Media Computing Project (Winter 2022)

  Class Information

Language English
Credits 7 (CS) / 10 (MI)

  Important Dates

Kickoff Wed, Oct 12th 14:30
Midterm Checkup TBA
Presentations TBA

Media Computing Project is our hands-on lab ("Praktikum") for master students in computer science. Build an interactive system with an unusual user interface in hard- and software that creates an awesome user experience! It's a great gateway into our lab's research and teaching focus on User Interface Design, Human–Computer Interaction, and Personal Fabrication.

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 Adrian.


This year, you will create a game on low-cost, hand-held hardware. Creating software within the constraints of hand-held devices poses interesting challenges in power consumption and code optimisation. Making sure that basic human-computer-interaction (HCI) principles are still incorporated within these limits is your goal. During the semester you will learn:

  • The role of HCI in software and especially game design;
  • How to use beginner-friendly ATmega-based Arduino microcontroller boards and the Arduino IDE to program interactive behavior in embedded software;
  • The creation of interactive experiences utilizing libraries like Arcada on the mobile Arduino platform PyBadge.

After some quick introductions to these tools, you'll then have most of the semester to iteratively design digital prototypes and create a game using your programming skills.


TBA (weekly meetings)

Last Years Projects


Lab exercises and 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


To take this course for credit, you must complete all assignments, lab exercises, and the final project. The grade of this course will be a combination of the assignments and final project. Note that you must achieve a cumulative score above 4.0 and complete all exercises to pass the course. You are also expected to be aware of, and abide by, the ethics policy for courses taught at our chair. Assignments/lab exercises will be assigned weekly. They are to be completed in groups as announced in the lab. If you do not complete the lab exercise during the scheduled lab section, you must complete it on your own time and submit it by the due date. Late assignments will be graded 5.0. Exceptions will be granted only for valid (i.e., medical) reasons.

Fields of Study

  • Informatik (M.Sc.)/Angewandte Informatik
  • Media Informatics (M.Sc.)
  • Software Systems Engineering (M.Sc.)

Course Allocation and Registration Guide

Number of SWS: P3 (Aachen)
ECTS Credits: 7 (CS) / 10 (MI)
Course language: English for all lectures, assignments, and exams

Only 32 seats are available for this course. To get a seat in this course, you have to register for the practical in the appropriate timeframe one semester before the course is sheduled.

Read the pdfEthical Guidelines for the Authoring of Academic Work (pdfEthische Richtlinien für das Verfassen wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten).
Sign the pdfDeclaration of Compliance and hand it in when instructed to do so after the kickoff meeting.

Previous Offerings

WS21/22 – WS20/21 – WS19/20 – SS19 – WS18/19 – SS18 – WS17/18SS17WS16/17SS16WS15/16SS15WS14/15SS14WS13/14SS13WS12/13SS12WS11/12SS11WS10/11SS09SS08SS07SS06

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