfaces and Toolkits Thorsten Karrer > Gaver W. W.: The SonicFinder: An Interface That Uses Auditory Icons  
16.07.2014 Final Project Presentation DIS2 Students :)    
23.07.2014 Final Exam      

Lab sessions
The lab is on Mondays, 1:15pm–2:45pm. There will be no labs on the following dates:

  • 21.4. (There will be an extra lab session on Tue, 22.4., 1:15pm–2:45pm)
  • 28.4.


  • 26.05.2014: Midterm Exam, 3:15pm–4:15pm in AH II
  • 23.07.2014: Final Exam
  • 06.08.2014: Second Chance Exam


Assignments will be assigned weekly. You can find the assignments in the L2P course room.
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 RBI Mac Lab in 4U15. You can work there according to the reservation plan. Of course, you can also use your own computer to work on the assignments.

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.

Late Policy

Late assignments will not be accepted. Exceptions will be granted only for valid (i.e., medical) reasons.

Grading Policy

Your final grade will be based on the exams as well as your performance in the assignments.

  • Assignments + Project: 40%
  • Midterm exam: 25%
  • Final exam: 35%

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/Hauptstudium/Spezialisierung 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

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