Seminar: Post-Desktop User Interfaces (Summer 2020)

  Course Information

Presentations Tue, 12:30 - 14:00
  2222, i10 Seminar room
Language English
Credits 4

This seminar deals with topics in the field of Human-Computer Interaction that go beyond the desktop. In groups of two, you will work on one specific HCI-related topic.

After having achieved a general overview of the area of Human-Computer Interaction, this seminar will provide students with an idea of the current research topics that are being tackled in the research community. After the seminar, students will have some in-depth knowledge about one current area of HCI, and will have heard talks about numerous others. The seminar also provides students with an opportunity to refine their scientific writing and presentation skills, and since the topics are assigned to groups of two students each, it is also another chance to learn how to work efficiently as a team.


Prof. Dr. Jan


For any questions about the class, please contact Oliver Nowak, M.Sc..

Presentation Dates


Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Written Report 50%
Presentation 50%

Fields of Study

  • Data Science (M.Sc.)
  • Erasmus (M.Sc.)
  • Informatik (M.Sc.)
  • Media Informatics (M.Sc.)
  • System Software Engineering (M.Sc.)
  • Technik-Kommunikation (M.Sc.)
  • Informatik Lehramt (M.Sc.)
  • Informatik (B.Sc.) (if you already attended a Proseminar)

Attendance Policy

To pass the course the student have to attend all presentations.

Course Requirements

Please agree to the Ethical Guidelines for the Authoring of Academic Work (Ethische Richtlinien für das Verfassen wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten) by signing the Declaration of Compliance (Erklärung zur Seminararbeit). Return the signed declaration on the first day of the seminar meeting.

The RWTH CS library offers a course to literature review (Literaturrecherche für Informatiker). This course is mandatory for all bachelor students to participate in our seminar.

Required Reading (before kick-off meeting):

Writing for Computer Science by Justin Zobel (available at RWTH library & Informatik library)

  • Chapter 10: Doing Research
  • Chapter 9: Writing Up

"How to Read an Engineering Research Paper"

Submission Milestones

All submissions have to be sent to the supervisor until 12:00 (noon) via mail. Include the tag [PDUI] and the name of the topic as well as the milestone (e.g., "[PDUI] Explainable AI, Report Outline").

Literature Review & Report Outline

Prepare 7+ topic-related research papers with a contribution and benefits statement stating the contribution type. Provide a clear structure of the final paper submission. What is the storyline you want to convey? How are you introducing the topic? What are the arguments you are providing? How are you connecting the papers to each other and your arguments? Include your papers into this structure.


The first complete version of your presentation slides (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, ....). Hand in slides which you would confidently use for a presentation on the next day.

Presentation (50% of Grade)

The presentation in front of the other students and your supervisor. We expect a well-prepared presentation. Test your talk at least once in the room where you are going to present to familiarise yourself with the equipment and test your slides on the beamer in the room. The presentation time will be 20 minutes followed by a 10 minutes discussion where you will get feedback and questions from your supervisor and your peers. We encourage a constructive feedback interaction where you can learn from each other and have a fun conversation on how to improve your presentation style.

Final Report (50% of Grade)

Your seminar paper should contain 10 content pages in the ACM Extended Abstract Template). We expect you to submit a version which has no spelling mistakes, a closed argumentation, a complete bibliography, including all figures.

You can download the template or set up a collaborative Latex project using Overleaf.

Report Feedback

After your submission of the final report, there is an additional feedback meeting in which the report is discussed. This should take place around two weeks after your submission.

Milestone Dates

For the milestones "Literature Review and Report Outline" and "Slides" you can get feedback from your supervisor. For this, make an appointment in the week after the submission deadline.

#TopicTeamSupervisorLiterature Review and Report OutlineSlidesPresentationFinal ReportMeeting Feedback (make appointments)
1       12.5.2020 2.6.2020 16.6.2020 30.6.2020 14.7.2020
2       12.5.2020 2.6.2020 16.6.2020 30.6.2020 14.7.2020
3       12.5.2020 2.6.2020 16.6.2020 30.6.2020 14.7.2020
4       19.5.2020 9.6.2020 23.6.2020 7.7.2020 21.7.2020
5       19.5.2020 9.6.2020 23.6.2020 7.7.2020 21.7.2020
6       19.5.2020 9.6.2020 23.6.2020 7.7.2020 21.7.2020
7     Krishna 26.5.2020 16.6.2020 30.6.2020 14.7.2020 28.7.2020
8       26.5.2020 16.6.2020 30.6.2020 14.7.2020 28.7.2020
9       26.5.2020 16.6.2020 30.6.2020 14.7.2020 28.7.2020
10       2.6.2020 23.6.2020 7.7.2020 21.7.2020 4.8.2020
11       2.6.2020 23.6.2020 7.7.2020 21.7.2020 4.8.2020
12       2.6.2020 23.6.2020 7.7.2020 21.7.2020 4.8.2020
13       9.6.2020 30.6.2020 14.7.2020 28.7.2020 11.8.2020
14       9.6.2020 30.6.2020 14.7.2020 28.7.2020 11.8.2020
15       9.6.2020 30.6.2020 14.7.2020 28.7.2020 11.8.2020

Example presentation from Marcel Lahaye and Aaron Krämer

Previous Offerings

PDUI Summer 2019 - PDUI Summer 2018 - PDUI Summer 2017 - PDUI Summer 2016 - PDUI Summer 2015 - PDUI Summer 2014 - PDUI Summer 2013

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