Seminar: Post-Desktop User Interfaces (Winter 2020/2021)

  Course Information

Presentations Thu, 14:30 - 16:00
  2222, i10 Seminar room
Language English
Credits 4


Kick-Off Meeting Thu, October 22nd, 14:30
Lecture: Literature Review & Scientific Writing Thu, October 29th, 14:30
Lecture: How to Do a Good Presentation Thu, November 5th, 14:30

In this seminar, you will learn about research topics currently being tackled in the international Human-Computer Interaction research community. You will gain in-depth knowledge about one HCI area through your own seminar topic, and will learn about numerous others through other students' talks. We also pay extra attention to helping you refine your scientific writing and presentation skills, and you will work on your topic in groups of two, providing another opportunity to learn how to work more productively as a team.


Prof. Dr. Jan


For any questions about the class, please contact Anke Brocker, M.Sc..

Presentation Dates


Your grade will be calculated as follows. Both parts have to be better than 5.0 to pass the course.

Written Report 50%
Presentation 50%

Fields of Study

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

Attendance Policy

To pass the course, you need to attend all presentations.

Course Requirements

You need to 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 (More TBA)

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 and 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)

You present in front of your fellow 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 projector in the room. Presentation time will be 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute discussion where you will receive 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 friendly conversation on how to improve your presentation style.

Final Report (50% of Grade)

Your final report should contain 10 content pages in the ACM Extended Abstract Template. We expect you to submit a final version without spelling mistakes, with a clear flow of argumentation, a complete bibliography, and including all figures.

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

Report Feedback

About two weeks after you submit your final report, we will meet once more to give you feedback on your report.

Milestone Dates

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


Example presentation by Marcel Lahaye and Aaron Krämer

Previous Offerings

PDUI Summer 2020 - 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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